In 2009, Dustin Lance Black fell victim to revenge porn when photos surfaced online of he and a scorned ex-lover engaging in unprotected sex. The ensuing media circus was bad—so bad, in fact, that Black issued an apology for presenting a “misleading message” while emphasizing “the importance of responsible sexual practices.” Some even demand he reveal his HIV status and become a more prominent figure in HIV activism.
Flash forward four years, when an alleged (and now pretty much confirmed) video of Glee star Cheyenne Jackson pleasuring himself surfaces. Considering the fallout from DLB’s tape, Jackson’s was more or less celebrated and considered a marketing tool for a new album release. The tape caught the attention of mainstream media and was even considered a “boost” to his career by some.
Explicit celebrity sex tapes have long been a stepping stone for the Paris Hiltons and Kim Kardashians of the world, but only recently have we seen the media react to a new plethora of celebrity sex scandals—gay sex scandals — that would have essentially been considered taboo in the late ’90s when Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee pretty much invented the niche market.
It was only two months ago that Salon‘s Katie McDonough argued for higher visibility of gay sexual relationships on television, pointing to the four-year relationship of Modern Family‘s only gay couple, Cameron and Mitchell. Slightly offended by their lack of heavy petting in contrast with their co-stars, McDonough suggested an active gay sexual relationship on Modern Family could help break down homophobia on a large scale:
Given the power of pop culture to shape and influence people’s views, wouldn’t a little romp between Cam and Mitch go a long way in terms of deflating homophobic squeamishness about gay sex?”
If we’re to assume that the power of visible gay sex on television can help shape a less homophobic future, could the modern-day gay sex tape do the same? Could Cheyenne Jackson’s bits in every American home actually help make us more relatable for the unwashed masses, and ultimately move us forward?
Are we to be ashamed of our gay comrades in celebrity sex scandals, or embrace the fact that their relationships are newsworthy?
Remember, Jackson’s and Black’s private tapes aren’t the only gay sex scandals that caught headlines. And as mobile recording technology moves forward, they certainly won’t be the last. Here are seven other gay sex scandals that rocked the web:
In what is probably the most scandalous of all gay sex scandals, Big Brother 10 houseguest Steven Daigle shocked the world when he dropped trou for a XXX flick called Steven Daigle XXXposed (NSFW) in 2010. He’s been actively performing in the adult industry ever since and even joined the barebacking fad this year in a new film for controversial gay studio Treasure Island Media (NSFW).
Ever the opportunist, American Idol Season 8 contestant Nathaniel Marshall made a racy career pivot this summer when he took a job with a gay porn studio after being ousted from AI‘s final 36. His first hardcore scene (NSFW) debuted on June 2 and he didn’t pursue any further work in the adult industry.
Before Steven Daigle was “Crazy” James Zinkland, an openly bisexual Big Brother houseguest that took his dirty gameplay to a dirty website after losing Season 9. Though he appeared in a few amateur-style shoots, his most celebrated skin flick was with Dirty Boy Video (NSFW).
Just this month, gospel singer Kevin Terry of the group Kevin Terry and the Predestined became the latest public figure with a sex tape. The scandal unsurprisingly ended his career as a gospel artist, but it’s still bringing millions to the light online (NSFW).
The Real World: Las Vegas star Dustin Zito’s gay sex scandal found a second wind this year when he appeared with his girlfriend on VH1’s Couple’s Therapy. The hunky reality star’s stint as “Spencer” of FratPad continues to entertain (NSFW) even though he still somewhat denies it ever happened.
Luke Robinson starred on the USA Network’s 2011 season of Tough Enough. After making it to the show’s final three, it was discovered that he had some “prior experience” working for a a gay porn studio specializing in wrestling fetishes (NSFW).
And while we’re at it, why not check out those titillating videos by Dustin Lance Black and Cheyenne Jackson? You can check out DBL’s photos here (NSFW) and watch Cheyenne do his business over here (NSFW).