PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) _ An anti-prostitution crusader says he is seeking a license to open Nevada's first homosexual bordello only because he wants gays to have a place to go to have safe sex.

A brothel lobbyist believes Milo Reese applied for the license in an effort to discredit prostitution, which is tolerated in Nevada.

''What he's trying to do is keep things stirred up so the Legislature will ... ban brothels,'' said George Flint, executive director of the Nevada Brothel Association.

Quite the contrary, Reese said: ''I'm crusading against AIDS.''

A dozen of Nevada's 17 counties permit licensed brothels. Prostitution is illegal in Reno, Carson City and Las Vegas, which is 90 miles west of this small desert town of 1,300 in Nye County.

Flint said Reese's action discredits his past anti-prostitution efforts.

Reese said he recently severed ties with Nevadans Against Prostitution - he had been its president for five years - but he still opposes Nevada's heterosexual brothels.

The Nye County Commission has directed the sheriff's office to review Reese's application as it would for any other applicant.