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Caged Jock: Steps In To Help Australian Fires

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Caged Jock: Steps In To Help Australian Fires

An adult entertainer who has brought conversations about male chastity fetish to the mainstream, uses his social media influence to help.

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A fire of catastrophic proportions has swept over Australia, burning through millions of hectares of land, killing around 1 billion animals and leading to the possible extinction of some species. The whole world is tuned in and is trying to help by any means possible.

Many influential people are using their platform to spread awareness about the crisis and encourage people to donate to fire relief and animal rescue organizations.

Among these influencers, an unlikely bunch have come out to the forefront and used their platform in an unusual way. 20-year-old influencer and online sex worker Kaylen Ward (also known as The Naked Philanthropist) has tweeted that whoever donates $10 or more to an organization helping relief efforts will receive a nude picture of her. She claims that she’s raised around $1 million dollars so far.

Another adult performer, Caged Jock, took a similar approach.

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SWK: What are your thoughts on what is currently happening in Australia?

CJ: We found out about the fire last year, but I didn’t think it was going to be this bad. I thought it was going to take a couple of weeks for it to be over, but I can’t believe it is still going on. That says a lot about the current situation with our planet. It’s sad to see so many people who lost their homes and died in the fire. Think about what is going to happen to the overall system in the country, the species, the birds, the animals…

SWK: There has been amazing outreach to help the relief effort in Australia. You’ve actually done something recently to help in your own way. Can you tell me what is it that you did?

CJ: I posted on my Twitter and my IG that if anyone donates at least $10 to any charity that helps with the Australian fires, I will give them 30 days’ free access to my fan page. I make porn videos for a living, I think the content is good – people always rave about it – so it was a good opportunity for those who thought about signing up, to encourage them to donate. It actually got a lot of people sending me the receipts of the transactions, so I am really happy that I was able to use my voice and my following for a positive cause. Because when you work as an adult actor, people are always going to criticize you: “Oh he’s posting too many pictures of his body and his selfies, he doesn’t really do anything positive for the society.” So I just wanted to prove that we do other things also and give back to society.

SWK: Do you know how much you’ve been able to collect so far?

CJ: I don’t know. I know it’s in the thousands, because there was one receipt that I got that was a one thousand dollars. That was the biggest. And then a lot of people donated at least $10, but a lot of times people are very generous. They go up to 40, 50, up to 100 or more, so it’s difficult for me to keep track.

SWK: Did you hear about this girl, whose screen name is, I think The Naked Philanthropist? She did something similar, but she wanted to send a nude photo…

“My life has

been very blessed

and it would be

very selfish of me

to keep that blessing

to myself

and not give back.“

CJ: Yeah she sent a nude photo. Rocco Steele, adult performer, he also sent a nude photo.

SWK: Were you the first one who did that?

CJ: No, Kaylen was the first one that did that. That’s her name, Kaylen Ward. So I thought “That’s a great idea, let me just do it.” So I give all the credit to her. It’s a great idea. I’m so glad to see that people who are working in the adult industry are stepping up.

SWK: There is also another post that you made on Instagram that was encouraging people to donate to animal rescue in Australia.

CJ: I always make it known on my social media that I love animals. It was really disheartening to see that over 1 billion animals died in the fire, so it’s really heartbreaking to hear that koalas, kangaroos, horses, and many other animals died in the fire, and it’s really hard to see, knowing that we as people are responsible for this.

SWK: Are you planning on using your platform to influence more people to donate to other causes as well?

CJ: I am planning on making this a regular thing, not just one thing. I’m still in the process of trying to think how I can make this a regular thing so that we can donate to other causes, besides the Australian fire, because there are many many many people out there that need help. Many organizations that need donations. I think it’s important to use my platform to make my followers aware that these organizations exist, their mission, the people that they want to serve and help better these people’s lives.

SWK: Why is it important for you to contribute, why is it important for you to give back in general?

CJ: My life has been very blessed and it would be very selfish of me to keep that blessing to myself and not give back. I always enjoy helping others, I sponsor children in undeveloped countries, I regularly donate to organizations that help abused and neglected animals. So I have already been doing it, prior to making my post about the Australian fires. This was sort of like taking it to another level. I think it’s important to put it in front of the camera to inspire others to give back.

SWK: Are you hoping to inspire more adult performers to give back?

CJ: It’s kind of at the back of my mind, it’s more about utilizing my followers, so that they can give back. As opposed to being the face of it and inspire someone else. That’s not something that I thought about.

