Gay Porn Industry Giants Ask for Boycott of Str8UpGayPorn Awards

Gay Porn Industry Giants Ask for Boycott of Str8UpGayPorn Awards

Gay porn director Michael Lucas has called for a boycott of controversial blogger Zachary Sire’s First Annual Str8UpPorn Awards, [http://therealpornwikileaks.com/michael-lucas-dont-fooled-supporting-str8upgayporn-awards/] citing Sire’s history of extreme cyber bullying and doxing of adult industry workers. The award show, which is currently sponsored by adult industry companies Pornhub and adult toy maker Fleshjack, is set to take place on June 22nd, 2017, with comedienne Sandra Bernhard serving as host.

Puzzled industry professionals are openly wondering if Bernhard is aware of Sire’s reputation for exploiting and endangering sex workers.

“I can’t believe that Sandra Bernhard would have agreed to host this event if she knew the kinds of things Sire has done to us,” said Noelle, who detailed Sire’s cyber-bullying in a statement here. “He gets website traffic by literally putting our lives in danger.”

“Zachary Sire isn’t part of our industry,” echoes popular gay performer Billy Santoro. “He just degrades us to make money. It makes me sick to my stomach that porn companies are doing business with him.”

Santoro detailed how Sire’s extreme cyberbullying led him to consider suicide in THIS statement.

“My life has always been full of downs.  Everything from never feeling good enough to multiple suicide attempts.  When I came out in the early 90s, I found a community.  I found support.  I found my confidence for the first time in my life.  I felt empowerment and love.  I had almost forgotten those horrible feelings of self doubt and feeling zero value until I was having my coffee one morning and read a porn blog, Str8upgayporn.  I was torn to shreds for nothing.

It wasn’t about my work.  Critics are fine.  This was attacking my family, my husband, and my friends.  Making assertions about my sexual health, HIV status specifically.  And making claims about my mental health.  I never thought I would revisit suicidal thoughts in my life, but that blog stirred these emotions in me once again. I was upset, yes.

But to see some of the studios I work for supporting this kind of abusive hate, was eye opening. I learned not to trust a lot of the industry.  I decided to take a public stand against hate, hate bloggers, and those who continually set out to destroy those who are different.  This blog has no place in the industry or any industry.”

Performer Hugh Hunter’s legal name and home address was published by Sire; an act Sire knew would endanger the gay performer’s safety. Hunter details the humiliation and legal costs he was forced to incur as a result of Sire’s doxing efforts.

“I was contracted to shoot two scenes for a Lucas Entertainment production in August 2015. My contract had me onsite for three days of the seven production days the full shoot entailed. My shoots went smoothly and there were no issues on set or with the models contracted.

After wrap an issue arose with the owner of the location rented for the shoots and model housing. There were several egregious charges including issues with cleanliness, care of the property, etc. that led to a lawsuit being filed against the production company. As far as I could see none of these allegations were legitimate. Zachary Sire of Str8UpGayPorn caught wind of the lawsuit and posted a litany of false stories with a mix of behind the scenes and altered photos created by the property owner.

In his blog postings Mr. Sire chose to post my image and include my performer name along with my legal name. I was the only model of the eight contracted for the production he listed. He took it a step further by adding other personal information like my birthdate and residence. Because of this I was named as a witness for the prosecution for the lawsuit and a subpoena was issued by the court. I had to obtain a lawyer to have me removed from the suit since I could not honestly validate any charges either way due to my limited time at the location and limited involvement with the production company. All of this cost me unnecessary money to be corrected.

Then I had to leave my apartment because I started receiving unsolicited mail from a variety of unknown senders because my address was now public knowledge. This was another unnecessary cost to me and another life disruption. This man literally upended my life and cost me sums of money so he could write salacious and unendingly false posts for his blog, all at the financial benefit of himself and the studios who own his site. I have no respect for this individual. ”

Several adult performers contacted for this story confirmed that Sire is a dangerous and feared presence in the industry, but did not want to be quoted for fear of becoming Sire’s next target.

“Performers know what he is capable of doing to them if they take a stand against him,” said Noelle. “It’s like trying to swim in quicksand – the harder you try to defend yourself, the worse it gets.”

Sire’s tactics include exposing performer and directors’ legal names and home addresses, the names of performers’ family members, threatening to contact police and landlords to report performers for escorting, publishing performers’ suspected HIV status, slamming performers who work with transwomen, using transphobic slurs, and posting altered, illegal, or unflattering photos of performers in an attempt to humiliate and body shame them. Many performers have been driven out of the industry altogether by the blogger’s relentless abuse – a fact that has further bolstered Sire’s image as an untouchable and fearsome industry presence.

Jon Blitt of Mile High Media, who owns multiple adult studios including Sweet Sinner, Sweetheart Video, Erotic X and Icon Male, said he hopes companies currently doing business with Sire will reconsider the alliance.

“Bottom line is, we shouldn’t support anyone who makes a living by hurting the people we work with,” Blitt said. “If we do, we’re sending a message that we don’t care about our workers or their safety.”

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