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Is Paul Colichman’s Advocate Scared of Pissing Off Porn Advertisers?

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Did a gay media giant (Here Media) kill an article because it didn’t want to upset a certain class of advertiser (porn studios) with a piece penned by a Queerty contributor (Matt Siegel)?

If you hear the version from Siegel, who pens The Unabashed Queer for this website, the answer is a definite … mebbe.

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“Business Before Pleasure” — which delved into how complicit porn studios might be in helping spread HIV with a loose condoms policy — was live on Advocate.com for eight days, before it was inexplicably pulled. Mediate floats a theory that The Advocate, which is owned by Paul Colichman’s Here Media, which also publishes porn rags Freshmen and Unzipped, yanked Siegel’s item because it didn’t want to risk offending paying porn advertisers.

Is that a possible explanation? Certainly. Lord knows we’ve seen plenty of media outlets kill pieces because of advertiser conflicts. Just this month, the Hartford Courant fired its consumer advocate for running a story about the Connecticut Attorney General looking into mattress store Sleepy’s, one of the newspaper’s clients.

Similarly, the same day Advocate.com pulled Siegel’s porn piece, news reports surfaced about 16 porn studios facing complaints about unsafe sex practices related to condom use. It’s usually bad business to publish negative stories about the advertisers who pay your bills.

The magazine isn’t saying why it pulled the piece, but one other reason could be potential libel concerns, though Siegel says editor Ross von Metzke removed them before it went live.

But if you’re interested in reading it — and if you care about HIV, health, or the porn industry, you’ll want to — it’s published in full, uncensored, here. To us, it’s a poignant look at the real risks associated with helping America get off.