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The Politics of Policies

By Tynan Fox

Policies, policies, policies.  I have to say, I found myself rather torn regarding this one.  My initial gut reaction at first was, "Finally.  Someone's taking some responsibility for this mess.  A huge organization with great power is finally setting a great example and taking a stand for the safety, health, and well being of our community!"But are they really?As an RN with training in public health, I have a tendency to look at statistics.  When I look at them, there are some very interesting trends to notice, thanks to the CDC.  Let's get my own personal feelings out of the way.  I don't bareback.  Hell, I rarely have anal sex when I play in the first place.  There's a reason for that – I want to stay safe and I don't want to get myself infected.  Do I think everyone is infected?  No.  But I don't want to take the risk.  The anal isn't what makes or breaks a scene for me anyway.  I think there are plenty of ways to get off and feel good without taking up the butt.  And if I wanted something there, there are toys for that which feel about 10,000 times better than a dick ever would to me.

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By |May 26th, 2010|Current Affairs|0 Comments

The Raw Controversy

By Race Bannon
The folks who run the International Mr. Leather (IML) contest and weekend decided to halt all connections with any bareback porn companies starting with the May 2010 weekend. To be specific, in their own words, “…the Executive Committee of International Mr. Leather has decided that it will no longer allow participation in the IML Leather Market by any entity which promotes barebacking or distributes/sells any merchandise tending to promote or advocate barebacking. This restriction will also apply to distribution of gifts, post cards or any other information via our facilities.”This was a stand on principle for them I am told. Many people have asked my opinion about this issue. Was it a good decision? Bad? Neither? As with any controversial decision (and this was controversial for many), well-meaning people usually have quite differing perspectives. So with no disrespect meant to anyone, here's mine.

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By |May 25th, 2010|Current Affairs|5 Comments

Full Disclosure

by Jasun Mark

Full Disclosure: My name is Jasun Mark and although I used to rail mercilessly against gay porn studios that made bareback movies, I now work for Jake Cruise Media and I occasionally direct bareback movies myself. I fucking hate it when I have to eat shit.I’m also the occasionally over-protective big brother of an occasionally unpredictable younger brother who once told me he was barebacking with his boyfriend.Like any rational gay man, I freaked. No, like really. It was kinda ugly for a minute.
But my brother held his ground and quite firmly told me to back off. He’d spent his whole life with everyone telling him how to have sex and if he wasn’t going to take it from the puritanical Christianazis that try to legislate all the things we do (and pretend they don’t), he sure wasn’t going to take it from me.

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By |May 25th, 2010|Current Affairs|0 Comments

The Three Little Bares

by Loren Berthelsen, Editor in Chief Leatherati.com
"Oh, this policy is too hard!""Oh, this policy is too soft!""But this policy is just right!"Last year the powers that be at International Mr Leather announced “…the Executive Committee of International Mr. Leather has decided that it will no longer allow participation in the IML Leather Market by any entity which promotes barebacking or distributes/sells any merchandise tending to promote or advocate barebacking. This restriction will also apply to distribution of gifts, post cards or any other information via our facilities.”The one thing that declaration was sure to generate was a shit storm of controversy and there's been no small amount of it from all corners of our community.  But one thing on which most people seem to agree is that the policy isn't likely to make one bit of difference in curbing the prevalence of barebacking.

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By |May 25th, 2010|Current Affairs|2 Comments

IML and Barebacking…Leatherati Poll Results

By Alex Lindsay, American Leatherman 2009
Some polls are complicated and some are straightforward. Occasionally they present unexpected surprises and sometimes they confirm preexisting conceptions. The latest poll posed by Leatherati asked the question of whether or not the policy change by IML to bar vendors whose products promote or encourage barebacking would have an impact on the incidence of barebacking within the leather community.
This was one of those polls which I expected to see a strong sense of agreement on.
To a certain degree, my expectation was confirmed. Fully 80% of respondents felt that the policy change would have no effect. 20% indicated that it would in fact help reduce barebacking.

To me, this was actually a bit of a surprise. I expected to see an even greater number of people expressing that there would be no effect. I think this is indicative of a few different things: 

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By |May 25th, 2010|Current Affairs|0 Comments

IML Says: Bye Bye Barebacking

By Steve Lenius
In his speech at last year's International Mr. Leather (IML) contest and show, executive producer Chuck Renslow pointed to the rise in new AIDS infections (in the United States alone, someone becomes infected with HIV every 9-1/2 minutes) and decried the increasing popularity of barebacking (unprotected anal sex, which has long been known to be a primary method of spreading HIV infection).It was an effective and affecting speech, but along with the applause came some puzzlement—because at the time Renslow gave that speech the IML leather market, as in years past, was full of vendors promoting porn that showcased and glorified barebacking.It took several weeks, but Renslow and the IML organization eventually did the right thing, followed through and, quite literally, put their money where their mouth is. In a letter to vendors, IML announced that the promoting of bareback porn will not be allowed at future IML leather markets.

