News Brief: Italy’s Senate Approves Same-Sex Civil Unions… With a Catch

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News Brief Italian Civil Unions

News Brief:  Italy’s Senate Approves Same-Sex Civil Unions… With a Catch

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s political gamble paid off, with his nation’s Senate voting overwhelmingly to approve a bill to legalize nonreligious civil unions for same-sex couples, reports the BBC.

In an attempt to force the bill’s passage after weeks of delay, Renzi called a confidence vote in his leadership and his legislative agenda Thursday.  Had the motion failed, he would have been forced to resign.  The vote was successful, passing by a margin of 173-71, an outcome that Renzi has hailed as “historic.”

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News Brief: Charges Dropped Against 6 Rentboy Employees

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News Brief Rentboy Charges Dismissed Against 6 Employees

News Brief:  Charges Dropped Against 6 Rentboy Employees

Criminal charges have been dropped against six employees of Rentboy.com.

On Friday, February 12, a magistrate judge, acting on a motion from prosecutors, dismissed complaints against Michael Belman, Clint Calero, Diana Mattos, Marco Decker, Edward Estanol, and Shane Lukas.  The motions were entered on February 17.

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News Brief: A War-Torn Love

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News Brief War-Torn Love

This gay couple overcame all odds to be together after meeting by chance during the Iraq war.  Nayyef Hrebid worked as an interpreter in the US Army, while Betu Allami fought with the Iraqi Army.  They met durin a dangerous mission to reclaim a hospital, which had been overtaken by insurgents.

The couple, when they first met, got time together in a safe house, and would eat a meal, before sitting outside in the garden, talking for hours.  Speaking about the orderal with KUOW Public Radio, Hrebid says the conversations were what kept him going during the difficult time.

“Because, you know, we see dead people.  We fight.  So what we talk about is our life and past, about how we feel, and about where we like to be in the future,” Hrebid said, “…and that was very beautiful in that difficult moment.”

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News Brief: CDC Report Links HIV Transmission to Bareback Gay Porn Actor

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News Brief CDC HIV Transmission

News Brief CDC HIV Transmissions

A report suggests that a porn actor is thought to have transmitted HIV to another performer during a bareback scene.  The report from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), suggests that testing alone cannot keep porn actors safe from the HIV infection.  Condoms were recommended by the CDC, alongside PrEP as a preventative measure to stop the spread of HIV within the Industry.

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News Brief: MEN.com Has a Little Fun with Fans!

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News Brief:  MEN.com Has a Little Fun with Fans!

A host of adult film favorites have decided to share some of the things they are most tired of hearing in regards to their professional choices!

A new video from MEN.com brings together some of the site’s biggest stars to discuss the some of the things that they have had to endure as a result of their work in the Industry.  Rafael Alencar, Topher DiMagio, Diego Sans, and Colton Grey are amongst the stars that are sharing their experiences. 

With questions ranging from “How does porn affect your relationships?” to “Does your grandmother know what you do?” these guys have heard it all, and after a few hundred times the questions can get old.  Thankfully this video allows them to show just how annoying and it can be.  Plus it’s fun!

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