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Retailers and distributors are finding the popularity of products for gay couples and gay males in general is increasing. From marketing to new items, the category is evolving.
A handful of notable names in gay adult are breaking beyond XXX and expanding into markets and spaces previously off-limits to erotica. Internet-savvy producers, directors and stars are using their social-media reach to carve out new markets and reach a larger, more diverse audience. Here are a few notable names to watch:
Transgender and gender expression products are evolving in today’s adult marketplace, due in part to growing cultural awareness and availability. What inspires today’s current products and marketing? And what is the difference between gender expression and gender play products?
While they aren’t exactly the odd couple of gay porn, there’s a certain synergy to the way Joe Gage and Ray Dragon have found their growing groove. Call it kismet, perhaps.
When NakedSword and Bel Ami teamed up last year to create “Dirty Rascals,” the industry and fans took note of how hot studio collaborations can be. But those two weren’t the only big shots taking the plunge, as Helix joined forces with Dominic Ford to create a film unique to both parties: “Man on Twink,” which paired the Helix stable with industry superstars Landon Conrad and Tommy Defendi, all under the guidance of Ford’s magical touch.
Long before the growth of the gay adult film industry in the 1970s and 1980s — long before the abundance of gay adult websites that emerged in the 1990s and 2000s — there was the late Touko Laaksonen, a.k.a. Tom of Finland. Born in the small town of Kaarina, Finland on May 8, 1920, Laaksonen had a major influence on homoerotic art.
When Trenton Ducati performed in the film “Addict,” it was an emotional ride that had the star philosophical — an odd feeling he wasn’t accustomed to while on set. But the experience was a welcome full circle for the man who conquered his own drug addiction and turned his life around.
For as long as he can remember, Jack Shamama has been fascinated by Bel Ami. “They’ve always been one of my favorite studios, hands down,” notes the writer and producer, who also did some work for the studio.
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