Pink and prison don’t mix.
Just ask Navy seaman turned gay porn star Richard Caswell, who was tossed in jail after he angrily barged into the Hell’s Kitchen studio of adult film mogul Michael Lucas last month.
“Wearing pink to jail isn’t ideal,” Caswell said Monday as he left a Manhattan courthouse after being charged with trespassing. “I got a lot of looks.”
Although he’s not charged with assault, video footage appears to show the tall porn actor push and strike Lucas in the neck and shoulder as the skin flick titan tries to call cops.
“He just stormed into our offices and started beating people up,” claimed Lucas. “Several people locked themselves into the editing suite. You had to see his eyes the veins bulging on his forehead. It was scary.”
Cops arrested Caswell – wearing a hot-pink T-shirt – at the headquarters of Lucas Entertainment on Sept. 12, slapped him with trespassing charges and tossed him in jail overnight.
“It was a nightmare,” he said of the ordeal made no easier by his flamboyant attire.
The green-eyed Adonis – whose stage name is Vito Gallo – has an exclusive three-year contract with the gay porn company and was upset Lucas wasn’t giving him more work, he said.
Caswell rejected a no jail plea deal Monday in Manhattan Criminal Court which would have let him cop to disorderly conduct if he attended anger management classes.
The 28-year-old makes approximately $1500 per film and is a top model at the multimillion-dollar agency.
We were using him all the time,” said Lucas. “He’s very popular, he’s very good looking and he’s one of my top four performers. We’d love him to return if he goes through very serious anger management and see a shrink.”
Caswell was honorably discharged from the Navy after he confessed his orientation to a navy chaplain in November of 2010 shortly before President Barack Obama ended Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
Caswell’s defense lawyer Mark Bederow declined to comment.
from The New York Post
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Pink and prison don’t mix.
A San Francisco-based adult film company that was fined nearly $60,000 for occupational safety and health complaints fired back at an AIDS healthcare group, saying it was “fear-mongering about HIV to push a political agenda.”
The statement from Marc Sterling, office manager at Factory Video, which specializes in gay porn, comes following an announcement earlier this week about the fines for violations that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation said it had reported.
Michael Weinstein, president of the foundation, said in a statement that he was “very pleased to see that Cal/OSHA is really starting to step up its enforcement” of state laws requiring condoms on porn sets.
But Sterling took issue with the foundation’s tactics, saying in an email that Weinstein and the nonprofit were “once again using misinformation, intimidation and fear-mongering about HIV to push a political agenda.”
“As gay producers, we think it’s deplorable that Weinstein would prioritize a political agenda, and his prized role as condom police, over the health and well-being of his patients,” Sterling said.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation reported that Factory Video was fined nearly $60,000 for the violations. The nonprofit said it had filed a series of complaints over the last two years.
“All workers deserve a safe workplace,” Weinstein said.
But Sterling said all the complaints had been filed by the foundation, not company’s own people.
“The truth is,” he said, “there have been no worker complaints from Factory Video, and it was AHF, not anyone working on a Factory Video set, that filed the Cal/OSHA complaint.”
from The Los Angeles Times
Well, the gay blogs are making quick work of this one: A Boston-based porn star posted an innocent photo on Facebook, taken yesterday, of himself kissing his husband, and because it was two men with beards, we suppose, someone was able to get it flagged as inappropriate. A war is now ensuing.
Jesse Jackman says that after he posted the above photo, and after a couple thousand likes and a couple hundred comments in less than 24 hours, Facebook sent him a notice saying that he was in violation of their “community standards.” Among the comments, he said, were a number of the Christian-based hatred variety, and a couple of death threats from one individual in particular.
The photo, which depicts he and husband Dirk Caber from the shoulders up, is just two men kissing. The end. At least one person who apparently has quite a lot of time for prayer, given the volume of gay kissing that is happening at every second on this planet, wrote, “I will pray for these guys, God loves the sinner, hates the sin.”
We’re pretty sure it just takes a couple people deeming something “inappropriate” for Facebook to react, but shouldn’t someone there have vetted this choice?
