Queer Porn Film Festival a Major Success, Raises $3000 for PERSIST

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Drew Deveaux and Stoya

$3000 was raised by the Queer Porn Film Festival last month for Persist Health Project, a peer-led, community-based health service and community organizing project by and for sex workers and based in Brooklyn, New York.

“Thank you so much to Courtney Trouble, Tobi Hill-Meyer and Jacqueline Mary for organizing the QPFF and making Persist Health Project a part of the event, as counselors and benefactors for this amazing day of workshops, discussions, and of course, queer porn,” said Sarah Patterson on her Facebook page. “We were so grateful to be included. I personally loved hearing about sex workers building their own business, being creative, and resisting oppressive systems in porn and beyond. Thanks babes!”

The QPFF was a one day immersive experience into the world of queer and DIY porn, featuring panels, live sex, workshops, and screenings. The Brooklyn venue, the Spectrum, was sold out weeks before the event and was packed full of eager porn aficionados.

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Cinnamon Maxxine

Jacqueline Mary, founder of Heartless Productions, acted as an accessibility liaison as well as opening the festival with the porn and pancake brunch, while Tobi Hill-Meyer, founder of trans positive porn site Doing It Online, oversaw the programming of workshops such as “Hooking Up: Power, Sex, and Consent,”  and “Disability, Accessibility, and Porn”. Courtney Trouble of CourtneyTrouble.com wrapped up the day with a curated porn screening featuring over 30 films from queer porn projects around the world, including world premieres by Stoya, April Flores, Chelsea Poe, Julie Simone and Trouble themselves.

Other highlights included a performer panel with Stoya, April Flores, Jiz Lee, and Drew Deveaux, a queer porn open mic, as well as a live shoot of Trouble and Hill-Meyer that the audience was encouraged to record to turn into their own porn. Money was additionally raised to support Soft Serve, a small production company formed by Cinnamon Maxxine.

“Sharing the experience of porn in a socially conscious way is the only prize to be won at this festival,” declared a piece in NYU Local. “The Queer Porn Film Festival is noteworthy not only for the sexy viewing times it promises to provide, but also for its political relevance.”

Photos courtesy of Bedford and Bowery