Gay rights activist Larry Brinkin was arrested in California on felony possession of child pornography charges, The Blaze reports. Brinkin coined the phrase “domestic partner” and is a well known human rights and gay rights activist. The 66-year-old Brinkin is often regarded as a hero to gay rights groups, the Huffinton Post reports. Feelings of disbelief are reportedly flowing through the gay community as the allegations and evidence against Brinkin continue to make national headlines.
Brinkin spent Friday night in jail but has since been released on bail. San Francisco District Attorney’s Office representative Stephanie Ong Stillman told the San Francisco Chronicle that a decision about charges is expected today as the attorneys complete reviewing the facts in the case.
After exercising a search warrant based on an American Online alert about child pornography online activity from a specific account, police officer found pornographic images in Brinkin’s email. The graphic images include toddlers being sodomized and performing oral sex on adult males, according to excerpts from police reports republished on the San Francisco Chronicle. The child pornography email service was paid for with Brinkin’s email, according to police reports.
Investigators discovered a Yahoo discussion groups account relating to the sexual exploitation of young children registered to Brinkin’s email account. During the search of Brinkin’s home police officers also found child pornography photos and videos on the human rights activist’s desk top computer, thumb drives and stored on a floppy disk.
Excerpt from comment on a graphic child pornography photo from the email account police allege belongs to Brinkin:
“I loved especially the ni**er 2 year old getting nailed. Hope you’ll continue so I can see what the little blond bi*ch is going to get. White Power! White Supremecy! White D*ck Rules!”
Brinkin worked for the Human Rights Commission before retiring in 2010, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Brinkin was the driving force behind San Francisco’s Equal Benefits Order which became the nationwide model for workplace equity. After retiring from his 22 year tenure on the Human Rights Commission Board of Supervisors a resolution was passed declaring the week of February 1 “Larry Brinkin Week” in San Francisco.