I received multiple public death threats after posting this photo, endured countless homophobic slurs, and received dozens upon dozens of hate-filled messages, and yet Facebook did nothing about those disgusting comments, choosing to censor love instead of hate… This is a travesty. Hate must not be allowed to prevail in this world.
A movement is afoot with the Twitter hashtag #FacebookKissOff, and we’ll see if this gets any traction. In any event: sad.
A trade group representing producers of pornographic movies in Los Angeles on Tuesday called on the sexual partners of a porn actor to be tested for the virus that causes AIDS, after he apparently claimed to have tested positive.
However, the group, the Free Speech Coalition, stepped short of calling for a moratorium on adult film productions.
A series of twitter messages on Tuesday from the account of an actor who goes by the stage name Rod Daily saying that he had contracted the virus “appear to be authentic,” the coalition said in a statement.
The group said it could not yet confirm whether Daily truly had contracted the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, but it warned his partners to be tested.
Daily could not be reached for comment.
If the tweets are accurate, Daily would be the second adult film actor in less than two weeks to report an HIV infection.
The trade association confirmed on Aug. 22 that the actress who goes by the name of Cameron Bay was also infected with HIV.
Daily has been linked romantically to Bay on the adult film industry website XBiz.com.
California Assemblyman Isadore Hall, who has been trying for months to get a bill passed in the state Assembly mandating the use of condoms in sex scenes, said Daily’s reported infection shows the need for such a regulation.
“This is the second individual within a week and a half to contract HIV in the industry,” said Hall, a Democrat. “There will probably be more.”
The multibillion-dollar adult film industry is centered in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.
The industry has vigorously opposed efforts to require condom use on set, protesting against a 2012 voter-approved measure requiring condoms to be used in Los Angeles County and successfully arguing against an earlier effort for such regulation at the state level that would be specifically geared to film productions.
The Free Speech Coalition said in an email to Reuters that Daily acted in gay and transsexual sex movies in which condoms were used.
After Bay tested positive, production was shut down for about a week. But as of early evening on Tuesday, no order to cease shooting sex scenes had been issued.
HIV Test Prompts Proposal For Porn Film Moratorium
LOS ANGELES – The adult film industry announced a moratorium on the making of porn films Wednesday after an actor tested positive for HIV.
The performer was not immediately identified and officials didn’t say when the positive test was recorded.
The actor’s sex partners are currently being tested by doctors with Adult Production Health and Safety Services, which works with the porn industry.
“The moratorium will be lifted once the risk of transmission has been eliminated,” Diane Duke, executive director of the industry trade group the Free Speech Coalition, told The Associated Press in an email.
She added that the actor is not believed to have been infected on a film set.
The industry briefly put a similar moratorium in place last year after nearly a dozen performers were infected during a syphilis outbreak.
Word of the latest moratorium quickly drew critical responses from porn industry opponents. Among them was Michael Weinstein, whose group the AIDS Healthcare Foundation successfully lobbied voters last year to adopt an ordinance requiring actors use condoms in the making of most porn films.
“How many adult film performers have to become infected with an array of preventable sexually transmitted diseases – including HIV, which is not curable – before the porn industry actually complies with the law requiring condom use,” he said in a statement.
Since the ordinance’s adoption, county officials have said they are investigating one violation.
Assemblyman Isadore Hall III, who is pushing for the state to adopt a similar law, called Wednesday’s news “devastating and preventable.”
“Exposing workers to this type of harm would not be accepted in any other industry in this nation,” the Los Angeles Democrat said.
The industry, which says its audience does not want to see condoms, is fighting the Los Angeles County measure in court.
After a federal judge ruled last week that the measure is constitutional industry officials promised to appeal.
from The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES – Monarchy Distribution has announced the upcoming launch of Boys Town Studios, an all-male studio with a charitable twist — all profits will go towards supporting gay rights.
