So Many Gay Porn Stars Have Died Lately! Why?

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Arpad Miklos (who committed suicide in February) is just one of the rash of porn stars who've succumbed in the last horrifying year.

Sean Van Sant from rentboy.com has some ideas.

"I think all of these deaths are very different," he wrote to me, "so I do not want to generalize. I think sex workers suffer the same problems gay men do in general, with substance abuse and suicide rates high, and those problems can be even worse for sex workers, who lack support systems because of shame and stigma for their profession. But those factors are not new, nor are they suddenly worse than before.

"I think we should be looking closer at

1) Gay men in midlife crisis

2) Use of body-building steroids causing severe health problems and daily pain as men age (this has gone unreported)

3) Over-prescription of pain medications (how and why was it so easy to commit suicide?)

4) A poor economy for transitioning into other forms of work after a career based on physical labor and youth

5) And lastly there is a real possibility of 'copy-cat' syndrome where suicides inspire more suicides. Suicide rates are much, much higher for men than for women; and the U.S. military is experiencing an historical number of suicides among veterans.

"I've been very saddened by these deaths, and honestly I just don't know the answer, but what we are doing is reaching out, trying to listen and understand. We will be including a memorial segment in the Hookies Awards this weekend in New York city.

"I think group health insurance is, obviously, a great idea. One thing to keep in mind is that rentboy.com is not an escort agency. We are an ad listing service, like Craigslist. Escorts pay for an ad on our site, only. We do not take any profits directly from (or portion) of escorts' income, nor do we connect them directly with clients. Escorts are not employed by Rentboy.com. So group health insurance would have to be like a Freelancers union. It is worth exploring and fostering group health insurance possibilities. I foresee some difficulty getting around the fact that 'escorting' is a vague employment term and sex work has not been de-criminalized in the U.S. Very few countries have laws that protect sex workers under standard labor laws--New Zealand is one of the few.

"In the U.S., community organizers are already working, in fact, on health care alternatives for sex workers, but it is a long term process, requiring changes in law and in the attitudes of the mental health professionals, who often tend to reinforce their patients' shame about sex work.

"The stuggle for civil and labor rights for sex workers has a long history, mostly centered around the women's sex worker movement. Every two years I attend the Desiree Alliance Conference, as a representative of Rentboy.com. See
www.desireealliance.org, meeting this year July 4th to 19th.

"The Desiree Alliance mission statement is: 'The Desiree Alliance is a diverse, sex worker-led network of organizations, communities and individuals across the US working in harm reduction, direct services, political advocacy and health services for sex workers. We provide leadership and create space for sex workers and supporters to come together to advocate for human, labour and civil rights for all workers in the sex
industry.'

"This year's topic is 'The Audacity of Health: Sex Work, Health and Politics.' There will be panels on health care and the law. Our goal has been to create more workshops for men within the mostly female Desiree Alliance community."


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stephencollinsllc
stephencollinsllc

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RobertPatricia

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shopwood
shopwood

shopwood@daytranslations.com what do gay people do at night? 

CyberPimp101
CyberPimp101

In reply to the haters, When rentboy.com's website goes down, for even one day, hundreds of escorts call us saying they cannot pay their rent that week.  So basically, if you think escort sites should not exist, then you are anti-sex work. Sex work is the world's oldest profession. It is not going away. Some occupations, like being a lumberjack, or an athlete, or a pornstar are riskier than others. But everyone has a job to do, and we respect that. We can work on changing negative attitudes, but sex workers are providing a service that has been around since antiquity. Women sex workers helped found the United States by being the first female colonists in the western states and new settlements, look it up cowboys. We are here, we are sex workers, GET USED TO IT.


rdean4
rdean4

This is nothing new.  Suicide has been rampant in the gay porn industry for decades.

James F Barry
James F Barry

At the end of the day its not a very nice life.........

Zed Zardoz
Zed Zardoz

They couldn't stand being a pain in the ass.

tampontammy
tampontammy

The guy in picture for this story looks fat.

SavannahMontgomery
SavannahMontgomery

"Gay men in midlife crisis" and "A poor economy for transitioning into other forms of work after a career based on physical labor and youth"

That about nails it...no matter what you think of the sex industry. Plus the fact that after getting gobs of $$ for your wares, well, anything else is "boring"....and then you "age-out"...the "smart" ones latch onto a sugar daddy early on and stick to it...[a certain Russian comes to mind..]

saturn68
saturn68

i just don't understand the positive side of our communities sexual excess.


bethesda
bethesda

They are indeed icons. Get over it. Don't project your shame and self loathing onto what they do.

Greal
Greal

When did sex workers become heroes to this community? Gay media goes on about this like some sort of holocaust is occurring. The pitfalls of a life without substance? I'm not sure how long you think reducing oneself to a fuck toy is supposed to help a guy keep his head on straight!

bwaybill
bwaybill

And doesn't rentboy foster drug use with their tags about which people on the site do how many drugs? That's like saying "You want to do lots of meth? Then hook up with THIS person." Then rentboy has the nerve to bemoan the problems of porn stars, all in the form of an ad for the site plus a "We really care" advertorial.

tampontammy
tampontammy

It seems like the real issues are having band-aids put over them without really discussing what's going on. 

webcfm
webcfm

I know he wasn't a gay porn star, but I read that Harry Reems just passed away of pancreatic cancer.

bhillsboyoz
bhillsboyoz

and a sad overly long advert for rentboy.com trying to profit off of their deaths, shame.


you could have commented without giving a run down of your business.

williamHK
williamHK

All that sex leads to intimacy problems, thus they dont connect emotionally with other people and feel alienated. 

jackson30
jackson30

Wouldn't the main reason be: Because they have low self esteem and when their popularity fades, they freak? The fact that they most likely have all kinds of prescription bottles n hand doesn't help.

GUEST
GUEST

PTSD

Porn Terminus Stigma Disorder

GUEST
GUEST

@CyberPimp101

Physically and emotionally drained, day in, day out, day in, day out, day in, day out, day in, day out, day in, day out, day in, day out, day in, day out, day in, day out, GET USED TO IT ???

Greal
Greal

@jackson30 Yes, but 2 sentences of common sense can't pad this out, so...

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