DB3. The tearoom trade The Tearoom Trade is a study conducted by Laud Humphrey, a sociologist and Episcopalian minister in 1970 that was deemed famous but very controversial study regarding sexology. During the conduct of study, Laud Humphrey assumed a role of a “lookout” which enabled him to observe strangers engaging in sexual encounter with same-sex (men-men) in public restrooms (Sexinfo Online, March 2017). This study became controversial both from the public and scientific community due to the methods he used to collect data by assuming a false identity and collecting sensitive data that would jeopardize the safety of the subjects if data is revealed to the public (Sexinfo Online, March 2017). During the time of his study, there is only one law that exist and governs their conduct which is Anti-Sodomy Law. Men who engaged in sexual acts with one another is arrested when caught in the act or when law enforcement had a probable suspicion (Sexinfo Online, March 2017).
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