“I have always created porn for profit. This will be the first studio I launch that will give back to the LGBT community” Monarchy owner Mike Kulich said. “While the advancements of gay rights in the U.S. have changed our society for the better, the setbacks abroad (particularly in Russia) made me see that this type of project was a necessity. I want to help the people suffering all over the world and living in persecuting countries using the best way I know how: making quality porn.”
The studio plans to release two films per month from genres including twinks, bears, leather and other niche fetishes.
“100 percent of the profits from all these movies, including DVD sales, video-on-demand, cable and broadcast will be donated to our newly-created non-profit” Kulich said. “Anyone will be able to write Boys Town Studios and tell their stories about how bigotry and homophobia has affected their lives, and we will step into help those victims as much as we can.”
The profits from the first movie will be directed towards gay Russian refugees, to help pay for their relocation as they seek asylum in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere.
In recent months, Russia has made it illegal for gay couples (and all Americans) from adopting children, banned gay pride parades in Moscow for 100 years and imposed a battery of harsh anti-gay measures countrywide.
“We have done a number of charity projects since our company was launched two years ago but none of them compare to what we are doing here” Kulich added. He believes that the studio “will save lives, offer comfort, hope, purpose and of course quality stroke material.”
Boys Town Studios is currently in pre-production with its first title “Deep In The Dark.” The film is slated to release in mid-October.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation sued Los Angeles County, claiming three of its officials falsely accused it of overbilling $1.7 million, to punish the group for its advocacy of the condoms-for-porn-actors law, and for blowing the whistle on county mismanagement of AIDS funding.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation and its president Michael Weinstein sued Los Angeles County, Department of Public Health directors Dr. Jonathan Fielding and Mario Perez, and County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, in Superior Court.
Weinstein made similar claims against Los Angeles County in a federal lawsuit last December.
In July, the foundation asked a federal judge to enjoin the county from auditing it, claiming the audit would interfere with patient care. That request was denied on July 19.
Voters approved Measure B, the Safer Sex in Adult Industry Act, in the November 2012 general election. The law requires porn actors to wear condoms. Pornography filmmakers in Los Angeles County also must take blood-borne pathogen training to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
The San Fernando Valley is a center of the pornography industry.
Porn producers must pay a fee to the L.A. County Department of Public Health for a film permit. Film permits may be revoked if actors or producers violate the law.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation was the official advocate of the ballot measure and in April this year intervened in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the law, which the foundation claims the county does not want to enforce.
In the new lawsuit, Weinstein claims the foundation is paying the price for its “advocacy positions,” and criticism of county officials’ misuse of federal funds.
“Defendants’ retaliatory conduct includes a conspiracy to create incorrect audit findings and demand millions of dollars from AHF [AIDS Healthcare Foundation] based upon these findings, and defendants’ discussion of these incorrect audit findings in front of other providers and the public at large,” the lawsuit states. “Defendants carry out these practices in order to intimidate providers into submission and prevent them from speaking out critically against the county.”
In his dense, 45-page complaint, Weinstein admonishes the county for claiming the foundation had overbilled L.A. County by $1.7 million. Compared to other providers, the county directs “frequent and invasive” audits of the foundation, Weinstein says.
The Health Resource Services Administration distributes federal funds under the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency Act. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has contracted with the county since the late 1990s to provide patient services.
Weinstein claims that the county misuses those funds, cutting off vital services to patients and favoring health care providers who make campaign contributions to county officials.
In 2009, the county reallocated $1.2 million to the Tarzana Treatment Center after cutting off funding for the foundation’s organization in the Antelope Valley, where it still operates at a loss, according to Weinstein.
“Tarzana had less experience than AHF and other providers in the area at treating HIV/AIDS. However, many of the principals of Tarzana are significant campaign contributors to Yaroslavsky,” the lawsuit states.
The county did not look at competing bids last year when in a single day it pushed through a $75 million contract for a private pharmacy administrator called Ramsell, Weinstein says in the complaint.
The foundation sued the county in Superior Court for violating competitive bidding rules, and won a judgment invalidating the contract in June 2012 – a move that angered county officials, according to the complaint.
