August Ames

This Female Porn Star Was Accused of Homophobia for Refusing to Work With Gay or Bi Men

UPDATE: AVN.com is reporting August Ames’ death at 23. The cause of death is unknown, however, some people are blaming gay media for her death.

Yesterday, well-known female porn star August Ames tweeted that she had refused to work with male adult film performers in a shoot for the porn studio EroticaX because her male partner had previously acted in gay porn in a shoot. Though Ames never named the performer in question, her tweet implied that such stars threaten her health. Since issuing her tweets, various gay porn performers and other industry professionals have responded to Ames, criticizing her for homophobia and short-sightedness.

In a series of tweets, August Ames wrote:

Whichever (lady) performer is replacing me tomorrow for @EroticaXNews, you’re shooting with a guy who has shot gay porn, just to let cha know. BS is all I can say. Do agents really not care about who they’re representing? #LAdirect I do my homework for my body

@EroticaXNews is the Twitter handle for the straight film studio EroticaX. When people began criticizing Ames for homophobia, Ames responded:

NOT homophobic. Most girls don’t shoot with guys who have shot gay porn, for safety. That’s just how it is with me. I’m not putting my body at risk, i don’t know what they do in their private lives.

How am I homophobic if I myself am attracted to women? Not wanting to have sex with gay men is not homophobic; they don’t want to have sex with me either so byeeeee

Ames’ tweets are filled with presumption. First, she assumes that porn studios know everything about their performers’ sex lives when, in fact, they can’t possibly know whether performers (gay or straight) have same-sex sexual encounters in their private lives or not.

Second, Ames thinks that men who work in both gay porn and straight porn are “gay” when their actions demonstrate that they are actually bisexual (if they self-identify with any such labels to begin with).

In a responding tweet, gay porn star Ryan Rose accused Ames of “spreading homophobia.” And In a profanity-laced video response (below), gay porn performer Jaxton Wheeler said that gay and straight porn studios take the same testing and safety precautions against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and added that it’s rare for performers to ever ask to see the STI testing results of other performers.

August Ames later wrote:

I don’t have anything to apologize for! Apologizing for taking extra steps to ensue that my body stays safe? Fuck you guys attacking me when none of my intentions were malicious. I fucking love the gay community! What the fuck ever! I CHOOSE who I have inside my body. No hate. 

Boomer Banks also spoke out about Ames’ statements, labeling her a “patronizing homophobe.” He later responded to another female performer who, while supporting Ames’ initial comments, wrote, “Did you know in gay porn you can be HIV positive and shoot so long as it’s protected?”

Banks responded, “Are you fucking kidding me!? Stigma at its finest. Bye.”

  • Nick East

    Rest in peace, Ms. Ames.

  • Onda Conservadora

    sigh… such a loss for everyone. RIP.

  • whatever

    Is a man who has sex with men and women rightfully labeled gay?

    Yes, I think bisexual men is a subset of gay men.

    And right now in the sidebar to this column, hornetapp has a story headlined: “Men Who Sometimes Sleep With Other Men Are Opting For This Label Because Bisexual Is ‘Too Gay’”

  • James Morris

    You didn’t post @JaxtonWheeler ‏who told her to take cyanide.
    @silviasaigexxx and @BruceBeckhamXXX who all contributed to her suicide. Did you forget to post that?
    It’s okay. I provided it for you, since you purposefully omitted putting your buddy on blast.

  • James Morris
  • Luc Hoffmann

    Now why isn’t Jaxton happy about his glorious accomplishment? One less “homophobe” to deal with. I want to congratulate him on his victory, but he locked down his twitter account. Strange. I feel like doing a scene with him as I’m a murderer, and murdering is my thing. Us murderers are victims, we get oppressed, we get jailed often for life. Doesn’t he want to be progressive and do a scene with me? I would hope so, otherwise he’s a bigot who deserves cyanide.