I came across an article written by Kevin Maxwell in 2016 for the Independent. The article focusses on discrimination against non-white members of the LGBT community in London. So how does that pertain to New Orleans? It is a fact that the LGBT community in New Orleans is segregated and at times highly racist. For example, in the past 9 years I have only come across one Asian, and he’s a personal friend. Aside from that I have never seen an Asian in the LGBT community. The same can be said for black and Latinos in the community. Why is that?
The following article "Racism is rife in the LGBT community. Gay People cannot call for equality while discrimination against others" is a reflection and a well-established truth in the LGBT community, not just in New Orleans, but in many cities around the United States.
So, what do you think? Have you experience racism in the LGBT community? Tell us your story.
It appears for many bisexuals in the LGBT community they feel left out or excluded. Samantha Allen of the Daily Beast wrote an insightful article about being bisexual in the LGBT community. You don't think that this would be a serious issue, however, it appears to be more common than we think. There are those in the community that show their disdain for anything different, outside of the norm.
The article "Are bisexuals shut out of the Club?" It another look at how certain people who are a part of the community are looked down upon, or just not accepted.
Have you experienced being shut out by others in the LGBT community? Tell us your story!
If you're going to mess around with the LGBT community, make sure you know what you're getting onto. Recently a New Zealand man was harassed and punched by a group of homophobic men in Sydney, Australia. The New Zealand Herald reported that Ivan Flinn, 34 from Surry Hills was punched and sustained a dislocated jaw. The attached happened after midnight on Oxford Street. Then reports state that three local drags queens came to Mr. Finn's defense, even chasing one into the middle of traffic.
So lesson learned at least for a few men in Australia. There has always been this misconception about drag queens. That for some reason they can't protect themselves; as most have learned it necessary. Drag queens in the LGBT community have always stood up for not only themselves but other in the community. Mr. Flinn said it best "Drag queens are the strongest people in the LGBTI community. They stand there and say this is who I am and I'm proud."
You can read the entire story here: Drag queens save New Zealand man in homophobic attack
you want to pick on little guys, you'll need to fight the big freak. I'm a man underneath all of this, so let's go. Ivy stated
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Today members of the New Orleans community came together to support CrescentCare in their fight against HIV/AIDS. For more than 30 years CrescentCare (NO/AIDS Task Force) has provided and continues to provide a place where individuals, families and couples to go for care. Crescent care is focused on primary care, pediatrics, behavioral health, affordable health care, and preventive services. Crescent care will assist anyone regardless of their insurance status, or income. They truly mean "quality healthcare for all."
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This morning the LGBT and New Orleans community came together at Audubon Park to participate in Out of the Darkness Walk with Pride. This event was hosted by New Orleans Pride and their goal is to bring awareness to young adults and the community about anti-bullying and suicide prevention. Ms. Boudreaux, President of Pride stated: "this event is to promote the I'm Bigger program, to let those in the community know that if they feel threatened, need a friend, or just want to be a part of the community Pride is here to assist them". It is a fact that suicide is quickly becoming the leading cause of death of youths 14 - 24, and soon to replace cancer as the leading cause of death in the United States.
Bullying is a systemic problem within our culture. It is everyone responsibility to reach out to those in need and just be a friend. I remember junior high as being one of the most difficult times of my life. The name calling, taunting from peers was relentless, and yes there was a time I wanted to just end everything. However, I was lucky to have a family friend who helped me get through those dark three years. As I look back, I am surprised that I survived (and it is survival) and could pull myself through those years.
When we as a community come together and stand for a positive purpose it does make a difference and showing a strong front sends a message to young children and adults as well. If we allow this behavior to continue we condone the behavior and teach them that it's acceptable, lets teach them a better way!
For more information on bullying visit the I'm Bigger Louisiana page. Become involved, become aware, and become proactive.
New Orleans Pride should be commended for this innovative program, their desire to reach out to the community, and their continued commitment to the LGBT community in New Orleans.
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It's hard to believe that the poverty rate in the LGBT community is higher than heterosexuals. This should not come as a surprise to anyone, because LGBT people are born and raised in all types of environments. Most LGBT individuals also face unique obstacles because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. This includes a higher risk of being homeless when they are young, harassment and discrimination at school and the workplace.
All you must do is envision or think about the young gay man who is kicked out of him home and ends up working on the streets to survive, the transgender woman being turned down in a job interview, or an elderly lesbian being denied housing.
LGBT poverty to many is very surprising because there are not dominant images within the community, and stereotype remain resilient. Historically the image of the LGBT community has been the gay, white, young men who do not have children, therefore, it is believed that they have additional/extra income to use. To better understand you must break down that dominant image to address the underlining of LGBT poverty and the work that needs to happen to address it.
According to research there are approximately 9 million LGBT people in the United States, and almost have are lesbian and bisexual women. Not only do they face sexual orientation discrimination, they must face sex discrimination in education, the workplace and gaps in wages. 24% of lesbians and bisexual women are poor, compared to 19% of heterosexual women.
