Growing up, did your parents ever tell you “Do as I say, not as I do because it’s best for you?”
Well I’m about to impart the same wisdom on you now, in the past tense sense of things.
Yes, between the ages of 17 and 19 I participated in filming porn without using protection. They call it bareback, but personally I prefer the words “unprotected” or “not safe” – because that’s what it means.
Even though my timeline in porn started when I was 17, I did not begin making intelligent (ish), informed and responsible choices regarding my involvement in the industry until I was 19. It was then and only then that I decided to make the adult industry a career choice (at 19). 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), etc. Most importantly: I wanted to be one of the good guys PROVING it could be done successfully without risking the health of the models. Prior to that I’d been involved with a company that manipulated and abused the models. They coerced the young men into participating in unprotected porn. When I set out to produce porn the right way I believed I was attempting to positively influence my little corner of the world. That’s about all we can really hope for in life . . .
When you choose not to use a condom, or not make your top use one, you’re opening your body up to all kinds of potential threats. There’s a strain of gonorrhea today that is resistant to antibiotics. Relayed verbally to me from my doctor (speak to your own healthcare provider for more reliable information): statics say that nearly 10% of people in the US that contract this bacterial infection contract the resistant strain. Or there’s always anal cancer caused by a handful of different HPV strains (the most common venereal disease in the world, so many carry it and don’t even know they do). Syphilis isn’t as common, but the rise of infection among HIV+ people is alarming. This is a disease in which, left untreated, can manifest in very serious neurological disorders (look for the title “Why should MSM be concerned about syphilis?”). The most serious of them all: HIV, the virus that eventually becomes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome is still lethal today. If you contract HIV, you will most likely die from an AIDS related sickness.
I’m not going to tell you becoming HIV positive is no longer the death sentence it once was because that is not true. The drug therapy required today can be lethal on it’s own. They obliterate your internal organs, kidneys and liver. They only slow the onslaught of the inevitable. People living with HIV today need to live clean, sober and sexually sterile lives if they expect to experience the glorious lifespan the drug companies claim possible. A little known fact about HIV: once you have it, you have it and that’s the end of it. Not true. There’s such a thing as co-infection and super infection. This virus has mutated and shifted right in front of our very eyes over the past 30 years. There are whole mutated HIV strains that do not respond to drug therapy. You can’t run around having random, unprotected sex with anyone and everyone and not expect to pay for it in some way.
I know this is graphic, and I know it’s a fat ass pill to swallow. But no one is doing you any favors not being straight with you.
When I set out to produce porn, first and foremost I wanted to make sure the young men working under my care were looked after. That meant, above all else, they would be protected. My job, as best as I could, was to minimize the negative blow-back a model might encounter in this industry. Honest, fair producers take this position when running a company. As for the models, the adult industry has been around for ages and willing “actors” along with it. However, just because you’re initially elective in your choice does not necessarily mean you will always maintain that kind of control.
Know this: the rise in unsafe porn being produced today by big, influential companies like Bel Ami, Sean Cody, Corbin Fisher – what many might consider the mainstream vein of of the gay porn world – these guys DO have an impact on your decisions and not just your pocket book. They have an impact on your community. I don’t know their practices on set; I’m sure they do everything they can to protect their models with the related testing. All that aside – what these companies are not considering is the message they are sending to people all over the world. They can put all kinds of disclaimers all over the openings of their scenes. They can even get their models to say “use a condom every time!” but they cannot account for every viewer, all the time. Based purely on their decision to distribute these searing images it’s crystal clear they don’t feel responsible for the well-being of the world-at-large.
This isn’t a question of people thinking for themselves. We can’t expect a 16 year old kid in Ohio or Taiwan meeting men off the internet, to fully understand why it is they can’t get a creampie in their hole because someone on Sean Cody did it and it was hot. This is a question of ethics. Not being a part of a movement that contributes to the decline of health and welfare of the global community. Think past your bottom line for once and consider the ramifications of your actions. Ever heard of a Carbon Footprint? Consider this concept the Moral Compass Equivalent.
If huge money-making enterprises all of the world are required to dial back their emissions & the impact they have on Earth and the atmosphere, why is it so hard to believe that we should implement similar restrictions on companies that inhibit detrimental behavior in mankind?!
So yes. Once I did unsafe, unprotected porn. I was a kid, I was stupid. Never did I stand back and think about anyone but myself. In fact, I didn’t really even consider the consequences that I might encounter on even a personal level. So in reality, I had my head so far stuck up my ass everyone was at a disadvantage, even me. My personal circumstances for “why” are all my own. I’m not going to launch into a diatribe about who, what, why, when and where because that’s not the point of this. The point is; I made a mistake. I made a bad decision to participate in unsafe porn.