Weinstein claims that as the foundation campaigned for Measure B in the November 2012 general election campaign, county officials “ramped up their threats,” demanding the foundation pay the $1.7 million within two weeks.
“Defendants’ actions have injured AHF Michael Weinstein, and their mission of providing quality care to those with HIV/AIDS,” the complaint states.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation seeks an injunction and general, compensatory, special and punitive damages for violations of the California Constitution and the California Whistleblower Act.
It is represented by house attorney Samantha Azulay.
from Courthouse News
Believe it or not, Pakistan, a country in which homosexuality is illegal, is the global leader in gay-porn-related Google searches.
A recent report from the Pew Research Center surveyed people from 39 countries about their views on homosexuality, and the data showed that Pakistan was one of the most intolerant nations. Mother Jones then looked at the Google Trends and found that the country was the world leader by volume for gay sex search terms.
According to the website’s analysis, users in Pakistan frequently searched “shemale sex,” “teen anal sex” and “man f–king man.” The country was second by volume of searches for “gay sex pics,” behind Kenya, another nation whose people reported a low tolerance of homosexuality.
The highest number of hits, Mother Jones said, came from Peshawar, which is known for being a stronghold of conservative Islam.
Farahnaz Ispahani of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars told Mother Jones that, while homosexuality is a taboo in much of the country, some of the most observant Muslim men have physical relationships with other men without thinking of themselves as gay.
“The real love they can have that most of us find with a partner, they find with men,” she said. “They mostly see their wives as the mother of their children.”
In the Pew report, only 2% of the survey participants from Pakistan said that society should accept homosexuality. Responses were similar in other predominantly Muslim nations as well as in sub-Saharan Africa.
Most countries in Europe widely accepted homosexuality. In Spain, 88% of participants voiced that society should accept homosexuality. Parts of Latin America expressed positive opinions on homosexuality, as did Australia (79%) and Philippines (73%). In Canada, 80% of the respondents expressed tolerance of homosexuality.
The study also showed that more people in the United States now believe that homosexuality should be accepted, with 60% answering yes in 2013, compared with 49% in 2007.
Countries where religion played less of a role in everyday life tended to be more tolerant toward homosexuality. Russia and China were notable exceptions.
from The New York Daily News
LOS ANGELES – Film permits requested by the porn industry have all but ceased in Los Angeles County as producers decide how to work around much opposed law that requires actors to wear condoms during shoots.
Film LA, the non profit organization that processes permits for motion picture, television and commercial production across Los Angeles, has seen applications for permits from the adult film industry plummet to only two so far this year. In previous years, an estimated 500 film permits are requested by the adult film industry annually.
“Most production companies have ceased shooting in LA County,” said Diane Duke, chief executive officer of the Canoga-Park based Free Speech Coalition, the trade organization for the adult film industry. “They have other options in other states and communities.”
In March, calls and inquiries from the adult film industry bombarded the city of Camarillo asking if there was a condom ordinance there.
As a result, the City Council placed a moratorium on adult film shoots for 45 days until it could decide, possibly later this month, what it will and won’t allow.
“All I can say is a number of inquires led us to be concerned that we should look at this and decide if this is something we want to do,” Don Davis, assistant city attorney for Camarillo, said of the adult film industry’s sudden interest.
The decline in film permit applications and the porn industry’s interest in Camarillo is an example of the ripple effect of Measure B, the ordinance that Los Angeles County voters passed in November that requires actors involved in explicit shoots to wear condoms. The law also requires adult film studios to apply for public health permits and for the county Department of Public Health to lead inspection and enforcement efforts. Health permits need to be attached to FilmLA applications.
As quickly as the ordinance passed, producers at many adult film studios threatened to leave the San Fernando Valley, where most pornographic movies have long been made, and, if possible, the state.
“Whether it’s Camarillo or another California city that is in the news because of Measure B, we strongly believe that the law is wrong, which is why we are challenging it,” said Steven Hirsch, founder and co-chairman of Universal City-based Vivid Entertainment. Hirsch and others have said the industry is watching and waiting for the outcome of a lawsuit filed by Vivid against Angeles County. The suit calls Measure B unconstitutional, saying it violates actors’ rights to free speech and expression.