We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. Mother Teresa
People of color (African Americans, Latinos, Asians) One in five members of same-sex couple in the U.S. are people of color, and one in eight are Latino's. LGBT people of color are more likely to live in poverty, this is generally standard in our society. African-American same sex couples are more likely to live under the poverty line and are three times more likely to live in poverty than white same-sex couples.
The most economically vulnerable in the LGBT community are the elderly and young. It is estimated that 1.6 million youths in the United States experience homelessness each year, and between 20% and 40% identify as LGBT. Members of the LGBT community that are 65 years of age and older, and make up 7% of the total members of the LGBT community, 28% are disabled and 6% receive Medicaid or other government assistance.
One of the most vulnerable members of the LGBT community are transgender people. Research has shown that transgender people are four times likely to have a household income under $10,000.00 and twice as likely to be unemployed as the typical person in the United States. 90% reported being harassed, mistreated, or discrimination on the job, and one in five reported being homeless as some point in their lives.
How do we as a culture begin to address these issues? Some state that we must understand the diversity within the LGBT community; that this is the key to breaking down the myth of affluence and the beginning of understanding how to combat LGBT poverty. There also had to be a collation among women, people of color, young and old and LGBT people altogether in the LGBT community.
What I find interesting is how you listen to people in LGBT community talk about unity, togetherness and acceptance. But they are just words, and words without action(s) mean nothing. We tend to look our noses down on those we don't consider worthy of our acceptance, we mock and ridicule those that dare to be different, we set standards that are only achievable in ones closed minded world. We live in a community that friends are determined on what they can do for us, and if you play the "game" you're somebody.
For a very select few there are those in the community that try to make a difference, they work tirelessly to help those in need and provide support and assistance where ever needed. Until we begin to change our attitude towards those in need we are no better than those in society determined to take away the rights we have.
So, where do we begin?
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How does a young man from conservative Memphis go from working at A & F, and attending college suddenly become a popular and in demand porn star? JJ would start his porn career in Memphis. Recruited by Jason Sparks he would do his first scene in a hotel room. I’m not going to speculate about that room. “It was a little nerve-racking at first, I was afraid that my family and friends would find out. But what the hell I can have sex with hot men and get paid”.
His first scene would be for Falcon Studios’ in October 2015 and shot in Palm Springs (Heated). It’s hard to believe that he's only been in the industry for two years; since then he has managed to learn the “ropes”; comfortable performing while people are watching, developing an established name, and the understanding that even if you’re not attracted to your co-star you still must perform. “I might have to “juice” myself up” he states. Establishing a name for yourself is important as he explains, you might get asked who you want to work with, however, that’s not always the case. If you go into a scene with someone you’re not typically attracted to you must complete the scene, it’s what I’m getting paid to do. To be always professional, regardless of the scene or scene partner.
Every porn actor must understand and know that there will come a day when they're no longer in demand. So, I asked JJ his thoughts, “of course I’m afraid that one day I’ll no longer be in demand. So, you can either make the decision to leave or someone will do it for you”. There are just a few porn actors that have remained in the industry for a long period of time and remain successful. Explaining that he doesn’t expect this to be long term, but would like to work behind the camera producing movies. Like most in the porn industry, he has learned the value of self-promotion using social media. Social Media has truly become one of the most important aspects of promoting not only his name but scenes or movies.
I want people to know that they can approach me, to say hi. Some people might think I'm a asshole, in truth I'm not. JJ Knight
For every porn actor, public appearances and dancing can be tricky. So, they must learn that it's a balancing act. JJ fully knows that he is there for the fans. There are times some will go a little far with touching, but it's part of the business. "I completely understand that people are going to touch me, especially in the area I'm known for " (depending on what you like, there could be a lot to touch, just saying). He appears completely at ease with this aspect of his life. He does admit that sometimes it's hard to go out. Fans or people in general what a picture and you just don't want to do it. That many don't comprehend that even porn actors have a personal life and that what you see on film isn't a true depiction of their personal life.
When it comes to his personal life including, dating, and relationships JJ stated that it has been hard to date outside of the industry and simply impossible. The guys he wanted to date were either dancers or models but didn't want to date him because he was in porn. He has found that most of his friends are in the industry, maybe because they understand how it works, and know that it's a job. I would imagine it would be hard; I mean here's your boyfriend working 12-16-hour days sucking, getting fucked or fucking someone perceived as hot. I can only imagine that the industry might take a toll on personal relationships.
JJ is currently engaged to Brent Corrigan. JJ considers this his first serious long-term relationship. While in Australia promoting a new movie, he would ask (and had the ring for a while), however, Brent was hesitant at first since he had been engaged before but said no and it would be several months later that Brent would say yes. JJ contributes this to their getting to know one another, and this allowed JJ and Brent to grow closer. It's apparent that the two are devoted and committed to their relationship and love each other.
