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An Inside Look At The Gay Wing Of L.A. Men's Central Jail: VIDEO

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In an in-depth piece published today, LA Weekly goes inside “K6G,” the gay wing of Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles and looks at what life is like for its 400 inmates. Those who have been and are currently inmates here talk openly about how different the culture is in K6G and how the fear of violence and abuse are all but eliminated in what is an anomaly in the world of incarceration:

Duncan Roy, a gay British film producer who was held in K6G for 89 days without bail in 2012, under ex–Sheriff Lee Baca’s controversial interpretation of “immigration holds,” recalls, “In other parts of the jail, you try and smuggle in drugs and cigarettes. That didn’t happen in our wing.

“If you were going to smuggle something in, it would be dresses and bras.”

The gay wing at Men’s Central Jail is an exceptionally rare, if not unique, subculture, the only environment of its kind in a major U.S. city. Nothing like it exists in America’s 21 largest urban jails, all contacted by the Weekly, where officials described in far more modest terms their own steps to deal with and house gay inmates. San Francisco has a transgender holding tank, but gay inmates live among the general population. In New York’s Rikers Island, whose similar gay wing was shuttered in 2005, a jail spokesman laughed out loud, saying that whoever decides which men get placed in L.A. County’s gay jail wing “must have really good gay-dar.”

Indeed, the jail does have a screening process it uses to try and screen individuals. Those looking to be placed in K6G are asked to name a local gay bar they often visit. If they do this correctly, Deputy Sheriff Javier Machado, moves on to "tougher follow-up questions, such as, 'What’s the cover charge?'"

The most prevalent reason why straight inmates may want to seek placement in K6G? Safety:

The gay wing is a far less dangerous, more humane place to be. Unlike the angry, racially polarized culture of Men’s Central Jail, in K6G many of the inmates help one another face their days, and sometimes their years, together.

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Sheila Kuehl Defeats Bobby Shriver in L.A. Supervisor Race

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With 100% of precincts reporting, former State Senator Sheila Kuehl has defeated Bobby Shriver, a nephew of JFK, in her L.A. Supervisor District 3 race.

Kuehl took 52.8% of the vote and Shriver 47.2%.

Shriver raised twice the cash of Kuehl and had the backing of David Geffen. She will become the first openly gay person to serve on the Board of Supervisors.


Los Angeles Couple Reach Plea Deal In Torture, Murder Of 'Gay Acting' Eight-Year-Old Son - VIDEO

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Pearl Fernandez has reached a plea deal in the murder and torture of her “gay acting” eight-year-old son Gabriel, reports NBC. Fernandez, along with former boyfriend Isauro Aguirre, will also plead guity to the charges and avoid the death penalty. 

Fernandez_aguirreThe two will be be sentenced to life in prison without parole in exchange for their guilty pleas to first degree murder and torture with special circumstances. Both have waived their right to appeal. 

Fernandez and Aguirre had initially pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Gabriel, who died in May 2013, was allegedly beaten, doused with pepper spray, forced to eat his own vomit and locked in a cabinet with a sock in his mouth to muffle his screams.

Two of the boy’s siblings confirmed that Gabriel was forced to eat cat feces, rotten spinach and vomit; that he slept in a locked cabinet and wasn't let out to go to the bathroom; and that Fernandez and Aguirre called him gay, punished him when he played with dolls and forced him to wear girls' clothes to school.

Fernandez allegedly once jabbed Gabriel in the mouth with a bat and knocked out several teeth.

One of Gabriel’s siblings said that on the day of the fatal beating, Fernandez began hitting her son because he didn't want to pick up his toys. She then dragged him into a bedroom, where Aguirre joined her, and the siblings heard screaming, banging and then silence.

The incident has prompted calls for reforms to the Los Angeles County foster-care system because child welfare workers failed to remove Fernandez from his home. Moves have since been taken to fire two social workers and two supervisors, while others involved in the case have received letters of warning or reprimand.

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Gay Men's Chorus Of Los Angeles And Rob Cantor Tell The Story Of Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf: VIDEO

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We previously told you about singer Rob Cantor's catchy tune "Shia LaBeouf" about actual cannibal and Hollywood superstar Shia LaBeouf. The song imagines what it would be like if you were trapped in the woods and running for your life from Shia the cannibal. Thanks to some help from the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, we now have a must-see performance that illustrates the horror of that nightmare scenario. 

Be sure to watch til the end as a certain bearish man makes a cameo, perhaps fresh from his cottage in the woods.

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Ellen Brings Us Some Good News (Amongst All The Bad) With Adorable Cat and Baby Videos: WATCH

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All news seems like bad news these days. Ellen discovered as much by simply looking through the first few pages of The Los Angeles Times. But while death and destruction may make the front page, there is still plenty to celebrate! Citing a super-real-scientifically-proven study, Ellen recently lowered the blood pressure and boosted the mood of her studio audience by watching "cute, happy videos." 

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Tom Daley Dressed Up, Stripped Down for 2015: VIDEO

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Tom Daley offered viewers of his YouTube channel a preview of his 2015 calendar today and most folks will be looking forward to whatever month he's previewing above.

The British Olympian diver also recently shared some clips of a recent trip to Los Angeles in which he's seen frolicking along Hollywood Boulevard and playing in a friend's pool with his GoPro - though there's no Dustin Lance Black to be found in either of them.

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