Homosexuals and Trans Communities Look for Better Representation— In Porn

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    With more people than ever identifying as homosexual and trans, the community asks for better inclusion in all places— even in the adult entertainment community. 

    Porn is a dicey subject. It doesn’t matter whether you’re discussing straight porn, Black porn, gay or Bisexual porn— there are many criticisms of each and every genre. Lots of which are fully merited. As ethical porn breaks new ground in viewership across the board, asking for more than just ditsy blondes with massive boobs, Black men aggressively seducing tiny white women, and bisexual porn that merely equates to a Hollywood Hills gangbang— gay porn is also on the docket. 

    More people than ever before are identifying as gay, whether men, women, or trans, the community is indeed growing. AS is the viewership of gay porn. A slew of articles have proclaimed this lately, reassuring a scared and straight majority that their bi-curious porn behaviors are perfectly normal and nothing to worry about. Women watch almost as much gay porn as gay males do, with bisexual porn coming in at a close second. So the market for gay and bisexual porn is definitely there, but no one seems to be producing better gay porn. 

    A Growing Community 

    In the modern-day US, 3.5% of the population identify as gay/lesbian or bisexual, with a growing number (0.3%) identifying as trans. Which roughly translates into about 9 million LGBT US citizens. To a degree, this makes sense, specifically as the world we live in has seemed to have opened up space for much of the gay community. Diluting stigma, legalizing basic rights, and even depicting genuine representations of these communities in film and entertainment. Where this new found comradery seems to fall short is in the adult film industry. 

    It’s long been said that mainstream porn promotes some pretty crappy stereotypes. Ones that suggest only the most pristine beautiful and well-hung among us are worthy of seriously hot sex. Or more recently, a number of harmful (and unimaginative) racial tropes and fetishization have been called out, telling the industry that they have to do better. To which the industry has seemed to listen, to a degree. Specifically, as the wage gap between white actors and their POC counterparts was expensed and is reportedly being dealt with. Companies like Blacked doing their absolute best to represent and pay Black actors similarly to how they would represent or pay anyone else. 

    But what about the gay community? Gay porn is still wildly stereotypical, particularly in the mainstream, with actors mirroring those of mainstream straight porn— really digging into those unattainable bodies and doling out just as much anxiety as they deal out orgasms. 

    Also Means Growing Struggles

    Which for the gay community just pour salt into an already open and painful wound. Particularly among gay men. Trauma associated with stigma and isolation has led to an entire generation of “out and proud” gay men that still struggle with intense feelings of anxiety, distrust, and exclusion. Leading to incredibly high suicide rates and risky behaviors. So, it’s like running a Kate Moss ad campaign at an eating disorder rehab. 

    The trans community has similar struggles, often being portrayed in ways that they themselves can’t closely identify with, or that merely highlight so many of their struggles and insecurities. Which has both communities searching for better porn, the type that they can actually identify with. Which, in all reality, is exactly what porn is about. It should be a sort of safe-haven entertainment. Where you can feel a sense of community regardless of what your sexual fantasies entail. Where you can easily fall into these lusty tales of seduction and readily identify with what you’re seeing. 

    So it makes sense that the community (even those outside the community, but that are still fans) are asking for better. Hopefully, these creative, artistic, and extremely sexy, options that we’re seeing pop up in other genres will also reach the banks of the thirst bay that is gay, lesbian, trans and bisexual porn. Because the second it does— we’ll be watching. 

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