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Exclusive PSA Premiere: Chi Chi LaRue on Barebacking in Gay Porn


Given the recent reports of a surge in HIV infection in men under 30 and an increase in so-called "barebacking" gay porn, 20-year veteran and adult industry legend Chi Chi LaRue has decided to speak out about the importance of wearing a condom, and also the importance of setting an example in the adult film industry. He has recorded a Public Service Announcement on the importance of wearing a condom and vows never to shoot bareback porn.

Channel 1 Releasing has decided to premiere this PSA to Towleroad readers first.

I think it sends an important message. Click here to check it out. (WARNING: NSFW)


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  1. So great!!

    Posted by: Billy | Jan 31, 2008 4:15:57 PM

  2. Good message...but boy! that PSA was long! Where will that PSA be viewed...just at the begining of porn videos? If so, it should have been more graphic...if not, then please shorten it up!

    Posted by: dctopman | Jan 31, 2008 4:16:56 PM

  3. Wow, ggreen. Rather than hearing the message, you chose to read the messenger. pity.

    Posted by: mark | Jan 31, 2008 4:17:40 PM

  4. She is fierce!

    Great PSA, great message.

    And ggreen, sort of missin' point aren't ya sweetie.

    Posted by: Owen Smith-Jones | Jan 31, 2008 4:23:06 PM

  5. I can't say I've always been impressed by Ms. LaRue's words and actions, but she controls a lot of porn and her efforts are influential. They should be applauded.

    No one should be engaging in unsafe sex. Period.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 31, 2008 4:23:37 PM

  6. Good for her!!! The whole genre of BB-ing becoming more prevalent in conjunction with the party drugs will be without a doubt the next wave of death for our community if people like her (and us) don't start combating this behavior and mentality!

    Posted by: Markus | Jan 31, 2008 4:28:03 PM

  7. Good for Chi Chi, but I do think this PSA is naive on a couple of points. One is that there are people out there who get off on the risk involved. I've seen comments such as "I think it's hot that we might be watching the bottom being infected." Now that is really fucked up, but it's a reality out there.

    Another problem is the fact that Chi Chi values the porn actors as human beings. Obviously, that's wonderful. But how many viewers think of the actors as disposable trash? Do the viewers really care about what happens to these actors, as long as they get off? I'm not sure.

    There is also a huge segment of the population who just doesn't want to see condoms in their fantasy life. I'm not saying that's a good or bad thing - just reality.

    I think safer sex messages are fantastic. But when they border on preachy, I'm not sure how effective they really are. And this PSA seemed quite self-centered to me, as well.

    Sorry to be so negative here. I really do think we need wider education about safer sex. I just think this PSA misses the mark. (and yes, it's too long)

    Posted by: gay as life | Jan 31, 2008 4:46:24 PM

  8. Hey Andy - its proper to refer to Chi Chi in the feminine. "He has recorded a Public Service Announcement on the importance of wearing a condom and vows never to shoot bareback porn." Should be "She has recorded...'

    I know it seems trivial but its just being respectful.

    Posted by: JAMES IN CHICAGO | Jan 31, 2008 4:47:30 PM

  9. James - if Chi Chi still has a penis, no vagina or breasts (excluding man-boobs) then he's a HE. Even in full-on drag. A HE is a HE. So Andy was correct.

    Posted by: jeffreychrist | Jan 31, 2008 4:53:57 PM

  10. I read somewhere that my favorite porn star, Josh Weston, is now doing bareback films. Too bad.

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 31, 2008 4:54:31 PM

  11. Really, James? I thought if one was a drag performer, and not a full-time drag queen (transgender woman), you refer to the performer as "he" when he's in men's clothes.

    Of course, in the gay world, many "queens" refer to each other as "she/her" even when we've got bald heads and muscles. Hell, we'll even say, "that muscle bitch in California, "she" just endorsed John McCain...both of those "girls" aint worth my vote, honey."

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jan 31, 2008 4:58:23 PM

  12. Porn is a model of promiscuity. It is NOT a model for the entire gay community. It irritates me when gay porn is equated to gay people in general. Far from it.

    As for wearing condoms, I'm a gay man who doesn't wear them. I don't like them and never will wear them. But I'm also responsible. I have a healthy partner who is monogamous with me and me with him. Condoms are only for promiscuous sleazeballs who have sex with ten anonymous men in one night in sleazy cubicles. These losers should be wearing condoms, I agree.

    Posted by: jason | Jan 31, 2008 5:04:31 PM

  13. He is two years too late. Chi Chi was turning his nose down to BB porn when MSR was around. Now that Rob has passed I guess, with no one to spit venom at he decided to make his "Bitch Session" a PSA. Truth is, if it puts Larry in the public eye its all good for him.
    Don't get me wrong, as a porn guy he can treat his models with tender loving care. He also has said that everyone in his films is HIV positive. He'll say whatever he needs to say to keep in the public's awareness.