Arguments are set to begin next month in U.S. District Court.
“We now need the court to rule on our case,” Hirsch said.
Stuart Waldman, president of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, said it’s too early to tell if the industry is moving out. But the region will feel an economic impact if studios and production companies leave. Waldman said VICA was opposed to Measure B because it meant an estimated loss of 10,000 production jobs that the adult film industry attracts, including makeup, lighting, carpentry, transportation, food service, payroll processing, Web design and actors. The adult film industry has been estimated to generate between $1 billion to $11 billion a year.
“I think the industry is still trying to figure out what it’s doing,” Waldman said. “I think it’s going to be a trickle effect, but one day we’ll all ask, where did all this money go?”
He said the industry likely wants to stay in Los Angeles because it already has a built-in infrastructure and relationship with the San Fernando Valley. But the law may eventually squeeze filmmakers out.
“At some point they would have to make the decision to move to another state,” Waldman said. “I think it’s coming.”
So far, cities in Ventura County have not exactly held up “Welcome Home” signs to pornographers. Police were called to an unsanctioned film shoot recently in Newbury Park. Fearing the industry would move to their neighborhoods, the Simi Valley City Council passed its own condom ordinance that also required the use of dental dams to protect performers from oral sex. The ordinance was passed before Measure B became law.
And Thousand Oaks has a rigorous signature requirement, which would prompt the adult film industry to tell neighbors if any nudity were occurring. “We have signature requirements on all filming, and that might be a hindrance,” said Geoff Ware, co-compliance manager for the city of Thousand Oaks.
The issue is under consideration by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, an official said.
“We’re just looking into it now, but there hasn’t been any formal action taken by the Board of Supervisors,” said Michelle Yamaguchi, with the county executive office.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation introduced and supported Measure B – the “Safer Sex Initiative” – to prevent sexually transmitted diseases spreading from the industry to the mainstream public.
The ordinance took effect immediately in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and in the city of Los Angeles, which passed its own ordinance. But how it is implemented in the 85 cities that contract with the county’s health department remains uncertain. In addition, the law does not apply in Pasadena, Long Beach and Vernon because those cities have their own municipal health departments.
None of those cities have received inquires from the adult film industry, officials from those municipalities said. And none seem to want to be the next San Fernando Valley.
“We haven’t seen (film permits) by the adult film industry to my knowledge,” said Robert Shannon, city attorney for Long Beach. “We’re free to enact a similar ordinance to Measure B and it wouldn’t really be a big issue to remedy the issue.”
Vernon spokesman Fred MacFarlane also said his city has received no inquiries. He thinks it’s because Vernon is an industrial area, with only 120 residents and 1,800 business, mostly factories.
“I don’t think there’s a niche group out there wanting to see explicit sex acts done in a factory and Vernon is full of factories,” MacFarlane said. “I don’t think you’ll see a ‘The Girls of Farmer John’.”
MacFarlane said the city is waiting for a staff report by its health department to be presented within the month.
“I don’t know a community in Los Angeles that is looking forward to becoming home to the porn industry,” MacFarlane said. “I think everybody recognizes it’s a revenue generator, but it’s not something we want.”
Meanwhile, AIDS Healthcare Foundation continues to press the industry into following the law. In March, the group filed a complaint with the Los Angeles County Health Department against Chatsworth- based Immoral Productions, saying the company produced adult content without the use of condoms.
In February, on Valentine’s Day, AHF supported a proposed bill by Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, that would require actors in porn films shot anywhere in California to use condoms.
Adult films are protected under the Freeman decision of 1988, when the state of California tried to prove that Harold Freeman, a producer and director of adult films, was pimping actors. The California Supreme Court disagreed. As a result, the making of hardcore porn was allowed in California.
Only New Hampshire has a similar law. But Matthew Newton, director of the New Hampshire Film & Television Office, said he has received no inquiries.
“All inquires have been from the media,” he said. “I haven’t received one call from the industry.”
