PVV – Gay Porn: Why Did I Survive?

Frankie Valenti, formerly known as adult performer Johnny Hazzard, recently wrote a really great, insightful post for The Huffington Post entitled “Gay Porn: Why Did I Survive?” (6/9/13).

In it, Frankie discusses getting in, navigating, and ultimately moving on from work as a performer in gay adult content production. He also discusses the current state of the adult industry and offers some measured advice.

Here is an excerpt:

Does too much sex kill? Well, not directly, but the rash of deaths within the gay porn world seems to suggest otherwise. Some were health-related, while others were undisputedly self-inflicted. But sadly, they are gone. They were big players in the scene, and they were my friends. Being a recognizable face in this industry, many have asked me, “Johnny, how did they die?” or, “Johnny, what’s going on in that world of yours?” Then, most recently, writer and friend Brett Edward Stout asked me, “Johnny, how did you survive?” I was speechless. I had no answer.

How did I survive? We all faced the same challenges, so why am I still here when my friends are not? Even after taking days to think about it, I still can’t totally explain why I survived. Maybe it’s because my family supported me, or maybe it’s because I made good or lucky choices. (here)

Read the remainder of Johnny’s post right –> here. It’s really excellent stuff!!

Also, have a listen to the podcast Lydia Lee and I did with Johnny here – it’s also really good.

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(pictured: Frankie Valenti, fka Johnny Hazzard)

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