Can porn be educative, liberating, empowering, fulfilling and socially beneficial? It all depends on how it is made, who makes it, what it depicts and why it is being used. Already, pornography has been used successfully in HIV prevention campaigns to popularise safer sex; encouraging many gay and bisexual men to switch to less risky behaviour. By promoting safer sex as exciting and fun, socially-aware porn has helped glamorise and eroticise responsible sexual behaviour – debunking the idea that sex without risk is boring, dull and second best.
Peter Tatchell is an Australian-born British human rights campaigner best known for his work with LGBT social movements. Tatchell was selected as Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey in 1981. He was then denounced by party leader Michael Foot for supporting extra-parliamentary action against the Thatcher government. Labour subsequently allowed him to stand in the Bermondsey by-election in February 1983. In the 1990s he campaigned for LGBT rights through the direct action group OutRage!, which he co-founded. He has worked on various campaigns, such as Stop Murder Music against music lyrics allegedly inciting violence against LGBT people and writes and broadcasts on various human rights and social justice issues. He attempted a citizen's arrest of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in 1999 and again in 2001.