Within the gay porn industry, a dustup began overnight after Str8UpGayPorn posted an article outing the full name and some more personal details of QueerMeNow‘s blogger, who last weekend took home the Grabby Award for Best Porn Blog for the second year running. Now, the entire porn industry is built on fake names, and there’s a code of ethics around protecting each others’ identities, so many including me quickly took this act as a step too far for an industry gossip site.
The offending post has since been removed.
To some degree, we all have lives ‘outside of porn’ and some of us choose to keep our ‘private lives’ and ‘porn lives’ separate. I’m not sure how many people read the blog I’m referring to and I don’t want to give it more publicity, but Zach Sire has just released an article using QueerMeNow’s founder’s real name, photographs, Facebook pages, divulged how much income he makes, and a whole host of other private information that he doesn’t have permission to divulge. I’m not sure if it’s all just so he can take out the competition, if he was jealous about not winning an award, or he just enjoys trying to destroy other people’s lives.
Just because the blogger of QueerMeNow went to an industry event and accepted an award on stage is not an excuse to publish all of his personal information.
In the last twelve hours, more people have come forward via a webmasters’ discussion thread calling for a boycott of the site in other words, canceling any affiliate accounts they may have connected to the site. Dominic Ford released a statement, and posted a petition geared toward those in the industry, saying, “This sets a horrendous precedent in our industry and aligns Zach more with PornWikiLeaks than any legitimate news source for our industry.”
Lucas Entertainment founder Michael Lucas also issued a statement via email to fellow site owners saying, “Given that [QueerMeNow] is based in Thailand, a country with no protections in place for LGBT individuals and stringent laws on pornography, this exposé becomes even more malicious. Sire even mentions the potential for the blogger’s arrest at the close of his post, in his usual sardonic tone… Zach Sire profits from his persistent and hateful attacks on the gay porn industry. QueerMeNow is quite the opposite, acting as an integral part of this industry and supports all studios and models.”
Site co-owner Davyd Dixon, who asked for the removal of the post, defends Sire’s editorial discretion by saying, “I too have found myself not in agreement with some things Zach has said or done in the past and that’s expected.”
Also, fan Diesel Washington and some commenters on the site have come out in support of Str8Up.
— Terrance Ingraham (@DieselWashXXX) May 28, 2015
Suffice it to say: Drama. The post was removed as of about 1 p.m. Pacific Time. There’s so far been no response from QueerMeNow.