The Brooklyn-based 25-year-old turned me into a 12-year-old girl months ago when I declared him my new boyfriend. Today, the obsession continues as Logan tells me about his fascinating life as a researcher in Kenya and a Rentboy in New York.
Watch him on Lucas Entertainment, but first, his exclusive Sword interview.
You’re new to porn, and you’ve filmed a few scenes for Lucas Entertainment. How did you get into the industry?
Logan Stevens: When I moved to New York, I was like “What am I gonna do for money?” So actually I started escorting first. And then the porn followed. Actually, the porn kind of worked as an advertisement for my escorting. I was a bit nervous at first, I was afraid that this might come back to haunt me. But I’ve decided that I’m going to stand by every decision that I make because I don’t regret any of them. And people have to really be paying attention to you, in real life, to realize that you’re also in porn.
What did you do before escorting? How did you decide to get into that?
I’ve always been an open-minded person, but a year ago if someone had approached me to pay for sex, I would have been offended. Obviously that’s not the case anymore and my opinion of sex work has changed. Before I came to New York I was working in Kenya on a research job. We were helping with rural poverty and agriculture, and it was difficult. I mean, the biggest problem there is just getting people water. I spent my free time hanging out with gay men who lived on the coast, and most of them were sex workers so I got a lot of exposure to the other side of the story.
Is there an actual gay community in Kenya?
There’s an underground gay community, sure. There were always these secret parties. You’d get a text message with an address, and you’d show up and there’d be like 250 guys there. Back in October of last year, some journalist showed up at one of the parties and started taking pics. He wrote an article, which included photos of some of the guys in drag, and one of them was my friend. He had to end up moving out of Nairobi.
How scary is it? Can you realistically be “out” there?
It’s tricky. I would make out with guys at clubs, but there’s no gay clubs—they’re more “gay-friendly” clubs. People don’t really care on a personal level; the violence only happens when it’s funded, and when discussions about homosexuality enter the public sphere. That’s when it becomes an issue. I mean, practically everything is illegal in Kenya, and the entire police force is corrupt. But the wealthy can buy anything, and buy their way out of anything.
Now that you’re back in the states and in a pretty different line of work, do you think about going back?
I think about doing more non-profit a lot. I have my B.A. in anthropology and I actually thought about getting my PhD, but the whole field is arrogant—there’s this sort of arrogant political climate in the academic field. I’d like to study part of my own community, so I’ve thought about studying sex work if I go back to it.
So sex work, and transitioning into it, was it easy for you the first time?
Doing porn is not easy. Being naked or whatever, I’ve never had a problem with that. But doing actual porn is different, obviously. I was curious about it all, and I knew it wasn’t going to be like real sex. It’s complicated, there’s so many things going on with cameras and lights and positions. If you have a good scene partner, it goes well though. There was one shoot that was so much fun to do; the one with Ace Rockwood. We had a good dialogue going, and after the shoot I told him to call me sometime. And he did call me after.
What about escorting? What was your first experience with that like?
The first client I ever had was this guy who was like, “How much do you charge for 15 minutes?” I told him I had an hour minimum, and that it was $300. We ended up compromising, and he paid me $100 to sit in a Mexican restaurant where we talked for 15 minutes.
Right. But my first actual client, for sex, ended up being rude. He was really adamant about anal hygiene. I am too, and I’m always really clean, but he made such an issue out of it. So I got these special enemas that I wasn’t used to–just to make sure, you know–and you have to take a lot of time with them. You need to empty out this solution and use water and it was just a mess. Anyways, I thought I had done it the right way, so I left to go meet him.
Yeah. I get to his house and he has these two Chihuahuas running around, and there are these rubber sheets on the bed, and he blurts out that he’s into cock and ball torture. It was all kind of overwhelming. So, I couldn’t get hard, and he was getting frustrated. One thing led to another, and when we got to the sex, I guess I didn’t use the enemas the right way after all, because I ended up shitting all over the place.
Right, I know. And he was cool with it, sort of. He rode the train back with me and leaned over and said, “Provided that you’re not messy the next time, my tip will reflect that.”
If he was willing to see you again, he must’ve liked you?
I guess so!
So what else do you do, in your spare time?
I do a lot of performance art. I’m a violinist, and I do some gender fuck drag performances. I hang out with a sort of radical faerie group, too. They’re sort of faerie peripheral, actually.
And I know you had auditioned for NakedSword’s “I Want Your Love” recently, right?
Yes. I love the project, and that film’s gonna be huge. I actually auditioned for the demo, back in February. One of the performers (Jesse) was the ex-boyfriend of one of my friends. The whole concept is fantastic. There’s this sort of awkward but cute, very real way of showing people having sex, and that’s what the film does. I like the way that the director Travis (Mathews) allows the natural chemistry to flow, all while making sure he has the angles and shots and everything he needs to do on a technical level. The best thing about it though is that it’s completely identifiable to everyone. It’s accessible on a level where porn obviously isn’t.
How is porn not accessible?
Well there’s a stigma to it. There’s a stigma to any sort of sex work. My family doesn’t know that I do porn because I think they would be uncomfortable with the objectification. But I’m fine with objectifying people; I objectify people all the time. Also, I think this idea that you must not be healthy, or that you must be mentally unstable if you work in porn, is completely wrong.
A lot of those misguided notions come not just from our family members, but also from people within the gay community, right?
Yes. Well, there’s the queer community and the gay community, and I don’t think the queer community has those issues, which is more the community I identify with. Challenging preconceived notions about sex work is built into the queer community. It’s about being subversive with your existence and more about freedom. The queer community is able to be more free and questioning, whereas the gay community has a very narrow definition of what sex is, all the way down to what kind of guys are hot and who you should want to sleep with.
And yet everyone still watches porn, or has at least fantasized about a porn star.
I think we all fantasize. And who doesn’t fantasize about being in porn? Although, I never thought that I would end up doing it.