Headlines referred to Brinkin as a “San Francisco Gay Rights Icon.” The details, as reported in part, by the SF Bay Citizen: “One photo shows a child about 2 to 3 years old being sexually abused, according to the search warrant. Another shows an adult male attempting to receive oral sex from a small child.
“Brinkin’s account was linked to several Yahoo discussion groups on the sexual exploitation of children, according to the search warrant. Emails from Brinkin’s account to other users contained stories police suspect were fictional accounts written by Brinkin. The stories describe the rape and torture of African American children, according to the search warrant. One of the emails contained the words ‘White Power! White Supremacy!’
“Investigators believe members of the groups were also sharing pictures of children.”
Although Brinkin was arrested on Friday, June 22, and was released from jail on Saturday, June 23, the news of the arrest was not reported until Monday June 25. First reports of the arrest came from the SF Weekly, a free alternative San Francisco newspaper. Speculation was that the news of Brinkin’s arrest was delayed until Monday the 25th, so as not to overshadow the city’s Gay Pride Parade, which was held on June 24.
In 2003 Brinkin had been honored as one of the Gay Pride parade’s honorary grand marshals. The SF Pride website said “Larry Brinkin has been an activist in San Francisco for over 35 years, co-founding Bay Area Gay Liberation, the Lesbian/Gay Labor Alliance, and the Gay & Lesbian Alternative Dispute Resolution Service. He was a pioneer in the struggle for domestic partner benefits and currently is the manager of the LGBT&HIV Division of the SF Human Rights Commission. He played a major role in recent years in the struggle for transgender rights.”
Brinkin is far from the only objectionable character to be honored at the parade. In 1999 the parade’s grand marshal was Harry Hay, who had defended NAMBLA, the National Man Boy Love Association. In a 1983 New York University forum, Hay had said “”[I]f the parents and friends of gays are truly friends of gays, they would know from their gay kids that the relationship with an older man is precisely what thirteen-, fourteen-, and fifteen-year-old kids need more than anything else in the world.”
Brinkin served for 21 years on San Francisco’s Human Rights Commission, an organization whose function is to promote the acceptance of the LGBT agenda. During Brinkin’s tenure, the commission included Patrick Mulcahey, a former vice-president of the pastoral council at San Francisco’s notorious Most Holy Redeemer parish.
As CalCatholic reported in September of 2010, Mulcahey keeps a “slave” and is an open proponent for, and gives workshops on, the “Master/slave” lifestyle. On August 11, 2009 CalCatholic reported that “AdoptionSF.org, a joint project of the City of San Francisco’s Human Services Agency and Family Builders by Adoption,” was advertising for adoptive “dads” on the “Leather” page of the homosexualist Bay Area Reporter, and the “Porn” page of the SF Bay Times. Following the CalCatholic story, the ads were pulled.
Brinkin’s standing in the world of San Francisco politics can scarcely be overstated. At his retirement party, held at San Francisco’s City Hall, proclamations were read from then-Mayor Gavin Newsom, from powerful and openly homosexual state assemblyman Mark Leno, and from the openly homosexual State Senator Tom Ammiano. Supervisor David Campos lauded Brinkin.
Openly homosexual Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who acted as a consultant between Family Builders by Adoption and Catholic Charities of San Francisco when the disastrous “gay adoption” compromise was crafted, was in attendance. In 2004, Brinkin was honored by KQED TV, San Francisco’s PBS station as one of San Francisco’s “LGBT Heroes” during the station’s celebration of LGBT Pride Month. Following his retirement, the San Francisco board of supervisors, led by Supervisor Dufty, declared the first week of February, 2010 to be “Larry Brinkin Week” in the city.