On September 17, 2020 (6 pm PST/9 pm EST), the Black, Indigenous and People of Color Adult Industry Collective (BIPOC-AIC) is hosting a panel discussion titled “Gay For Pay/Cis For Cash.”
During the event, a panel of queer performers including Wolf Hudson, Natassia Dreams, Milcah Halili, Xoe Nova, Malcolm Lovejoy and Spencer Expensive will discuss navigating porn by and for queer performers. (Speakers are subject to change due to availability.) The discussion aims to illuminate and explore the reality of navigating and subverting gender and sexuality for success in the adult film industry, both through mainstream and independent platforms, and will be moderated by moderated by Tiana GlittersaurusRex.
According to the BIPOC, adult performers’ marginalization happens by default in the industry as gender perceptions play an inseparable role in casting and the amount and variety of work available. To pass as more “acceptable,” and therefore “more marketable,” in a heteronormative workplace, performers sometimes to align themselves within the accepted gender binary strictly to secure financial stability and independence.
This conversation aims to showcase the variety of experiences performers have navigated and offer producers and companies alternatives to relying on gendered and limited language in the marketing, classification, and production of scenes.
“It is important to discuss ways in which gender and the social construct that has been created impacts performers’ lives,” said GlittersaurusRex. “Our panelists are actively breaking barriers and redefining success on their own terms despite the limitations currently set by the industry.”
The nuances of self-representation dictate that there are infinite possibilities for how a performer can choose to present and express their gender(s). This talk will also illustrate ways to respectfully engage with performers of various gender identities and the importance of reimagining and developing a more gender diverse and inclusive landscape in the adult film industry.
The BIPOC-AIC empowers adult performers, content creators, and sex workers through career development, skillshare, and mutual aid to prevent vulnerability and the need to accept unfair business and working conditions.
Tickets for the donation-based event can be found on Eventbrite.
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