The door policy at a recent Miami pool party hosted by the HIV organization Impulse Group South Florida has angered many South Floridians: free if you're 40 or younger, $50 if you're 41 or older.
“I’m amazed at the invite I just received — free admission up to 40 years of age and $50 over 40,” Ed Stevens told South Florida Gay News, which first reported the story. “In addition to whether this is even legal, it’s a shocking and blatant attempt to exclude mature people and another instance of how people in our community should know better, given the discrimination and judgments we face in the mainstream world. And I was looking forward to going back to this beautifully restored landmark [the Vagabond Hotel].”
Impulse, funded by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, indirectly addressed the controversy in a Facebook post last week, where they highlighted the high rates of HIV among young men:
“The primary strategy is to organically establish a following of socially active, young gay men through engagement at large, organized events, such as Evolution, which occurred in Miami on April 18.”
Impulse previously hosted another party at Fort Lauderdale Beach where older attendees paid more than younger ones. Another group, Pride Center of Equality Park, has a similar policy when it comes to fundraisers, but says the free and reduced tickets for younger men are a way to encourage more particpation from men in their 20s and 30s.