A Gay Porn Fan’s view of Gay For Pay..A Guest Commentary

The two most controversial subjects in Gay Porn are without doubt Barebacking and Gay for Pay, you post on either subject and Gay Porn Fans unleash the acid tipped comments!

Yet neither issue warrants a blip on the radar screens of the much larger Straight Porn industry. Indeed I was told by Angel Benton who attended the  recent XBIZ seminars in Los Angeles, barebacking was not mentioned since that is a “gay issue” with no resonance in the straight Adult Porn Biz.

Like wise the sexuality of Straight Porn performers is not an issue (what you think all those Porngirls are straight?) in Adult Porn. So why do gay men get so worked up over either subject?

I think because for many of us Gay Sex is an act with identity and politics all wound up into a cauldron of emotions. We can be sensitive or brazen about it, we use our sexuality to establish who we are as gay men.

When the porn industry especially the studios run by gay men, play with our image of gay sexuality they are asking for trouble. Yet most Gay Porn studios are oblivious, they have been hiring Gay for Pay straight models since the 1980’s with Jeff Stryker (pic at left) and Peter North. After Chuck Holmes death it became much more visible at Falcon in the 90’s and in the last ten years Gay for Pay has moved to a position of central focus in Gay Porn.

I have managed to sidestep most of the controversy simply because I pick and choose the porn I buy,watch and post about on DiSD. Straight uninvolved performers do not interest me, no matter how famous they might be, Mark Dalton,Zeb Atlas come to mind.

Long time readers will note I have never posted this kind of gay4pay model on this blog. But not all Gay for Pay models fit that mold, indeed some are very popular and sexually driven, no matter what their private sexual preference, they are good as gold on screen and as Gay Porn Performers.

I think most but not all Gay Men do  not have an issue with the Kurt Wild’s, Wolf Hudsons or Jeremy Bildings in Gay Porn (at least I would hope not). What we all despise, are the Mark Daltons and Brodie Sinclairs who can only offer indifference to their gay scene partners and contempt to the Gay Viewer!

So why do the Gay Porn studios hire these nonentity’s? Why do they shove them down our collective porn viewing throats?  Is it latent homophobia (we call it self-loathing) on the part of producers? Do they really sell with Gay4Pay Automatons?

Of course we know the answer to the question of sales, if Gay 4 Pay didn’t not sell or the whole Straight Man has Gay Sex was a non-starter we wouldn’t have an issue, or Sean Cody and Corbin Fisher!

Gay 4 Pay Kurt Wild, Aaron James and Dean Cutler

With this long introduction out of the way I want to introduce you to Chris L a Gay Porn fan from Ohio who has written a compelling article on Gay 4 Pay and a Gay Mans view of this hot button subject.

Sometimes its important to hear what the Gay Pornsumer really thinks about porn!

Being a Gay Viewer in the Gay Porn World

Chris L

MY first porn film was Cop Shack. Don’t remember why I bought it. I’m assuming Damien Crosse. I only watched his three-way scene with Jason Ridge and another actor. It was the first time I ever saw anyone rimmed. It was a turn on. I didn’t follow blogs. I didn’t participate in discussion boards or follow porn stars and directors on twitter the way I do now. I found the film myself. I was turned on by what I saw as an authentic representation of gay sensuality. It never occurred to me two years later that I would be involved in civil and not so civil discussions about Gay4Pay, privileging straight men over gay men, hypocrisy involving condom use, and other “controversial” issues surrounding gay porn.

I should say at the outset that I am not turned on by straight porn. I’m gay. Having sex with or thinking about the idea of having sex with women is about as erotic to me as wet socks. It’s not for me just as straight men aren’t turned on by the idea of sex with a man or watching gay porn. I’m not aroused by seeing a gay man or a gay porn star having sex with a woman. It annoys me when I find that a gay porn performer has sex with women in straight films/scenes. I see nothing wrong with a gay man wanting to watch only gay porn, and I see nothing wrong with wanting gay porn stars to be gay.

Not gay for pay, or sometimes gay, or half gay, but fully gay. I never thought the idea of liking straight porn would be a prerequisite for watching and supporting gay porn performers, but I’ve been criticised for being heterophobic, too judgmental, ignorant of the business, closed-minded because I don’t want straight men doing gay porn or gay porn performers doing straight scenes. Before I started watching gay porn, it would have seemed absurd to me to hire straight men to do something a gay men should be doing.

These days, almost every scene or film has one or more g4pers. Studios that once said they would never hire straight men are now putting straight men under exclusive contracts. From a gay man’s perspective, it feels like studios and online companies seek out straight men now. I won’t mention names (too much hate mail the last time I did), but look at the exclusives at most of the online and offline studios. A lot of them are straight or non-gay. As a gay men, I feel increasingly cast aside by gay porn. The magazines and blogs concentrate on straight men. Straight porn performers win the awards, and get the magazine covers. Studios put the straight actors forward. More and more films are full of straight performers. It’s increasingly difficult if not impossible to find a film that is solely cast with actual gay men.

