Tag Archives: California

CALIFORNIA: Gay Porn Actor Sentenced To Six Years In Prison For Extorting Telecom Tycoon

Teofil Brank, who performed in gay porn as Jarec Wentworth, has been sentenced to six years in prison for extorting $500,000 and a luxury sports car out of Florida tech tycoon Donald Burns, who went to the FBI early this year after Brank’s blackmail demands escalated. The Los Angeles Times reports: At trial, Burns testified that he was “scared to ...

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CALIFORNIA: Rural County At Center Of Proposition 8 Battle Gets LGBT Community Center

Longtime JMG reader Luis sends us the above photo from the grand opening of an LGBT center in Imperial County, California. If Imperial County rings a bell for you, that’s because it was once at the center of the Prop 8 battle that eventually ended up before the US Supreme Court. Anti-gay groups turned to deeply conservative Imperial County because ...

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SACRAMENTO: Paris Train Attack Hero Spencer Stone Critically Stabbed After Leaving Gay Disco

Spencer Stone, the US Airman who recently won international accolades for thwarting a shooting on a Paris train, has been critically stabbed after he and a group of friends left Badlands, a popular gay disco in the Sacramento neighborhood known as Lavender Heights. The Sacramento Bee reports: Officers were called at 12:46 a.m. Thursday to the 2100 block of K ...

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California Will No Longer Do Business With Companies That Don’t Provide Benefits To Trans Employees

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill which bans the state from doing business with companies that fail to offer equal benefits to transgender employees. The National Center for Lesbian Rights applauds: “In signing SB 703, Governor Brown has made California the first state in the nation to refuse to contract with businesses and other entities that discriminate against ...

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Viral Video Of The Day

Via Yahoo News: A couple miraculously escaped unscathed after a humpback whale breached and landed on their kayak. Footage taken from a Sanctuary Cruises whale-watching boat shows the beast emerging from the water in Moss Landing, California and landing on the couple – who disappear beneath the water. One of the kayakers, Tom, a wildlife film director, recounted the experience, ...

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CALIFORNIA: AIDS Healthcare Foundation Subpoenas Health Centers For Medical Records Of Porn Performers

Several days ago a trade organization for the porn industry sent out an alert about the ever-combative AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which is most famous for its deep-pocketed advertising campaigns against the use of Truvada as an HIV preventive. From the Free Speech Coalition: Earlier this week, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) served several testing centers with subpoenas, asking them to ...

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New Promotional Clip From Folsom Street Fair

Last week organizers of the Folsom Street Fair won praise for their Fosse-inspired promotional clip. Today they released a less-raunchy but equally bizarre follow-up. This one you can probably watch at work, provided your cube-mates don’t have an issue with rubber body suits.

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Caitlyn Jenner Could Face Charge Over Car Crash

CNN reports: The report on the police investigation into a deadly four-car accident involving Caitlyn Jenner is being turned over to a prosecutor and could lead to a misdemeanor manslaughter charge against the reality television star, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective said Thursday. “Jenner’s case is going to go to the district attorney next week to see if it ...

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4.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles San Francisco Area [VIDEO]

Mass transit is snarled in the San Francisco area at this writing after a 4.0 magnitude earthquake centered near Oakland struck during the early morning commute. ABC News reports: The quake had a depth of about 3.3 miles and struck on the Hayward Fault, which also saw a 4.0-magnitude earthquake on July 21 in Fremont. Several small aftershocks were reported ...

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SAN DIEGO: Bride Surprises Guests By Handing Off Bouquet To Male Friend

See what happens next. (Tipped by JMG reader Aaron) UPDATE: One of the men in the video has entered the comments. He writes: “LOL… I’m the guy sitting and crying in the video… how did you get this?! My partner Mark and I have been together for 9 yrs and recently moved to Portland. We came home to San Diego ...

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Corgi Beach Day

LAist reports: Just when you though Corgi Beach Day couldn’t get any bigger (and stumpier). So Cal Corgi National hit up Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach on Saturday for this season’s beach day, and organizers estimate that over 800 corgis were in attendance, even more than the one in April. Not bad, considering they started with only 15 at ...

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CALIFORNIA: Top Cop Blasts “Debauched” Obergefell Ruling In Public Letter

A top police official in Stockton, California has published a viciously anti-gay letter in a local newspaper and says he doesn’t care if it gets him fired. Lt.Toby Will, a former Marine and 25-year veteran of the Stockton Police Department, wrote a 282-word letter to the editor of the Stockton Record which was published in Wednesday’s edition under the heading ...

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CALIFORNIA: Gay Porn Actor Found Guilty Of Extorting Telecom Tycoon Donald Burns

Via Courthouse News Service: A gay porn actor was found guilty Thursday of extorting and attempting to extort $1.5 million from a Florida-based business tycoon. The case ended Thursday afternoon after about two hours of deliberation, with the jury delivering a guilty verdict against defendant Teofil Brank, who performs as Jarec Wentworth, on all six of the government’s charges. Brank, ...

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California: Now More Latino Than White

Via the Los Angeles Times: The demographers agreed: At some point in 2014, Latinos would pass whites as the largest ethnic group in California. Determining when exactly that milestone would occur was more of a tricky question. Counting people isn’t like counting movie ticket receipts. The official confirmation had to wait until new population figures were released by the Census ...

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CALIFORNIA: AG Shoots Down Another Attempt By Gay Death Penalty Advocate

Yesterday California Attorney General Kamala Harris rejected another attempt to place the Sodomite Suppression Act on the 2016 ballot. This time Christian activist Matt McLaughlin tried a different angle. In his first public comments since proposing the original “Sodomite Suppression Act” in February, Matt McLaughlin expressed outrage that Harris’ office, which is charged with preparing ballot measures, summarily dismissed his ...

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CALIFORNIA: AG Kamala Harris Wins Battle Against Sodomite Suppression Act

Yesterday the California Assembly approved a resolution which denounces the Sodomite Suppression Act, the proposed 2016 ballot measure to have all gay people put to death. The Assembly’s move is now moot as a Superior Court judge has approved Attorney General Kamala Harris’ request to strike the measure before petition signature gathering can begin. The court’s ruling comes despite the ...

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COURT: Uber Drivers Are Employees

Via USA Today: In a ruling that could significantly raise costs for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft, the California Labor Commission ruled this week that a driver who filed a complaint against Uber Technologies was an employee, not an independent contractor. The driver, Barbara Berwick, was awarded a mere $4,152 — chump change for Uber. But the technology giant ...

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CALIFORNIA: GOP Assembly Member Blames Drought On Legalized Abortion

“Texas was in a long period of drought until Governor Perry signed the fetal pain bill. It rained that night. Now God has His hold on California.” – California GOP Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, speaking before an anti-abortion group. After her quote made national headlines, Grove followed up with some limp damage control: “I believe – and most Americans believe – ...

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CALIFORNIA: “Intolerant Jackass Act” Backers Can Start Collecting Signatures

Via CBS San Francisco: While the status of a “Sodomite Suppression Act” proposed state ballot initiative remains in limbo, proponents of a rival “Intolerant Jackass Act” initiative were cleared by state Secretary of State Alex Padilla to begin collecting signatures Wednesday. The rival initiative would force the filer of the Sodomite Suppression Act or any similar initiative to attend sensitivity ...

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CALIFORNIA: State Senate Votes To Raise Cigarette Buying Age To 21

Via the Los Angeles Times: The state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would raise the minimum legal age for buying cigarettes and other tobacco products from 18 to 21 as part of an effort to reduce smoking by young people. Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina) said he introduced the bill, SB 151, out of concern that an estimated ...

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