Brinton made headlines as a “gender-fluid” inclusion in the White House, however he should be more famous for defending a website that promoted gay underage prostitution, according to The National Pulse. Following an illegal prostitution raid in 2015 closing Rentboy.com, the now-defunct website “Rentboy.com,” DHS arrested chief executive Jeffrey Hurant and six employees, and indictments revealed careless compliance when it came to age verification, labeling it a “gray area.”
In Asian countries, where workers were advised to obscure the faces of underage prostitutes in advertisements, this was especially egregious. When it came to age verification in Asia-market advertising, Hurant urged employees to lower their standards.
According to The Pulse, Brinton responded to the criticism on the LGBT website “Advocate,” where he claimed that gay and trans young men’s mental health was aided by sex work:
“The LGBTQ community is more susceptible to sex work. Transgender individuals engage in sex work at a rate ten times greater than that of cisgender (non-trans) women. Many LGBT teenagers, in fact, turn to sex work in order to get by. According to a 2013 report from the Center for American Progress, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth are almost three times as likely to have engaged in survival sex.”
Brinton decried the shutdown of Rentboy.com, calling it “more hazardous than the website ever was.” He expressed compassion for young prostitutes who had found a source of money through sex work before losing it because of ‘stereotypical ideas’ about prostitution:
“The recent federal government campaign on Rentboy.com is a devastating attack on some of our community’s most vulnerable individuals: young people who, for the first time in their lives, were able to live safely and securely thanks to Rentboy owing to homelessness or family rejection because of their gender identity or sexual orientation,” says the article.