I’m paraphrasing in the headline, but Sean Zevran has posted a response on his blog to that op-ed that’s been pissing off gay sex workers everywhere, from Left Magazine creative director and publisher David Helton.
Who is David Helton? Well, he’s the San Francisco-based publisher of a little gay rag (pictured at left next to Sean), and according to Facebook he also goes by DJ Hawthorne and he’s also a brand ambassador for Devotion Vodka, the latter probably doing more to pay the bills. But one thing he certainly is not is a whore! That’s according to this shitty little essay he penned this week, to which porn star and escort Max Cameron already angrily responded.
Here’s another photo below of Helton (center) not being a whore at the White Party this past spring.
Anyway, Sean Zevran delivers a measured and intelligent point-by-point response to Helton, beginning with a single point of agreement: That $1,500 scholarship Rentboy was offering shortly before they were shut down probably could have been bigger, especially considering their revenues. “On the other hand, Rentboy.com did more to provide a safer and simpler means for male escorts to conduct business than any other private company to date.”
He also calls out Helton for giving examples of escorts getting pissed on and bottoming, saying,
Before I go on, it’s worth pointing out that all save one of Helton’s many examples portray the escort as the receptive partner, painting the picture that most escorts are pathetically being sodomized in both ends out their desperate need for a quick buck. I suspect this is a deliberate tactic, given that bottom-shaming is very much a thing in the gay community, particularly in the United States. It serves to make the stereotypical hookers in Helton’s article appear even more desperate by endorsing another kind of stigma.
And, like Max Cameron, Sean would like Helton to know that he too is educated, having gotten “a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from a state university and did eight years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.” He’s also now in an LSAT prep course that was paid for through sex work.
I also challenge David Helton: So you wanna be a writer, bud? Start by dropping these pathetic, childish op-eds and actually tackle some difficult topics. You’ve accomplished absolutely nothing by writing an article trashing a group of people who have, frankly, put up with enough.
It is pretty comical that this screed came not even from some high-horse conservative homo with an actual professional career, but from a house music DJ who reps a two-bit vodka brand and is the creative director for one of those free gay magazines you find on the floor of a nightclub. To paraphrase Jackie Brown, you haven’t exactly set the world on fire yourself, Helton.
As Sean Zevran adds, “Apparently, this career [of Helton’s] now includes writing malicious articles patronizing and dehumanizing the downtrodden under the pretense of wanting to help them. Oh, but if one could only be half so great as David Helton…”