Those images that have been recorded, shared, duplicated, and distributed all over the world are telling people, on some underlying level that it’s sexy, it’s hot, and it’s OKAY to have unprotected sex. We know it’s wrong when we watch it. But somehow it doesn’t stop us from buying it, making it, and encouraging our models to put themselves at risk.
There’s a reality here that no one wants to consider when it comes to porn: the models, the sex and the entire adult community. Countless documentaries, articles, and stupid blogs (this one included) have attempted to communicate what all this really means and have failed.
What we love about porn in so many ways is the very same thing we know we shouldn’t.
After running my company for a year or two, the ramifications of my actions as a 17 year old kid became haltingly clear to me. Countless young men, too young, would write in to me and explain what they loved about my work with Cobra Video. And on the top of that list was the unprotected aspect of it. It scared me. I didn’t know these young men, but they knew me. They’d watched me. And probably, sadly, they probably fashioned their sex lives after the poorest choices I’ve made in my life. Can you imagine how such a thing can weigh on a person?
So I backpedalled. I did everything I could within my power to ensure that people understood my earlier work was not something I was proud of, something to remark upon, and certainly not something to celebrate. All of the new images I wanted people to associate with me were “SAFE”. All this had less to do with my feud with Cobra and more to do with the fear that I knew this unsafe, unprotected material was getting attention for all the wrong reasons.
I was invited to work with a safer sex organization called DC FukIT Org. I did a series of PSA’s with Matthew Rush that were both sexy and informative (funny, even at times). And while today, I stand back and realize just how half baked these efforts seem – I know that I did what I could. And now, I’m beginning to feel like I’m not done yet. Except there’s one problem . . .
No one want’s to hear a “WRAP IT UP!” message from a once underage, barebacking porn star. You think I don’t know that?!
I call bullshit on that little popular point people just love to throw at me. Because if anyone has a point of view on this matter it’s someone who has been there. People want advice from HUMAN BEINGS who have been there.
It’s called perception.
And you can’t have even a bit of it without a sense of foresight. No, not foreskin. FORESIGHT.
If all you’ve ever done is make the right choice in your life, who the hell is going to listen to you? That person has no idea what it’s like to suffer. But, a person who’s made serious blunders, picked themselves up and lived to stand tell to tell a story – THAT, MY FRIENDS – has true merit.
While this “rant” may appear to be coming out nowhere, it isn’t. I’ve been sitting on these thoughts for far too long now. Today I made a mistake when I tweeted an article from Gay.net that pointed out US Statistics from 2010 that show the rise of HIV infections.
“I wrote: “Happy now? I know this isn’t what @RandyBlue @CorbinFisher & @BelamiOnline wanted but you can’t deny their impact: http://www.gay.net/health-fitness/2012/12/06/poll-why-are-hiv-rates-so-high-amongst-young-gay-men”
1) My apologies to Randy Blue – their inclusion was an error on my part (wrote Randy Blue, meant Sean Cody). Being Human and constantly on the record sucks sometimes. Consider this my official retraction. I am sorry for including Randy Blue in error.
2) Yes, these statistics are from 2010. This new wave of unprotected porn, and the mainstream inclusion, inadvertently will have a profound influence on our coming-of-age queer generation. That’s my prophecy. Maybe there will never be a way to measure or gauge this because we’re talking about inhibiting human behavior on such a level, with imagery and examples, that might not consciously register.
3) I don’t want to hear about how kids can’t afford these websites. There’s a thing called the “trickle down affect”. Even if kids aren’t watching the scenes fresh off the assembly line now, in the coming few short years the pirate torrent websites will be rife with them.
4) WAKE UP AND ACCEPT THAT YOU’RE NOT JUST RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU; but “us” and those that come after.
What’s the point of all this if we all end up sick, tired and too embittered to enjoy any of it? And don’t forget, this is the digital age. The age of the virus. Made in Prague doesn’t just affect Prague. Made for adults with wallets & credit cards doesn’t mean it’s not going to end up consumed by the very people that should have nothing to do with it.
So please. No matter where you are take care of yourselves and those around you.
Resist the urge.
Know that what these companies are pumping out is The Universe’s way of testing you. Or God’s. Or whatever you want to believe controls cosmic energy, fate and truth.
Roll that condom on.
Sean Paul Lockhart aka Brent Corrigan
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If you follow me on twitter @SeanPaulLock or “Like” me on Facebook (Brent Corrigan Fan Page) then you know all kinds of stellar things have been happening lately.
