Gay Porn Actor Declines Award Nominations Over 'Racism and Bigotry' in Adult Film Industry

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(EDGE) A gay porn star took to Twitter over the weekend to publicly decline being nominated for the GayVN Awards, saying he's doing so because of "racism and bigotry" in the gay adult film industry.

Hugh Hunter shared a lengthy statement as to why he's declining being nominated, writing that the "gay porn industry has always been a place of veiled racism and bigotry."

"It now appears as if the GayVN Awards have chosen to make this racism and bigotry more blatant in their return to the awards arena," he continues. "As I browsed through the GayVN award nomination categories and its endless lists of nominees, I noticed a category which immediately struck my sensibilities as wrong and, quiet frankly, turned my stomach."

Hunter goes on to say that he took issue with GayVN Awards' category of "Best Ethnic Scene."

"This category features, exclusively, the works of black, Latin, and Asian performers," he writes. "It is a category designated specifically for the minority gay adult performers. GayVN has chosen to segregate these models and create a category unto themselves."

The GayVN Awards were launched in 1998 and honor the work in the gay porn industry. The ceremony was suspended in 2011 and will be returning on Jan. 21, 2018 in Las Vegas.

"Why were these scenes not just included in the best scene category?" Hunter, who has been performing for thee years, asks. "Why would a gay porn company choose to separate minority groups into their own race at an event that is supposed to celebrate the gay industry in its entirety? Why would this category be created in 2017 when the political climate is so thick with racial divide in this country?"

In another tweet, Hunter points out that only three of the 15 men nominated for Performer of the Year are people of color.

"I want to be remembered for stepping forward and starting a movement to eventually end racism and bigotry in this beleaguered industry," Hugh adds. "We are members of the LGBTQ family. This family includes all colors of the rainbow and all people from every corner of the world. Let's force this industry, one built by and dependent on the passion and fantasies of the LGBTQ community, to be all-inclusive and shed racism and bigoted bias."

Since sharing his statement and announcing his decision to decline the nominations, Hugh has received support from fans and fellow performers.


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