What is Gay Porn? Explain It Like I’m Five

by Chris Von Wilpert, BBusMan • Last updated January 3, 2024

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What is gay porn?

Gay porn are pornographic content types that depict sexual activities between two or more men, in order to excite others. It exists in many formats, such as books, magazines, and movies, for example.

Gay porn fast facts

  • Gay porn viewers are not only gay men, but also heterosexuals and lesbians. 

  • Search engines don’t show the best gay porn movies. 

  • Watching gay porn can have benefits, but some people can get addicted to it.

  • The wide range of genders can make it hard to tell if porn is gay.

  • Straight men are a surprising popular genre in gay porn.

Premium gay porn sites curate the best content and can be best compared to streaming platforms like Netflix. Photograph: Men.com

Is there a difference between gay porn and straight porn?

Yes. The major difference between gay and straight porn is the gender of the actors who have sex with each other. Gay porn only features male performers, and straight porn is created with men and women.

Since male and female are not the only two genders, it can be hard to distinguish gay, straight or LGBTQIA+ porn. A porn movie that features two men and one woman is traditionally called a threesome. Depending on what the men are doing — or not doing — with each other, it can be classified as gay, bisexual or heterosexual porn. 

Also, porn movies that feature one man only can be gay or heterosexual, depending on the activities, the outfit, or even what the actor is saying.

Why do some heterosexual men watch gay porn?

Porn is a form of adult entertainment and people can watch it to get excited, entertained or informed. Watching gay porn is not always related to the viewer’s sexual orientation. 

Heterosexual men can watch gay porn because they want to compare their own bodies with other men. That can, for instance, be the penis, muscles, and other body features. 

Curiosity and variation in porn are two other reasons non gay people can enjoy watching gay porn. The reverse is also true. Some homosexuals like watching straight porn.

What types of gay porn are there?

Gay porn can be classified into different categories. Some of these are not exclusive of gay porn, but they represent a sexual fantasy, or film techniques that have nothing to do with gender or sexual orientation. 

Some examples of porn genres that are gender neutral and are also featured on gay porn sites are: reality, rough sex, solo, tattoo, public, POV, mature, interracial, amateurs, vintage, VR, webcam, and more. 

There are also more typical gay porn categories. According to a 2017 study of PornHub, the most popular types of gay porn in the US were bareback, twink, straight guys, daddy, and group sex.

Twink is a popular gay porn category and features slim and young men. Photograph: BoyFun.com

What is the best way to find gay porn?

The internet is the easiest way to find gay porn. With a search engine, you can find tons of gay porn movies and sites.

Search results are no guarantee of the quality of the gay content. That is because Google, Bing, and the likes do not show the content of premium gay porn sites.

You can best compare this with streaming platforms, like Netflix and HBO. You need a subscription to watch movies and series, but they tend to be of a much higher quality than the content you can find on, for instance, YouTube.

Are there any benefits to watching gay porn?

Yes, but that depends on the reason someone is watching gay porn. The most obvious one is to get sexually aroused. Gay porn movies can be visually exciting for people who are masturbating or having sex.

Another benefit of watching gay porn is that it can help people find out if they are into men or not. It is a risk-free way to discover one’s sexual preferences without engaging in sexual activities. 

Indulging in gay porn can also be beneficial to persons who have other sexual fantasies than their partner. Instead of cheating or breaking up, watching gay porn can satisfy sexual fantasies and keep a couple together.

What does gay-for-pay mean?

Gay-for-pay refers to male heterosexuals who are paid to perform in gay porn movies. That may sound strange, but porn is a film industry. Like in Hollywood movies, the gay porn industry works with professionals who play a role.

Having sex with straight men is a popular gay theme. For that reason, gay-for-pay is often used as a commercial argument for movies in which straight men have sex with gays. 

The reverse phenomenon is called straight-for-pay. It refers to homosexual men who get hired to act in heterosexual porn movies.

Straight To Gay (STG) is a popular gay porn category and a form of pay-to-gay. Photograph: Men.com

Can someone become addicted to watching gay porn?

Yes. Watching gay porn can be an addiction. But that is also true for other porn and activities adults engage in. Typical signs of gay porn addiction are:

  • When someone watches gay porn multiple times a day.
  • Addicts typically lose their interest in real sex.
  • Gay porn addicts are easily distracted because their mind is only focused on watching the next gay sex video.
  • When someone doesn’t have access to their source of addiction, they get irritated, frustrated, or even angry. A lousy Wi-Fi connection, for example, can be a nightmare for gay porn addicts.
  • Loss of interest in duties, social life or a partner in a relationship because everything and everyone seems dull compared to watching gay porn.

What types of gay porn are popular?

Gay porn is similar to any other porn, but it also contains genres that are more popular amongst gay porn viewers. Here is a list and their brief definitions.

  • Bareback. Sex without using a condom. Although it can be used for heterosexual activities, it typically refers to anal sex between men.
  • Twink. In the gay community, this refers to a slim and young gay or bisexual man. 
  • Straight man. It’s a common sexual fantasy when a heterosexual man can be seduced to have sex with another man. 
  • Gay jock. These are men with typical masculine features like beards, muscles, and hairstyles, who have sex with other men. 
  • Beefcake. Gay men who spend most of their time in the gym and look buffed. They are also called beef.
  • Hunk. Similar to beefcakes, but these are big, strong, and sexually attractive gay men.

The top ten popular gay categories in the US according to a PornHub study in 2017. Photograph: PornHub

Are there any age restrictions on who can watch gay porn?

Someone who watches gay porn has to be of legal age. This explains why you need to confirm your age before entering a gay porn site. Depending on the country or region, that is usually when somebody is at least 18 or 21 years old.

This is also the common legal age for other kinds of pornography, like heterosexual, transgender, or lesbian porn. 

Besides a minimum age, there are also geographic restrictions to watch gay porn. In some countries, it is completely illegal, regardless of the age group someone belongs to.

Is watching gay porn legal?

In some countries, watching porn with or without gays is illegal. There can be legal consequences for violating the law. In the worst cases, it can even lead to the death penalty, as in Afghanistan. 

There are also countries with more complicated laws for gay porn. In Nigeria, for instance, porn is not illegal, but homosexual activities are. For that reason, only heterosexual porn is allowed in Nigeria.

In some porn genres, homosexuality is also a sensitive topic. Hentai, for instance, has a subgenre that is called shotacon. It depicts explicit content with underaged boys and in many regions this is considered as illegal child pornography.

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