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'Natural-Born-Hooker: Gay-for-Pay"

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    1. Creator NBH on March 19, 2012

      Hey E. de,

      You bring up so many excellent points, I don't even know where to start because you so perfectly describe "Natural Born Hooker" and why I was attracted to producing it.

      First, I believe the assimilationist trend will eventually exhaust itself.

      Secondly, it's difficult to overstate the impact of technology on the community. Grindr, A4A, Manhunt have removed LGBT from the physical world that gave the queer experience such a charge. And, ironically, flattened the physical world in the process - though, people still go to bars, and out dancing and seem eager to meet one another in social settings... there just aren't enough of them. It seems like even though we got the sex squared away (or, circumvented it - sodomy laws are basically nullified with a handheld device), the need for community wasn't. Just look at Washington, D.C., - apparently, there's more people on Grindr in the Capital than anywhere else in the United States.

      And, lastly, the family of equals that you refer to. I've been thinking about where that dream went. If it wasn't just sexual liberation - though that's how it's cast by social conservatives - how are those possibilities reclaimed? Old, young, beautiful, ugly, flawless, fat - there should be a place for everyone, and there isn't. Really. Pecking orders evolve (though living L.A., maybe I'm more aware of them?), and people get trapped in them.

      That's the great thing about "Natural Born Hooker" - regardless of whether he's a character in a specific play, or as I see him, an idea - someone who has an all-access pass into every element of society.

    2. Creator E. de Mas on March 19, 2012

      When I saw the title of the play on the Huffington Post, it took me a second glance to make sure I’d read it correctly. After a decade of homosexuality being conventionalized, desexualized and pruned to sit comfortably next to a suburban topiary- I finally saw a glimmer of hope.
      I was once a natural born hooker, or perhaps I still am. I’m not sure we can ever stop being that person. The good, the bad, the seduction and the sex end up melding with our personalities. I’ll probably always flirt the way I learnt to flirt then and I’ll probably always miss the honesty and intoxicating satisfaction of knowing someone wants to touch you so much they’re willing to pay for it. I don’t mean to oversimplify or glamourize the experience, it can be hard and dangerous-even deadly, but there once was a prominent place for the rent-boy in the gay community. For some of us it was about survival, for others the only path to better things, for me it was an exploration of the meaning of sex and how that related to my life.
      We’re told today that (homo)sexuality is just another characteristic in our personalities. We are our race, profession, background, financial status and finally we “just happen to be gay”. Let me disabuse the world of that notion. As human socio-sexual beings, sexuality will inform and influence almost every choice you make until the day you die, and even on that day a sexual thought will have probably crossed your mind. Sexuality determines who you look at when you walk down the street, who you grin at more warmly at work, it determines where you spend your nights and who you spend them with. Last Saturday it was the reason I left a waiter a larger than usual tip. It’s the reason, when you’re 12 years old and reading Brideshead Revisited, you feel a strange kinship to Sebastian (even if you don‘t yet know why). It’s also the reason that through the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s being gay also meant being part of a community, a family. A great family of equals without the hang-ups of traditional repressed society. Instead of living in suburban homes and adopting Asian babies we flowed to urban centers to find and enjoy each other- and there we all knew, or liked (or were) natural born hookers, from all sorts of different places and backgrounds and races and we were united in love, lust and sex; We didn’t just happen to be gay, we were gay and sexual and that was a good thing.
      The natural born hookers shouldn’t be hidden, they should be celebrated as a symbol of our struggle to find ourselves and each other.