If you’d like to donate to the Australian relief efforts, here are some organizations that are accepting donations: 

NSW Fire Service | Country Fire Authority | WIRES Wildlife Rescue | Australian Red Cross

Alexey Kim

Founder

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49th Annual Atlanta Pride Was a Family Affair

EVENTS | PRIDE

49th Atlanta Pride

Was a Family Affair

Atlanta Pride was first held in 1970, just a year after the Stonewall riots, which served as a catalyst to the Pride movement in Atlanta.

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Atlanta Pride is one of the oldest Pride festivals in the US, and the largest in the Southeast. It was first held in 1970, just a year after the Stonewall riots, which served as a catalyst to the Pride movement in Atlanta. In 1971, when homosexual sex was still illegal, hundreds of marchers wore paper bags over their heads to hide their identity, while also sending a message of how invisible they were as a community.

In recent years Atlanta Pride has become larger than ever, attracting upwards of 300,000 yearly attendees, while annually generating over $25 million for the city since 2010.

In 2019, Atlanta’s 49th Annual Pride Festival began on National Coming Out Day, on Friday, October 11, and culminated with the Parade on Sunday, October 13. The celebrations kicked off on Friday, with a party hosted at Georgia Aquarium by Shangela and Phoenix from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Other notable events that happened during that weekend at Piedmont Park were The Annual Trans, Dyke, Bi & Pan Marches and a free concert headlined by Kesha, and Starlight Cabaret Show, one of the largest drag cabarets in the Southeast.

The Atlanta Pride Committee chose politician Stacey Abrams, trans activist Feroza Syed, and teenage poet Royce Mann to be the parade’s grand marshals.

“One of the reasons we choose grand marshals is because we are actually shining a light on what issues and work we as an organization believe to be important,”

Jamie Fergerson, Atlanta Pride Committee’s Executive Director, stated to wabe.

Caged Jock

The morning my porn star friend Caged Jock and I set out to the parade was overcast, but by the time we got to the MARTA’s Civic Center station, where all the floats were waiting to take off, it was full-on pouring rain. The scene that presented itself reminded me of WorldPride celebrated in NYC earlier the same year, sans the rain: rows of cars and floats were lined up along the road, with go-go boys wearing nothing but a robe and underwear; leather pups having a small party of their own on a sidewalk; bears patiently waiting by a truck adorned with hundreds of their plush namesakes.

We slowly moved through the crowd and once we made our way to the end of the street, we realized that we were walking inside of an actual parade. Quickly scanning around for the best options for advancing through the whole route of the march, we thought it would be best to walk down the street with the floats. The further we walked, the more people were lining up on the sidewalks and the more it started raining. 

At a certain point on the route barricades started to appear on the sidewalks, and we realized that the only way out would be to walk towards the final destination of the parade at Piedmont Park. The crowd grew larger the more we advanced through the route, and from hundreds of people lining up the sidelines, it turned into thousands. “We love you!” and “Happy Pride!” is all we could hear, walking along the route of the parade on Peachtree street.

One of the things that struck me the most was how many people came with their kids. A lot of people in the crowd came to support those who might not be close to their own family by wearing shirts that said “Dad Hugs” and “Mom Hugs.” I’ve gotten hugged by three moms simultaneously who all kissed me on my cheeks and told me that they loved me; a handsome dad with a brown-brimmed hat gave me a strong and warm hug that almost made me cry; a married couple coddled me in a three-way embrace.

All of the people that brought kids to the parade deserve separate recognition. It’s incredibly important to show future generations that love is the answer, no matter what skin you are in. It’s comforting to know that there are parents out there who not only support their own children, but show them that tolerance is the only way forward.

A large group of anti-LGBTQ protesters lined up along one of the streets, holding up hateful slogans and protected by the police, but no one seemed to care. A few people who were walking in the parade, slowed down to taunt the outsiders with their joy. Yes, it did rain on our parade, but the unconditional support that the marchers and onlookers exhibited for each other that day couldn’t be defeated – not by the weather nor by the people who have come to project hate during such an otherwise beautiful intergenerational exhibition of love and acceptance.

NOTE: Unfortunately, all official celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of Atlanta Pride were cancelled in 2020 due to coronavirus.

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NYC Pride Parade 2018- Portraits And Candid Moments


EVENTS | PRIDE

NYC Pride Parade 2018- Portraits And Candid Moments

I believe it’s safe to say that during the NYC Pride in 2018, no one has had a slightest idea of how unbelievably enormous the WorldPride would be in 2019. Even though the numbers of the attendees in 2018 weren’t as close to the numbers of people flocking to celebrate WorldPride and The Stonewall Riots’ 50th Anniversary in the following year, it was still an impressive show out. Let’s take a walk back the memory lane and catch up on some magnificent moments from the New York’s Pride March of 2018.

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