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San Francisco adult stars storm the red carpet at the AVN Awards, a.k.a. the 'Oscars of porn'

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Vegas, baby: QueerPorn.TV actors puppy-piled in their AVN Awards weekend suite.
PHOTO BY TINA HORN

For one, it fills a masturbatory niche for those non-plussed by the heteronormative and Barbie-on-Barbie couplings of mainstream adult entertainment. But no less sexily, queer porn is an activism unto itself. "There are people out there that don't see representation for themselves in porn," St. James said. "Queer porn offers representation for everyone in the community." By having sex on camera, queer adult film stars are taking their brand of sexuality from out of the shadows.

"Politically, trans visibility, queer femme visibility, and feminism are all very important things to me," says Trouble, for whom 2012 marked her fourth year in Vegas for the AVNs. "If I didn't do this every year and try to get as many folks as I could out there on the floor, a lot of us would just dissolve into the background of the industry. Every year I'm like, I'm going to rip this year a new one."

So despite being there to party and bang each other, the queer porn stars were out to make a point. Sometimes explicitly. On Friday night, I sat on the floor of a mid-range hotel suite for an expert panel on the queer porn biz that featured Trouble, St. James, Horn, actors Tobi Hill-Meyer, Dylan Ryan, and to the glee of all involved, the legendary Nina Hartley, a bisexual feminist porn star who rose to fame in the 1980s. An intimate crowd wearing equal parts street and fetish wear listened to frank, cerebral discussions of what it's like to be in the queer porn biz, about the disappointments and the rapturous moments when a particularly good physical or mental climax is reached. I left feeling uplifted, like I'd witnessed something important.

 

THE LESBIAN HUGH HEFNER

Chris Thorne is the founding editor of Xcritic.com, an adult DVD review site. He's a member of the AVN Awards academy, and I called him pre-AVNs to get the inside scoop on the arduous process of voting in the 41 porn categories — but we would up talking about the rise of non-traditional porn titles.

"The biggest growth category for adult film right now is lesbian sex on film," he said. "Hands down. Girl-girl porn has three dimensions right now. On one side, it's a male fantasy, on one side you have girl-girl porn that appeals to females and straight males, then you have queer porn that is lesbian porn. The lines on all three of those are not clear. That middle part is where there's a huge growth."

The queer porn crew isn't the only one that considers its offerings an alternative to mainstream skin flicks. All too early the next morning, I was at the fan expo interviewing Jincey Lumpkin, director of the Juicy Pink Box films, distributed through Girlfriends Films. The media is fond of calling Lumpkin "the lesbian Hugh Hefner."

Lumpkin falls into that middle part Thorne was talking about. Queer she is not — she shies from the term and is also uncomfortable with "dyke," attributing her preference to her religious upbringing in Carrollton, Georgia (she says her move to New York five years ago the first time she was exposed to any kind of queer community.) Lumpkin used to be an attorney who specialized in banking litigation, working 80 hours a week. Her coworkers — mostly straight, mostly male — were intrigued by her love life, and to satisfy their curiosity she started a confessional blog called Single White Femme.

Comments

Thank you for interviewing me for this. You did a GREAT job...but I'm sure you know this ;).
<3

Posted by Sophia St. James on Feb. 07, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

Caitlin got a lot of things wrong in my portion of the interview, and I would like to set the record straight.

1. Juicy Pink Box is not a division of Girlfriends Films. We have a strategic partnership, and they are our distributor. Juicy Pink Box was founded in 2008, and we did not begin our relationship with Girlfriends until 2010. I love those guys, and our relationship has been great, but I control all of the business of Juicy Pink Box, including the content of what we shoot.

2. The article says "Lumpkin falls into that middle part Thorne was talking about. Queer she is not — she shies from the term and is also uncomfortable with "dyke," attributing her preference to her religious upbringing in Carrollton, Georgia (she says her move to New York five years ago the first time she was exposed to any kind of lesbian community.) "

No, I do not consider myself to be queer. I identify as a femme lesbian. I have tremendous respect for however anyone chooses to identify in the LGBTQ community. I would also like the same respect in choosing to identify myself. This doesn't mean I don't feel like a part of the community, because I most certainly do. In fact, I devote many tireless hours to helping out LGBTQ causes. While I don't see myself as an activist in the traditional sense, I do think we are all striving for the same goals- acceptance, love, and equality.

I had lesbian friends when I lived in Florida. What I said to Caitlin is that I had never been exposed to a "queer community" before moving to New York. When I grew up there were not even any out lesbians, let alone people who identified as queer.

