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From Elixher – It doesn’t take getting through more than a few seconds of most porn to become convinced of two things. It wasn’t made for us. It wasn’t made by us. And it truly requires “getting through” as opposed to getting off for many queer brown folks.

With “lesbian porn,” for instance, (if you can even call it that) you’ll likely encounter two straight women looking into the camera directly, performing what they think lesbian or bisexual sex should look like. In most cases it’s based on cues from a male director or prompts from a patriarchal society. But their “come hither” stares and long acrylic nails aren’t fooling anyone. A few quick licks, some short-lived grinding and flimsy finger action leaves much (so much) to be desired.

Compound that with the porn industry’s fixation on racial fantasies that reduce brown female bodies to ample asses and booty clapping, and we’re left with a market that generally overlooks or exploits brown queer people.

A look at trans porn verifies just that. Although trans porn emerged in the 1970s, it exclusively featured transwomen and catered to an audience of primarily straight men (noticing a trend here?). Some scholars suggest that transmen didn’t begin to star in hardcore porn until at least twenty years after transwomen did. And trans porn stars of color? Virtually nonexistent.

Fortunately, the tides are turning. While black and brown feminist porn directors are far and few, Sebastian Flowers, a trans-identified dog walker/DJ turned filmmaker found his calling.

“I got tired of not helping my community,” explains Sebastian. “As I was finding my purpose, I picked up my camera.”

As the Oakland resident was developing an eye for the camera, he was gaining knowledge and sexual resources through LGBTQ organizations like the Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE and the Anti-Violence Project. He was also acquiring an impressive following from DJing across the country.

“I thought to myself, ‘How do I put all these things together?’” Sebastian continues.

Noticing a shortage of folks catering to the queer community of color in the porn industry, he set out to create Queer Brown Porn (QBP), a production company that features brown people of all spectrums and caters specifically to our viewing pleasure.

“Every time we think about porn, it’s always something that’s deviant. I wanted us to see our bodies exposed in a way that’s revolutionary,” he tells ELIXHER.


(Continue Reading @ Elixher)

 

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