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Leading California gay rights leader arrested over child porn possession

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June 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A prominent leader in the gay-rights movement in California headed to jail on June 22 after police say they caught him in possession of graphic images of toddlers engaged in lewd acts of sodomy and oral sex.

Larry Brinkin was released on bail the following morning. According to the district attorney’s spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman, the DA’s office “is still reviewing the case,” and does not yet know if it will file charges. 

San Francisco police say Brinkin had pictures of children as young as one performing sexual acts on adult males.  These images were found in the email [email protected]com, which was linked to Brinkin’s IP address.  The AOL account was also paid for with Brinkin’s credit card. 

Brinkin’s email also allegedly contained graphic and racist comments on the pornography, including: “I loved especially the n**ger 2-year old getting nailed.  Hope you’ll continue so I can see what the little blond b**ch is going to get.  White Power!  White Supremacy!  White d**k rules!”

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Brinkin, a San Francisco native, retired from a 22-year tenure at the Human Rights Commission in 2010.  On the occasion, the Board of Supervisors publicly stated that Brinkin’s “dedication to advance the civil rights of all people has never stopped,” referring to his focus of gay and lesbian equality.  The Board of Supervisors also designated the first week of February as “Larry Brinkin Week”. 

Brinkin was instrumental in crafting San Francisco’s Equal Benefits Ordinance.  According to the ordinance, if an employee’s spouse receives benefits, then an employee’s domestic partner must receive the same coverage.

This followed from his 1982 lawsuit, which was the first ever to contain the term “domestic partnership.”  Brinkin sued Southern Pacific Railway following the suicide of his partner of 11 years.  He claimed to deserve the privilege of the customary bereavement leave given to married employees.  At the time Brinkin worked as a clerk for the company.  The judge ruled against his case. 

In 1993, Brinkin participated in interviews for Marc Huestis’ documentary, “Sex Is”.  The thesis, according to IMBd’s plot summary, is that “sex is going to be with us, so how best do we embrace it?”  In it, homosexuals talk about “their first sexual experience, the gay scene in San Francisco…, the pall cast by AIDS, [and] the safe-sex movement.”  The film includes clips of pornography and archival footage. 

Brinkin lives with his partner and has a teenaged son.  The homosexual community is stunned by the recent arrest.

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