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By |May 25th, 2010|Current Affairs|1 Comment

Bareback Porn Is Killing Our Community And You’re To Blame

By Joe MirabellaReposted from his article in The Bilerico ProjectBareback porn is killing porn stars. From Edge:Chad Noel's March 17 death was reported on at GayPornGossip on March 26. The posting read, "Chad Noel age 25, a former 'twink genre' gay porn performer using the stage names of Donny Price & Craven Cox passed away in New York City, on March 17, 2010 following a brief illness associated with complications of HIV." The article also noted that Noel had worked for an adult entertainment company that makes videos of men barebacking–a euphemism for unprotected anal sex. Noel had also performed under the names Craven Cox and Donny Price. Noel was a native of Laramie, Wyoming, the town outside of which Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die. A notice of Noel's death was also published in the Laramie Boomerang on March 23.
It is likely that starring in bareback porn starting at 18 will lead to HIV/AIDS, but is the glorification of unprotected sex through the porn industry also leading to an increase in HIV/AIDS related diagnosis among young gay men throughout the country?  Chad Noel's untimely death is symptomatic of a growing problem in our community. HIV is on the rise for young people, and the glorification of unprotected sex in gay porn is part of the problem.When did porn stars start shedding their condoms for riskier bareback sex? Most of the major labels like Titan, Bel Ami, Lucas Films, and Chi-Chi-La Rue all require their actors to wear protection during production. They understand that not only are their films entertainment, but they are educational.

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By |May 25th, 2010|Current Affairs|0 Comments

Bareback Porn Is Killing Our Community And You're To Blame

By Joe MirabellaReposted from his article in The Bilerico ProjectBareback porn is killing porn stars. From Edge:Chad Noel's March 17 death was reported on at GayPornGossip on March 26. The posting read, "Chad Noel age 25, a former 'twink genre' gay porn performer using the stage names of Donny Price & Craven Cox passed away in New York City, on March 17, 2010 following a brief illness associated with complications of HIV." The article also noted that Noel had worked for an adult entertainment company that makes videos of men barebacking–a euphemism for unprotected anal sex. Noel had also performed under the names Craven Cox and Donny Price. Noel was a native of Laramie, Wyoming, the town outside of which Matthew Shepard was beaten and left to die. A notice of Noel's death was also published in the Laramie Boomerang on March 23.
It is likely that starring in bareback porn starting at 18 will lead to HIV/AIDS, but is the glorification of unprotected sex through the porn industry also leading to an increase in HIV/AIDS related diagnosis among young gay men throughout the country?  Chad Noel's untimely death is symptomatic of a growing problem in our community. HIV is on the rise for young people, and the glorification of unprotected sex in gay porn is part of the problem.When did porn stars start shedding their condoms for riskier bareback sex? Most of the major labels like Titan, Bel Ami, Lucas Films, and Chi-Chi-La Rue all require their actors to wear protection during production. They understand that not only are their films entertainment, but they are educational.

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By |May 25th, 2010|Current Affairs|0 Comments

Glove Love or Free Love

Raw – Bareback – BB – NaturalWhatever you call it, barebacking, ie fucking without a condom, is the highly charged 3rd rail of sex and the opinions are as strong as the stakes are high.Is barebacking killing a new wave of us all over again?  Or is it just another risk aware behavior that […]

By |May 25th, 2010|Current Affairs|1 Comment

Bareback Porn

By John PendalInternational Mr Leather 2003
In a speech at last year's IML contest Chuck Renslow announced that "the Executive Committee of International Mr Leather has decided that it will no longer allow participation in the IML Leather Market by any entity which promotes barebacking or distributes/ sells any merchandise tending to promote or advocate barebacking. This restriction will also apply to distribution of gifts, post cards or any other information via our facilities. This policy takes effect immediately."This led to some debate in the US about censorship of the leather community, but actually discussion about the best way to combat HIV is happening worldwide. I don't think the answer is as simple as an issue of censorship or the banning of all barebacking DVDs.

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By |May 18th, 2010|Current Affairs|1 Comment