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“Gay for Pay.” Myth or Reality? By Scotty Cade
Hello Everyone. Scotty Cade here. I’d like to thank Long and Short Reviews for allowing me to be part of their 7th Anniversary Celebration.

When you say the word “Pornography,” most people I talk to either love it or hate it. It’s rare that I find someone who doesn’t have a strong opinion on the matter. But what I’m so intrigued by is the “Gay for Pay” sector.

When I began researching my upcoming novel “Acting Out,” I spent hours upon hours doing research about the “Gay for Pay” porn industry. I forced myself to watch a lot of hot guys getting it on. But…that’s a whole other story.

Sorry! I digress. Now where was I? Oh yeah. But – the more websites I stumbled upon, the more intrigued I became. I’ve never been a porn watcher, not because I’m too much of a prude, but simply because I never really got into it. But…with that said, I perused over two dozen sites, many “military type” sites and I watched snippets of the free videos available to “looky loo’s” like me and to be blatantly honest, it was pretty apparent to this novice that only a few held true to the myth of “straight” guys having sex with other “straight” guys.

After narrowing it down to a few porn sites, because they seemed legitimate and because the guys did pre and post video interviews, I bought trial memberships and settled in for a binge watch. What I saw amazed the hell out of me. They were actually real “straight” guys having gay sex with other “straight” guys. The thing that was so blatantly obvious was that these men showed no emotion what so ever. They were going through the motions, doing any and everything, but there was no real lust or affection between them. No noticeable connection between them at all. And…that got the old wheels a turning.

So I started previewing the many videos each of these sites had to offer, but more importantly, I listened intently to the interviews where the guys talked about themselves and why they did what they did. I was amazed at the camaraderie between the men, all supporting one another and at the same time teasing one another mercifully. With each interview I learned more and more about what made these men tick. Much to my surprise, many of them were married with small children and many had girlfriends. It was clear that they were doing what they had to do to put food on the table.

After gravitating to a couple of guys in particular, I watched every video for each of them. Sometimes together, sometimes with other guys, but I instantly liked these two men and were drawn to them and their story. Or…at least what I could piece together from watching their interviews and putting together all the little tidbits they dropped during each interview. Alone they were just tidbits, but linked together painted a pretty clear picture. They seemed open and honest and genuinely humble. These are the two men who inspired my main characters, Elijah Preston and Hamish Turner.

In my quests to get this story as accurate as possible, I decided to have Eli, who is down on his luck and just entering the world of “gay for pay” porn quiz Hamish, one of the “experienced” guys on why he does what he does.

Eli turned to Hamish. “Now can I ask you something?”

Hamish nodded.

“Are you gay?”

Hamish chuckled.

“Not that I care what people do in the privacy of their own bedroom,” Eli clarified.

“No. I’m not gay.”

“Then how do you do it?” Eli asked, meeting Hamish’s eyes.

Hamish broke the gaze and turned to look out over the water. “There’s not really a short answer to that question,” he said. “But the gist of it is that all us guys feel like we are in this together. We do what we have to do to support ourselves and our families. And we try to support one another.”

“But to have sex with another guy,” Eli said.

“Listen,” Hamish added. “A blowjob is a blowjob, and a warm hole is a warm hole. Once you get over the taboo of having sex with another man, realize that sex is sex and it’s all the same, you’re home free.”

“Its really hard to wrap my head around, but I’ll take your word for it,” Eli said.

Hamish looked back at Eli. “Seriously, I felt the same way you did when Royce propositioned me. But once you get here and get to know the guys, it almost becomes like a club you want to be part of. Almost like the feeling of being a marine, like being a part of something bigger than you. I know it sounds crazy, but that’s how it was for me and for most of the other guys as well.”

This time Eli turned away and stared out over the water as if he might find the answers out there.

Hamish continued, “Most guys are here because they can’t find work and are doing what they have to do to support themselves and/or their families. I don’t know about you, but I have to admire that dedication.”

Eli thought about what Hamish said and decided he agreed. “I do too,” he said.

“The guys here feel like we are all in this together, and it makes it easier on each and every one of us. In the end, we’re all doing the same things for mostly the same reasons. You know.” Hamish said. “We have this unspoken agreement among us that no one should feel isolated and ashamed for doing what they have to do to take care of themselves or the people they love.”

Eli glanced at Hamish again and their eyes met. “You get where I’m coming from?” Hamish asked.

“I do,” Eli admitted. “I just don’t know if I can do it.”

“Of course you can,” Hamish assured him. “If you want to. The biggest hurdle we all had to face was simply believing that having sex with another man doesn’t define you as gay.”