I can say that I found JJ Knight to be relaxed and laid back during the interview. Willing to be open about his life and career, candid, realistic about the ups and downs of the porn industry, remaining focused on his career, and the balancing act between his personal and professional life.
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Duchesse fessée de Etamps made a rare appearance in New Orleans for Southern Decadence. Spankings were the order of the day, and she paraded in the historic French Quarter. Looking for bad/nasty men to spank. The Duchesse was seen with Princess Stephaney as she reigned as one of the Southern Decadence Grand-marshals and her royal court. Will she make an appearance next year, who knows....The Dechesses had this to say "Donner l'fessées sont importants à l'ordre de la culture gay. Ce n'est pas il n'aime pas être une fessée, je veux dire qui ne fonctionne pas ?"
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Darrell Klassy competed in the annual Mr. Louisiana Leather contest hosted by The Lords of Leather over the Southern Decadence weekend in New Orleans. Mr. Klassy will represent the leather community in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. Ross Randsom who won the title in 2017, gave an amazing speech and it will be a tall order to fill his shoes. But I believe that Mr. Klassy will manage to make the title his own, and represent the community at IML in Chicago in 2018. We wish the very best to Mr. Klassy.
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To understand someone, you must listen with an open mind about what they’ve gone through in life, what makes them who they are and the path they have chosen. I don’t believe anyone just wakes up one morning and says, “I’m going to do porn”. Of course, I could be wrong, but it’s unlikely. But I do wonder what drives someone to succeed in the porn industry? I mean it’s a cut-throat industry, where you ride a high for a few years then you’re considered old news. Why? Because someone younger and new has come along, and before you know it you’ve been replaced.
To be honest, I didn’t know that DJ Dominic Pacifico was even in porn, I had only known him as a DJ, and a damn good one at that. So, you can imagine my surprise when I Googled him and there it was several results for pornhub, xvideos, mansuger, and redtube. It was apparent that not only was he a porn star but a well-established DJ. I began to wonder how does one cross over from porn to DJ’ing and do them both very successfully.
Dominic started doing porn in 1998 in San Francisco, after leaving Key West with his boyfriend at the time. After being dumped he found himself needing money and a place to stay. He would be discovered by Brian Mills who introduced him to still pornography (X-rated pictures). As an 18-year old he had the twink look that everyone craved. This allowed him to make anywhere between $500.00 to $1,000.00, and thus started his path into porn. He stated, “I didn’t realize that I was doing porn, it was art”. At 22 he would do his first feature film for Raging Stallion and would be mentored by Michael Brandon. Dominic learned the ropes so to speak, always understanding that his fans were the most important aspect of his porn career.
I do have an opinion about politics, and world events. For those who think I don’t give a shit, I do. It can be hard for me not to say anything. DJ Dominic Pacifcio
He has been in the industry for 19 years, and for anyone to last that long is an achievement. I asked him how he did this, he explained that it’s all about branding, staying focused, having something to sell, and being in the right place at the right time. One of the important aspects of the porn for Dominic is having the adaptive ability to change with the times.
What’s it like being called a Daddy now? He smiled and said “I love it. All these young men come at me all of the time, and it’s flattering”. I got the feeling that he has embraced the so call daddy porn. As “daddies” are become more in demand, and the younger generation seeks more of this genre, Dominic has once again reinvented himself to adapt to the need and demand. “Hell, I don’t mind, it’s crazy that I’m given a 2nd chance to reinvent myself”, he stated.
I wondered how he went from porn to DJ’ing. DJ’ing didn’t come easy for him, he admits that being in porn created road blocks, since he wasn’t really taken seriously by the more established DJ’s. But somehow, he has managed to merge the two. I think this comes from his determination to be himself and to prove that he is more than just a porn actor. Since his first DJ’ing gig at the Castro Street Fair in 1998, he has come a long way. Now playing around the United States and the World. He is influenced by Brazilian house, early 90’s and seth pop. I asked him how does he know that what he’s playing is being well received he stated, “I try to understand the age demographic, venue, and style of the people”. Either way, I find his music intriguing, interesting, powerful, and well mixed.
Regardless of what you think about DJ Dominic, I found him fascinating and quite intelligent. He has proven to be a smart businessman and inventive with regards to both his porn and DJ careers. For example, in two weeks Dominic Entertainment will release self-molds of Dominic Pacifico Signature molds to be sold worldwide, along with signature self-molds of Casey Everett, Brandon Jones, and Pierce Paris. It’s another expansion of his business and brings to his fan what they want. The ability to adapt.
It is easy to pass judgment on someone that you don’t understand or even know. He said something that really had an impact on me. He stated, “you know you’re at a bar, and the quiet man sitting alone tells you hello, that’s your true fan.” To be humble and sincere is quite unique, and I must say I enjoyed my time with him.
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