Currently, gay porn can be defined as the sexual relationship between males to satisfy their sexual arousal within their community. Pornography of this kind was once also known as soft-core pornography, which homosexual males and heterosexual females accepted as beefcake pornography.
The history of sex between men is not new as it is supposed to start from pre-historical times in the Greek civilization of ancient times. To narrate the history of homosexual activities among men, you must search through various mediums. Today homosexual pornography includes making and broadcasting private videos and short films through the internet and other means of communication.
An American artist, Thomas Eakins, released a painting, ‘The Swimming Hole’, in 1884–85, which was considered his most finely designed masterpiece outdoor picture. This painting was considered one of the initial examples of homosexual art in America. At the bottom of this picture, Eakins seems to stand in the water in a particular pose to express his feelings about gay sex. Jonathan Weinberg remarked on The Swimming Hole as the mark of commencement of erotic images of homosexuals in the American art form.
Since the invention of photography and movie making, the homosexual relationship has become an inevitable part. But the pictures of such sexual activities were kept underground as they were considered obscene by law. Most jurisdictions viewed homosexual material as proof of illegal activity under the laws of sodomy. But the Supreme Court of the United States considered such laws illegal in Lawrence v. Texas case in 2003.
According to Wikipedia.org, the history of hardcore pornographic movies, however, starts even before producing usual films, known as stag films, before 1970 when they were legalized. In 1908, it was supposed that the first pornographic motion picture was created in Europe. But French film “Le ménage moderne du Madame Butterfly”, made and publicized in 1920, is considered the earliest film focused on hardcore bisexual or gay sexual activities. But, A Free Ride, produced and released in 1915 in America, was considered by most historians the first American stag film. But, The Surprise of a Knight, created in 1929, is regarded as the first official movie on hardcore homosexual activities. Early pictures of hardcore gay activities were kept underground due to the restrictions of law, and the initial pictures which were made available commercially included the images of males dressed with G-strings or completely naked.
In the 1940s-1950s, the focus of gay porn was on the poses of muscular and young bodybuilders or athletes having less hair on their bodies. These pictures were mainly published in fitness magazines, known as beefcake magazines, which fitness freak people primarily read. In 1945 a photographer, Bob Mizer, founded the Athletic Model Guild or AMG in Los Angeles as the first studio to produce gay material commercially. He also published a magazine, ‘Physique Pictorial’, in 1951, known as the first gay magazine of its kind, featuring Tom of Finland’s drawings in several issues. Before his death in 1922, Mizer produced millions of images, videos, and movies on pornography.
From the 1960s to the 1970s, photographers produced many movies on male masturbation and gay sex, separately or collectively, after the advent of 16mm film cameras. They sold these movies and pictures through various tactful channels, including mail order distribution. Some photographers involved in homo photography in the initial days sold their films and photographs out of the rooms of their hotels only through magazine ads and mouth publicity while traveling around the country.
In the 1960s, the United States supreme court released a series of rulings to create a more liberal and legal environment for the commercial use of pornography. The first decision in this respect was made in MANual Enterprises in 1962, through which the magazines containing nude or nearly nude photographs of male models were not considered obscene as per the law of 1461. This ruling opened the mailing of magazines containing pictures of nude males in gay sex activities through the U.S. Postal Service.
In about 1970, “Boys in the Sand”, produced by Wakefield Poole and the works of filmmakers like the Park Theatre, Los Angeles, California, and Pat Rocco, were considered among the first pornographic movies on gay sex. In December 1971, it was released in a theatre in New York City and received record-breaking box office collections. In June 1972, “Deep Throat” was successfully launched as the first straight American commercial film on homo pornography. In this way, during the 1970s, the production of gay porn videos expanded considerably with the release of several adult movies on gay sex relationships, like “Nights in Black Leather”, in the theatres. These gay porn videos you are still able to find online, on sites like Tube.agaysex.com. The artists were shown to enjoy homosexuality in sex clubs, beaches, bathhouses, etc. Many magazines like Blueboy and “In Touch” and Playgirl on LGBT sex were also launched, which gay males and lesbian females enjoyed overwhelmingly.
1970-1985 was the period of change for commercial pornography of homosexual males, which has developed as a significant industry.
Many actors from the LGBT community were recruited due to the risk of social boycott and social discouragement; people were not willing to act as gay. During the 1980s, due to the introduction of VCRs, adult sex movies were easily available to see at home at a very reasonable price. The films focused on sex between males were made more attractive to release directly on home videos instead of in theatres. Many producers entered this trade and made lots of low-budget porn videos, making these movies more affordable. But the discovery of AIDS and HIV problems in the 1980s has also shifted the public viewing of x-rated movies to private viewing as it was considered riskier to view such movies in public. Though the cost of these videos reduced considerably due to the introduction of video technology, some of the gay movies of the 1970s were also published in novel form in the 1980s. There was no legal restriction on such publications. The sex scenes of these films were described through some dialogues and pictures of the performers involved in foreplay, anal penetration, and close up of ejaculating penises at the climax.
