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Dignified porn stars, change rooms and gay iPhone defenders

Your Daily Package of newsy and naughty bits from around the world

The gay-led fight for the iPhone

The legal fight to protect iPhone encryption again the FBI has become an unusually gay affair. Not only is Tim Cook, Apple’s openly-gay CEO, standing up against government intrusion into the company’s encryption, but DOMA-defeating lawyer Ted Olson has also joined on as the company’s legal representation.

Post-marriage panic

Another round of opinions say the US LGBT movement is facing a dangerous lapse in momentum. At Daily Kos, Kerry Eleveld worries about the waning energy of the gay rights movement. At the Huffington Post, Michelangelo Signorile warns of a wave of dangerous anti-LGBT backlash from the right.

Porn performer shoots down New York Times

After a New York Times report on California porn performers focused more on their high heels and form-fitting dresses than the substance of their protests against new restrictive safety policy, performer Lorelei Lee shot back with a scathing critique of the newspaper’s attitude. Adult performer’s safety, Lee says, is nothing to take lightly, and the Times’ flippancy is putting sex workers in danger.

Russia rejects coming-out ban

The Duma, Russia’s lower house, has rejected a law that would have criminalized coming out as gay. Russia’s earlier law, criminalizing promotion of “gay propaganda” to minors, remains on the books.

Read more at Radio Free Europe.

Man tests transgender-changeroom rule in Seattle

A man undressed in a women’s change room last week in Seattle, apparently trying to make a point about the city’s new policy allowing people to choose change rooms based on their own gender identity. Staff say the man made no attempt to “identify as a woman.”

Read more at USA Today.