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It’s Thursday which means another round of #ThrowbackThursday tweets are well on their way, with 2014 Mr. San Francisco Escort of the Year BLUE BAILEY starting us off with this gem from Halloween 2007 in the Castro in San Francisco!
Read ERIC BARRY’s Interview w/ HOOK Online About Being a Gay For Pay Escort
HOOK: You came forward to talk about your time working in the industry as “Gay for Pay” in a very public way. What prompted it?
Eric Barry: I had been open with my friends and family for years about it – including women I was seeing while I was working.
But given that I host the Full Disclosure podcast where I’m interviewing sex workers, it seemed like I’d be doing an injustice to humanizing those in the industry without relaying my own experiences. There’s a lot of misperception about who decides to get into sex work, and there’s a lot of socially accepted stigmatization against sex workers.
Most of the sex workers I know are remarkably intelligent, well-rounded individuals. These aren’t people who were brought into the industry as a result of prior abuse or substance addiction. Of course people will point to examples of drug addicts who have used sex work to pay for their addiction, but the problem there isn’t that someone is doing sex work, the problem is that someone is a drug addict.
I wanted to change these perceptions.