I had read somewhere that Trevor Knight had retired from porn. It's funny how sometimes a blast from the past makes us remember weird things. Or maybe it is that I have these weird associations that trigger stream-of-consciousness blog posts that include naked men. In any case, while reading gay blogs online, I came across a post about Trevor Knight and decided to write about him, because I like writing about porn stars that have retired and suddenly seem to pop up again in conversations in the gayverse (remember Chad Hunt?).
So, Mr. Knight, obviously endowed with all that's needed for making it big in porn, made a splash probably starting the new millennium and kept a prolific career in front of the camera until recently. I understand he works in production now. He worked with all the big studios when big porn productions were made and suddenly, he was out. Apparently, he got married to David Alanson Bradberry, who was in a Reality TV show. I don't watch a lot of cable TV, so I had no idea Trevor proposed to his husband during the TV show and all that. I didn't even know that Bravo had a show called Below Deck. Things one learn along the way.
What I find cool is that by when they got engaged and later married, Proposition 8 in California was still being discussed and then overturned. 2013, right? It seems like yesterday and yet so far away in terms of marriage equality and the fact that we are talking about a gay adult performer's divorce from his husband the same way we would talk about anybody else's divorce. We just wish them well and move on as Mr. Knight asks us to do. Don't you find that fascinating?
Marriage equality only came to the United States in 2015. Four years ago. Remember Obergefell? No? With the barrage of corruption, walking back of laws protecting gay rights and the never ending stupidity of this administration, it may seem easy to forget that just a few years ago we could not marry the man we loved. And now we talk about a retired gay porn star's divorce as naturally as we talk about the Housewives of Wherever or the Keeping up with the Kurds. I think there's been some progress. What we should not forget, though, is that the progress we may have won is constantly under attack. The religious right never sleeps and is always trying to find ways to roll back people's right's in the name of religious freedom.
So yeah, it's great that we can discuss the divorce of two men online with ease and hope they are both doing well, but really, we also need to stop and think about where we are. Yes, we can talk about two gay men's divorce and yes, we do have a gay man running for president, but there's also the shade of the religulous trying to gain back the right to discriminate without punishment. So while you enjoy some photos of the very well endowed Mr. King, think about your rights, and how they can be rolled back by an administration that panders to the religious right.
P.S. Here's my fav Trevor Knight video from back in early 2000's, in case you're not aware of his oeuvre: