Treasure Island Media a San Francisco based bareback studio owned and operated by its founder, Paul Morris once again finds themselves banned from Sunday’s Folsom Street Fair. The ban is not exactly for barebacking but for having had actual sex acts inside their booths at past Folsom Street Fair.
In addition to these event prohibitions, the studio caused a commotion in 2007, when it won Best United States Studio at the DAVID Awards in Berlin. In protest of a bareback company being so honored, the Lifetime Achievement Winner that year (Bruce Cam of Titan Media) declined his award.
The GAYVN Awards—continues to bar Treasure Island Media production’s from eligibility as well as other productions depicting unsafe sex practice.
In December 2010, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) fined Treasure Island Media for exposing employees (i.e. the models) to “semen and other potentially infectious materials”. An administrative appeal has been filed and no resoultion to that appeal has been issued to date. The fine was $21,000.00.
These bans, fines and criticisms haven’t slowed down Treasure Island Media, the studio erected this sign onto the front of their office (351 9th Street, San Francisco) and are also hosting a series of before-n-after parties throughout the Folsom Fair Season.
Folsom Street Events Executive Director Demetri Moshoyannis was clearly annoyed when asked about the ban, telling the Bay Area Reporter that covering the 86′ing is “lame” and “I don’t think it’s news.”
They haven’t been allowed back to the fair for several years now, because they refuse to follow our exhibitor guidelines,” Moshoyannis said. “It’s as simple as that.” He estimated the porn company’s been banned for at least three years.
He said the blacklisting has “nothing to do with the fact they’re a bareback porn company,” and explained that exhibitors aren’t supposed to allow sex in their booth spaces.
Moshoyannis said he doesn’t want the fair jeopardized, apparently afraid of actions the city might take if rules on public sex are broken.
“Just don’t get the fair in trouble,” Moshoyannis said. “I don’t want to see the community suffer because of a bunch of idiots.” The fair raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for nonprofits.
Treasure Island was asked repeatedly to stop violating the sex policy before they were kicked out, Moshoyannis said, to no avail.
Unsafe sex in porn has reached a new high. The rise of bareback porn exasperates many who lived through the 1980s and 1990s.
Director Chi Chi Larue has taken a very public stance against bareback films. “After all the gay community has been through why are we putting people at risk for porn,”
The Internet has vastly increased the availability of porn to what is now a worldwide audience. Many are young people who are exploring their sexuality and seeing gay sex for the first time. Essentially, they rely on porn as a guide to how to have sex rather than reading a sex-education brochure.
Yet barebacking remains a highly debated issue, partly because we feel that barebacking videos encourage the behavior, making it seem commonplace and desirable.