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Porn Star reborn

Posted by pozlife on April 26, 2006


A porn star is reborn

By Daniel A. Kusner Life+Style Editor
Feb 23, 2006, 22:01


Gay
adult-video legend Tom Katt reclaims Christian faith and retires from
erotica. Re-emerging as David Papaleo, he identifies as straight but is
sickened by right-wing Bible-thumpers who preach anti-gay hatred.
Papaleo’s next stop — the pulpit

THE PASSION OF PAPALEO: As Tom Katt, David Papaleo crossed paths with many Christian evangelicals at gay pride events.

In the mid 1990s, Tom Katt began regularly appearing in gay porn
videos. The versatile bodybuilder made at least 15 sex flicks in his
first two years. Handsome and talented, he started earning a lot of
money. And for what it’s worth, Tom Katt became famous — in
the world of erotica.

Over the years, steroids and growth hormones augmented his physique.
Cocaine and pot made the good times seem happier, but the party train
kept crashing. Inside, he felt something was missing. And in 2003, he
walked away from the biz. Katt, who now goes by his birth name, David
Papaleo, had found God.

Last month, Papaleo appeared on “The Gravedigger Show,” an
Atlanta-based Christian TV program where he renounced the adult video
world and said he was heterosexual.

On Internet discussion boards, fans of the porn legend posted messages:
some were outraged, some felt duped and some encouraged his spiritual
adventure. Through a Christian bodybuilding website, Dallas Voice
e-mailed Papaleo and requested an interview. Two weeks later, he called
and said he wanted to discuss his newfound faith, his sexual identity
and a spiritual message for gays and lesbians. This is Papaleo’s
first newspaper interview since his conversion.

Mom, church and death
The first four years of Papaleo’s life were spent in suburban Atlanta where his parents raised three kids.

WAY
BACK WHEN: Before the steroids, Tom Katt won his first major
bodybuilding title in 1994, when he also appeared in Falcon
Studio’s “Full Length,” pictured. Courtesy of Falcon
Studios

When he was 4, his
parents divorced. For the next seven years, David lived in a rural area
of Massachusetts with his mother and stepfather. Although he also lived
with his brother and sister, only David and his mother attended a
nearby Catholic church.

“But my mom was what you’d call very clinically
depressed,” Papaleo, 36, says after finishing a shift as a
personal trainer at a suburban Atlanta gym.
He faced death and grief at an early age: When Papaleo was 11, his stepfather killed his mother.

“A lot of people blame God when bad things happen. I was pissed
off at everybody — everybody in my family for letting it happen.
And I walked away from God. I didn’t want anything to do with
him,” Papaleo remembers. “If he was going to let that
happen, then I’m staying away from him. Of course, this was the
judgment of an 11 year old.”

Growing up and getting big
Papaleo moved back to his dad’s home near Atlanta, and he carried
around a lot of anger. Homework wasn’t high on his list of
priorities, and he was a loner. In high school, Papaleo joined the
wrestling team, but he couldn’t tap into the notion of
“team spirit.”

At 16, he discovered bodybuilding, and results came quickly. Lifting
weights allowed him to release pent-up emotions, and it was something
he could do alone.

“I developed a strong distrust of being able to count on anybody.
Bodybuilding was something I excelled at that was under my full
control,” he remembers.

In 1986, he competed in the Teenage Mr. Atlanta contest and placed
third. Papaleo was hooked. He graduated from high school in 1988 with
the dream of becoming a professional bodybuilder. To make money, he
unloaded trucks and worked as a personal trainer.

Porn = money
“I always dated girls,” Papaleo says, remembering his early
adulthood. “But I didn’t play the field too well. If I
dated someone, it would be for two or three years.”

Through a friend of a friend, he got his first offer to appear in an
adult video — from Fox Studios, a gay erotica company that
specialized in bodybuilders.
“When I realized I could make in one day what I’d make in
three months. It was like, ‘Sure, where do I sign?’”
he remembers.

FLEX
FOR FAITH: Papaleo still participates in bodybuilding competitions. His
new posing routine incorporates recordings of him reading his favorite
scriptures. Courtesy of BlueBlake.com

Papaleo was 21 when he made his first film. And back then, he was
competing in at least three bodybuilding competitions a year.
“That was the beauty of doing porn,” he says. “The
movies and personal appearances at clubs enabled me to spend all my
time just getting ready for competitions. And preparing for competitive
bodybuilding takes up all your time.”

At 24, he won his first big regional title at the 1994 National Physique Committee Eastern Seaboard Bodybuilding Championships.
For a while, everything ran smoothly. Because he had a title under his
belt, Papaleo could demand more money as a personal trainer — his
porn rates increased as well.

