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Gay Adult Film Star Erik Rhodes Dead At 30

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People within the porn industry and beyond are today mourning the death of 30-year old adult film star Erik Rhodes. Rhodes, known for flexing his enormous muscles for Falcon and then Raging Stallion studios, died of a heart attack that appears to have been caused by his regular steroid use.

According to FrontiersLA, Rhodes was in a dark place before his death, and posted the following message on his Tumblr:

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Fans and friends are remembering Rhodes less for his private life and more for his public persona. "[We] were incredibly saddened to learn of the death of our friend, adult-film star Erik Rhodes," wrote PAPER magazine's Mickey Boardman. "The 30-year-old Long Island-native was a truly hilarious and larger-than-life character as well-known for his wicked sense of humor as he was for his enormous muscles."

Porn blogger Jason Sechrest said that if Rhodes had a heart attack "it was because his heart was just too damned big." "He saw every person as being far better than he and was gracious to every fan who approached him in a bar, at the airport or on the street," Sechrest wrote on his (work-unfriendly) website.

Falcon Studios also praised Rhodes' sparking personality, writing in a statement, "[Erik] was a genuine and caring man with extraordinary attractiveness and a massive muscled frame. Erik was an equally beautiful human being who lit up a room, and brought fun and joy to our studio and his fans that was unparalleled. He was a giving person with a special wit…"


Can A Porn Star Safely Educate Your Children?

ShockedKidSasha Gray is a retired porn star. She's a lot more than that, too -- she's a PETA activist and author, as well as an actress in what HuffPo refers to as "more mainstream flicks," including an upcoming release starring Rob Lowe. And Ms. Gray is an educator. Last week, she participated in a program called "Read Across America," during which she read to underprivileged 1st and 3rd grade children at Emerson Elementary School in Compton, CA. From photos obtained by TMZ after the fact, it does not appear that Ms. Gray read excerpts from The Diary of Anais Nin.

Nevertheless, TMZ says parents complained about Ms. Gray's presence, which prompted a school spokesperson to stupidly deny that Ms. Gray had ever been there at all. (To be fair, we don't know how the question was worded. I can imagine some innocent pencil-pusher stammering on the phone: "No! We didn't have any porn stars here! Sasha Gray works with Rob Lowe!") Now, the web is so titilated that even Reuters is publishing stories with headlines like:"Former adult-film actress Sasha Grey is giving her critics a hot, steaming mouthful, after catching flak for participating in a children's reading program last week."

After her appearance sparked faux outrage on the interwebs, Ms. Gray proclaimed:

I committed to this program with the understanding that people would have their own opinions about what I have done, who I am and what I represent ... I am an actor. I am an artist. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a partner. I have a past that some people may not agree with, but it does not define who I am... I believe in the future of our children, and I will remain an active supporter and participant in education-focused initiatives.


What Happened To Republican Rep. Phillip Hinkle's Teenaged Gay Paramour?

Kameryn_gibson_on_gay_porn_site Remember Kameryn Gibson? He's the broke 18-year-old from Indiana who posted a Craigslist ad soliciting "sugga daddies," and somehow landed himself a towel-draped Republican pol of such overwhelming skeeziness that, when it came time to do the deed, Mr. Gibson couldn't perform. Well. It seems Mr. Gibson is broke no longer.

On Top Magazine reports that Mr. Gibson is now performing for two gay porn studios, CocoDorm and ThugBoy, under the name of DeJuan Diamond. According to the mag, Gibson's talent agency, Flava Works, has released a statement which reads, in part:

It is no secret that many Republicans are closet homosexuals, while at the same time preaching anti-gay messages and protesting gay marriage. Now with DeJuan Diamond starring online ... Republicans will be able to enjoy the men they love right from the comfort of their home or offices.

Witty! Vicious! But, hey, Kameryn, if you're reading this: Please don't take Flava Works PR braggodocio too seriously. What you're doing is fine, but it ain't activism, and as happy as your new associates are to rep you now, they probably won't care much in five years. Do yourself a favor, and use this brief reprieve from unemployment to get a degree or some vocational training, or just to do some serious thinking about what you want out of life. You've got some breathing room now. Use it wisely, or you'll be back on Craigslist in no time.


Gay Porn Actor Arrested For Choking Dog

What a strange and saddening story: gay Porn actor Shane Michael Thompson, who in the porn world goes by the stage name Jason Creed, has been arrested in Florida for animal cruelty after allegedly choking to death his own dog, a three-legged wolf-dog named Moonshine. Thompson brought the dead animal to an animal clinic for cremation and apparently told workers there that his dog had suffered a seizure. That's when a vet examining the dead animal discovered suspicious injuries.

