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Court of Appeals Rules In Favor of Compulsory Condom Use In L.A. Adult Films

A panel of judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Measure B, the Los Angeles county ordinance mandating condom use by adult performers on set, does not violate the adult film industry’s First Amendment rights. Measure B was first adopted in 2012 after being put up to a vote by LA county residents. Though many adult film studios mandate routine health screenings, proponents of Measure B reason that compulsory condom use would create safer work environments by lowering the risk of potential exposure to STIs.

LaThe adult film industry’s legal representation contended that forcing studios to make their performers wear condoms was tantamount to limiting a studio’s right to free speech. The three-judge panel ruled that in order for the studios’ defense to be valid, there would have to be a demonstrable muddling of a studio’s intended message.

"Here, we agree with the district court that, whatever unique message plaintiffs might intend to convey by depicting condomless sex, it is unlikely that viewers of adult films will understand that message," Judge Susan P. Graber explained in the the panel's written majority.

In its decision, the Ninth Circuit also referred to a statement from the LA County Department of Health highlighting the fact that adult performers, on average, were about ten times more likely to test positive for STIs as compared to the general public. Since Measure B’s passing, the adult film industry in LA County has shrunk drastically. Some studios continue to operate without the proper permits, while others have simply left the area.

Similar efforts to increase condom use, like assembly bill AB 1576, have begun to pop up across California to varying degrees of success.  AB 1576, which was defeated earlier this year, was met with backlash for its potential to put certain adult performers out of work.

Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Expels Gay Student For Doing Adult Films

Jeppe Hansen

22-year-old dancer Jeppe Hansen was accepted to the prestigious Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and received a scholarship for their professional division in September 2012. Then officials discovered that in his short time attending the school Jeppe chose to act in porn. Officials decided was no longer welcome in the school, reports CBC.

Jeppe decided to do porn after being frustrated by what he viewed as the constraints of ballet. Porn was a side project that would allow him to be the artist he wants to be, while ballet "is restrictive. Everyone tells you what you have to do, how to look, what to weigh, how to perform [and] be the artist you are."

Emmy-award-winning producer Jake Jaxson, the owner of the site that Jeppe performed for, shares a similar sentiment in regards to the artistic value of porn and is trying to blur the lines between mainstream and adult entertainment. He wants to make films that have storylines as well as sex, and points out that the extreme violence present in many films is not regarded as being outside of the mainstream. This echoes James Franco in Interior. Leather Bar. when he stated "Sex should be a storytelling tool, but we’re so f**king scared of it," and pointed out how the common and natural acts of sex - gay sex in particular - are subjected to much higher levels of censorship than extreme violence.

Though a victim of the sex-phobic culture that insists on the dichotomoy that "porn is bad" but consumes it en masse, slut-shaming the actors who dare perform in it all the while, Jeppe insists that his dancing career is not over. For now, he is taking a break until he can find a place where he can fit in.

Book: Christopher Reeve Had Affair with Gay Porn Actor


A new book, Hollywood Babylon Strikes Again, makes the claim that the late Christopher Reeve once had an affair with the late gay porn star Cal Culver (aka Casey Donovan), who starred in the legendary gay adult film Boys in the Sand.

"Culver, who died of an AIDS-related illness, told the unnamed interviewer he met Reeve when both were auditioning for the same Broadway role in the mid-1970s. In the chat, the porn star says, 'Christopher was a great lover and I think I liberated him sexually. I didn't think he was gay but he seemed willing to try anything once. He was curious.' In the book extract, obtained by the Globe, Culver calls Reeve 'the man of my dreams' and reveals the two men had a passionate affair that lasted for two months - until the future Superman learned his partner was a gay porn star, who performed under the name Casey Donovan."

Now, quoting a dead gay porn star about a dead screen icon doesn't offer much in the way of credibility, but, it doesn't make for a bad fantasy.


News: Mormons, Liz Taylor, Football, Jane Lynch, Nero, Frat Boys

RoadWhere Did 'We' Go? Thomas Friedman pens a frightening op-ed about assassination and the current political climate in the U.S. "The American political system was, as the saying goes, 'designed by geniuses so it could be run by idiots.' But a cocktail of political and technological trends have converged in the last decade that are making it possible for the idiots of all political stripes to overwhelm and paralyze the genius of our system."



