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Why Brent Corrigan's speakingout... and covering up

Think you know porn star Brent Corrigan? Think again. He tells Same Same why he doesn’t want a new generation of young gay men to make the mistakes he made.

Safer sex messages designed for men who have sex with men are a big talking point in our local communities in recent months. In Queensland the organisation which brings condom messages to us has been defunded, while in Victoria and New South Wales, campaigns which explore HIV prevention for those who aren’t using condoms are attracting critics.

Adult film star Brent Corrigan, who’s now aged 26 and goes by his real name of Sean Paul Lockhart, shot to notoriety for his graphic teenaged bareback porn, so has a unique perspective on the situation. He now says he was “exploited” and is using his experience to reach out to young people with a ‘wake up call.’

Lockhart recently wrote a heartfelt piece on his website The New Brent Corrigan asking Do you Like My Bareback Porn?

“Between the ages of 17 and 19 I participated in filming porn without using protection,” he wrote. “They call it bareback, but personally I prefer the words “unprotected” or “not safe” – because that’s what it means.

“It was then that I began to understand that this work could be filmed with respect and care to the models. I wanted to prove it possible; models could be paid well. No one needed to be demeaned or degraded (unless they were into that sort of thing). Most importantly, I wanted to be one of the good guys proving it could be done successfully without risking the health of the ‘models.’”

Lockhart is talking specifically about the porn industry here, but there’s a striking similarity between what he’s trying to achieve and what health promoters are trying to achieve with sexual health more broadly. He suggests the commercial industry wants to make barebacking sex the norm and that this is disrespectful to the community.

Speaking with Same Same, Lockhart firstly reminds us that the only ‘safe sex’ is abstinence, but concedes how “ridiculous” that sounds coming from someone who has embarked on high risk sex from before it was even legal to be filmed.

“I think I’m the best person to advocate safer sex practices given the poor choices I made.”

Lockhart says he fears that ‘sero-sorting’ (avoiding HIV transmission through aiming to have sex only with people who share your HIV status), which is at the heart of condomless safe sex messaging he’s seen, his serious potential drawbacks – including contracting a “super strain” and other STIs that could be “catastrophic” for a person living with HIV.

“As I mentioned in my article, and while some might disagree, I’ve been taught to err on the side of caution,” he tells us. “Sero-sorting can lead to stronger resistance to drugs. In theory this could lead to a mutated super strain of the virus.

“We know for a fact that this virus mutates and it has done so drastically. And once again, when you talk about sero-sorting you’re also encouraging behaviour that opens people up to all kinds of complications. If you have a lowered immune system diseases like Hepatitis and Syphilis can be catastrophic for a person living with HIV,” he explains.

“Let’s be honest. We’re never, ever going to eradicate something like HIV/AIDS by sero-sorting.”

Lockhart ties his concerns with the porn industry with a gay sex culture more broadly, suggesting that the two are closely related. “I think porn has a lot more to do with this issue than the companies want to ever admit. They’ll never take responsibility. Why would they? That’s a liability,” he concludes.

Through his ‘Brent Corrigan’ career, Lockhart has lived through some mistakes that he says he doesn’t want other young men to make.

“At the heart of it, my message is be a member of your community,” he explains. “Make choices that aren’t just for the benefit of you, but everyone. Protect yourself, sure, but also don’t commit acts, or create images and video that perpetuate unhealthy behaviour. It only begets more of it from other people.”

Lockhart realises his previous career’s decisions were made in the world’s eye and that his mistakes, while perhaps young and naive, have not been forgiven by some, despite this youth. This seems to be a driving force behind his campaign for fewer partners, more condom use and showing respect to each lover and the community more broadly.

“The short answer is I think I’m the best person to advocate safer sex practices given the poor choices I made in the public eye as a young person,” he says.

What emerges from our interview is an astute young man who has learned many lessons from his early career – and that he now seems desperately keen for other teenagers to hear his message of self and community respect. So while experts might argue the toss with some of his conclusions about risk reduction, they may struggle to find fault with the motives for his personal crusade.

Carving out a new path in more mainstream cinema, Lockhart has appeared asa cameo in Gus Van Sant’s Milk, and as a supporting actor in Judas Kiss. His mainstream website can be found here and his unique perspective on sexual health may give us all pause for thought.

“My tirade about safer sex and the gay porn industry was just about the reality of it all,” he reflects. “It’s so easy to forget the real world in today’s digital age.

“A message of safer sex practices needs to be constant. There are always 16 and 17 year olds coming of age learning for themselves how to navigate the world. Sex is just part of that. Do we really want them to figure out all this on their own?

“Are schools and public institutions, governments fuelled by politics and conservatism, really the best way to determine how to send these messages?

“And do we really want porn companies producing material that sends a message to our 16-year-old gay boys that unprotected sex is the only way they can have steamy sex?”

