Thursday, April 13, 2000

Conference to target porn

BY Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FORT MITCHELL — Former strippers will mix with an ex-prosecutor, parents and obscenity opponents for a two-day conference that begins here Friday and aims to help Tristate residents fight pornography, sexually oriented businesses and material harmful to children.

        The Drawbridge Inn and Convention Center is hosting the event, which will feature more than 20 speakers, including Amy Dupree, a former stripper who performed across the country, and Bruce Taylor, a former Ohio prosecutor who battled Larry Flynt over obscenity laws.

        Community activists and experts in zoning, licensing and regulation of sexually oriented businesses also will speak.

        Citizens for Community Values (CVC), an 18-year-old Sharonville group, has been planning the “National Pro-Family Conference on Pornography, Sexually-Oriented Businesses and Material Harmful to Children” for more than a year.

        CCV President Phil Burress said the group wanted the conference to be in Northern Kentucky because of its nefarious past. For example, he said Newport once was tagged as “the dirtiest little town in America” because of strip bars on Monmouth Street.

        The Sharonville group has produced a video, “Decadence to Decency — The

        Northern Kentucky Story,” which documents how concerned residents helped clean up the area. It will be available at the conference.

        “We want to use Northern Kentucky as a light to a nation,” Mr. Burress said. “While other cities are going in the wrong direction and thinking they can't do anything, Northern Kentucky has continued to strive toward higher standards.”

        There is a $30 admission to the conference, which will run from 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The fee will cover both days.

        Among sessions are those titled “Understanding the difference between soft and hard-core pornography,” “Zoning, licensing and regulating sexually-oriented businesses,” and “Pornography and the Internet.”

        Ms. Dupree will speak at a session titled “Helping Women Escape the Strip Bar Industry.”

        For more information about the conference, call (888) 274-2345 or (513) 733-5775.


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