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point of view — it means going
against what's natural for yourself."
As far as same-sex relationships
and marriage, "They're not wrong,"
he continues. "The most impor-
tant thing is to love God with
all your heart. The sec- _
ond tiling, is to love
your fellow person
that same way. I
don't know how
loving someone of
your own sex in that
manner is consid-
So now you're
"Yes, I identify as het-
erosexual. There was a time
I thought of myself as
bisexual, and I never hide
that fact," Papaleo says,
A couple of years ago,
after moving back to
Georgia, he met a woman.
On their second date, he told
her about his history as Tom Katt.
Although it seems like heavy
news for a second date, she seemed
to accept it.
"Being completely honest and
transparent about things is an impor-
tant part of the way I live now. I have
to be completely up front about every-
thing," he, says.
And last month, the woman's
name became Mrs. Papaleo.
Yo, Reverend! Weren't you a
Although Papaleo's gone
back to competitive bodybuild-
ing, the main thrust in his life is
studying the Bible. Last week,
he and his wife relocated to Florida so he could
enroll in a seminary.
Does he hope to be Reverend Dave one day?
"I believe he's pulling me toward the pulpit,"
But what if he makes it to the pulpit and
someone turns on a DVD player showing Tom
Katt in all his former glory?
"If someone wants to draw attention to
that, I'll help them put the spotlight on it. I am
not ashamed. If they're going to judge me, I'll
tell them to read Matthew Chapter 7 a few
times and get back to me," he says.
God is the judge. For someone
to judge me, that's wrong "
He might not be
ashamed, but Papaleo
doesn't have anything
positive to say about
working in adult video.
"I don't think that
erotica or sexuality is a bad
thing. I believe that sex is the
strongest physical expression of
love to another person. But porn is
not an expression of love. It's empty
and cold," he says.
"There's nothing at all wrong with
sex," he continues. "God made sex,
too. He gave us these things for a
reason. When it's not an expression
of love, that's when you're demean-
ing it into something less than it was
meant to be."
Can sex be an expression of love
at first sight?
"I don't think so," he laughs.
As Tom Katt, he participated
in many gay pride celebrations.
And when you have a pride
parade, you have Christian fun-
against gays. And that
might be the battlefield
where he launches his
"So many people
are shunned or feel like
they've been pushed
away from God — that
God doesn't want anything to do with them. I
want to tell as many people I can that that is an
absolute lie," Papaleo says. "God loves every-
body. He made you the way you are. All he wants
is for you is to turn to him and to love him the
same way he loves you. Don't let anyone tell you
you're less than anything in God's eyes."
MISS OUT ON THIS YEAR'S
FLEX FOR FAITH: Papaleo still participates in
bodybuilding competitions. His new posing
routine incorporates recordings of him read-
ing his favorite scriptures.
PORN, KABBALAH AND THE CURIOUS
Famous for launching the porn site
JasonCurious.com, gay Internet impresario Jason
Sechrest, pictured, iaunched a new web project.
Last month he iaunched, KabbalahCurious.com, a
blog that explores the potential for infusing spiritu-
ality into all facets of life — even working in adult
Sechrest, 26, began studying Kabbalah, the
ancient wisdom born of Jewish mysticism, when
he was 18 — the same time his first porn site
The Kabbalah blog studies issues of lust, sex,
monogamy and how it relates to meditations on
the Bible and the Hebrew language. It's a sexy,
new age look at spirituality. And Sechrest says he's
prepared for detractors.
"They told me JasonCurious.com would fail
because it was combining the straight porn world
with the gay porn world. They'll tell me that com-
bining the spiritual with the sexual will flop as
well," he says. "So what? So I'm trying to become
a better person and share some enlightenment
with anyone who might need it."
He hopes web visitors and the porn elite will
visit the site to post questions, opinions and their
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