New Brief: Scotland to Pardon Gay Men Convicted Under Outdated Laws

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News Brief Scotland to Pardon Gay Men Convicted Under Outdated Laws

News Brief Scotland to Pardon Gay Men Convicted Under Outdated Laws

New Brief:  Scotland to Pardon Gay Men Convicted Under Outdated Laws

Men convicted of same-sex sexual activity on the basis of outdated and homophobic laws will receive a full pardon, the Scottish government has announced.

Holyrood, Edinburgh’s justice secretary, Michael Matheson, told the chamber in late October that the parliament would bring forward a Scottish “Turing law” to automatically pardon gay and bisexual men convicted of sexual offenses that are no longer criminal.  He added that his officials had also been in discussion with Police Scotland to identify the most effective way of ensuring that past convictions for consensual sex between men no longer appeared on a person’s criminal record.

The law is named after Alan Turing, whose work during the Second World War helped break the German Enigma code, who was pardoned posthumously in 2013.  Turing was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 and chemically castrated.  He died two years later; an autopsy found he had killed himself.

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News Brief: Rentboy CEO Strikes Deal

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News Brief Rentboy CEO Plea Deal

News Brief Rentboy CEO Plea Deal

News Brief:  Rentboy CEO Strikes Deal

The government could get $10 million in a deal that closes Rentboy.com and sends its former CEO to prison, reports the Associated Press.

Jeffrey Hurant pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution and conspiring to commit money laundering, reports the AP.  The plea deal sends Hurant for no more than two years and imposes a $10 million fine or less, with sentencing decided in February.

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News Brief: Voting Begins for 17th Annual Cybersocket Web Awards!

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News Brief 17th Annual Cybersocket Web Awards

News Brief 17th Annual Cybersocket Web Awards

News Brief:  Voting Begins for 17th Annual Cybersocket Web Awards!

Voting has begun for the 17th annual Cybersocket Web Awards.  The show is scheduled to take place in West Hollywood, California on Monday, January 9, 2017.

The Cybersocket Web Awards honors the online achievements of gay adult companies.  Recognizing gay websites in both “Surfers’ Choice” and “Industry Choice” categories.

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News Brief: King Cobra Trailer Offers Glimpse of Gay Porn Tragedy

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News Brief King Cobra Trailer

News Brief King Cobra Trailer

News Brief:  King Cobra Trailer Offers Glimpse of Gay Porn Tragedy

The official trailer for the mainstream movie King Cobra has been officially released.

King Cobra is the new indie thriller that documents the real-life murder of gay porn producer Bryan Kocis in 207.  The fact-pace trailer provides a look at Kocis, who broke into the gay porn scene in the mid-2000s and went on to achieve meteoric success after signing Brent Corrigan as talent.  Things quickly spiral out of control though as Brent’s fame attracts the attention of rival companies.

King Cobra, distributed by IFC Midnight, has been described as the Boogie Nights of gay porn.  Staring James Franco, Christian Slater, Alicia Silverstone, and Molly Ringwald, the film is set to premier on-demand and in theaters on October 21, 2016.

See the trailer after the JUMP.

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News Brief: British Scientist Could Be on the Brink of Creating a Cure for HIV

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News Brief British Scientists Brink of HIV Cure

News Brief British Scientists Brink of HIV Cure

News Brief:  British Scientist Could Be on the Brink of Creating a Cure for HIV

A British man living with HIV could become the first person to be cured of the disease as scientists edge closer to a irreversible cure.

Scientists and doctors from five leading British universities – Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London, and King’s College London – teamed up to design the cure.  50 people took part in a trial of the treatment and one patient is showing signs that he may be cured.

The 44-year-old man’s early tests failed to detect any trace of HIV in his system.  However, those working on the trial program expect to wait for a few months longer before confirming whether the treatment has successfully worked.

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