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Court tells Kink.com to defend self against HIV claims

SAN FRANCISCO — Porn producer Kink.com has been told that it has to defend itself against lawsuits from actors who say they contracted HIV on set. Courthouse News reported that Atain Specialty Insurance Company sued Peter Acworth, CEO Kink.com, and his companies in November 2015. Atain claimed has no duty to cover litigation costs related to a rash…

CDC says that particular words aren’t banned

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that seven words weren’t actually banned at the agency. On Friday evening, the Washington Post reported that the words are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based” could no longer be used on official documents for the 2018 budget. CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald said…

Military to accept transgender people starting Jan. 1

WASHINGTON — The military will start accepting transgender recruits starting January 1, media reports said. National Public Radio reported that Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly upheld an earlier decision to temporarily block President Trump’s ban on Monday. Two federal judges put the ban on hold after several lawsuits were filed against the ban. The Trump administration had appealed…

LAM board selects Gary Wasdin as Executive Director

CHICAGO — The board of directors of the Leather Archives & Museum announce early Monday afternoon that they had confirmed Gary Wasdin as the new executive director. The announcement came after a months long search with three finalists having public, open interviews in early December. According to the press release from the LAM, the vote…

Leather Hall of Fame 2018 Inductee List

CLEVELAND — The Leather Hall of Fame honors and preserves the legacy of the extraordinary people and organizations that have significantly shaped the history of the Leather/BDSM communities worldwide since 1950. Each year, we induct three groups or individuals to honor their legacy. We are pleased to announce that the 2018 inductees are International Mr.…