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1970s Gay Porn Industry

by juttyuk 13 Dec 2017
Although Gay sex was hugely popular with the Greeks and man on man action has been happening behind closed doors ever since, strict laws meant you faced imprisonment and even death in some countries, should you be caught(In 2017 there are still 8 Islamic countries where you can be sentenced to death and 72 countries world wide were you will be criminalised). Until the Stonewall riots happened in the USA, it was even illegal for 2 men to dance together in public. But times change and the 1970s, considered the 'Golden age of Porn' saw the Gay porn industry show explosive growth and now nearly 50 years later, after the internet has provided the perfect global distribution network for amatuer and pirated porn, VR porn is the industries biggest advancement of recent years.

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70s Era

San Francisco was the birth place of the mainstream Gay porn industry around 1968-1970 as it was the first US city to allow cinemas to screen porn. The first 'Gay porn' available was soft porn by todays standards, flacid penises in printed magazines or 8mm loops shown in Peep Booths. 'Boys in the Sand' released in 1971 and directed by Wakefield Poole and starring Casey Donovan was a major landmark, as it was first Gay pornographic movie to achieve crossover success and include movie credits. Many of the Gay porn stars from this era died from HIV due to performing condom free in movies and in their private lives, but this did lead to condoms being adopted by the Gay porn industry.

Falcon Studios, started in 1971 by Chuck Holmes is legendary in the scene and stars like Chad Knight, Cameron Fox, Chase Hunter and Tyson Cane found success with this production house. Colt Studios established in 1967, started with photos, but released over 500 Gay porn movies featuring stars like Tom Chase, Carlo Masi and Adam Champ, before going bankrupt in 2010.

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Jack Wrangler was a hugely popular star of 30 Gay movies in the 70s and 80s. 1977's 'Heavy Equipment' and and 1978's 'A Night At The Adonis' were two of his most popular and are good examples of what was produced back then.  Peter De Rome an Englishman who moved to the US is considered the 'Grandfather of Gay porn'. De Rome made 20 short films between 1964 and 1979 including 1972's 'Underground' which featured a Gay sex scene on a NY City subway train, this was shot without permission. Most of his movies were not shown in public, but the British Film Institute(BFI) have made him the first porn director/producer to have his movies preserved in their National Archive.

1982 saw the biggest change to the industry when VCR's allowed consumers to watch porn at home, rather than in cinemas or booths in sex shops. HIV lead to big changes in the industry, which will be covered in a future article.