    Posted by: gavin Elster | Jan 31, 2008 5:04:43 PM

  14. ChiChi is a true believer. I admire her commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS. I admire her courage in sticking to her guns. I admire the fact that she does care about the models. Unfortunately, porn in which the guys are wearing condoms is just *not* as exciting as bareback (at least to me). It isn't as exciting because the guys' cocks look odd (on film) when encased in a shiny condom. And I've never met a bareback porn star who wasn't already positive when he began porn. Again...I admire her dedication, but I just really don't like condom porn. That's just my two cents.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 31, 2008 5:05:48 PM

  15. You can equivocate on how the message is done (I happen to think it's extremely well done, but then I'm not in the target demo), but the important thing is that it get out there. A lot of ignorance is caused by sheer intellectual laziness--people just don't think. Anything to trigger thought is good. THINK!

    Posted by: rascal | Jan 31, 2008 5:05:59 PM

  16. Thanks for letting my know about Josh Weston, Crispy! I just ordered his new bareback video. It looks hot!

    Posted by: Caleb | Jan 31, 2008 5:08:11 PM

  17. Well, I think it's hard to make a more crass statement than this one, Caleb. Especially in this thread. Sad, really

    Posted by: Nick | Jan 31, 2008 5:19:27 PM

  18. No prob, Caleb. Enjoy your protease inhibitors.

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 31, 2008 5:24:45 PM

  19. Cry me a river! Every job has its risks. If you are a cop, you can get shot. If you are medical professional, you can get infected by accident, if you are firefighter you can get burned..these people chose to be in his business -the job description is "fucking for money" How much easier could it possibly get? So if they chose to take the risk, let them.

    And if those 15-24 year olds are that stupid to emulate the risky behavior, well its like those not wearing a helmet on a motorcycle, it is their problem.

    Posted by: God | Jan 31, 2008 5:26:40 PM

  20. Even if a both guys are poz, they should wear condoms; one of the biggest challenges in HIV prevention and treatment is the appearance of new strains from cross-infection. Sex with another HIV+ guy can also significantly increase your viral load, requiring stronger and more frequent doses of anti-retrovirals. That's a major reason that the older drugs are less effective.

    It's your responsibility, stright or gay, to ensure that the mutually pleasurable act of sex/lovemaking/fucking/whatever isn't a danger to you or anyone else down the line. Do you want to help create a new mutant strain of the virus that can't be treated? Do you want hundreds of thousands to die because you fucked without a condom? Remember, it only took one guy to infect the rest of us...

    Posted by: Krypenthorff III | Jan 31, 2008 5:38:22 PM

  21. Nick,
    One thing wrong with the gay community is the hypocrisy of it all. We all preach about fucking with condoms but it's just not what we're doing in bed. I went through my Facebook and could not find ONE of my 112 gay friends who had not admitted to me that they barebacked in the last year (save the two who just don't like butt sex at all). What I find exasperating is how often I have seen them get on soapboxes talking about how dangerous barebacking is.
    They remind me of the Republicans who preach on and on about the evils of the homosexual lifestyle and are caught soliciting gay sex in public restrooms.

    Posted by: Caleb | Jan 31, 2008 5:55:39 PM

  22. I don't bareback but I like the fantasy and I could really care less about these models. They know the risk. The care about the models portion reads to me like this, "Bareback porn is making a shitload of money, so respect the models and buy my porn instead."

    Posted by: Matt | Jan 31, 2008 5:59:48 PM

  23. I actually like bareback porn, though it disturbs me. In the interest of trying to understand the desire: Because I'd heard of AIDS before I'd even have sex, ALL of my sexual experiences have been tainted with a fear of sickness and death. Maybe I like it because I've only ever had sex with a condom and there's something (I'm fumbling for the right term) "unnatural" about that? I mean, cavemen buggering each other didn't have them.

    But an important lesson of Chi Chi's is being overlooked--those of us who BUY the porn are actually, obliquely, PAYing for men to be infected. That's one aspect of what disturbs me about those videos. (Also the men in them often look like they're on meth, so I doubt that they're consenting with a full brain.)

    Anyone agree? Disagree?

    Posted by: Alex | Jan 31, 2008 6:00:41 PM

  24. GREAT MESSAGE and graphics..
    I never knew Chi Chi was so HOT!!!!! Girl!!!1Call me, I want to be your new best friend

    Posted by: TIM | Jan 31, 2008 6:07:27 PM

  25. "No one should be engaging in unsafe sex. Period".

    Um Paul R. I ask you - what about HIV negative, long term, monogamous lovers who are both faithful and honest to each other.

    Try not to paint with such broad a brush hun, it makes you look kind of small minded-period.

    Posted by: Derek | Jan 31, 2008 6:09:29 PM

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