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, which opens nationally on October 26th, is a film depicting the true story of the therapeutic relationship between the disabled poet Mark O'Brien
and the professional sexual surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene
, to whom O'Brien lost his virginity at the age of 36. The film, adapted from O'Brien's moving essay "On Seeing a Sex Surrogate
," was written and directed by Ben Lewin
, who, like O'Brien, contracted polio at the age of six.
O'Brien, who died in 1999, is also the subject of a documentary, Breathing Lessons: The Life and Work of Mark O'Brien
Sexual surrogacy occupies uncertain legal territory. The International Professional Surrogates Association
, which provides training for sexual surrogates, says only that "the legal status of surrogate partners is undefined
in most of the United States and most countries around the world."
Prevously: Florida's last sex surrogate
; sex workers and disability