As a gay men, I want to support gay porn performers. Gay porn should be about gay sex. I support all sexualities in real life, and all sexualities should be represented in porn, but gay porn should be about gay men having gay sex with gay men. A lot of excuses are given for why g4p needs to continue. “It’s just sex” is a common one. Let me put that one to rest. So many scenes with g4pers follow this pattern: gay performer sucks, rims, gets fucked. Straight performer looks uncomfortable, barely touches gay performer, and he never reciprocates.

Don’t believe me? Check out the latest Man Avenue scene. I see the gay man as being used for the straight man’s pleasure while the straight man does nothing. Whether the performer felt that way is irrelevant. I don’t enjoy gay porn scenarios where the gay performer is debased at the hands of a straight man. Yes, some g4pers do reciprocate, but most do not bottom and most look pained while having gay sex as tops. I know what gay sex looks like. I know how gay men should react. It’s not just sex. It’s gay sex. It’s a gay sensuality. If you’re saying, “It’s just sex” than you’re not doing it properly. Rocco Giovanni had more chemistry with the butt machines on Buttmachineboys.com than most g4pers have with their scene partners. IF you need to know what real gay sensuality looks like, here are some scenes off the top of my head:

Derrek Diamond fucks Park Wiley on Cocksure Men
Spencer Reed fucks Jake Steele on Dominic Ford (or any scene he’s done on DF)
Colby Keller fucks Conner Habib on Dominic Ford (any scene he’s done that’s currently on DF and some on Sean Cody)
Jayden Grey and Cameron Adams on Drake Rock
Any scene with Vance Winter and Turk Mason (Yes, I know they are bareback films more about that on my blog)
Tucker Scott and Dean Phoenix on Cocksure Men (or TS’s scene with Lance Bennett)
any scene with Marco Blaze
most of the work Steve Cruz, Bruno Bond, Alessio Romero and Damien Crosse have done.

There is nothing more sexy or more erotic than when Colby Keller caresses his partner’s face, and hair, and looks into his partner’s eyes. There is nothing sexier than Spencer Reed’s obvious attraction to his partner. OR the way that Alessio Romero or Steve Cruz just devour their scene partners. This is not to say that a non-gay man can’t mimic gay sensuality.

Jeremy Bilding does just that, and his gay scenes are amazingly hot and gay positive. He also does not give interviews badmouthing gay sex and gay viewers. He’s open and honest and he discusses issues most performers and studios gay and straight are afraid to discuss. He’s the only one who has spoken about the hypocrisy involving condom use. I may not agree with everything he says, but I admire his fortitude in maintaining as much honesty as he can in an industry built on fantasy. If all non-gay performers were like Jeremy Bilding, this would not be much of an issue.

Speaking of barebacking, you now have the issue of straight or non-gay porn performers like Jeremy Bilding who are forced to wear condoms in their gay scenes, but are permitted to go condom-less in their straight scenes. If Bilding must use a condom at Cocksure Men, why is he allowed to bareback in his straight films? The message sent to the fans is that gay sex is so dirty that Bilding must be protected, but straight sex is perfectly safe.


At Cocksure Men, men are required to take the AIM test if they bareback. Gay men who work on Suite 703 are required to also take an AIM test even if they use condoms. However, Naughty America does not pay for the straight models to take the AIM test. The models are required to foot the bill themselves yet LaRue only allows Bilding to have unprotected sex in his straight films.

What is safer? Requiring an AIM test for barebacking scenes or a company who produces straight scenes with no required testing and where the models must pay for their own testing? What are gay fans supposed to take from this? Last time I checked, the Wrap It UP ads didn’t have an asterisk that said, “IF you’re going to do straight scenes, you can go condomless. No biggie.” The double standard is appalling, and it sends an increasingly homophobic message to the fans. It’s especially galling when most gay porn studios (including Channel One) do not want to spring for the cost of an AIM test to protect their performers to the fullest. LaRue has never spoken about why she allows Bilding to go condomless in his straight scenes. I was shocked to discover this. I expected better from such a staunch safe sex advocate.

Another excuse is that “fans enjoy g4pers.” A lot of fans like barebacking films. I don’t see major studios making barebacking films because they sell so much better. Many of the studios fear the message sent by producing barebacking films so why not worry about the message sent when you hire straight actors, or allow gay performers to do straight scenes with no condoms?” I don’t buy that studios give any thought to what fans want. If they really cared about the fans, they wouldn’t do their best to anger a large section of their fans.

Gay fans are becoming increasingly angry and intolerant because they are made to feel unworthy by the privileging of straight men in gay porn and the indifference by studios. If studios didn’t realize the potency of labels, they wouldn’t engage in deceptive labeling themselves. Ex. A new gay porn performer has said he’s straight in interviews and on his twitter. Yet he’s listed as gay on the studio’s website. It’s this kind of deception that alienates gay fans. Why the deception if you’re not aware that gay fans want to see gay men?