We’re still hammering away at my forthcoming mainstream film #KissingDarkness.
It’s been really interesting working on KD because it’s one of those projects where you get a chance to learn for yourself how badly you want to become an actor. My philosophy when it comes to mainstream (non adult work) is to take whatever comes my way and not look back. You can rest on your laurels waiting for the big one or the best one to come your way but that’s all you’ll ever be doing; waiting. Work is work and each day on set, any set, helps prepare me for what could come next. Spend your time waiting for a certain kind of role, a certain kind of movie, and you could find yourself ill-prepared for the ones that matter most.
Kissing Darkness is a gay vampire film. There, I said it. I admit, it’s another vampire movie. A group of friends skip Los Angeles Pride and take up lodging in their “token” straight friend’s cabin for the weekend. They break out an Ouija board and inadvertently awaken a slumbering demon. One by one she gives each of them the kiss of death and they pass it on to one another. While the vampire motif is part of it, it’s primarily a possession type film. Fewer fangs; more scrapes, bruises, and pale make up with darkened eyes.
We’ve been filming long hours each day including a stint of filming 4 days in Crestline, California outside of Big Bear. One shoot day went from afternoon clear into the wee hours of the morning. We didn’t call it “good” until 5 AM. Obviously this isn’t a union film and one of the things that is holding up progression is the lack of crew and line producer. Films have been made with far less! Despite our scant working resources all of the footage is coming out exquisitely.
We’ve been filming off and on throughout September and still have a day or two left. We’re actually still trying to cast three victim roles where my character stumbles upon a scene in which he finds a pair of sisters and their male lover have been strung up and disemboweled. Shortly there after he becomes the first to become “infected” by the villain, Malice Valeria and her wicked strain. We plan on having it edited and ready by Halloween! While it is a vampire film on the surface, there’s a truly original theme and sub plot from other vampire movies that makes the entire film far more twisted and sick than it appears at first glance.
Immediately after Halloween I go into production for “Truth” – a project extra special to me because not only am I the lead, I’m producing the film and I’m a 50-50 partner on the project. It employs so much of my life experiences, emotions and perspectives for the first time ever. I’m getting a chance to truly bring depth and substance to a mainstream film for the first time ever. Plus, we wrote in a segment with horses!
You’ve noticed I’ve been posting quite a bit about how we can all get involved with getting “Truth” made. We had an Indie Go Go campaign that, on paper, raised “Truth” $12,838 (every dime goes to making the movie and not a penny goes to me or my partners). Our Indie Go Go Campaign also brought us 3 large investors who have issued contributions outside of Indie Go Go because their large sums have officially made them producers on the project. People are taking notice and they want to see this film!
Now, we’re on to our Kickstarter campaign. Kickstarter is different in that if we don’t reach out goal, none of the money pledged by our supporters will be collected.
Making a film is a large undertaking. We started this campaign for specific expenses during production; a location and added production insurance. These days, large budget films you see in the theatres raise funds through IRA’s and all kinds of funds and complicated financial riggings that are completely unnecessary for a film that only costs about $100,000 to make. That doesn’t mean our concept and screenplay isn’t worthy – that our message, our concept and our lives as filmmakers are obsolete and should falter. If you truly love what you do – you will always find a way to do it.
In our film, there is a key scene which takes place at a horse stable. We found a particular stable we would like to use and your funds will help us secure this location. We’re also wanting to intercut scenes where my character, a wayward young man, is riding his horse and enjoying life for the first time ever. Of course, working with animals requires an amendment to our insurance policy for the film. If you know me, you know how much I love horses. If you appreciate me, you also know just how important incorporating this element into this film is. It’s been a dream of mine my entire life to work on set with these amazing animals!
With your generous contributions at kickstarter, we will be able to bring my hope and vision to the screen to share with all of you.
Please, any little bit helps. If just 1% if you gave us %5 we’d be well on our way.
As you may know already, using the “share” links on the Kickstarter page there – getting the word out about this film and what we’re trying to accomplish – is also a great way to give us a hand. Buzz is far more valuable in today’s day and age than a buck or two! So don’t be shy. Thank you in advanced!
SPL aka Brent Corrigan
We spent the day filming at a ranch about an hour north of Los Angeles. I always get a little anxious about these kinds of things because I never have any way of knowing how I will be received by the other models. Most of the time, without fail, if the project is adult in nature the other models expend much of their time and energy during the shoot to ignore me. That just comes with the territory of being Brent Corrigan. Though, I find that mainstream projects are usually more enjoyable because the other models or actors tend to regard me with more curiosity than hatred/jealousy or prejudice. Working with the Andrew Christian boys that afternoon was an absolute joy!
