In this collection, we highlight past episodes related to LGBTQ identities and issues.
Episode 93: Trans Inclusion and Destigmatizing Sex Work with Trip Richards
In Episode 93, we talk to Trip Richards, trans porn performer, about transgender inclusion in pornography, destigmatizing sex work, sexual shame, emotional labor, and more.
Episode 86: Biometrics Scanning and Trans Porn Performers with Dylan Thomas
Jessie Sage and guest-host Reese Piper talk to porn performer Dylan Thomas about his work, his F2M transition, coming out to his family as trans an a sex worker, and also the biometric technology that has been introduced at Pornhub and its potential impact on trans performers.
Episode 81: Transition and Top Surgery in the Sex Industry with Xenon Universe
We talk to Xenon Universe about coming out as trans, having top surgery, body positivity, reimagining his porn career as Xenon, polaroids as art, and more!
Episode 75: Writing About Sex, Trauma, and the Body with Jamie Hood
Jamie Hood is a poet, essayist, memoirist, & miscellanyist. Her work has appeared in The Rumpus, Peach Mag, The New Inquiry, Teen Vogue, and Tansgender Studies Quarterly. Jamie lives, writes, bartends, & dog moms in Brooklyn. How to Be a Good Girl is her first book.
Episode 34: Liara Roux on Coming Out
Episode 34 features an interview with sex worker, activist, producer, and director Liara Roux. We talk to them about their activism around internet freedom for sex workers, starting with their “Open Letter to Patreon.” And, on a more personal note, we discuss their recent Motherboard article, “Coming Out as a Sex Worker, Coming Out as a Person” and the impact it had on their personal life and career.
Episode 15: Theorizing the Web Special: Sex Emojis with Kelly Steinmetz, Catfishing with Mattie Brice, and Gay Tinder with Lindsay Ferris
You interviews with three conference speakers who we thought were doing work relevant to the show. First, we talk to Kelly Steinmetz about the use and social impact of sex emojis. Then, we talk to Mattie Brice about the politics of how trans women are treated on dating sites. And lastly, we talk to Lindsay Ferris about the ways that women queer tech up, particularly in relation to dating apps like Tinder.
Episode 12: AVN Special:FOSTA/SESTA with Kate D’Adamo, Gay Porn with Westley Woods, and Trans Representation with Chelsea Poe
Lastly, we talk to Chelsea Poe (@chelseapoe666) from Trouble Films (@troublefilms) about the petition she initiated to remove trans slurs from mainstream porn, her career and the projects she is working on, and why she thinks that collaboration among performers is the best way to avoid exploitation in the industry.
Episode 11: AVN Special: Deepfakes with Samantha Cole, Findom with Violet Doll, and Riot Grrrl and Queer Porn with Courtney Trouble
We feature an extended interview with queer porn icon Courtney Trouble (@courtneytrouble) of Trouble Films (@TROUBLEfilms). She talks to us about Riot Grrrl ideology, queer pornography, and the politics of AVN.
Episode 9: AVN Special: Lynn Comella on Female Owned Sex Toy Shops & Dominic Rystan on Being a Non-Binary Porn Performer
We interview Dominic Rystan (@DomTheStud), a non-binary content creator and performer with a clip store on ManyVids (@Manyvids). He sat and talked to us about the complicated politics of having a clip store on Manyvids as a non-binary performer. We dive into his story, into the politics of gender identity on the site, and the implication this has for non-binary performers.