Porn actor Rod Daily and his girlfriend tested positive for HIV. (Photo courtesy Next Door Studios)
LOS ANGELES ‚ÄĒ A second porn star who‚Äôs straight but works exclusively in gay porn said last week that he recently tested positive for HIV two weeks after his girlfriend, who also works in the porn industry, was infected, the Pasadena Star News reported citing a report from the Los Angeles Daily News.
Joshua Rodgers, 32, who works in gay porn under the stage name Rod Daily, told the Daily News last week that he was infected sometime in the last month. Last month, porn actress Cameron Bay said she tested positive, which led to a weeklong shutdown of adult film production in the San Fernando Valley area where much of it is produced, the Daily News said. Rodgers said he‚Äôs worked exclusively in gay porn since 2010 on sets that require condoms.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a Los Angeles-based company, said in a statement to the Daily News that it‚Äôs ‚Äúgravely concerned‚ÄĚ that ‚Äúthe porn industry continues to endanger its workers by ignoring prudent health and worker safety laws by shooting adult films without condoms.‚ÄĚ
Filmmaker and transgender advocate Buck Angel will be at Secret Pleasures on Wednesday for a workshop on gender and sexuality. (Photo courtesy Secret Pleasures)
Friday, Sept. 20
DJ Joe Gauthreaux¬†spins at Cobalt (1639 R St., N.W.) tonight. Free rail vodka drinks from 11 p.m.-midnight. Cover is $10. Admission is 21 and up. For more information, visit cobaltdc.com.
Town (2009 8th St., N.W.) hosts¬†Bear Happy Hour¬†tonight from 6-11 p.m. There is no cover charge and admission is limited to guests 21 and over. For more information, visit towndc.com.
Gay District¬†meets at The D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) tonight from 8:30-9:30 p.m. The facilitated group discussion covers building understanding of gay culture and personal identity and awareness of community events for LGBT men between the ages of 18 and 35 in the D.C. area. For more details, visit thedccenter.org or gaydistrict.org.
SMYAL hosts¬†‚ÄúVogue Night‚ÄĚ¬†(410 7th St., S.E.) tonight from 5-7 p.m. Learn the art of voguing and practice your moves at this event designed especially for youth. For more information, visit smyal.org.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Burgundy Crescent, a gay volunteer organization, volunteers for the Lost Dog and Cat Foundation at PetSmart (6100 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, Va.,) from 11:45 a.m.-3 p.m. today. For more information visit burgundycrescent.org.
The Library of Congress holds its¬†2013 National Book Festival¬†on the National Mall (10th St., N.W. and Constitution Ave., N.W.) today from 10 a.m.- 5p.m. and Sunday from noon-5:30 p.m. Have books signed and meet best selling authors including the Food Network‚Äôs Giada De Laurentiis, co-host of ‚ÄúToday‚ÄĚ Hoda Kotb and author of ‚ÄúThe Kite Runner” Khaled Hosseini. For details, visit loc.gov/bookfest.
Wolf Trap Ball¬†and the Embassy of France host ‚ÄúJoie de Vivre‚ÄĚ on the Filene Center Stage (1645 Trap Road, Vienna, Va.,) tonight at 7 p.m. Honorary hosts include Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Ambassador of France¬†Fran√ßois¬†Delattre. Proceeds benefit Wolf Trap Foundation‚Äôs arts and education programs. RSVP required to¬†firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit wolftrap.org.
Layla Lounge (501 Morse St., N.E.) hosts an¬†‚ÄúElite Boyz‚ÄĚ dance party¬†tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Admission is limited to guests 21 and over and is free before midnight and $10 afterward. For more information, visit layladc.com.
Sunday, Sept. 22
Black Fox Lounge (1723 Connecticut Ave. N.W.) hosts¬†‚ÄúTula‚Äôs Drag Cabaret Show,‚ÄĚ¬†a lip-synch performance by local drag performers, tonight from 8-11 p.m. Admission is free. For details, visit blackfoxlounge.com or call 202-482-1723.
Perry‚Äôs (1811 Columbia Rd., N.W.) hosts its weekly¬†‚ÄúSunday Drag Brunch‚ÄĚ¬†today from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $24.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet. For more details, visit perrysadamsmorgan.com.
Rainbow Families D.C.¬†hosts a family picnic at Meadowbrook Park (7901 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, Md.,) today from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Activities and games for both kids and adults. Bring own picnic lunch and snack or dessert to share. For details, visit thedccenter.org.
Adventuring, an LGBT outdoors group, hosts a Fall Equinox Night Hike through Old Rag today at 1:15 a.m. to watch the sunrise at 7 a.m. Meet at the East Falls Church Kiss and Ride lot at 1:15 a.m. Hike begins at 3:30 a.m. Cost is $25. Bring a head lamp, beverages, bug spray, sturdy boots and gloves. For experienced hikers only. For more information, visit adventuring.org.
Gay author¬†Manil Suri¬†will read selections from his novel ‚ÄúThe City of Devi‚ÄĚ today at 12:55 p.m. at the National Book Festival on the National Mall. Details at loc.gov/bookfest. Also look for him on Sept. 27 at 4:30 p.m. at George Mason University‚Äôs ‚ÄúFall For the Book Festival‚ÄĚ in Fairfax. Details at fallforthebook.org.
