Gay pornography of the 1950s through the production date of the movie is reviewed, with many excerpts, in Fred Halsted's documentary Erotikus: A History of the Gay Movie (1974).From 1970–1985, commercial gay pornography was just getting set up to become the large industry that it is today.
Every medium has been used to represent sexual acts between men.
However, gay pornography in contemporary mass media is mostly concentrated in the making of home videos (including DVDs), cable broadcast and emerging video on demand and wireless markets, as well as images and movies for viewing on the Internet. Homoeroticism has been present in photography and film since their invention.
Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising (1963), Andy Warhol's Blow Job (1964) and My Hustler (1965), or Paul Morrissey's Flesh (1968) are examples of experimental films that are known to have influenced further gay pornographic films with their formal qualities and narratives.
Tyler Gajewski is a noted actor and model of the period who appeared in Warhol's and Morrissey's films, as well as in Mizer's work at the AMG.
Tom of Finland drawings are featured in many issues.
Mizer produced about a million images, and thousands of films and videos before he died on May 12, 1992.
During much of that time, any sexual depiction had to remain underground because of obscenity laws.
In particular, gay material might constitute evidence of an illegal act under sodomy laws in many jurisdictions.
During this time many more magazines were founded, including In Touch and Blueboy.
Playgirl, ostensibly produced for women, was purchased and enjoyed by gay men and feature full frontal nudity (the posing straps and fig leaves were removed).
The earliest known film to depict hardcore gay (and bisexual) sexual activity was the French film Le ménage moderne du Madame Butterfly, produced and released in 1920.