Can These Nine Gay Celebrity Sex Scandals Have A Positive Impact On LGBT Perception?

steven-daigle-cheyenne-jackson-dustin-lance-blackWith his arm around new beau Tom Daley and his name back in headlines, it’s no wonder that one of Dustin Lance Black‘s more risqué films has found new life on the seedy underbelly of the Internet.

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).


Before getting engaged to porn star boyfriend Trevor Knight on Bravo’s Below Deck, former military man David Bradberry found work with gay porn studio Active Duty (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).

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  • Geeker

    The Steven Daigle TIM video isn’t so much a scandal as it is a long slow suicide caught on film!

  • KittyLitter

    @Geeker: Pretty sure he was already POZ when he filled that scene. After all, his costars were.
    both links are for dustin zito.

  • Homophile

    Does anyone know if the Black/Daley romance has been confirmed? So far I haven’t seen anything other than speculation.

  • jeff4justice

    This headline seems to be on the sex-shaming side. Why must the revelation that someone filmed themselves having sex be labeled as “Scandal” just because they’re publicly known? Look at Xtube? People making sex vids is fairly common. I can imagine how invasive it must feel for an unplanned release of sex footage to go public. But if it happens a person should go, “I had sex, so fucking what?”. All humans have sex and of all people LGBTs should resists sex shaming.

    Also, the public lusts and obsesses after celeb sex lives in tabloids and pays for porn and envelope-pushing R rated movies and then dares to try to shame people for the revelation of a sex recording? Give me a break.

  • robirob

    ‘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.’

    Revenge? Maybe. Uncovering a hypocrite who doesn’t do in his private life what he lectures others about? A resounding yes!

    Regarding sex scandals. There is fame and then there’s infamy. Nowdays some celebs make a pretty penny being infamous or notorious. It comes down to demand and supply and an ambitious PR campaign.

  • WMST

    Hmmm. Not Mr. Jackson’s best work. With time, hard work and his talent, I hope to see him go further in his next piece. ;-)

  • fredo777

    Uh…the Kevin Terry story is clearly the most scandalous of the bunch, based on his line of work. Not sure how Steven Daigle’s is meant to be more scandalous.

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  • Geeker

    I saw a clip from Steven’s TIM video,he looks like he’s on a whole lot of something and he looks dead inside so whatever he’s on will probably kill him before HIV does.

  • Dixie Rect

    The only real scandal here is Kevin Terry. The rest are just your average porn boy antics.

  • Tackle

    @Geeker: I saw Steven in the TIM video, and he definately looked like he was on something, which was a big turnoff.

  • seaguy

    @Geeker: Suicide caught on film? Sad that is how you look at sex when it does not conform to your standards. I guess when your parents had unprotected sex to make you that was suicide too?

  • Mezaien

    Do I supposed to care?? just asking.

  • enlightenone

    @seaguy: On FILM!!! Can be suicidal or cause someone to commit suicide whether they videotaped it or not. Got it?

  • Matt

    The gay people mentioned in this article have a negative impact on the lgbt community. Decent role models are needed to change perception.

  • enlightenone

    @Matt: “The gay people mentioned in this article have a negative impact on the lgbt community. Decent role models are needed to change perception.”

    TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Trash is trash no matter who does it. Your actual sex activity is PRIVATE and should be done in the bedroom or CLOSET.

  • anessa

    I think these scandals are good for gay people. It’s just same like any sex scandals of straight people. These big scandals helps people to remember what here is so much of gay guys and lesbian girls.

  • steviejongh

    Porn is a good thing basically, it is fun, it makes a man horny, it is perfect entertainment, it is part of the culture. But somehow the US remains under the evil spell of the pilgrim fathers and their puritan shit. I tell you: it will only become more and more normal. In the next generation being in a porn will be an asset.

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