Brent Corrigan tackles Bareback Porn Past: “I was stupid”

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Idaho’s most famous gay porn star says he made a “bad decision” when he participated in making videos without practicing safe sex early on in his career.

Corrigan, whose real name is Sean Paul Lockhart, wrote in a column published earlier this week by actup.org,”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. ”

The now 26-year-old started making adult videos when he was just seventeen. Of those early days Corrigan writes,”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.”

In 2010, the actor, who was born in Lewiston, used his celebrity status and his…um..assets.. in a safe sex video campaign alongside fellow porn star Matthew Rush.  A move which also proved controversial. In the Act Up column Corrigan acknowledges that the idea of a former underage barebacking porn star telling people to “wrap it up” was  a bit “half-baked” but he says he was “doing what he could”, and says he’s not “done yet.”

Corrigan/Lockhart has expanded his career, over the past few years, tackling roles in such films as the BRILLIANT Judas Kiss, Sister Mary, Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild!, Welcome to New York, and others.

Gay males ages 13 to 24 years old contribute to more than a quarter of the new HIV infections in the U.S. each year.

You can read the full Act Up column HERE.

2 Responses to Brent Corrigan tackles Bareback Porn Past: “I was stupid”

  1. jj says:

    Brent, Thanks for writing this piece and focusing attention on this issue.

    I would like to disagree with one point, however. Describing your own efforts making the safer sex PSA’s as “half-baked” does you. your work and your personal growth a great disservice. There is nothing “half baked” or hypocritical about someone who has learned from their mistakes attempting to get others to make changes in their behavior that could prevent illness and possibly save their lives. No one calls Jennifer Hudson “half baked” or a hypocrite for doing Weight Watchers ads, and she’s advocating a life/health saving behavior change when she herself used to be obese–not to mention she got paid a fortune for her “advocacy” while you did your safer sex advocacy campaign for free. It’s precisely the people who have made positive changes in their life, who need to stand up and take responsibility for what they’ve done and try to educate others on how to avoid the same mistakes–and that is exactly what you did. You took responsibility and spoke out–ain’t nothing half-baked about that. There will always be haters criticizing you who take some perverse pleasure in trying to knock you down when you’re doing something good, but they aren’t your audience. Your safer sex PSA’s have been viewed more than 1,000,000 times worldwide and you can be certain that it has had a positive impact on those who are receptive to the message. For those who aren’t receptive–it wouldn’t matter who it was delivering it, they’d ignore it.

  2. T.S. says:

    Maybe he learned a lesson from another “famous” Lewiston Idaho gay porn star “Tanner Hayes” who died last year – https://www.facebook.com/tony.shantie

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