His family eventually figured out that he was moonlighting in gay
erotica. Papaleo even showed them a few magazine covers. But in 1996,
the sale of adult videos became legal in Georgia. A video store opened
up near one of the Atlanta-area gyms where he trained. In the
store’s window hung a life-sized cut-out of Tom Katt promoting
Falcon Studios’ “Total Corruption 2.”
“It didn’t make me cringe with embarrassment,” he
says. “In fact, the porn stuff never seemed to faze my family or
friends at all.”
But once his Tom Katt cover was blown, most of Papaleo’s personal training clients dropped him.

Steroids, boyfriends and the Bible
For his first 17 bodybuilding shows, Papaleo competed as a
“clean” contestant. After winning the Eastern Seaboard
title, he started hitting steroids.

“Ironically, all the years I competed taking steroids, I never won,” he says.
Only 5-foot 7-inches tall and at one time bulking up to 255 pounds, the
steroids detracted from his aesthetic appeal. He was too big, too thick.
From 1997 to 2003, Papaleo would live in Los Angeles for a few years,
then return to Georgia. After a couple of years, he’d move back
to Hollywood.
Dating sex workers isn’t for everyone, and Papaleo’s sexual identity was murky at best.

“During the period of the movies, I had two boyfriends and a
couple of girlfriends. I felt I had to stay away from women because,
‘hello,’ I was doing gay porn — no woman was going to
have anything to do with me,” he says.
For a while, he identified as bisexual.

“But when I leaned more towards trying to date a guy, it just
didn’t click. When you’re in a relationship with somebody,
it can’t just be a physical thing. You have to have an
emotional-spiritual connection or it’s not going to work. And I
never really found that I could have that connection with another
guy,” he says.

During this period, he said he wasted huge amounts of money and didn’t have much to show for it.

“I made a lot, and spent a lot. I thought I was having the time
of my life. But I started partying with my money — constantly
altering my mood with chemicals to convince myself I was having such a
good time,” he says. “But deep down, I was miserable, and I
knew it.”

When he was a kid, Papaleo crossed Jesus Christ off his list. So over
the years, he investigated other faiths: Buddhism, Hinduism and Taoism.
But in 2003, he found himself drawn back to Christianity.

“I didn’t hit rock bottom, and I didn’t turn to a
particular church. I just started praying. I prayed and asked God for
help,” he says. “I asked him to help me with what my life
was becoming, and what my life should become. He truthfully helped me
in my heart and showed me that what I was doing wasn’t
correct.”

So he began studying on his own.
And get this.

“I remember being on a … [porn] set, and the guys all
laughing at me because I was reading the Bible,” Papaleo says.

God, love and gays
He didn’t blow all his money. Moving back to Georgia in 2003, he
focused on his spiritual awakening and realized that blaming God for
his mother’s death was immature.

Papaleo seems genuinely passionate about studying the Bible. And he’s still not affiliated with a particular church.

“I’ve been very unimpressed with a lot of churches. Many of
them don’t study or teach the Bible in the depth that it should
be taught. A lot of churches pull one or two verses out of the air and
make up their own interpretations of it instead of really studying the
book itself,” he says.

The debates over morality and sexuality identity have fueled his research.
“What I found is that so many people — including myself at
one time — believe those crazy so-called Christians who say, if
you’re gay or bi, God doesn’t want you. That’s a big
piece of crap,” he says. “They are misconstruing and give
twisted interpretations of Biblical scriptures. I’ve extensively
studied the scriptures they try to base that on, and it’s just
not true.”

Papaleo has a boiled-down thesis regarding the “men not lying with other men” verses.

“If you look at it historically, culturally and you’re not
pulling things out of context, the Bible says ‘don’t to go
against what is natural.’ If you are naturally heterosexual and
you’re having sex with men, well, first, you’re treating
that guy unfairly,” he says. “But the Bible’s not
saying heterosexual is natural as far as from nature’s 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 important thing is to love
God with all your heart. The second thing, is to love your fellow
person that same way. I don’t know how loving someone of your own
sex in that manner is considered wrong.”

So now you’re straight?
“Yes, I identify as heterosexual. 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
important part of the way I live now. I have to be completely up front
about everything,” he says. And last month, the woman’s
name became Mrs. Papaleo.

Yo, Reverend! Weren’t you a porn star?
Although Papaleo’s gone back to competitive bodybuilding, 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,” Papaleo says.
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 demeaning 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.

His message
As Tom Katt, he participated in many gay pride celebrations. And when
you have a pride parade, you have Christian fundamentalists preaching
against gays. And that might be the battlefield where he launches his
crusade.
“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 everybody. 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.”

Now he is straight! So now straight men like to get ass pounded !

From : Dallas Voice

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