Newton said he is uncertain how his state would react to an influx of adult film production.
“It’s not an industry I’ve ever dealt with and it’s not a sector of the film industry we’re looking into having,” Newton said. “It’s a little bit out of scope of what we’re trying to do here.”
Officials from the Film Office in Nevada, where many think porn production would fit in because of the state’s progressive views on prostitution, have said they have received no inquiries and have not courted the industry.
The adult film industry largely opposes mandatory condom use because they say viewers who turn to porn to watch sexual fantasy would be turned off. Actors also have said self-regulation – which requires porn actors to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases every 15 to 30 days – works well. Once an actor has completed testing, his or her name is entered into a confidential database, viewed only by directors on sets. Performers also fear that the industry will move underground to avoid government regulation, which could place actors and actresses at risk from those who avoid getting tested for STDs.
But besides Measure B, the industry also feels shut out in general, Duke of the Free Speech Coalition said.
“Whether warranted or not, California has a reputation of being unfriendly to business and this senseless crusade against the industry does nothing more than support that reputation,” Duke said. “This is no time to play Russian Roulette with a vital industry that provides tens of thousands of living wage paying jobs for Californians.”
Davis, the assistant attorney from Camarillo, said his community likely isn’t looking to become the next porn capital of the world.
“I would suspect given this community, they would not want that,” Davis said.
from The Daily News
Condom Requirement For Porn Filming Approved By Voters
Los Angeles’ New Adult Film Condom Law Has Holes
Simi Valley Mayor Says Porn Industry Not Wanted
LA Council Tentatively OKs Porn Condom Ordinance
Wilfried Knight an acupuncturist and porn star of French extraction, reportedly committed suicide last week in Vancouver, though his death was only confirmed by friends on Monday night. His husband, Jerry Enriquez, reportedly hanged himself in their home on February 21, 2013 and Knight was the person to discover the body.
In a series of lengthy blog posts on his personal site (NSFW) before his own death, Knight wrote that he and Enriquez were forced to move to Canada after Knight’s student visa expired because, although the couple were legally married in Canada in 2011, the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) prohibits the federal government from recognizing legal same sex marriages or affording same sex spouses rights normally afforded to heterosexual spouses — including the right to sponsor one’s spouse for a green card.
Never mind our commitment, our years together, i was to be thrown out. My partner knew it and decided to look for a job in the only country that would allow us to be together and marry: Canada.
And i know what most people will say: Why didn’t you guys marry in Washington, or California, or NYC? Well, IF YOU ARE TWO GAY MEN FROM DIFFERENT NATIONALITY, STATE MARRIAGE DOES NOT MATTER, EVEN IF ONE IS AMERICAN: IT NEEDS TO EXIST ON THE FEDERAL LEVEL TO APPLY TO A MULTINATIONAL COUPLE.
Knight wrote that Enriquez secured a job in Vancouver in 2012 with the yoga-and-sportwear company Lululemon, and the couple left America to try to start a life there. Instead, Enriquez was fired by Lululemon after a series of events that both left the couple embittered and Enriquez without employment, a visa or health insurance. Five months, and Knight came home to a sight not easily forgotten.
He had it well prepared. When i came back home worried for not receiving any answer to my texts, i found him there..hanging. I since then discovered the poor guy was on clonazepam and zoplicone to cope with the stress..which he had left there on the side with a bottle of wine he had purchased that morning…Which simply seemed aimed at me, in a way saying: “follow me and see you on the other side”.
In the posts he wrote before his own death, Knight repeatedly referred to his belief that Enriquez had meant for him to follow by leaving the pills and wine, even calling it “a last proof of love: he goes the hard way (who wants to die hanging?) and leave me the easy road.”
In the time that followed Enriquez’s suicide, Knight also discovered that the same laws that prevented recognition of their marriage in life prevented him from being recognized as a surviving spouse after his husband’s death.
BUT, if you like me have met your partner and lived in USA before, purchased goods, a condo together, well, if you are not from the same nationality, even if state gay marriage exist, in the absence of a will, the living partner left gets….NOTHING.
