Podcast: Transgender Folks Get Help In The Workplace; “Yes” Vote Leads In Australia’s Marriage Equality Mail-In Vote

In this week’s podcast:

• California’s governor signs “first in the nation” legislation that will require training meant to help high unemployment among transgender people

• Donald Trump joked that Vice President Mike Pence wants to “hang” all gay people

• The “Yes to Marriage Equality” campaign in Australia appears to be leading

• Georgia state lawmaker considers quarantining HIV+ people

• Rentboy.com CEO goes to prison even as female escort websites continue without penalty

• Out Canadian country music artist Patrick Masse headlines Las Vegas Pride

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

News Round-Up: October 9, 2016

Noah Galvin of The Real O’Neals

Some news stories you may have missed:

• The Real O’Neals star, out actor Noah Galvin, says he was “dumb and unkind” to troll Colton Haynes’ coming out.

• Hollywood icon Warren Beatty says his transgender son, Stephen, is “his hero.”

• Rentboy.com CEO pleads guilty to promoting prostitution – faces 21 months in prison and $10 million fine.

• A major Latino polling company says Hillary Clinton could win the largest share of Hispanic voters in recorded history.

• For the first time ever, a major presidential candidate – Democrat Hillary Clinton – has penned an op-ed for an LGBT newspaper addressing LGBT equality.

• Awesomeness! British researchers think they may be on track to cure HIV.

• Sen. Ted Cruz is mad that NBC didn’t share Donald Trump’s “Grab’em by the p***y” tape earlier so he could have been the Republican nominee.


New York Times Op-Ed Questions Homeland Security Raid Of Rentboy

I’ve been wondering all week why, after almost two decades of operation, the Department of Homeland Security decided to focus on, and ultimately raid, the offices of gay escort website Rentboy.

Especially when you consider that dozens of straight escort sites continue to operate in New York City. Why just target the gay escort site?

Apparently, I’m not the only one as the New York Times editorial board pens an op-ed questioning the motivation and ultimate goals of the office raid.

Here’s just an excerpt from the op-ed:

Prosecutors can credibly argue that the site’s operators were breaking the law. But they have provided no reasonable justification for devoting significant resources, particularly from an agency charged with protecting America from terrorists, to shut down a company that provided sex workers with a safer alternative to street walking or relying on pimps. The defendants have not been accused of exploiting sex workers, featuring minors on the website, financial crimes or other serious offenses that would warrant a federal prosecution.

Amnesty International announced this month that it would be pushing for the decriminalization of consensual sex work worldwide. After a lengthy and at times fraught debate, the organization’s experts concluded that sex workers were less likely to be harmed and exploited in places where the trade is lawful. Several gay and transgender rights organizations, including Lambda Legal and the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, issued a joint statement supporting Amnesty International’s position.


The Rentboy.com bust may spook clients and sex workers for a while, but it would be naïve to think it will do much more. Federal authorities should consider whether continuing to spend time and money turning the website’s operators into felons is worthwhile, while far more serious crimes, including human trafficking and sexual exploitation, go unpunished.

I’ll add that I personally support the decriminalization of consensual sex work. I think as long as no one is physically harmed and it’s between two consenting adults, the government shouldn’t be involved.

Matt Baume On The Raid Of Rentboy.com

Matt Baume looks at the recent raid and shutting down of Rentboy.com.

It’s a good day for Craigslist! The Department of Homeland Security just raided Rentboy.com, putting an end to one of the best ways for escorts and clients to find each other online.

And good for DHS! Because prostitution is bad, right? Well, not so fast. If sex work is so harmful, why is it that so many major medical and human rights groups actually support decriminalization?

Personally, since everyone knew about Rentboy for over a decade, I wonder why shut the site down now?

Rentboy.com Offices Raided, Seven Arrested For Promoting Prostitution

The male escort website Rentboy.com found it’s NYC offices raided today in a sting operation that saw millions of dollars across several accounts seized and 7 people, including CEO Jeffrey Hurant, arrested and charged with conspiring to violate the Travel Act by promotion prostitution.

From The Gaily Grind:

Rentboy.com advertises itself as “the world’s destination to meet the perfect male escort or masseur,” and boasts a database of more than 10,500 men in more than 2,100 cities worldwide.

Escorts pay the site up to several hundred dollars to advertise their ‘services’ and customers pay a monthly subscription fee of $59.95, according to the criminal complaint. Founded in 1997, Rentboy is the first and largest website to focus on male escorts and their Twitter page says, “Money can’t buy you love but everything else is negotiable.”

Between 2010 and 2015, the website had more than $10 million in gross proceeds according to NBCNY.

“As alleged, Rentboy.com attempted to present a veneer of legality, when in fact this Internet brothel made millions of dollars from the promotion of illegal prostitution,” Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Kelly Currie said in a statement.