- Why do I make porn
I came of age in sex positive communities where I saw people’s sexuality being celebrated in amazing and positive ways - but it was always a cis person or sometimes a trans guy. Trans women were tolerated in my communities, but not really expected to participate on that level. I wanted so badly to see someone like me being celebrated for being sexual, and although I couldn’t have that when I needed it most, I realized I could be that for someone else. So after getting the boot from mainstream porn because my body won’t ejaculate, I set out to make my own and create opportunities for trans women to represent ourselves in ways we actually wanted to be represented.
- Who do I make porn for
I say “the trans community” but I mean that in a very broad sense. Trans women, trans men, genderqueers, and cis partners, friends, and family - anyone who’s lives are touched by trans issues. Trans women are often my primary focus, and I’ll hear from folks about how my films have helped them come out, made relationships possible, or even saved lives. That really matters to me. At the same time I can hold a multiple focus and I’ve included messages for anyone who cares about trans people, and sometimes they are even directed at cis people. But even when I make something for cis people, it’s “for them” in the sense that it is what I think they need to hear rather than “for them” in the sense that it caters to their desires and conforms to the assumptions they’ve already made.
- What would you change
I see porn with trans women tends to have a specific cookie cutter mold. It’s not just that it’s for cis men, it replicates a very specific fantasy that producers assume cis men want (and is often true but only because that’s what cis men are told to want). We all know the trope, trans women who are always sexually available, skinny, hyperfeminine, completely shaved, either dominating bitches or obedient submissives, with hard cocks, penetrative sex, money shots, and so on. I want to see us break out of that mold. I want to see a thousand different images of trans women’s sexuality rather than the same image duplicated thousand times. I don’t even mind if many or most of those images don’t appeal to my preferences, I just want folks not to be locked into any one particular set of requirements. If we truly allow ourselves the freedom to experiment, I’m sure there will be some pretty amazing things created.
I feel like I have been lacking in my activism as of late and caught up in promoting my projects and I really wanted to do a piece for a while to start a conversation of trans porn performers.
So Please if you are a trans performer and have a few minutes if you could answer 3 questions.