Case Narrative

A Consenting Juveniles narrative is a first-hand account reporting the words of the research subject on his or her experience.

Scott O’Hara

I wanted to get laid. I needed personal contact.

Source:   Scott O’Hara (obituary)
by Tim Evanson, 1998

Scott O’Hara was not a model citizen for Sunday School. He was a sex performer (i.e., “porn star”), poet, writer, and sex activist who died of AIDS. Tim Evanson wrote in his obituary, “Although a diminutive man (he was only 5’3”), O’Hara’s 9” erection, boyish body, and huge smile made him popular with fans.” After being diagnosed with AIDS, he moved from California to Wisconsin, where he published Steam, which Evanson described as a “quarterly, scholarly journal dedicated to discussions about public sex.”

The following is taken from remarks made by O’Hara at a press conference in 1994 commemorating the Stonewall riots, as quoted in Evanson’s obituary.

When I was 12 and 13 years old I would have joined NAMBLA in a minute, because I knew I was gay and I wanted to go out and get laid, not just read “The Gay Mystique” all my life; I needed personal contact. NAMBLA is willing to take the risks that no one is willing to take. They’re the only ones willing to acknowledge that adolescents actually do have sex lives.

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