The best part of it was meeting Sunnie Rose Berger – she was the property owner. Sunnie runs Life Group LA, an HIV/AIDS assistance program in Los Angeles. One of the most noble things Life Group LA does for the community is hosting a weekend long convention of seminars for inter-positive couples (couples where one individual is HIV positive and one individual is HIV negative). The convention is the only one of it’s kind. They offer all sorts of resources and information for couples who are living with the disease.
It was shooting at Sunnie’s ranch that I decided to be a part of her Saddle Up LA event. I raised $1,500 for the organization just by asking my fans and friends to help sponsor me via my facebook page. Thank you once again to all of you who have helped with this event! I took home the Rookie Belt Buckle Award for most money raised for a first year participant!
I’ve always wanted to shoot professional pictures with a horse. I never imagined I’d be doing it as a paid model for an underwear company! I’ve watched Andrew Christian’s brand and style evolve over the years and I must say they are one of the top boutique brands of the day. Not to mention; they are gay owned and operated. Naturally I’m a strong proponent of taking care of our own in any way possible. We’re a minority – and if we very truly are only 10% of the population can you imagine just how hard running a business that sells and markets almost exclusively to gay people? While some might say it’s not the wisest business choice you have to hand it to a business that makes this decision – it takes guts and real faith in your product and concept. There really isn’t any better way to create and market to your consumers than living it y0urself.
The week after shooting these pictures I was asked to come be one of the 20 men of Andrew Christian to appear in the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 underwear matching contest. If you follow me on Facebook and Twitter you know I’m a big fan of a queen. I think they are some of the most fascinating and creative people to come out of the queer world. Often misunderstood but almost always enjoyed by all; I love me a good ‘ole queen painted up like and spackled like something out of this world. I even directed/produced a San Diego Pride Music Video benefiting San Diego Pride Org (that post soon to come!)
I’m even featured in one of RuPaul’s new music videos with the rest of the boys! Can’t wait to see how that comes out. I tried my best – but if you’ve ever been to one of my appearances you know I’m not the most versatile/captivating dancer to come out of the adult genre. It is what it is!
Andrew Christian has already asked me to come back and be a part of one of their live events. More images from that to come! But have fun with these for now
And, I highly recommend heading on over to Andrew Christian’s online store to pick yourself up something nice. You deserve it! Tell ‘em Brent sent you in the comments section. They’ll be tickled to know you’re a fan.
Watch the Uncensored Version Now at: http://www.andrewchristian.com/socialvideos
Shop for styles shown at: http://www.andrewchristianshop.com
Models: Sean Paul Lockhart aka Brent Corrigan, Brandon Bryant, Colby Melvin, Quinn Jaxon
Executive Producer: Jeff White
Producer/Director: Brad Hammer
Unit Photographer/Videographer: Erica Dorsey
Makeup: Anton Khachaturian
Special thanks to Sunnie Rose Berger
On Top of the World by Tim McMorris
Go to the Andrew Christian Website for 20% off the jocks from the shoot!
Hey guys! Remember these?
These were some of the best ever taken of me for my adult company. I have the entire gallery, large format, unedited and completely unfettered featured in my VIP section. Yes they’re just images, and you’ve probably seen them before, but I almost guarantee you’ve never seen them as a whole gallery, hand picked by yours truly!
And if you are a VIP member then you know exactly how great this gallery is. If you’re not, then what’s wrong with you?
Yeah, VIP’s get the rest. Not just the tip. The tip is fun and all, but it’s the whole shebang that really gets you goin’. Trust me.
I just wanted to jump on real quick and throw out a friendly reminder that we’re still going strong with the Brent Corrigan Fleshjack Line.
It’s been more than two years now and the product is still very popular.
If you don’t have yours yet, you can follow the banner link to the Fleshjack website on the right of my blog here anytime you think you just HAVE to have one!
Anytime you buy anything from their website via my link I get a portion of the proceeds. Thank you for your love and support in buying your toys and lubrication needs through my links! I am very honored to have friends and fans such as yourselves!
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Enjoy these unedited pictures from the toyline. And if you think it’s strange that my pubes are suspiciously missing in them, you’re right, it’s not your eyes deceiving you. We had to shave them off when we did the molds because the hair interferes with a proper casting. THAT’S how you can be sure when you get your Brent Corrigan Fleshjack items that they are exact replicas!