Shane NBC Miami reports:

Police said Thompson, of Boca Raton, had beaten the dog before he took it to an animal clinic earlier this month to have it cremated. A necropsy showed Moonshine had severe blunt force trauma and had died with food stuck in its throat. Creed allegedly told the clinic the dog may have died from a seizure. When a friend of Thompson's called animal control on Oct. 7 and told them he suspected Moonshine had been killed by Thompson, police began an investigation. Thompson's roommate and friends told police Moonshine had been physically abused by Thompson before.

Animal control had been called to Thompson's home in the past after complaints from neighbors but the dog was never taken away form his owner. Thompson refused to go in front of a judge yesterday but was scheduled to face one this morning.

Watch a safe for work interview with a seemingly righteous Thompson as his alter ego Jason Creed, AFTER THE JUMP.

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News: Johnny Weir, Modern Family, Porn, Focus On The Family

 road Man attemps to mace Fred Phelps' group at soldier's funeral: "Officers on duty for the funeral say Vogel drove up in his Ford F-150 pick-up truck and as he was passing by Westboro Baptist Church protesters he extended his arm out the truck's window and sprayed a large amount of mace into the air from an industrial-sized container."

Weir road Weir Johnny Weir is still dodging questions about his sexuality: “'I’m completely self-sufficient,' he says. 'I don’t need anyone for anything. I can have sex with myself, I can love myself, I can do all those things myself. The importance that people place on me not having another half even if it’s just for sex, it’s irrelevant to me. It’s very old-school. When you put people in boxes, you take away a lot of who that person is.'"

 road Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson says that the show's much-anticipated gay smooch episode has been shot: "Yes, we filmed the kiss episode. It's a very organic kiss. People are going to be very surprised when they see it."

 road Alexander Skarsgard arrives at LAX looking as cool as ever.

 road The beautiful men of gay pornography are becoming less homogeneous.

 road Get ready for Kylie's Les Folies Tour in 2011.

 road Pennsylvania makes a progressive decision about driver's licenses for transgenders in that state.

 road Jane Lynch's purple number on the read carpet.

Edinrug  road Edinburgh rugby player Alex Grove tweets a preview of what you'll see in the team's 2011 calendar come Christmas-time.

 road If you only watched Fox News last week, you wouldn't even know about Ken Mehlman's coming out.

 road Crispin Blunt's recent coming out has apparently "completely traumatised" his unsuspecting wife.

 road Focus on the Family plays the victim card: "We feel more and more that activists are being deceptive in using anti-bullying rhetoric to introduce their viewpoints, while the viewpoint of Christian students and parents are increasingly belittled."

 road Rihanna has an unfortunate run-in with a curling iron.

 road Indonesian volcano erupts for the first time in 400 years.


The Porn Game: An Interview With Bel Ami's George Duroy

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Do you like porn? If you're a gay man, probably. But while the product is meant to be a mindless escape, its production is a rich and controversial subject, even in a community legendarily open about sexuality.

When the phrase "Bel Ami" is uttered, very few gay men think first of Guy de Maupassant's second novel. Instead, images of countless "beautiful friends"—pornstars—from Eastern Europe come to mind, young men like Lukas Ridgeston and Johan Paulik, with eye-popping endowments and legit movie-star looks and a performance style worlds away (Bratislava, to be exact) from the moves that characterize American porn films. There's almost a wholesome quality to Bel Ami's smut, even if the action is as dirty as the business.

Speaking of which, the porn industry has undergone a slew of changes in recent years. Beaten down by easy access to free porn online, crowded out by amateur exhibitionists and in some cases ill-equipped to adapt to the market's declining interest in DVDs as opposed to downloads, video companies have come and gone and publishers have mostly just gone.

Dolph_Lambert_todd_rosset Then there is the hot-button issue of bareback porn, which for many years during the onset of the AIDS crisis was absolutely taboo—Can actors be assured of the status of their co-stars? Does marketing it encourage unsafe sex among viewers? Does anyone care if the money is there?—but which has quickly become a major aspect of the industry in spite of some companies' seemingly principled refusals to succumb to it.

With the news that the venerable COLT has filed for bankruptcy, I wondered how other companies were faring and wanted to bring up some of the issues that surround the porn industry. What better company to focus on than one of the largest still standing? What follows is my interview with George Duroy, the founder and president of Bel Ami. He, more than anyone, has an interest in figuring out if gay men will automatically think of his product when the phrase "Bel Ami" is uttered in the future.

Since this was an e-mail interview, the follow-up questions to some of his most provocative answers will have to come in the form of your comments at the end.

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