What celebrities are not asked about their personal lives? Yet if a gay porn fan asks about a performer’s sexuality, all hell breaks loose. If studios didn’t realize the importance of such a question, they wouldn’t go out of the way to lie, dissemble, or mislead fans about a performer’s sexual identity. This doesn’t just happen with straight performers. Some gay performers list themselves as bisexual or straight because they get paid more.

When gay men complain in a civil manner about gp4, we’re called ignorant and closed-minded. We’re told to shut up. I make no excuses for the vicious attacks and name-calling. I refuse to tolerate that, and I go out of my way to praise performers as an antidote to all of the hate. The appalling behaviour by some gay fans does not erase the legitimate questions about g4p, condom use, and privileging of straight performers that are brushed aside or completely ignored. The level of intolerance is increasing, and I have to create a long ass blog entry because discussions are so hostile that I just remove myself because it’s too easy to get mired in the venom. Where did this hostility come from?

Cameron Marshall and Blake Riley in Shifting Gears

I think it came from the collision of Prop 8 and the promotion and release of Shifting Gears. At the very moment that rights were being taken away from gay men and women, Chi-Chi Larue and Blake Riley were promoting the movie where Blake Riley went straight and loved it.

A fact that was mentioned ad nauseam as my google searches turned up. A case of very bad timing, and a case of taking something very inflammatory (g4p) and further insulting the gay audience by taking C1’s biggest star and putting him in a film where he’d have sex with a woman.

An ex-gay ministry could not have sent out a more homophobic message, and this message was sent out at a low point for gay rights. It’s a wound that is still open. I didn’t hear about the film until fall of 2009 so I don’t have the emotional connection to Prop 8 that others do. I think the film was a crass and stupid idea, and the promotion for the film to be deeply disturbing and homophobic. And when I see a major straight porn actor doing a gay film, and the advertising insisting, “He goes gay and loves it!” then I’ll rethink my position. Of course, that would never happen because the straight studios know enough not to insult their fans. Only in gay porn do studios insult their fans, and then complain when the fans resent it.

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10 Comments

  1. I have done several blog posts on the whole bi-sexual and gay for pay thing and my personal opinion is pretty much the same as Dewayne’s. There ae plenty of gay porn models who fucking suck at what they do as well as str8 ones who do. But the “str8” ones that are good at what they do require regular viewings of thier work, not because they are str8 but because they are hot and good at what they do. I’m not going to name any gay for pay models becuase that could ruin the mystic that they have with there fans. But I will say when it comes to Mark Dalton, Zeb Atlas and Brodie Sinclair you just have to look at who their greatest supporter is to know that they suck at this job. I would not watch their porn if I got it for free. But the unfiltered news from Quincy MA sure thinks they are hot stuff. what does that tell you.

  2. no one believes kurt Wild is straight bi MAYBE but Hudson and Bilding are not my thing. I dont have a problem with them just not my type. I admit if I know a guy says he is straight he has to win me over.

    so I wish they kept silent and let me fantasize that is what porn is right?

  3. I hate em gay for pays boring I want gay men in mah porn thank you very much!

  4. Blake Riley is a prostitute. He wasn’t going ‘straight’, he was being paid to sleep with a woman on film. I’m sure if you offered him enough money he’d sleep with a dog.

    Why the hate on Blake? Because he claimed to be gay IRL prior/during the release of the film, but in a live webcast show he told viewers that one of his sexual fantasies was to be sodomized by a woman wearing a strap-on.

    Sound like a gay guy to you, or just a kinky whore that likes that attention? You decide.

    I’ll respond in more detail to your post on the other site, but in brief; these people are professional prostitutes. They have sex for money. Whatever their private sexual orientation may or may not be is totally and utterly moot.

  5. yes time sure does fly, it seems like that broadcast was just yesterday.

  6. Jeremy Bilding has done bareback scenes at Cocksure and Jake Cruise. He stopped because he became a C1R exclusive and Chi Chi agreed to his still working on Cocksure if he did condom only scenes.

  7. What I hate about many g4pers is exactly what was described in this article. There are some crappy gay performers in porn… but even their performances aren’t as bad as the lackluster ones (Brodie Sinclair,Mark Dalton) etc give. Sorry, if you can’t return the favor, get the hell out of porn.
    What’s even more galling is people like Cody Cummings AND Wolf Hudson, among several others, make it clear through their comments just how gross gay sex is but they need the money etc. Screw that, if you show contempt for gays, you shouldn’t be allowed to work with any studios. Period.
    Finally, my last gripe is that so many studios now, being gay seems like a bad thing. Someone’s who’s openly gay in a porn scene?! Nope, have to go for the “straight” guy every time. Or the “straight” guy who’s never done it before and it’s his first time. B$A

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