Hamish paused, then spoke again. “As I said before, I’m not gay, I hate labels and I’ve always strived to live and let live. But up until I joined this elite group of men I hadn’t even considered having sex with another man.”

“And now?” Eli asked.

“It took me a couple of months to get comfortable with everything,” Hamish said, looking up at the stars, “but if I was forced to stick a label on my back, I would now categorize myself as a bisexual.”

“Does that mean you enjoy sex with men?” Eli asked.

“Sometimes,” Hamish admitted. “It’s like a regular job. Some days you enjoy your work some days you don’t, and sometimes you get along better with one coworker versus another. It’s really no different. There are guys I enjoy being with more than others, but it’s a job and you can’t pick and choose. I mean, if I refused to do a scene with a certain guy, no one would make me. But again, it’s our unspoken code of ethics that keeps us all together.”

“Wow!” Eli said, shaking his head. “I didn’t see that coming.”

So, as you can see Eli is really struggling to decide if he can really pull any of this off and actually have sex with another man.

This topic continues to intrigue me long after the book has been put to bed, no pun intended, but not for the reasons you may think. I’m mostly amazed at the camaraderie between the guys. They respect and support one another and never judge and in the end, again with puns, but isn’t that what we all want???

Be sure to look for “Acting Out” by Scotty Cade, available in September 2014 from Dreamspinner Press.

scotty Acting Out 400x600-1 (2)“One very long tour of duty in Afghanistan and an honorable discharge from the USMC does nothing to help Elijah Preston’s job search. Living in a cheap motel in Quantico Virginia and nearly out of money, a chance meeting in a local Walmart with a man named Royce Mackey finally gives Eli hope for employment. Until…he learns the job description. Royce operates a gay military porn site and wants Eli as his next star. Desperate and broke, Eli finally accepts Royce’s offer and soon finds himself immersed in a strange new world.

Hamish Turner’s been there before. He takes Eli under his wing and teaches him as much about Royce’s operation as he can and the two quickly become friends. After their first shoot together they realize there is a little more of a connection then either expected and a strong bond develops. The two men decide to see where their mutual attraction takes them but things quickly get complicated when a crazed fan of Hamish’s, starts sending threatening letters demanding the scenes between the two men stop. Or else. What follows next sends their world crashing down around them.

About the Author:ScottyCade tux (2)Scotty Cade left Corporate America and twenty-five years of Marketing and Public Relations behind to buy an Inn & Restaurant on the island of Martha’s Vineyard with his partner of seventeen years. He started writing stories as soon as he could read, but just five years ago for publication. When not at the Inn, you can find him on the bow of his boat writing gay romance novels with his Shetland sheepdog Mavis at his side. Being from the south and a lover of commitment and fidelity, most of his characters find their way to long healthy relationships, however long it takes them to get there. He believes that in the end, the boy should always get the boy.

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Comments

  1. Shirley Ann Speakman says:

    The book sounds really good and the interesting research is always a bonus!!!
    ShirleyAnn(at)speakman40(dot)freeserve(dot)co(dot)uk

  2. Enjoyed reading your post and how your characters were inspired by the research you did. The book sounds fantastic.
    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  3. Hi Scotty, I enjoyed reading your Unconventional series and look forward to your new book. I have seen a few videos like those you refer to and was not really enamoured with the less than passionate couplings, then I feel saddened that some of the men had little choice.

    I hope their is some happiness for your characters, even if they have to go through some angst to find it, so thank you for a chance to win this book Acting Out 😀

  4. Thanks to all who posted. I hope you’ll enjoy reading Acting Out. Sula, I think you will be surprised and if you’ve read any of my books, you know there is happiness involved. 🙂
    Scotty

    • Hi Scotty, I loved reading An Unconventional Courtship and have the next is on TBR list and I planned to get Sunrise Over Savannah next. I do love your books as they do have happiness on the horizon, loving and committed relationships and was very interested in your topic choice for this book.

  5. Very tantalizing excerpt…I’ve been curious about the whole “gay for pay” concept, too!

  6. nice excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  7. Sula,
    to answer your question, it all started with a night out with the boys and one of our friends started talking about this porn site that featured mostly straight men having gay sex. It the wheels turning and I wondered if any of the straight men had ever been attracted to one of the guys they were having sex with and so the story unfolded. I hope you enjoy.

  8. Doesn’t sound like the research was too much of a hardship 🙂 I enjoyed reading your inspiration behind Acting Out. This sounds like a great story and I’m looking forward to reading it.

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