NYT on Hair's decision to go dark and perform at the National Equality March: "That unusual — and expensive — decision to skip a popular weekend performance at the beginning of the theater season originated with the show’s star, Gavin Creel. 'I said, ‘My God, we have to go, we have to go,’' Mr. Creel recalled when he first heard about the rally late last spring."


For Elizabeth Taylor, too much Kathy Ireland is never enough.


NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Scott Fujita speak out for gay rights. Ayanbadejo: "I think we will look back in 10, 20, 30 years and be amazed that gays and lesbians did not have the same rights as every one else. How did this ever happen in the land of the free and the home of the brave? Are we really free?"


VIDEO: Adam Lambert thanks fans for raising $229,000 for public school art programs.


University of Alaska allows "ex-gay" speaker Edward Delgado: "Jim Minnery, president of the Alaska Family Council, said Chancellor Brian Rogers refused to bar Delgado from the campus, adding he wants a 'welcoming and inclusive university.'"


First look: T.R. Knight in Parade.


A sneak peek at Kylie Minogue's tour.



Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City installs sign to prevent future instances of man-on-man kissing on LDS property.


New Barney Frank bio ignores his personal life: "Those of you seeking an in-depth study of a fascinating and very, very funny political creature midcareer should buy it. Cokie Roberts and Nancy Pelosi blurbed it nicely. Anyone looking for full insights into the private man might want to wait."


Archaeologists uncover Roman Emperor Nero's rotating dining room. "The mechanism was a feat of Roman engineering, and moved thanks to the spheres beneath the wooden floor of the room, kept in constant movement by water being forced against them. Quite how this worked is still being researched."


AfterElton interviews Jane Lynch, Glee's Sue Sylvester.



Brazilian beauties decorate Junior.


Eddie Cibrian gives fans what they want on CSI.


Gay man's attacker gets 4 1/2 years in the UK: "Andrew Harris, aged 21, launched the violent attack upon a gay man after agreeing to go home with him following a night out drinking in Northampton town centre. Despite flirting with his victim and going into his bedroom, Harris suddenly turned violent, shouting 'I'm not gay'."


Friday Night Lights returning with some fresh meat.


English cricketer Kevin Pietersen signs on as Brylcreem Boy.


Frat brothers at George Washington University are trying to take the homophobia out of Greek life: "GW’s fraternity brothers are the nation’s future congressmen, investment bankers, and CEOs. They won’t reach those positions if their Google profiles turn up associations with homophobic and misogynistic fraternities. So GW’s frat boys—and don’t call them that!—are straining to undo the legacy of 'aggressive heterosexuality' and gay-bashing forged by their predecessors. It’s an effort that involves a good deal of re-education, some new alliances, and a compensatory vice or two."

Gay Porn Twin Taleon Goffney Gets 3-8 Years for Burglaries


Yesterday, Taleon Goffney, who has been incarcerated for over a year for burglaries committed with the aid of his twin brother Keyontyli, was sentenced in a Philadelphia court. The two brothers acted together in gay porn videos on the internet.

The Philadelphia Daily News reports:

"Goffney yesterday pleaded guilty to two counts each of burglary and criminal conspiracy under a plea deal between his attorney, Michael F. Gushue, and Assistant District Attorney Caroline Keating. As part of the agreement, Goffney, 27, identified his twin, Keyontyli, who is free on bail and attended the hearing, as a co-conspirator in the burglaries. Keating alleged that Keyontyli Goffney, who is to appear in court Aug. 6 for his role in the burglaries, served as a driver and a lookout in the crimes. During yesterday's proceeding, she and Gushue disagreed on the original terms of the plea agreement, which included a guilty plea with consecutive two-to-four-year sentences. Attorneys later renegotiated the deal. Afterward, Gushue said that he and Goffney, who, he said, plans to complete his college degree while incarcerated, were content with the outcome. 'I think he's had an epiphany,' Gushue said. 'He's a bright young man.' Other charges, including criminal trespass, receiving stolen property and possession of an instrument of crime, were dropped."

Nebraska Wrestlers Dismissed for Gay Porn Profiled on ESPN


ESPN's Outside the Lines" ran its segment on Nebraska wrestlers Paul Donahoe and Kenny Jordan, who were dismissed for participating in porn videos on the Fratmen.TV website. Donahoe left Nebraska to go to Edinboro University and is again ranked #1 in his weight nationally. Jordan now attends Purdue University.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Also, AFTER THE JUMP, Paula Lavigne and David Ridpath discuss Nebbraska's handling of the wrestlers, and whether or not the school has a double standard.

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