In the old days of porn — less than 10 years ago — porn studios decided which performers made it and which ones did not. The successful ones had to fit to standards and types that studios thought were sellable. Often directors and studio owners hired the models they personally liked. This is why so much studio porn online is problematic: It’s overwhelmingly white and cisgender, plays heavily to sexist and racist sterotypes, and enforces unheatlhy body images and behaviors.
But in recent years, video subscription sites like OnlyFans and JustForFans have democratized the industry, cutting out the intermediary to allow performers to supply direct-to-consumer “amateur” content. These sites, while far from perfect, have added a dose of reality to adult media, as we are given intimate glimpses into performers’ homes — their real sex lives, their real partners and playmates — and have, perhaps indirectly, fueled necessary dialogue about sex worker autonomy and internet censorship. These sites have resulted in a new and diverse field of film stars excelling at their craft.
All body types, genders, identities, ages, kinks, and abilities are increasingly visible in the world of porn. Many trans and nonbinary folks have found big success with these sites, and there’s no better time to check them out. I spoke wth 13 transgender or nonbinary performers who are leading the charge for visiblity in adult media. They’re part of the vanguard, a body of performers making porn that is healthy and affirming instead of harmful. Check them out and keep in mind that their links are joyously NSFW.
My name is Trip Richards, and I'm a proud transgender man and sex worker. I came out as trans in 2015 and now live as my authentic self. In the past few years, it's been amazing to see so many other trans people come out and also see so many of them succeed in the adult industry. I believe that platforms like OnlyFans and JustForFans offer an incredible opportunity for trans performers to share their stories. In addition to my work as a performer, I use my social media platforms to advance conversations about sex worker issues and help address stigma.
I’m Xenon Universe (formerly Xöe Nova). I’m a bisexual, nonbinary trans male porn performer, model, and poet. I have been a full-time sex worker since 2012. I started with camming and moved on to independent porn production and modeling. I am passionate about emphasizing BIPOC representation, body positivity, t4t, and queer sex liberation in my films. Having spent six out of my nine years in the adult industry living and working as a woman, I am slowly reemerging as my true self. Reemerging as a proud feminine trans guy, I know I have nothing to lose and everything to gain by being completely authentic, and I hope to inspire other trans people in and outside the adult industry to be empowered and not feel trapped by society’s binary perceptions or expectations.
Heya, everyone! I’m Maxim Lupin, also known as PuppoMax. I’m a kinky trans man who is a leather man, daddy, and alpha sex dog. I started my page on JustForFans because I wanted to spread the message that trans bodies are beautiful — that trans men are as diverse, sexy, and kinky as cis men. I wanted those on the periphery of the queer community to be able to see someone who looks like them and to have fun!
I’m a 26-year-old film major with a double minor and rugby player. I'm trying to break the stereotype of trans men in porn. There are trans men who are tops, but there's a lack of performers, possibly because of the lack of opportunity, so there isn't representation, and that's where I'm trying to step in. I’m a top!
I'm Eddy, 24 years old, living in Manchester, England. One of my main goals of sharing my content is to show that it's possible for trans people to be sexually autonomous and comfortable with their bodies and sexualities. Trans people are generally either marginalized or fetishized, whereas posting my own content gives me control over how I'm sexualized and enables me to challenge some of those narratives.
I’m an award-winning pornographer living in Ann Arbor, Mich. Since coming out as a woman at age 25, I’ve made my name as an artistic powerhouse in the trans community. My zine Napkin (Thank You for Having Sex With Carta Monir) became infamous for collecting comment cards that I asked partners to fill out after they had sex with me. My OnlyFans is a unique blend of written erotica, high-concept videos (in one of them I have sex with an office copier), and straightforward smut. Check me out!
I’m a Swedish/Iranian gay actor and performer based in Berlin. I have appeared in clips for Pigboy Ruben and Bravofucker and won the GayVN awards for favorite FRM star in 2020. I’ve been trans for 15 years and in the industry for a bit over two and I hope my stuff is part of increasing visibility of gay FTM narratives because there used to be so few out there.
Going into porn, I was not entirely sure what to expect from being nonbinary and gay. I did have a choice — I could put my gender in the closet, create a very manly persona, and roll with it. And luckily, I didn't do that, because fuck conformity. I am me, after all. Everyone I’ve met so far has been so kind and accepting that I have zero regrets. It has been a really empowering and positive experience.
My name is Atlas Cummings. I’m a queer Puerto Rican trans man on the spectrum who expresses myself through porn for activism. I want to see more diversity in our porn, so I started to do it myself in hopes that others feel seen or have the courage to do it themselves.
I'm Ari, a 24 year-old piggy trans-masculine performer. I present masculine-of-center physically, but I'm having fun playing with my femininity more than ever before. I think a lot of people find me thinking that I'm just a masculine trans man. However, I find myself identifying more nonbinary every day. I love the idea of people seeing themselves in my (often trans-centric) porn and thinking, My body is sexy and desirable, and finding more confidence through it!
I’m a queer porn veteran, having performed in many facets of adult film since 2005, and I was among the first out nonbinary adult stars in the industry. When not in front of the camera, I work behind the scenes with director Shine Louise Houston of Pink & White Productions to operate the sites CrashPadSeries.com and PinkLabel.TV — both excellent resources to enjoy and support trans-made and trans-positive porn! I am also the creator and editor of the anthology Coming Out Like a Porn Star as well as an editorial board member of the Porn Studies Journal and a contributing editor of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (second edition) writing on the topics of porn and sexuality.
Technology has made it possible for queer and trans people to create our own films — and porn films are absolutely included — bringing forth underrepresented visions of bodies and desires to a global audience. Trans-positive adult films cumulatively reveal truths in how we love, live, and fuck, proving we are all capable and deserving of a happy and healthy sexuality. Let's continue to celebrate and amplify those within our communities whose work inspires and guides us towards a more equal and enjoyable world. Please check me out at JizLee.com.