Knight added that Enriquez’s sister and brother would be packing up what was left of their possessions in the States and keeping the proceeds, despite having been on good terms with their brother in life.
Immigration Equality, a U.S.-based nonprofit which works to help same sex couples remain together despite legal barriers to the recognition of their marriages, estimates that there are 35, 820 same sex couples in the United States who face the same painful choices that Knight and Enriquez did in their lives: comply with U.S. immigration law and separate; live out of compliance with U.S. law; or move abroad. Communications Director Steve Ralls told Raw Story in a statement:
Suicide under any circumstance is a tragedy and in this case that tragedy is compounded. Immigration Equality was not aware of Knight’s case and it’s difficult to know all the details surrounding his and his partner’s suicide. What we do know, however, is that no couple should have to deal with the difficult circumstances our immigration laws force so many into. That’s why we’re committed to changing the law as soon as possible. The separation and discrimination couples face is very real and very painful.
Immigration Equality had pushed the Senators who crafted the Democrats’ immigration reform legislation to specifically include immigration rights for the same sex spouses of U.S. citizens, and have pushed for a separate bill to address the needs of binational same sex families, the Democrats’ current immigration reform framework bill contains no mention of the immigration rights of same sex spouses.
In the last post before Knight’s own death, he said one of the points of his posts was, “US OR ANY COUNTRY SHOULD HAVE NATIONAL/FEDERAL GAY MARRIAGE TO ALLOW PEOPLE LIKE JERRY AN ME TO BE TOGETHER, EVEN IF FROM DIFFERENT NATIONALITY.”
from The Raw Story
Gay performer Arpad Miklos reportedly took his own life Sunday in his New York apartment, several sources are reporting.
According to the Gay South Florida website, the 45-year-old actor was found Monday evening. Writer and friend Randal Lynch broke the news on Howard Bragman’sYouTube show Gwissues.
The Hungarian-born actor was discovered by Kristen Bjorn and moved to America shortly after his start in porn. Prior to that, he had worked as a chemical engineer. Miklos worked with John Rutherford, Jerry Douglas, Kristen Bjorn and Chi Chi LaRue, as well as European films. He primarily worked as a top and also did straight work for the Straight Guys for Gay Eyes website.
His more recent work saw him featured in the music video for the song “Hood” alongside artist Perfume Genius.
In June 2010 Arpad was chosen to be on the BUTT Magazine beach towels sold at American Apparel, for every towel sold a portion would be donated to the Ali Forney Center, an NYC organization providing housing and services to LGBTQ youth.
“He was a great guy, on top of that, there was a lot more to him than just that surface persona. He was a very active person in the gay community, he gave a lot of money to charities, and was overall a really good guy,” his friend Lynch has told reporters. “He was probably one of the biggest porn stars out there.”
Lynch also publicly stated that often drugs or depression are associated with suicide, but in Miklos’ case his reasons were his own.
“Haters can hate, people can speculate, but he’s not going to give a specific reason and give that satisfaction to anyone,” he said.
Through the years, Miklos won several awards for his work, inluding a 2005 GayVN Award for Best Solo Performance in BuckleRoos Part I. His most recent movie was 2010′s Crotch Rocket.
Hot House Video has confirmed the passing of gay adult performer Josh Weston, who entered the industry in 2001, when he signed with Falcon.
”Adult Superstar Josh Weston succumbed to HIV-related complications on Sunday, December 16,” reported the Hot House company blog. “He was 39 years old. Weston started his career in 2001 as a Falcon Exclusive, starring some of their biggest hits from the early 2000s. After leaving that contract went on to work with other studios including Hot House where he headlined our hits Trunks 3 and Communion. Always warm and friendly and ready to laugh, Josh was loved by many and will be missed by all.”
The Sword’s Zach added, “Weston began his career as a dancer at the Nob Hill Theatre in San Francisco, and after being discovered there by Chi Chi LaRue, he quickly became one of the decade’s most iconic performers.
