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June 26, 2012 - 4:39 am

A horrifying child pornography and molestation scandal involving a high profile San Francisco gay rights activist has rocked the city’s political scene; compounding the nightmare, the scandal broke at the worst possible moment, the day after San Francisco’s Pride Parade, which was the culmination of a month-long public relations blitz promoting LGBT equality. The publicity efforts of thousands of people were negated and even reversed by the actions of one man.

The San Francisco Examiner, SFWeekly, the San Francisco Chronicle and various LGBT blogs have all published exposés in the last few hours, each with exclusive information.

WARNING: The following descriptions may be too upsetting for some readers. Proceed with caution.

S.F. Chronicle:

S.F. gay rights advocate arrested over child porn

San Francisco police have arrested veteran gay rights advocate Larry Brinkin in connection with felony possession of child pornography.

Brinkin, 66, who worked for the San Francisco Human Rights Commission before his retirement in 2010, was taken into custody Friday night. He spent the night in jail before he was released on bail, according to a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department.

The district attorney’s office will decide Tuesday whether to file charges. “We’re still reviewing the case,” district attorney’s spokeswoman Stephanie Ong Stillman said Monday.

Police say that Brinkin had pornographic images, some that appear to show children as young as 1 and 2 or 3 years old being sodomized and performing oral sex on adult men, in e-mail attachments linked to his account, according to a search warrant served by San Francisco police.

Representatives of America Online contacted authorities after coming across e-mail attachments from one of its subscriber’s accounts containing what they believed to be child pornography.

The Los Angeles Police Department, which was assigned to the case, traced the IP address associated with the account, Zack3737@aol.com, to Brinkin, a San Francisco resident, according to court records. Los Angeles police forwarded the case to San Francisco police.

San Francisco investigators say the account was registered to Brinkin, and that he paid for the e-mail service with his credit card.

Police provided two examples of e-mail messages from last year in which Zack3737 provides disturbing descriptions of the exploitive sexual acts.

The e-mail account also is linked to Yahoo discussion groups on sexual exploitation of young boys and girls, according to the search warrant.

The SFWeekly has more extremely nauseating details:

Larry Brinkin, S.F. Gay Rights Icon, Arrested on Child Porn Charges

Police say they arrested 66-year-old Larry Brinkin, the high-profile gay activist, on possession of child pornography on Friday night.

According to the search warrant, SFPD acted after receiving a tip from the Los Angeles Police Department, which obtained from AOL an e-mail exchange between a Los Angeles user and zack3737@aol.com. Police say they linked the AOL address to Brinkin’s IP address; he is owner of the account and paid for AOL service with his credit card.

The warrant claims these e-mails contained images of children as young as perhaps a year old being sodomized by and performing oral sex on adult men. Zack3737@aol.com — whom the police allege is Brinkin — provided graphic commentary on the photos of interracial adult-child sex. Comments included “I loved especially the nigger 2 year old getting nailed. Hope you’ll continue so I can see what the little blond bitch is going to get. White Power! White Supremacy! White Dick Rules!”

The AOL e-mail account was also linked to Yahoo! Groups centering around discussions of child porn, according to the search warrant. Investigators say they additionally found e-mails sent from Brinkin’s now-defunct city e-mail account to zack3737@aol.com.

The San Francisco Examiner provides more details about his major role in the gay rights movement:

Child porn arrest of gay rights activist stuns San Francisco:

Larry Brinkin, the iconic San Francisco gay activist who brought the nations first domestic partnership lawsuit in 1982, was arrested Friday on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography, police said.

Brinkin, who has a longtime partner and a teenage son, retired in 2010 after working for 22 years with the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

In 1982, he was the first to use the phrase domestic partner in a lawsuit he filed against his then-employer Southern Pacific Railway. He claimed he was denied three days bereavement leave given to married employees after the loss of his partner of 11 years. Brinkin lost the case, which city officials said laid the foundation for marriage equality.

As a city employee, Brinkin helped implement and enforce the landmark San Francisco Equal Benefits Ordinance of 1997, the first in the U.S. to mandate that employers provide equal coverage for domestic partners. He also developed laws protecting against discrimination based on gender identity or a persons height and weight.

