Chad Bush’s Pig Week is celebrating its 4th year from Friday, November 23 through Monday, December 3. We thought it would be a good time to sit down with Chad and find out more about Pig Week.
What is a Pig?
A Pig can be anyone regardless of any genre or label that we adhere to. The term Pig refers to any man that is open to being sexually adventurous. Pigs have a lust for life that translates into exploring new avenues of their sexuality, and breaking down preconceived notions of how gay men are supposed to behave. For example, like water sports are just for leather men.
When did you start to identify as a pig? What led you to describe your sexuality as pig-like?
I have always had an interest in experimenting with my sexuality from a young age. At first I identified as a cub, then as a muscle cub, then as a bear, than as a muscle bear. It all became a bit confusing. As I was exposed to new sexual experiences, either through p*rn or through trial and error, I realized that I didn’t fit into any one specific gay sexual category or genre. I had begun trying kinkier things and really enjoyed leather, but I did not fit into that group perfectly either. This is around the time when I first heard the phrase “All men are pigs”. Why did gay society force us to be in a specific sexual group? That is when I thought that Pigs can be from every walk of life and can be into many different sexual experiences without having to be put into one specific demographic.
What types of guys are interested in this type of sex? Who are the guys who are pigs?
It’s astonishing to see the diversity of guys that are into the Pig movement. There are everything from twinks, bears, muscle bears, leather men to almost every type of kink you can imagine. This is why the Pig movement is so enticing, because any guy that is into any type of kink refers to themselves as Pigs.
You’ve talked about PrEP as having contributed to the rise of events such as Pig Week – are we making up for lost time? Is this what life would have been like if HIV had never happened?
It’s not about making up for lost time, it’s about now having the freedom to express your sexuality without the fear of HIV. If HIV never happened, is a hard question to answer. I would like to think that the Pig movement would have started back then if HIV hadn’t been introduced into our society.
How does the community of Fort Lauderdale respond to an influx of pigs for an event such as Pig Week?
The cities of Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors and Broward County, have been incredible in accepting Pig Week into their cities. Pig Week tends to attract more of a mature audience, so it doesn’t put a burden on these cities Law Enforcement Agencies. Since the inception of Pig Week, we have never had a major incident happen. I never thought I would even get one sponsor for an event as dirty as Pig Week, but now we have tons of them and for Pig Week 2018, we have over 40 local establishments that have partnered with us and are offering discounts to all Pig Week attendees. How is that for a response!
If someone was a bit intrigued by the concept of Pig Week, but wasn’t totally sure that it was going to be their thing, do you have any advice or guidance as to how they should approach the event?
There are many guys that have not been exposed to this type of event but have always been interested in it. Some guys attend and remain shy and just watch. Others watch for a few events and then feel comfortable enough to participate in some events. And then there are the guys that attend as many events as possible. Pig Week gives men the opportunity to fulfill their sexual fantasies in a safe and controlled arena.
For a list of all the events or more information, go to: PigWeek.com.