Later on, the standard for gay models was set by some major directors, including Eric Peterson, Matt Sterling, William Higgins, and John Travis. They especially cast young performers to look like the 22 or 23 years old gay boys with slender, hairless bodies like swimmers compared to older performers with hairy bodies used in homosexual movies of the 1970s. The roles of these performers were also divided tightly between the bottoms and the tops. The performer with a more muscular build and larger penis has to perform on the top as a penetrating partner in anal sex videos. The performer with a smaller body has to perform at the bottom of these movies’ receiving end. The top position was usually given to the decade star, whereas the bottom position was changeable from time to time.
Some of the directors of that decade preferentially reflect the strict division between top and bottom positions by hiring heterosexual persons for their gay movies. These heterosexual people performed in these motion pictures to earn more money than in usual films as they are treated as a rare article in the trade of gay sex which can be afforded only by the big producers.
The Year 1985 was significant for gay porn as it became a desirable field of work for normal males and gay men due to its market growth during previous years. According to a survey by Chi Chi Laure, a porn director, more than 50% of straight people acted as gay in adult male sex films. Though the implications of it and the ethics behind it are not defined to date, such incidents were known as gay-for-pay.
In the 1990s, Fluffers were used in male-sex motion pictures to help get and maintain the erection of the actors as per the scene’s requirement. The diversification in the industry of gay XXX movies in the 1990s has introduced unique job opportunities in production and distribution. Kristen Bjorn set a standard for gay porn producers in 1989 after entering into this business as a professional photographer due to the high-quality images in his videos. He improved his credibility among actors as, being himself a porn star, he handled them carefully. Other directors in this trade followed him. The explosion in the niche market was another big change in this trade during this decade. Producers started producing gay erotica for audiences of specific tastes, including transsexual performers, hot shemales, pornographic performers, performers from certain ethnic groups, and bondage fetish performers, which introduced diversification of consumption and production of porn photography.
The popularity of the male sex photography industry increased during the 1990s by evolving into a subculture of interactive and complex nature. Technicians, deck operators, and professional directors like John Rutherford and Chi Chi LaRue and performers took pornography as a career when video technology was in the VHS phase. The influential emerging critics like Mikey Skee and pornographic media sustained their work.
In the 21st century, many Asian Americans and Vietnamese American men started working as gay pornographic film directors, photographers, and actors in male sex videos made in Western countries as it has become a highly profitable business by this time. Various online delivery sites of many niche genres catered to these changing interests. For example, most of the work of Darkholme contained the Japanese art of bondage, Shibari, and the unique knot tying technique of BDSM culture as their niche.
On the other hand, literary classics like ‘Two Naughty Tales’ and ‘Decameron’ were adapted by Lucas Kazan Productions as they were based on the two novels ‘La Locandiera’ by Goldoni and ‘The Innkeeper’ by Boccaccio. Lucas combined melodrama and male sex porn in their “The School for Lovers”, which won the 2007 GayVN Award for Best Foreign Picture after being inspired by the operas of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Till today there are certain complications regarding the studios producing videos of bareback sexual penetration of the penis without wearing a condom. According to various leading film productions companies, including Hot House Entertainment, Falcon Entertainment, Lucas Entertainment, Channel 1 Releasing, Lucas Kazan Productions, Titan Media, and Raging Stallion Studios, along with the health advocates of LGBT, the videos of condomless sex (bareback) contribute to the pandemics like AIDS and HIV by supporting the unsafe sex in both the LGBT community as well as the industry of porn films. This controversy erupted during the years of the introduction of an HIV crisis when all the companies involved in gay pornography directed their porn models for anal sex to wear a condom.
Some of the notable figures of the pornography industry believe that this forum serves as a teacher for modeling healthy sexual behavior and the skills of safer sex. Even the gay bareback studios that agree to promote healthy sex behavior with their x-rated motion pictures do not agree with the AIDS crisis as one of the concerns for healthy sex. Paul Morris, the founder and owner of Treasure Island Media, believes that the idea of fear of HIV for gay people is generated by the people living with PTSD to a great extent, and they will not get any support as this war against HIV is over now.
Thus, according to the history of gay porn, it is a responsible work of art that should be produced by pornographers featuring men with big cock living their life happily with an open and positive attitude. Gay erotic movies are now becoming increasingly popular worldwide, and not only gay people but people with normal sexual orientations also enjoy gay porn videos online.
8-Mar-2017 news. Coming soon is a new article about gay pornography history, with illustrations. I will post it in the next few days.