BY ELIEL CRUZ

Peter Pounder didn’t have sex with humankinds until porn. Peter had been performing solo on cam sites until he accepted an invitation to do a shoot with Mormon Boyz and Mormon Girls, a porn studio that specializes in creating fantasy videos about the Mormon faith.

Although having an experience with a pal as a teenager, Peter hadn’t fully processed his bisexuality. But after performing oral and anal, both as a top and as a bottom, for porn he found he enjoyed the sex with men. Accepting his bisexuality came naturally to him. The same wasn’t true for those in the porn industry.

“Someone belief I was simply doing it for fund and it pissed me off. It’s not for the money. It was pissing me off make I’m bisexual, ” Peter said, pointing out the Kinsey scale as well as the differences in romantic and sexual attraction. “Some people guess I simply do’ lesbian for pay’ or they tell me that eventually, I’ll find out I’m’ just a gay son, ’” Peter said about the reactions from those working in the porn industry. “There’s shit. I didn’t realise in the beginning there would be as much shit. When I tried to join one agency, I recollect everything was going good until they found out a studio who won’t use crossover flair — they won’t even not only use the modeling, they wouldn’t use the agency.”

The straight porn industry set up is similar to that of the fashion industry. There are agencies that represent certain simulates who are then shopped to studios. The word “crossover” is used to describe bisexual porn superstars who “crossover” from homosexual and straight porn studios. Some, mostly straight, porn studios won’t use crossover male talent.

“I went out to shoot for a homosexual and straight porn studio once but wasn’t able to shoot the straight scene because the agent for the female talent had a problem. I couldn’t do what I was scheduled to do because the agent had an issue and they had to work around it. He had an issue with crossover talent. The girl said’ I don’t care, I’ve dated bisexual guys in my personal life, ’ but she wasn’t able to shoot the scene with me because of her agent.”

The crux of the issue for the institutions and studios with crossover flair is sexually transmitted infections, namely HIV. “I recently tweeted kind of snarky, but I recently get blacklisted by a big bureau. It’s happened three times, ” Lance Hart a bisexual pornstar who specializes in kink and fetish porn — S& M, superhero cosplay, foot fetish, and peg — told INTO.

“An email runs out from an bureau to everyone they know,’ Blacklist Lance Hart, he’s a crossover, ’ and they put out a bunch of evidence of me having gay sexuality and straight sex.”

Neither Lance or Peter had issues with finding work in the lesbian porn industry. Besides some biphobia from lesbian studios and musicians, in which they weren’t belief for their bisexuality, they’ve still been booked. It’s straight porn agencies that are worried that bisexual men are going to infect their female flair with HIV. Despite the rigorous STI and HIV testing all adult performers are required to do, there is a stigma around bisexual men. Some studios are going as far as blacklisting them from the industry.

“I’ve never had a conversation with anyone that’s been like,' You’re crossover, that’s dangerous. You’re bringing assists from lesbian into straight porn.’ No one has ever told me that to my face, ” Lance said explaining the stigmatization of bisexual male talent in porn. “However, people have said' I can work with you, but I can’t do fluid exchange because I’m scared I’ll never volume operate again.’ Because there are people who believe AIDS comes from gay people.”

Stigmatization of bisexual boys as being carriers of HIV stems back to the peak of the AIDS epidemic. When the disease first took comprise, it did primarily in gay men. But as the disease spread to women, bisexual humen were vilified as carriers. This stigmatization is unwarranted. In an editorial in 2016, HIV Plus magazine dispelled this prevalent fallacy with proof the data didn’t support it.

The stigmatization can also cause what it is trying to avoid. Surveys have shown when bisexual humen are stigmatized for their sexuality, specially bisexual men of color, they’re at a higher risk for STI and HIV contraction due to this biphobia. This should not be an issue in an industry that tests vigorously for STIs and HIV -- yet the stigma prevails.

“The solution seems to be to understand where they’re "re coming out" and then subtly bring up the facts. As opposed to yell at them for being homophobes, ” Lance, which is available on Truvada, says he is open with his scene partners to stroll them through any questions they may have. He likewise advocates for other porn superstars who do straight-out porn to get on Truvada.

As more crossover flair come into the industry, some porn studios have taken advantage of it by beginning to do more bisexual-specific porn. For instance, fetish studio Evil Angel has begun to release more scenes that include bisexual talent. Blacklisting emails, Lance claims, have only gotten him more work with studios who had previously not heard of him and are was intended to hire crossover talent.

Still, Lance speaks out, in tweets and in blog posts on his website , not for himself but for others.“I’m more worried about the guys who are at suicide peril, ” Lance said. “Like people who are really in trouble since they are don’t know how to tell the world who they are. Or they’re getting shut down by the world because of who they are. That’s the issue.”

* Names used in the present part are stage name and not their legal names*

This tale originally appeared on Into and has been republished with permission .

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