Saturday, April 16, 2011

Porn Panic 2011 Update: BREAKING: AHF Hypocrisy Exposed By TheSword.com: Push Condom Mandate On Others, But Sell Bareback Gay Porn At Home. Niiiiiice!!!

Oh, My. Goodness.

If this turns out to be true, it completely changes the game on the condom mandate.

Apparently, Mike Weinstein's AIDS Healthcare Foundation has just a little bit of a problem with walking their talk about forcing condom usage in porn. As in, making money off the sime bareback they would outlaw.

No, I don't just mean making money off banning it, I mean making money off of it directly..by SELLING it.

This story originated over at TheSword.com, a very respected gay male site; I'll just quote them. (WARNING: link to article which contains NSFW images)


Why Is Michael Weinstein’s AIDS Healthcare Foundation Selling Bareback Porn?



AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Michael Weinstein, a fierce proponent of condom usage in porn and the leading force behind ongoing efforts to make condom use mandatory in California porn, owns and operates nearly two dozen “Out of the Closet” stores, including the recently opened Wilton Manors, Florida location. In addition to used clothes and furniture, this store is also home to an ‘AHF Pharmacy.’ Also available at Michael Weinstein’s thrift store? Used bareback porn.

When the store opened in 2008, Weinstein announced that “Ninety-six cents of every dollar raised through the Wilton Manors store and through ‘AHF Pharmacy’ will benefit AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s HIV/AIDS prevention and education programs in Broward County and statewide,” so selling bareback movies in that same store would be an oddly counterintuitive move on the part of an organization whose sole objective is to prevent the spread of HIV. And yet, here they are.

The bareback movies currently on sale at Michael Weinstein’s Out of the Closet in Wilton Manors include Bareback Joy Riders, Bareback Sailor Pimp, and Cum Inside Me.

This photo of bareback porn currently on sale at Out of the Closet (note: customers have to ask a clerk to view the films, which are typically kept behind a counter) was taken by Out of the Closet employee Ryan Dixon (a.k.a. Kameron Scott), a former adult performer living with HIV. Dixon took issue with AHF/Out of the Closet selling the films, so he brought them–as well as the subject of bareback porn and bareback performers–to the attention of Out of the Closet’s district manager, Matt Lamariana, who rebuffed Dixon, allegedly telling him, “Who cares?”

Yesterday, Dixon quit his job at Out Of The Closet, citing the bareback titles and Lamariana’s attitude. Excerpts from Dixon’s letter of resignation:
This letter is being written to inform you that the weeks of April 10, 2011 and April 17, 2011 will be my final two weeks with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation as a cashier at Out of the Closet. I have made this decision based on my experiences working at your store, observations about operations I have made and personal beliefs which I cannot compromise.
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Out of the Closet is supposed to be a fundraiser, but to sell bareback porn movies behind the counter just to make money makes me sick. I confronted a fellow employee about it, then the assistant manager, and finally my store manager about not feeling right about selling them because of what this company is supposed to be portraying. When Matt was asked about it, he looked at me, shrugged, and said, “Who cares? It’s been made and they’re probably already dead from whatever they caught.”
As a former adult model living with HIV, that comment was the last straw for me. Are we not the same company that protests studios that make videos without condoms, but yet it’s ok to sell their movies because it’s ‘already made’?
A press rep for AHF/Out of the Closet confirmed to The Sword that porn is sold in some store locations, but couldn’t comment on Dixon’s resignation or the sale of bareback porn. Additional calls to AHF/Out of the Closet in Florida have not been returned.

The Free Speech Coalition’s Diane Duke, a frequent opponent of Weinstein and AHF in the ongoing battle of condoms in porn, told me that AHF’s campaign against the porn industry has never been about the safety of adult performers.

“AHF’s activities have always been about gaining power, fame and fortune,” said Duke. “This is the kind of train wreck that happens when a nonprofit loses site of its mission and follows the money.”
Now, understand that TheSword.com's stated position is in favor of the condom mandate and for ultimately banning bareback gay porn as a enabler of spreading STI's and HIV. So, it's not as if they're necessarily friends of the industry.

On the other hand, though...for all of Mike Wenstein's pontifications about how only condoms can effectively protect performers from HIV, he is, first and foremost, a sucker for raising money...and I guess that he thought that pimping bareback gay porn in Florida wouldn't get him caught in LA.

All I want to know about this is....does Ministeress Lubben know about this??  And if she did, then why hasn't she broken off AHF as violating her "Christian" ethics??  Or...is she a private fan of gay bareback, too??

We will be following this breaking story as it happens, of course.

Update:  Oh, nice....Mark Kernes at AVN just discovered this juicy hanging slider, and just hit it out of the park. His article for AVN is here.

1 comment:

  1. How can this surprise anyone the least bit familiar with AHF? The Out of the Closet stores rake in about $20 million bucks a year and pay their director $210,000 annually. AHF overall, according to their own audit, generates nearly $200 million in revenues each year and pays out $45 million of that in staff compensation.

    We know plenty about what AHF will do for money, such as their $50 million nuisance suit against Pfizer over Viagra sales encouraging unsafe sex that mysteriously went away when Pfizer retained AHF as consultants for $5 million dollars, a relative bargain.

    What we don't know is what AHF won't do for money, because that low has not been reached yet. But selling bareback porn while howling for mandatory condoms is definitely getting down there.

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