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Protest Against Rentboy.com Raid Targets Brooklyn Courthouse

Protest Against Rentboy.com Raid Targets Brooklyn Courthouse

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Some 70 people turned out to the federal courthouse in downtown Brooklyn to protest the raid on rentboy.com and the arrests of the gay escorting website’s chief executive and six of its employees, and to demand that the charges against all seven be dropped. “This is a waste of taxpayer money,” said […]

BREAKING: Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Jailed For Contempt of Court

BREAKING: Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Jailed For Contempt of Court

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Kim Davis, a defiant Kentucky county clerk who is refusing to issue any marriage licenses rather than authorize licenses for same-sex couples, was jailed today on the order of US District Judge David L. Bunning. Davis, the Rowan County clerk, has declined to issue licenses to any couples –– same-sex or different sex […]

The Security Inked Deepthroat Found at Rentboy.com

The Security Inked Deepthroat Found at Rentboy.com

BY NATHAN RILEY | Inked Deepthroat was with his uncle, who is gay and worldly wise, when a text flashed on his cell phone announcing the raid on rentboy.com –– and that his world had been turned upside down. One friend was among the seven arrested by agents from the US Department of Homeland Security backed […]

Why the Rentboy.com Raid Hit Such a Nerve    

Why the Rentboy.com Raid Hit Such a Nerve    

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The outraged reaction to the federal government’s raid on rentboy.com and the arrests of seven staffers there, including the escort website’s chief executive, reflects the positive status that escorts and for-hire sex have in the gay community. “It’s much more socially acceptable,” said Christian Grov, an associate professor at the CUNY School […]

Cy Vance: Don’t Blame Me for Rentboy.com Raid

Cy Vance: Don’t Blame Me for Rentboy.com Raid

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The Manhattan district attorney’s office had its name removed from the press release issued by the Brooklyn-based Office of the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York that announced the raid on rentboy.com and the arrests of the gay escort site’s chief executive and six of its employees. “Cy Vance is understandably […]

As LGBT Groups Call For Decriminalizing Sex Work, Government Moves on Rentboy.com

As LGBT Groups Call For Decriminalizing Sex Work, Government Moves on Rentboy.com

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | Leading LGBT rights legal organizations in the US, on August 20, issued a joint statement supporting Amnesty International’s recent resolution advocating for the human rights of sex workers, including the repeal of laws against prostitution. Just days later, on August 25, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) raided the Manhattan […]

Homeland Security’s Rentboy Raid All Too Predictable

Homeland Security’s Rentboy Raid All Too Predictable

BY NATHAN RILEY | The raid on rentboy.com by the US Department of Homeland Security is no fluke. It follows the April passage of the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act by lopsided majorities in Washington. Major enforcement responsibility was assigned to the agency created to protect us from terrorism and control immigrants. Congress declared the […]

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

UN Security Council Gets Briefing on ISIS Murders of Gays

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | In what was a first in international diplomacy, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) appeared before the United Nations Security Council to discuss what it termed the “careful targeting” of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people by ISIS in areas that group controls in Syria and Iraq. […]

Raid on Rentboy.com Leaves Many Wondering How this Became a Priority

Raid on Rentboy.com Leaves Many Wondering How this Became a Priority

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The arrests of rentboy.com’s chief executive and six employees of the leading gay escort website are drawing fire from some corners of the LGBT community that see the raid as a waste of federal dollars in pursuit of a victimless crime. “Rentboy has been an institution in the gay community since 1997,” […]

Troy Masters Departs Gay City News to Launch LA Pub    

Troy Masters Departs Gay City News to Launch LA Pub    

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Troy Masters, a galvanizing force in New York City’s LGBT media world for more than quarter of a century, is leaving Gay City News, a publication he founded and where he serves as associate publisher, to launch a biweekly gay publication in Los Angeles. Masters, whose departure is effective August 21, will […]

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