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A Reality Show Looking To Shift The Lines Between Gender And Sexuality

Could Marcus Parker be the next big reality star? Yes – I watched the first minute of the below show reel and was hooked.

Marcus Parker is a husband, a Christian and father to three young children, but he’s hardly traditional. Why, because Parker is also drag queen called Flame Monroe, who happens to be bisexual that is married to a lesbian butch, and also self-identified a transgender person, having had surgical interventions to create breasts and other feminine characteristics – WOW!

Post by Rasheda Daniel.

“Before I had children, I was living a whole ‘nother life—I was living as a girl 24 hours a day. My sacrifice came when I had children and their mom left, and I had a choice: Do I take my career, or do I take my children?

I’m a transgender man who lives his life now as a man, so that my children can have some kind of normalcy in their lives. Because I’m already extreme.”

Marcus Parker

I guess what makes the story line so interesting the shifting lines between gender and sexuality. Parker’s political and moral commitments challenge the idea that all queer people must share the same values.


This story throws out so many questions – is he a trans* woman or a drag artist? Does his living as a man mean he’s doing a male drag act at home? And what is the correct label to use about his sexuality considering his relationship is now with a female soft-butch lesbian.

But deep down, what is clear, is a show like this demonstrate that these kinds of questions don’t really matter. Parker has made a family and a life for himself that clearly brings him joy, so the details shouldn’t concern us.

And as we advance as a culture and society these individual cases will become less unique – gender and sexuality will not be an issue.

Gay For Pay

Gay For Pay – A Documentary That Focuses on Straight Men Who Create Gay films For Money

A trailer for Broke Straight Boys’ – a new reality show – was leaked two weeks ago and garnered over 100,000 views on YouTube. In response, the official trailer for the upcoming reality show was released ahead of schedule.

The show focuses on straight men that create explicit gay films and the multi-million dollar company that provides the platform.

Spotlighting the various people involved in this taboo and unconventional lifestyle, the show examines the dynamic relationships between Mark Erickson, owner of Broke Straight Boys, his staff, and the models. As dysfunctional a family as you will ever find, this group of colorful characters will keep viewers mesmerized at every moment.

“There are a lot of people who have a negative view of the entire gay for pay business, but these are grown adults who are capable of making their own decisions. There are plenty of positives that I believe the show will help showcase. We have gotten many guys off the streets.”

Mark Erickson

Many believe it is nothing more than a marketing tactic. Critics argue that these boys are really just conflicted gay men who are packaged to fulfil the “unattainable” straight boy fantasy. The new reality show delves deeply into the subject to answer the question once and for all.

“People don’t believe that we’re straight, but in certain circumstances, a lot of us need the money badly. Sexuality is not the issue. It’s about survival. You’ll do what it takes to provide for your family. It would take me months at a fast food restaurant to make what I do in a weekend.”

Jimmy Johnson

The series, produced by Hot Mess Productions and Loyal Productions, is currently involved in network discussions and will debut later this year.