News Brief - Condoms for ALL in Californian Porn

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News Brief Condoms for ALL in Californian Porn

News Brief - Condoms for ALL in Californian Porn

Rubber up or hit the road.

That’s essentially the message proponents of a new ballot initiative are sending to the adult film industry in California.  The measure to require condoms in all California porn productions was proposed by Michael Weinstein, president of the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation.  Weinstein has previously come under scrutiny for referring to PrEP (Truvada) as a “party drug.”

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News Brief - Russia Poised to Outlaw "Coming Out"

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News Brief - Russia Poised to Outlaw "Coming Out"

Only two years after Russian president Vladimir Putin signed into law a nationwide ban on “gay propaganda,” conservative lawmakers are considering making that law even more restrictive for LGBT people.  The amendment calls for additional fines and jail time for those who “dare” to come out in public.

The new bill is being drafted as an amendment to Russia’s infamous ban on “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations,” which currently imposes fines and censure for any person or agency making pro-LGBT statements in any venue that could be accessible to minors.

If the amendment is signed into law, anyone who publicly declares a “’non-traditional sexual orientation’ could be fined 5,000 roubles ($80 USD) for ‘demonstrating [their] own expressed sexual preferences in public places,” as reported by Newsweek Europe.  Furthermore, if one were to make such a declaration in a school, “cultural establishment,” or government building he/she could be sentenced to 15 days in jail.  Newsweek went on to report that two members of the Communist Party introduced the bill as a way to regulate Russian morality, claiming that the countries ban on alleged gay propaganda is “insufficient.”

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News Brief - 2016 XBIZ Exec Awards!

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News Brief XBIZ Exec Awards

News Brief - 2016 XBIZ Exec Awards!

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Douglas Richter has been nominated for the 2016 XBIZ Exec Awards!  This prestigious award celebrates outstanding career achievement, reaching the pinnacle of ones' career, and fueling brands that excite and influence.  We are very happy for Douglas and his nomination and wish him the best of luck.

We encourage you all to go vote at XBIZ.net.  Be quick though, voting closes at Midnight on Sunday, November 15, 2015!

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News Brief - Killer Cobra

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News Brief Killer Cobra

News Brief Killer Cobra

It has become more and more mainstream for LGBTQ stores to find their way onto the big screen – MilkStonewallThe Imitation Game.  These films aim to uplift and inspire; shining a light on the great contributions our community has offered the world. 

The recently announced Christian Slater and Molly Ringwald film King Cobra, though it will dramatize a piece of gay history, will likely offer no such inspiration.  That is because it will tell the story of gay porn studio Cobra Video owner Bryan Kocis’ murder by two of his stars, Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes.  Slater and Ringwald, however, are not the only two stars attached to the project.  Naturally, James Franco is also involved.  Taking both a producing and acting credit for the film.

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News Brief - Jarek Wentworth Sentenced to Prison

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News Brief Jarek Wentworth Prison

News Brief Jarek Wentworth Prison

News Brief - Jarek Wentworth Sentenced to Prison

A federal judge has sentenced gay porn star Jarec Wentworth to five years and 10 months in prison.

Wentworth, 26 was convicted this past summer on six counts of extorting Donald Burns, a multimillionaire Magic Jack exec who admittedly had a penchant for sexual affairs with gay porn stars.

In sentencing, Wentworth was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his 70-month prison term.

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