“Weston’s later work with several bareback studios was seen by some as controversial, but his flawless physique and legendary performances are what, I think, will be remembered most.
“Weston unfortunately joins a long list of performers who’ve died this year, including Erik Rhodes, Adam Faust, Corbin Fisher’s Sean, Roman Ragazzi, and more.”
LOS ANGELES – The AIDS Healthcare Foundation claims in court that Los Angeles County used a bogus audit to demand millions of dollars to retaliate for its blowing the whistle on the county’s misuse of federal money, and for its support for a condom law for porn actors.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation and its president Michael Weinstein sued Los Angeles County, its Department of Public Health, its Division of HIV and STD Programs and other officials, including County Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina, in Federal Court.
The foundation claims the county retaliated against it for its demand for enforcement of the law requiring condoms on porn movies made in L.A. County, and for objecting to the county’s alleged misuse of federal funding for HIV/AIDS patients.
The Health Resource Services Administration distributes federal funds under the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resource Emergency Act, and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has contracted with the county since the late 1990s to provide health-care services using the money, according to the lawsuit.
The foundation claims the county misappropriates federal funding by failing to follow statutory guidelines, by, among other things, “grossly” understating the amount it spends on administration, and failing to use the funds in a “timely and effective fashion.”
It also claims the county spent federal money for a “lavish” media center.
“Rather than using its substantial funding to accomplish the goals in which it is tasked, Los Angeles County, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and various of their divisions and leaders, have indulged in the gross misuse of resources, waste of public funds, favoritism, professional back-scratching, and retaliation against those that hold them accountable for doing their jobs,” the 39-page complaint states.
The county this year pushed through a $75 million contract with a private pharmacy administrator called Ramsell in just one day, without competing bids, the complaint states.
The foundation says it sued the county in Superior Court for violating competitive bidding rules, and won a judgment invalidating the contract in June.
After the foundation criticized the county and its officials publicly, the county reacted with “considerable hostility,” the group says.
“In their latest campaign to harass, intimidate, and defame AHF [AIDS Healthcare Foundation] defendants pursued a phony audit, which manufactured findings based on inaccurate information, and is the purported basis for defendants’ threatening to withhold over $1.7 million dollars in payments to AHF,” the complaint states.
The county claimed that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation had overbilled $1.7 million for its services and asked it to pay the money back, according to the complaint.
The foundation claims that county officials “ramped up their threats” in the months before the general election, when the group was campaigning for Ballot Measure B, which requires porn film actors to wear condoms.
Voters approved the ballot measure in November, and it will go into effect this month, according to the lawsuit.
“In addition to creating a bogus audit and disingenuously demanding millions of dollars from a nonprofit organization, defendants have escalated their attacks on plaintiffs by parading this audit in front of other providers and the public at large,” the complaint states.
The foundation also claims the county favors health-care providers who make campaign contributions, and who do not challenge or question the county’s use of funds.
It claims the defendants reallocated $1.2 million to the Tarzana Treatment Center at the expense of the plaintiff’s organization in the Antelope Valley.
“Defendants’ retaliatory act of cutting 100 percent of its funding to AHF in Antelope Valley not only caused AHF significant monetary loss, but was done at the expense of patients, further demonstrating defendants’ malfeasance and ill will toward plaintiffs,” the complaint states. “Those interests directly conflicted with defendants’ statutory obligations to allocate AIDS funds most effectively and with absolute undivided loyalty to the interests of the populations they serve.”
The county also cut $3 million in services to HIV/AIDS patients when it refused to award a contract to the foundation group for a benefit program, according to the complaint.
“Such a heartless and irrational decision can only be attributed to a desire by defendants to punish plaintiffs for their criticism of defendants’ mismanagement and ineptitude, and to eliminate any major competition for funds for defendants’ favored agencies – i.e., the agencies that uncritically tow DHSP’s line,” the complaint states, abbreviating Division of HIV and STD Programs.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation seeks compensatory and special damages for retaliation, violation of the False Claims Act, constitutional violations and defamation.
It is represented by house attorney Samantha Azulay.
The county did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
from Courthouse News