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Catching Up With Blue Bailey: Retired gay porn star finishes law school

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SFGN originally interviewed Blue Baily in 2014 in an article “Life After Porn: Controversial Blue Bailey Talks HIV And Barebacking.” It quickly became one of SFGN’s most read stories and remains so today. His unabashed views on bareback sex and his performance in ‘Viral Loads’ made him one of the most controversial porn stars around at that time. 

When we last chatted with retired gay porn star Blue Bailey he was getting ready to start attending law school. A lot has happened since then.

"I graduated from UC Hastings Law School (in San Francisco) this past May," Bailey told SFGN. "The first year was nerve-wracking. Being thrown into a class full of extremely smart students from fancy schools all over the world was intimidating.  On top of that, everyone competes against each other for a curved grade.  I felt inadequate and out of place on several occasions.  I took a lot of time and perseverance to slowly gain my confidence."

His perseverance paid off.

"I served as president of the student LGBT group ‘OUTLAW’ and Managing Editor of the ‘Hastings Women’s Law Journal,’" he said.  "Through the journal, I produced two symposia concerning the HIV and LGBT communities, and I even published my first work as a legal scholar.  My note, "Sex Panic and Videotape," detailed California’s Proposition 60 and AIDS Healthcare Foundations failed power grab to dictate the choice of adult entertainment performers."

Bailey was referring to the AIDS' Healthcare Foundation, a non-profit health clinic, and its support for a now defeated California ballot measure which would have forced California porn models to use condoms in all scenes. That was only the beginning.

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"Since graduating, I was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBT bar association," he said.  "I was recently appointed to the position of Mister Friendly Leather SF 2018, which allows me to showcase MrFriendly.org’s mission at the Mister San Francisco Leather 2018 contest.  For those who may be unfamiliar with Mr. Friendly, Mr. Friendly is an international, yet grassroots movement to reduce stigma of HIV, encouraging testing for HIV, and improve quality of life for those living with HIV in friendly ways."

Bailey said intellectual property is his field of expertise. 

"I want to continue working with artists and people who create," he said. "Classes such as copyright, trademark, and privacy peaked my interest because they combined my passion for media and the law."

Bailey has yet to decide if he'll join a firm or start his own private practice. 

"I still have some time to make this decision," he said. "The idea of starting my own practice intrigues me and I’ve been looking at a few incubator programs that UC Hastings and the State of California offer.  I want to be an advocate and activist for the LGBT, kink, and HIV-positive communities, and working for myself may best allow me to pursue these goals."

One thing is for certain: Bailey will remain involved with the adult film industry, albeit as an advocate. 

"I am knowledgeable and passionate about the adult entertainment industry and issues concerning freedom of expression," he said. "I was recently re-reading ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and one of the first items that the government outlawed was pornography. Pornography and the kink community often lie on the outskirts of the mainstream LGBT collective conscious, which makes them easy targets, I would love to continue my work of being an advocate for these marginalized voices." 

Now that it's behind him, Bailey said that he has no regrets about any of the videos he's made and doesn't think his past will have any impact on his future career goals. 

"At the end of Madonna’s Human Nature music video, she says 'absolutely, no regrets"--that is how I try to live my life," he said. "Every mistake I have made, and trust me I have made many, is an opportunity to learn and grow.  My goal in life is to grow and hopefully not make the same mistake twice.  I loved working in the adult entertainment industry, and it afforded me several once in a life time moments.  Surprisingly enough, I interned at the Federal Communications Commission--which regulates indecency and obscenity--during my 2L summer.  I would absolutely consider a career in politics or government work, and I don’t think dreaming of such things are naive."


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