Lockhart’s message: “Be stronger. Don’t fail. Roll that condom on. Live longer. Fuck longer. Be happier.”

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xtacee1990

xtacee1990 said on the 14th Jan, 2013

he was the ultimate twink then. Now he's just another buffed up gay man.

azulmelb

azulmelb said on the 14th Jan, 2013



Yes, Marko, it was. So, take his advice -- stop having bareback and WS orgies with the guys from SameSame! :p

Marko

Marko said on the 14th Jan, 2013

Lol so...you're saying that even during cyber orgies I must wear protection? :p lol

azulmelb

azulmelb said on the 14th Jan, 2013



Dude, you don't know what kind of diseases Wysi is carrying -- I wouldn't be surprised if he has e-syphilis and e-gonorrhea and other e-STIs. :eek: :eek:

MrAsh

MrAsh said on the 14th Jan, 2013

This is cute, yet not as cute as Matthew Rush! :D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYzTqCsNMQ8

This is the censored smiley version :)

Marko

Marko said on the 14th Jan, 2013



Hahahaha :D :p

....so does that mean I'm not allowed to e-seed you? :O

azulmelb

azulmelb said on the 14th Jan, 2013

Hahahaha

....so does that mean I'm not allowed to e-seed you? :O

I'm afraid not, stud -- I'm not a bottom :rolleyes:

You can e-seed Ash though -- it's about time he got some of that :eek: :p

wysi

wysi said on the 14th Jan, 2013



you e-jerk!

i'm e-cumming right now.

wysi

wysi said on the 14th Jan, 2013

Light-Bearer is going to have a fit once he finds out Brett is no longer doing the porn. :eek:

crazzymikey

crazzymikey said on the 14th Jan, 2013

I think the sooner the gay community stops looking to porn and porn 'stars' as role models the better we would be.

Ethan4L

Ethan4L said on the 14th Jan, 2013

Being totally honest, his opinion carries more merit than most other sources in the whole gay scene; I feel that young gay kids should be exposed to a viewpoint like this early on considering that realistically a lot of us take pretty much all of our early sexual understanding on /how/to have sex from what we see in porn.

It's a culture where parents don't talk to their kids about the sort of risks involved in gay sex because most parents don't want to imagine a future where their kid is having gay sex; which means that kids without older sources of information on the topic are just going to emulate what they see, and that includes barebacking considering that seems to be what all the mainsteam standard seems to be for gay sex now.

Marko

Marko said on the 14th Jan, 2013

I'm afraid not, stud -- I'm not a bottom :rolleyes:

You can e-seed Ash though -- it's about time he got some of that :eek: :p

...just give me half an hour with my e-tongue e-rimming you, you might change you mind?

Seriously I'd have yourself and Ash both bent over an e-bench, e-thumb in one(or e-finger) and e-tongue in the other! >:P

azulmelb

azulmelb said on the 14th Jan, 2013

...just give me half an hour with my e-tongue e-rimming you, you might change you mind?

Seriously I'd have yourself and Ash both bent over an e-bench, e-thumb in one(or e-finger) and e-tongue in the other! >:P

OoooOOoooohhhHHH.....Marko! What you do to me! [URL="http://www.xtube.com/watch.php?v=NOmn4-G751-"]NSFW! AAaaaaaaHHhhhh...!

jordan

jordan said on the 15th Jan, 2013

Classic redemption story really isn't it. I suppose you have to hope that whatever he has to say prevents more people getting HIV. I think he's better qualified to talk about reform in the porn industry though, I think that would be a good place to start.

meezon04

meezon04 said on the 15th Jan, 2013

Good on him. Grew up with this guy's early career (obviously) and loved following his transformation to become the advocate he is today. Loved him then, love him now. Thanks for this article!

Marko

Marko said on the 15th Jan, 2013



Mmmm nice...bet I'd do a better job though. :p

azulmelb

azulmelb said on the 15th Jan, 2013



Well, you are supposed to be coming down to Melbs right? :p

Marko

Marko said on the 15th Jan, 2013



...is something gonna happen in Melbs? :P

Fugly Farter

Fugly Farter said on the 17th Jan, 2013

Well done Sean, also well done in your movie career too. In all the comments, Ethan4L has said it best. The awareness is rather limited with many of the young people making mistakes from lack of knowledge, so what do they do contact older people online, which sometimes in itself can be dangerous. The message needs to be openly discussed publicly without small minded people/groups stopping it. Well done Sean Paul Lockhart in helping out our youth in making good choices.

bunkoramo

bunkoramo said on the 17th Jan, 2013

I agree totally, some youngsters really think they are invulnerable, They are actually incouraged to do what is made exciting, by what boils down to self interested business people. They get rich while the kids all to often pay a very heavy price. Even the leaders of our country are not inocent in this.
Kids are easy prey, & niave parents etc are not capable of protecting them always.