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For many gay men, porn has always served a much bigger purpose beyond sexual pleasure. It has been a symbol of pride, freedom, and humanity in a world still plagued by homophobia and ignorance. But within the LGBT+ community, who is represented most by the images that appear in gay adult entertainment is another challenge within itself. When it comes to mainstream gay porn, there is no denying that white, cisgender males still dominate what we see onscreen, making the industry’s ongoing struggle with inclusivity a consistently heated conversation.

Perhaps that’s why the existence of a company like Bonus Hole Boys (BHB) plays such an important part in the discussion about contemporary gay porn. Launched by acclaimed performer/activist/director Cyd St. Vincent alongside his business partner Ex Libris, BHB challenges the limited portrayals of transmen that have existed in major gay XXX films. With a variety of exciting stories and adventures chronicled in each of its movies, BHB is an unapologetic exploration of transmen’s sexuality in ways that much of the outside world has yet to experience.

Curious to learn more about this groundbreaking studio, Cyd granted us the honor of speaking with him about the site, its intentions, and his opinions on trans visibility in gay porn.

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GHM: In just a few words, what would you say is the mission behind BHB?

With BHB, we really want to make gay porn that opens the viewer's mind to the possibilities of the different types of bodies men can have and the world of opportunities for pleasure within them.

GHM: You’ve said that one of BHB’s biggest influences is 70s gay porn. What is it about the works from this era that inspires you?

We like our porn to feel a little bit dirty, to be made with a lot of intention and care into the filmography and editing, but to maintain certain outlaw energy to it. I especially enjoy the Working Man anthology by Joe Gage. While our porn looks quite a bit different to his, you’ll see a dirty mattress, a bathroom cruising scene, or some mechanics getting down, and that is definitely a tribute to the porn I have jerked off too.

GHM: In other interviews, you’ve spoken about the intentional decision to feature trans guys with cis guys in BHB’s movies. Why was this dynamic important for you to portray? In what ways do these portrayals represent or not represent the real life relationship between gay trans and cis men?

The relationship between cis guys and trans guys is always evolving. When we first started doing the company in 2014, there was definitely a sea change in acceptance of trans guys in gay spaces emerging, but it has really radically increased over the last 3 years. Part of the motivation for this company was to create images of trans men as being desirable within a solidly gay context. I think we succeeded. Gay porn with trans guys and cis guys opens the doors for people to imagine themselves in those kinds of relationships.

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GHM: “Bonus Hole Boys” is definitely an attention-grabbing title for a studio. Tell us more about why you chose such a bold title and what it signifies to you on a deeper level.

Ha! I love how this term has taken off— it started as a little bit tongue-in-cheek, but also it’s a rejection of what I often hear about trans men, that without a flesh dick we are missing what gay men want. I like that Bonus Hole Boys positions our bodies as having this extra awesome part, which is true ;)

GHM: We are in a time in which trans people are fighting for visibility and acceptance by general society. With this in mind, do you ever feel any added pressure or responsibility with the creative direction of BHB?

Porn is a mirror of society's reflection. Especially right now, as there is a growing pressure to classify porn as a “public health crisis” politically in conservative Christian America. We talk a lot about the discomfort of what porn reveals to us. But I know that whatever is out there stirring in the murky corners of the internet is already happening; if not commonly in people's bedrooms, then in people’s minds.

With Bonus Hole Boys, we are attempting to be more than a mirror; to actually model behavior in hopes that it will become normalized. In our shoots, the trans status of some of our models is never exceptionalized—nobody is tricked into fucking us and we don’t center on a ‘”big reveal”—which tends to be the center of a lot of trans porn. This is to send the message that trans bodies are in no way lesser than cis bodies. We get models that are genuinely hot for each other and are kind, intelligent people who are invested in teaching the viewer at home about their experiences. Our porn is about many things, but definitely a priority is opening a door for people to learn how to treat each other well.

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GHM: What do you hope cis people take away from BHB? What do you hope that trans people take away?

We make a practice of interviewing our models after every shoot so that the audience of BHB can start to develop an idea of our models as human beings. In the conversations we discuss, advice for both cis guys and trans guys on how to pick each other up, pursue relationships, and have sex with consent and respect is in the forefront. We talk to major gay porn stars about what they like about trans men, and we hope that sends the message overall to cis guys to be more accepting about their own and other people’s attractions to trans men. A lot of trans guys talk about BHB as being instrumental in accepting and beginning to celebrate their bodies and sexuality, and that is the best takeaway we could hope for.

GHM: You’ve said that gay trans porn mostly exists within the world of queer adult cinema. How does queer adult cinema differ from mainstream gay porn? Are there any characteristics of queer adult cinema that appear in BHB?

A lot of FTM porn has been marketed to a queer audience who is interested in lots of different types of bodies and sexualities and has been mixed in with content for such. Queer porn is awesome, and I think we do take on characteristics of that genre such as a more heavy emphasis on communication as well as a ton of imagery—but I do think that we are pretty separate from the overall genre in that we are creating porn exclusively featuring men fucking men.

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GHM: Do you think the mainstream gay porn industry is becoming more inclusive of trans performers?

We’ve had way more invitation into the world of gay porn by way of blogs and news sites than I would have expected. We’ve had in general a very positive response. I think some mainstream porn companies will start incorporating trans men into their scenes, but I imagine that will take awhile. Or maybe just someone like Laith Ashley to decide to move into adult entertainment. I can’t imagine any porn company rejecting him.

GHM: In general, what can cis gay men do to be better allies to the trans community?

That’s such a broad question! There are so many ways to become a better ally to trans people— from learning to not assume pronouns and use them, to putting trans people in leadership roles in gay organizations, to fighting against the criminalization of the sex industry and drug trade, which results in the incarceration of thousands of trans women who are targeted for arrest. I would like all cis people to put those into common practice.

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I’d really like gay men to start to loosen up on the body essentialism a little bit. What makes a body male or female or valued or disposable runs really, really deep within gay male culture. It hurts everyone in it, but especially it can be hard if not only you don’t have rock hard abs and white skin, but you also don’t have a flesh dick in what is a penis-obsessed culture. If you aren’t attracted to trans men that's totally fine, but it doesn’t mean you have to make it your goal to ensure that nobody else should see us as desirable either. Trust me, once you open up about this a little bit, not only will it make you a better person to us, it will make you a better person to yourself.

GHM: What is your favorite video from BHB thus far? What can we expect from the future?

I’m actually so excited about the films we have to release. We shot 7 films that are about to come out with our new website and they are all incredibly hot with some of the sexiest men in the industry. I’m in my first DP scene with Jasper Stone and Scott Reynolds, so I’m pretty jazzed about that. In the films that we released, I will always have a special appreciation for the Frat Hazing video with Kipp Slinger, Christian Wilde and Sebastian Keys— it’s just so nasty and bro’y, it really turns me on.

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Until next time,
Simba