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Porn Star Sean Zevran On Barebacking And LGBTIQ Rights

Photography by James Franklin

Interview and photography by James Franklin from DNA #234.

Barebacking is now the norm in the industry. Do the studios test for STIs?

It’s always a concern for anyone working in the sex industry. We tend to be much more aware of our sexual health than the average person. Not all studios test, but PrEP has been a game-changer. It’s only one tool of protection against HIV transmission, and rising rates of STIs of all types are a concern, but the LGBTQ+ community has a dark history with this sort of thing and most of us in the industry tend to be pretty knowledgeable about that.

The US government is taking actions that restrict the rights of women and LGBTQ+ people: how do you feel about this?

Elections have consequences. Nationalism and totalitarian attitudes are on the rise the world over. We’re dealing with new technologies and struggling with the impact it’s having on us politically, socially and economically. I oppose any attempt at limiting the rights of women and the LGBTQ+ community. Anyone who follows me knows I’ve been very vocal about this and the need for people to become more familiar with information technology and cybersecurity best practices. I’m currently working on a second degree in cybersecurity and plan to use my platform to do more in this area in future.

What are the best parts of the porn industry and what parts of it bother you?

Porn represents both the best and worst of human nature. On the one hand, it’s a beautiful expression of human sexuality; but on the other hand, porn can be a manifestation of humanity’s darkest impulses. Now, there’s a lot to untangle there and I’m not going to bore everyone by writing a thesis. With technology, and the new ways performers are able to take control of their craft these days, it’ll be fascinating to see the direction the industry takes. I’m very excited from a creative perspective.

Read the full interview in DNA #234.

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