I think that my background shaped who I am. When I grew up "dyke" and "queer" were bad words. They had a negative connotation for gay people, so I have a hard time "reclaiming" those words. I do not, in any way, identify as a religious person, nor do I attribute my views to my upbringing in a religious household. That is just completely incorrect.

3. The following statement was taken out of context:

"But when I asked her to compare her work to that of the queer genre associated with San Francisco companies like QueerPorn.TV and Crash Pad Series she says "my work has more of an emphasis on aesthetics. I'm sure they hate it when I say that."

Throughout our interview what I discussed was my point of view in making porn. That I wanted to create something that was in the middle ground. Real lesbian porn, but created with an emphasis on glamour and aesthetics. Since the quote is taken out of context, it appears as though I am dismissive of the work of my peers, which I am not. I admire my queer porn peers, and I could not be where I am today without the trail-blazing efforts of Shine and Crash Pad Series. I have worked with a lot of the same stars, and have taken influence from their work. However, I don't see anything wrong with creating work that comes from a different point of view.

When I say that I emphasize aesthetics, what I mean is that we spend a tremendous amount of time researching the look and feel of each series, and we collaborate with people in the fashion industry to achieve a certain look. I'm certainly not saying that the work of my peers is inferior or has no aesthetic appeal. In fact, I find Courtney's work quite inspiring, even though we have a different point of view in the way we create things.

4. I have never shot a scene in which my stars are scissoring. I have shot plenty of tribbing, because that is a way that many of us lesbians enjoy having sex. The closest thing to scissoring that I ever shot was in TAXI with Madison Young and Justine Joli, and that's simply because of the fact that Justine is tall, and the backseat of the taxi had limited space. I have never said, "OK girls, in this scene I want you to scissor". Never. If the stars wanted to do that because they genuinely enjoy it, that's a different story. I work with the stars to create the scene and let them define the boundaries.

5. I do have fisting scenes, which are available on the website. Syd Blakovich and Justine Joli fisted each other in TAXI's "Sweat", for instance. However, because Girlfriends is concerned about obscenity prosecution, my contract with them requires that I cut those portions out for DVD release. I supported International Fisting Day, and even wrote a column in the Huffington Post to publicize the cause and express my views on why I love fisting.

6. Juicy Pink Box does not shoot exclusively "cisgendered bodies". For instance, in BOUTIQUE, we shot the amazing Drew Deveaux. That was the first time a trans body had been distributed by Girlfriends.

To be honest, I'm upset with the way that myself and my company have been portrayed in this piece, and I would like to extend a heartfelt apology to my peers, because this is not an accurate characterization of the way I feel about them or their work. I'm working to change the industry in my own way, just as Courtney and Tina are.

Posted by Jincey Lumpkin on Feb. 08, 2012 @ 11:52 am

Thanks for your response. Bummed that you thought I misquoted you, that's not how I see it. I made some factual corrections above, and wrote a more complete response to some of your points here: http://www.sfbg.com/sexsf/2012/02/08/upset-pornographers-and-definition-...

Posted by caitlin on Feb. 08, 2012 @ 4:56 pm

At least you got mentioned.

Apparently, Charlie Spats' half hour interview about Good Dyke Porn™, the website he helps me run, wasn't relevant this subject, even though half that hotel room is featured on our site and our site was also nominated for Best Alternative Website.

Don't take it personally, I think it's more of an "inner circle" issue than anything else. Although, I understand how you might be offended professionally.

But, like I said, at least you got mentioned. I don't think I'll add my own article here. If anyone likes good dyke/queer porn, feel free to check us out. You'll find myself, Charlie Spats, Courtney Trouble, James Darling, Dylan Ryan, Tina Horn, Sophia St. James and many other amazing queer porn stars (and other regular people).

Love,
Bren Ryder

Posted by Bren Ryder on Feb. 08, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

good lord, the article alone had the wife and me all reved up to check out some of the beautiful bods behinds the funky cool names, great inspiration to play and have some FUN. Then I made the mistake of scrolling down to the comments section. Buzz Kill. More grousing, moaning and entitlement issues that a Real Housewives reunion, LOADS less fun. Oh well, theres always a late night walk to window shop Good Vibrations to get the mood turned around again. Or.... maybe we'll just go to sleep. Bummer.....

Posted by Guest on Feb. 10, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

hey Guest, sorry the comments killed your boners! killed mine, too. e-mail me at courtneytrouble@gmail and i will give you a complimentary free pass to queerporn.tv <3

Posted by courtney trouble on Feb. 11, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

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