The Gay Porn Industry - A History

The Gay Porn Industry has been around longer than you might think. Scandinavia and the Netherlands legalized homosexuality in the early 19th century. Soon after, Sweden and Denmark became a hotbed for pornography and it included gay porn. Accepted widely as the first pornographic film ever made, though not gay porn, is "Le Coucher de la Mairee" (Bedtime for the Bride). It is a silent film with subtitles and a musical score.

Eventually the United States followed suit because they realized exactly how much money was being made in Northern Europe. However, in true puritanical fashion, it took until the 1960's for the U.S. to come around. San Francisco ended up being the epicenter for pornography and adult theaters.

Gay porn films in the 1960's were usually done in seedy hotels or other dingy settings. The "actors" were normally men from the streets looking to make a quick buck for whatever they needed.

In 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York City riots broke out for days after the gay community got tired of police harassment and decided to fight back. By fighting back, the LGBT civil rights movement was underway. This included taking gay porn to the next level.

The 1970's ushered in an era of sexual pride and release. The awakening and growth of gay pornography included the film "Boys in the Sand". Though there is a lot of sex involved, it was not done in a gritty way previously seen. It was a soft and almost ethereal film shot on a beautiful resort by the beach.

On the flip side of the coin, other pornography of the 70's featured masculinity as its focal point. Settings like jail, locker rooms, garages and other locations showed scruffy men in tight jeans giving into their desires. Al Parker, Casey Donovan and Jack Wrangler became gay pornography's stars through the hardcore movies.

The 1980's brought AIDS into the industry and more films were made without including much penetration. They instead focused on manual and oral stimulation along with actual plots filmed on location with costumes. This also ushered in the era of "Gay for Pay" porn stars. These men were willing to make gay pornography because of the money it brought in. Why work at a mundane job making minimum wage when you can take part in gay pornography and rake in loads of cash? It was not just the films they made money on, but personal appearances and performances as well.

With the awakening of public knowledge of the pornography industry came the protests of the religious right. Seen as indulgent, hedonistic, sinful and immoral behavior, protests have gone on worldwide for decades. The most recent protest in the news was a mild letter written jointly by both a Christian and Muslim professor asking hotels to stop making pay-per-view pornography available.

Today, gay porn has become a booming industry. Stars are well known within the gay community and are generally accepted as one of their own. Cable television and the Internet have made it simple to get the movies both for free and for money.

There are hundreds of gay porn studios in business today. Their productions range from badly lit dirty rooms to those that are high budget and high class. Some of the most popular are Mustang, Falcon Studios, All Worlds Video, and Raging Stallion Studios.

Gay pornography is not going to magically disappear. There is and always will be a huge market for it. It started well before the advent of the film industry in the form of stories and moved right along in larger numbers with the printing press. Widely available today, it is part of the human right to freedom of expression.

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