Upon his retirement, Dufty introduced a Board of Supervisors resolution declaring the first seven days of February 2010 Larry Brinkin Week in honor of his advocacy.

Brinkin remains president of the board of directors for the California Association of Human Relations Organizations.

The timing could not have been worse for the gay community; news of the scandal began to leak out just as “Pride Week” concluded with San Francisco’s world famous Pride Parade on Sunday. Ironically, Brinkin himself was an Honorary Grand Marshall in previous Pride Parades, as documented on various archived Web pages of SFPride’s own site.

Though he is not well-known to the general public, Brinkin is considered a major historical figure within the gay rights activist community; more details about his career and his accolades can be found in this Bay Times article from 2010.

The Lez Get Real blog was first out of the gate trying to find some innocent explanation for the charges:

There have been incidents where people have been arrested for possessing child pornography on their computer that turned out to be malware using the computer to launder the images. This can often be difficult for people to prove, however.

Do not be surprised that anti-LGBT organizations will use this arrest against the Community; however, it is important to remember that most pedophiles identify as straight, and there are many straight people who have been arrested, charged, and convicted for possession of child pornography.

Brinkin has not yet been convicted of anything, so he is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. But at first glance the evidence against him seems quite strong. If he plans to fight the charges, the “malware” or “it wasn’t me” defenses would be very difficult to prove.

Update I:

JammieWearingFools has video of Brinkins.

Update II:

I agree with some of the commenters that the white supremacy talk seemed “too bad to be true,” but since it was reported in reliable papers and was apparently released by the SF Police Department, it was an essential part of the story that couldn’t be skipped.

But if it is the case that it is a “set up,” then it must have been the police doing the setting up. Why, otherwise, would they release to the media the contents of an email that they could not confirm? If this turns out to be completely fabricated by the police, then that itself would become a major scandal.

But notice that there is evidence that years ago he was already using his official city-issued email account to exchange child porn. Did a hacker hack a completely different account of his as well, and somehow backdate it? Doubtful. So the likelihood that he exchanged child porn seems pretty high. If so, that is a serious enough charge — what purpose would there be to add on a spurious extra layer of racism? There’d be no real reason to do that, whether it was the police or some stalker out to get Brinkin. I guess more will be revealed as the case progresses.

Here’s an alternate theory: Perhaps he wasn’t really a racist, but it was a role he assumed in sexual role-playing games.

Update III:

Strangely, last night this was briefly the top story on all the local papers, but by this morning it was hard to even find any more: The SF Chronicle has now buried it as the very last headline in the “More News” section, and the SF Examiner and SFWeekly have noticeably downgraded its page placement as well. Could be that this will blow over after all. Remember that even some inconvenient facts about Harvey Milk were successfully ignored.

Update IV:

If the email account “zack3737@aol.com” really is Brinkin’s email account, then he’s going to have an extremely tough time trying to claim malware or hacking as his defense; turns out that “zack3737@aol.com” has a long history of taboo-violating posts dating back for years, easily findable through a Google search.

A couple examples:

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31 Thu April 19 2001 – 01:44:04
Fullname: zack
Email: zack3737@aol.com
Are you a fan of rape stories?: Yes
Do you ever feel guilt about liking rape stories?: No

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zack3737@aol.com
Published: 25-8-2011

very hot story. especially love the experienced brutal rapists offering to beat and rape the little cunts. hope you’ll do more — younger and rougher the better.

…you get the idea.

Brinkin will have to prove in court that he has never been associated with “zack3737@aol.com,” otherwise it will be hard to explain away the account’s long history with violent sexual fantasies about children.

Update V:

Gay Patriot weighs in:

Where’s the concern about how antics (and crimes) of gay activists threaten to tarnish public perception of gay community?

No, most gay people don’t indulge in child pornography. This behavior is not representative of our community. But, given Mr. Brinkin’s prominence, you’d think our leaders would be quick to criticize his actions.

Gay leaders should join [] us in asking that the City of San Francisco remove Mr. Brinkin’s name from “Larry Brinkin Week.”

What this man is alleged to have done is far more offensive (far, far, far more offensive) than what Sarah Palin’s daughter once said. But, I could find nothing about it on HRC’s web-page. Or NGLTF’s. Or GLAAD’s.

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