Huge Surge In Performer Signups For Online Sex Sites During COVID-19

Adult performer Max Konnor at home (image via Instagram)

As the coronavirus pandemic marches on, and folks continue to shelter at home, people are exploring new ways to make money to pay their bills.

The Labor Department recently reported that some 16 million people in the U.S. have applied for unemployment benefits, so it will come as no surprise that numbers in the online sex industry are rising at a quick pace.

Daryn Parker, the Vice President of CamSoda, a webcam site that streams live online broadcasts, told the New York Times he saw a 37 percent increase in new model sign-ups in March compared to the same period in 2019.

A similar “camming” site, ManyVids, shared their new model sign-ups had increased 69 percent.

Performers on the sites, sometimes called “cam models,” can offer to strip or dance on camera as viewers send them messages. The cam models earn tips for their efforts.

CamSoda shares the number of new viewers to the site has doubled compared to last spring.

You’d think that would mean bank for these online sex workers, but it’s not working out that way.

Mileena Kane, a cam model on CamSoda, told the Times that she’s noticed the influx of new viewers but it seems the new crop of viewers isn’t tipping very well.

“I’m meeting a whole bunch of people more frequently than I normally would, but there’s not much more money,” said Ms. Kane.

It would seem more and more people are watching (and making) sexual online performances but fewer are paying.

The increasingly popular OnlyFans site recently shared that there were 3.5 million new signups in March and 60,000 of those were new content creators.

“As far as sex workers go and cammers go, we are pushing ourselves a little bit harder to make sure that we can entertain people from their homes and encourage people to stay inside their homes,” said popular gay adult performer Max Konnor.

Konnor adds that he’s glad he only commits to two-hour “shows.” Other performers interviewed by the Times say they often work 12-hour days, but with the influx of new performers that doesn’t always mean making more money.

Additionally, the webcam sites take hefty splits of the income for hosting the content, some of them as high as 50 percent.

One performer shared that, in a single day, sometimes they make $30 and other days it can be as much as $300.

Even for folks not looking to pay to view sex online there’s been a huge increase in viewers.

Adult entertainment giant Pornhub reported on April 3 “worldwide traffic to Pornhub has been much higher than it was before the Coronavirus pandemic spread worldwide” adding that the “peak increase of 24.4% happened on March 25th” after the site offered free Premium service in many countries.

(source: New York Times)

Podcast: Jake Owen ‘Believes’ In His LGBTQ Fans, World Pride, Trump’s Gay Spokesman & More

In this week's podcast:  • World Pride comes home to New York City  • Donald Trump’s gay spokesman says the president’s anti-LGBTQ policies “just don’t matter” to him  • South Florida LGBTQ organization accidentally honors men accused of gay-bashing  • A new survey of LGBTQ Americans shows 83% believe sex work between consenting adults should be legal  • Country star Jake Owen gives us one more reason to 'Believe' he loves his LGBTQ fans  All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

In this week’s podcast:

• World Pride comes home to New York City

• Donald Trump’s gay spokesman says the president’s anti-LGBTQ policies “just don’t matter” to him

• South Florida LGBTQ organization accidentally honors men accused of gay-bashing

• A new survey of LGBTQ Americans shows 83% believe sex work between consenting adults should be legal

• Country star Jake Owen gives us one more reason to ‘Believe’ he loves his LGBTQ fans

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report

Poll: Large Majority Of LGBTQ Americans Say Sex Work Should Be Legal

Whitman Insight Strategies and BuzzFeed News surveyed LGBTQ Americans to get their thoughts on a range of issues.

Whitman Insight Strategies and BuzzFeed News surveyed LGBTQ Americans to get their thoughts on a range of issues.

Just some of the results:

• 87% believe Mayor Pete Buttigieg will face anti-gay bias in his run for the White House.

• 62% say they would vote for Buttigieg in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup with Donald Trump, while former Vice President Joe Biden would garner 68% support in a race with Trump; Sen. Bernie Sanders got the highest support with 72% saying they would give him their vote if he faced Trump in the general election.

• 83% say sex work between consenting adults should be legal.

• 55% agreed that the Democratic nominee must be a woman, person of color, or identify as LGBTQ versus 45% who disagreed.

• 60% feel it’s not acceptable to out a closeted politician who supports anti-LGBTQ policies, 40% agree with me that it’s ok.

Click over to Buzzfeed for more details from the poll.

New York: Lawmakers Hope To Decriminalize Sex Work

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Buoyed by the election of more progressive lawmakers in New York state, a group of legislators are hoping to decriminalize sex work.

First-term state Sen. Julia Salazar and Jessica Ramos are working with Assemblyman Richard Gottfried on a bill that would not legalize but decriminalize sex work.

Working with Decrim NY, a coalition of local human rights activists including LGBTQ, immigration and justice reform advocates, the lawmakers hope to “decriminalize, decarcerate and destigmatize the sex trade in New York City and the state,” according to The Daily Beast.


According to Urban Institute, a 2007 study in New York showed LGBTQ youth were 7 times more likely to have traded sex for shelter than straight teens. Transgender teens were shown to be 8 times more likely

“Trying to stop adult sex work shouldn’t be the business of the criminal justice system,” said Gottfried at a press event on Monday. “Throughout history, it hasn’t worked, and it makes things worse, Decriminalizing adult sex work is harm reduction.”

State Sen. Salazar is actually the first political candidate to campaign and win on a platform that included sex workers’ rights.

“The climate of fear of intimidation caused by criminalizing sex work makes it very difficult for sex workers to seek any kind of redress for labor issues or to report the various kinds of abuse many endure in silence,” said the 27-year-old legislator at the launch event Monday. “Sex work is work, and we need to start treating it as such.”

Part of the focus of the legislation will be to clear prostitution charges from sex workers records and have them released from jail.

A transgender woman who has done sex work, Cecilia Gentili, addressed the crowd of about 150 people on Monday.

“It feels surreal to be talking about this,” said Gentili, reports HuffPost. “As a transgender woman who did sex work, I have experienced oppression and prejudice from the police, immigration authorities and even social service organizations because I was trading sex.” 
“Until we decriminalize sex work, the people most impacted by criminalization trans people, people of color and undocumented people will continue to be treated as less than the full humans they are.” 
In November, Democrats were able to take control of all three branches of state government. And so, for the first time, the issue of sex workers’ rights moved from being a taboo issue to a mainstream issue.
The three lawmakers already have support from other legislators including Assemblymembers Catalina Cruz and Dan Quart.