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How 2 transgender porn stars (and 1 queer producer) are changing porn forever / Cosmopolitan

Written by Lily O’Donnell for Cosmopolitan. Originally published on March 18th, 2015.


 

Cosmo

 

 

“One spring afternoon, two women sensually banged in a midtown Manhattan hotel room, while porn producer Courtney Trouble directed the “lusty web of lesbian sex.” One goal of the shoot, of course, was to make exciting porn, but the other was to challenge the idea of what qualifies as lesbian porn — Trouble cast two of the biggest transgender porn stars in the biz, Bailey Jay and Chelsea Poe, for the girl-girl scene.

Transgender performers are getting more and more recognition in the porn world. The Feminist Porn Conference — which honors queer and transgender performers — has grown each of the three years it has existed, and just this year the “Tranny Awards” were renamed the more-P.C. “Transgender Erotica Awards.” But they’re still pigeon-holed, stuffed into the niche sub-genre of transgender porn within the already-marginalized genre of queer porn, whether they choose to be or not.

In the keynote speech at last year’s Feminist Porn Conference, Trouble called for more porn that shows different types of people without classifying them as “other.” “Put fat people in your porn without tagging it ‘chubby chasers,'” Trouble challenged the producers in the audience, “Put trans people in your porn, but don’t call it ‘trans porn.'”

Wiped out after the lesbian shoot in the Manhattan hotel, Trouble, Jay, and Poe grabbed a lunch of Pret A Manger salads and spoke with me about the changes they’re trying to make in the porn industry and what it’s like to be trans women in porn.

Chelsea Poe: I consider our scene a lesbian scene, but mainstream porn would not consider that lesbian at all. I don’t think even a lot of queer porn would consider that a lesbian scene. And I consider myself as much of a trans porn performer as a girl-girl performer.

Where do you draw that distinction? Why do think it’s important to distinguish?
Poe:
Well, it feels like trans porn performers don’t even get a say in being anything other than a trans performer. I’m grouped in with all these other trans women who really don’t have a lot in common with me, who shoot with cis men and really don’t perform the same way as I do at all.

What distinguishes you, do you think?
Poe:
I do mainly dyke porn. I think I’m the only trans performer who makes a living mainly shooting with cis women. It’s extremely uncommon. I feel like none of the porn world recognizes any trans person’s sexuality unless you’re straight, essentially. It’s almost just assumed you’re straight.

Bailey Jay: That comes up a lot. They don’t even break us down into smaller categories, they just use “shemale,” “tranny,” whatever buzzword they feel like using. They don’t break us down into our preferences or what kind of scenes we do. I think that comes from the lie that we are somehow doing this for men, that we’re doing this for the benefit of men, so we can have sex with men.”


I would definitely recommend going to check out the full interview on Cosmo— extremely interesting and important read!

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