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‘Chip Currie’ is described as a “timid Tennessee boy” in an episode of the adult film series “Blacks on Boys,” of which he starred in a scene a few years ago. ‘Chip,’ who is better known as District 29 Metro Council candidate John Reed, plays the role of a small-town boy who says that interracial sex is frowned upon in his town, according to a plot description of the scene provided on several adult video sites. Reed provided a statement (full statement in story) revealing the video gave him the opportunity to earn the money he needed to survive. He says the decision, though tough, was about survival. He was then able to get out and create a stable and safe life for himself.
I was “outed as gay” in my sophomore year of high school by who I thought was my life-long “best friend”. Like so many LGBTQIA youth, I lost a lot of friends and experienced the rejection of my father, who immediately kicked me out of the house. I found myself, a teenager, with little to no support system and homeless.
I got involved with an older person who took me in and offered me an opportunity to earn the money I needed to survive. This decision, though tough, was about survival. Armed with the resources, I was able to get out and create a stable and safe life for myself.
I condemn this attack for what it is: homophobia. These are the same attacks we see from our GOP led state legislature, trying to sensationalize our personal lives to score cheap political points without addressing the real issues facing our community, such as homelessness within the LGBTQIA community.
My life, like so many, has consisted of both good times and bad, opportunities and challenges. On the City Council, that perspective will help inform policy that protects women, minorities, immigrants, working families and our LGBTQIA youth across Nashville and throughout Tennessee. I believe everyone deserves a safe and stable life where they are not forced to make tough decisions in order to survive.
– Statement from John Reed, 07/26/2023