Monday, Sept. 23
D.C. celebrates its first¬†‚ÄúBi Pride Day‚ÄĚ¬†in the first floor conference room at The Residence at Thomas Circle (1330 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.) today from 6:30-8 p.m. The program includes a panel discussion with two elders in the D.C. bisexual community. Refreshments served. Open to the public. For more details, email¬†email@example.com.
Dotgay LLC hosts¬†a town hall discussion and reception about using the domain .gay¬†on the fourth floor of the NGLCC Supplier Innovation Center (729 15th St., N.W.) from 6-8:30 p.m. tonight. Topics include new opportunities .gay will create for the community, community funding initiatives and more. Featured speaker is CEO and co-founder of dotgay LLC Scott Seitz. Event is free. Refreshments provided. Dress casual. Please RSVP to¬†firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details, visit facebook.com/dotgaycom.
The Mankind Project¬†has a ‚ÄúSpecial GBTQ New Warrior Training Adventure‚ÄĚ tonight from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Cedar Lane Unitarian Church (rooms 30-31) at 9601 Cedar Lane in Bethesda. It‚Äôs free.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
SMYAL (410 7th St., S.E.) provides¬†free and confidential HIV testing¬†drop-in hours¬†today from 3-5 p.m. For more information, visit smyal.org.
Bachelor‚Äôs Mill¬†(1104 8th St., S.E.) offers all drinks half price tonight until 2 a.m. Enjoy pool, video games and cards. Admission is free. Must be 21 and over. For more details, visit bachelorsmill.com.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation hosts¬†free STD testing¬†at the University Medical Building (2141 K St., N.W.) from 5-7:30 p.m. For details visit freestdcheck.org.
Wednesday, Sept. 25
The Lambda Bridge Club¬†meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations required and new comers welcome. If you need a partner, call 703-407-6540.
Secret Pleasures hosts¬†‚ÄúSexing the Transman with Buck Angel‚ÄĚ¬†tonight at 7 p.m. Includes interviews with trans men and people who love trans men. Cost is $25. For more information or to buy tickets, visit secretpleasuresboutique.com.
The D.C. Ambassadors of the¬†Trevor Project¬†have a ‚Äúcocktails and conversation‚ÄĚ event this evening from 6-8 p.m. at 9¬Ĺ, the upstairs video bar of Number Nine (1435 P Street, N.W.). Drinks are two-for-one. A $10 donation is suggested. Attendees will discuss the Trevor Project‚Äôs ‚ÄúTalk to Me‚ÄĚ campaign as it relate to LGBT youth in connection with National Suicide Prevention Month.
Thursday, Sept. 26
Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence¬†(GLOV) hosts its monthly meeting at the D.C. Center (1318 U St., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. The organization works to reduce violence toward LGBT people through community outreach, education and monitoring legal cases to ensure the dignity of LGBT victims. For more information, visit glovdc.org.
The D.C. Center and Pros in the City host¬†speed dating for lesbian and bisexual women¬†at Chi Cha Lounge (1624 U St., N.W.) tonight from 7-9 p.m. Dating is approximately one hour. After enjoy a mixer with fellow speed daters. Cash bar. Check in is at 7 p.m. and dating begins at 7:20 p.m. Complimentary valet parking offered to anyone who purchases two drinks or other items from the bar or restaurant. Cost is $30. For details, visit thedccenter.org.
Whitman-Walker Health provides¬†free HIV testing¬†at Miriam‚Äôs Kitchen (2401 Virginia Ave., N.W.) today from 4-6 p.m. For more information, visit whitman-walker.org.
Rude Boi Entertainment hosts ‚ÄúTempted 2 Touch,‚ÄĚ¬†a ladies dance party, tonight at the Fab Lounge (2022 Florida Ave., N.W.). Doors open at 10 p.m. Drink specials $5 and vodka shots $3 all night. No cover charge. Admission limited to guests 21 and over. For more details, visit rudeboientertainment.wordpress.com.
Gay singer/songwriter Tom Goss¬†is performing with full band accompaniment tonight at¬†The Dunes (1402 Meridian Pl., N.W.). Goss will be joined by fellow out performer, Jeremiah Clark. Doors open at¬†7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. ¬†Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at¬†www.tomgossmusic.com.
SAN FRANCISCO ‚ÄĒ Gilead’s new once-daily AIDS drug¬†Stribild¬†provides an attractive option for those with HIV who have never started a meds regiment before, but activists say the $33,000 a year price-tag will make it unattainable for most who need it.
Mayor Vincent Gray and other D.C. officials used the conference to highlight the city‚Äôs ongoing efforts to curb the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the nation‚Äôs capital. The NAMES Project showcased tens of thousands of panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt throughout the metropolitan area in July, while the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and other HIV/AIDS service providers protested what they contend is a lack of commitment from the White House and other American politicians to combat the epidemic. U.S. Park Service police arrested Housing Works President Charles King and 12 others who tried to tie red ribbons, condoms and other items to the White House fence following a protest in Lafayette Park.
The 20th International AIDS Conference is scheduled to take place in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2014.