Porn Studio Pledges 100% of Profits to Help Gay Russians

Gay adult films might not be the first place you’d turn while wanting to help beleaguered LGBTs in Russia — or maybe it would, I’m not here to judge — but one adult entertainment company has pledged that all proceeds from its newly launched gay studio will be used to help do just that.

The film studio in question, based in Sherman Oaks, California, under the Monarchy Distribution Inc. umbrella, will be called Boys Town Studio.

Here’s what Monarchy Distribution Inc.’s founder Mike Kulich had to say in announcing this move:

I have always created porn for profit. This will be the first studio I launch that will give back to the LGBT community. While the advancements of gay rights in the U.S. have changed our society for the better, the setbacks abroad (particularly in Russia) made me see that this type of project was a necessity. I want to help the people suffering all over the world and living in persecuting countries using the best way I know how: making quality porn.

Russian LGBTs are currently enduring an onslaught brought to the fore by Russia’s staging of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi. Lawmakers have passed what has been labeled a fascist ban on so-called homosexual propaganda — basically anything that says homosexuality is natural and not harmful — while cases of institutionalized discrimination and even active violence continue to surface in the press, most recently news and a video of a trans woman who was subject to a vicious gang assault.

So there you have it. From October the studio will release two films per month. These will cater to various tastes among gay men including but not limited to twinks, bears, leather and other such proclivities. Kulich says that “100 percent of the profits from all these movies, including DVD sales, video-on-demand, cable and broadcast” will be funneled into the Boys Town Studios soon-to-be established non-profit.

In particular, funds from the first film will, the Kulich says, be dedicated to helping asylum seekers wanting to flee Russia: “Anyone will be able to write Boys Town Studios and tell their stories about how bigotry and homophobia has affected their lives, and we will step into help those victims as much as we can.”

Some have criticized this as nothing more than a stunt to launch a new studio. Given Kulich’s history of clever media moves, this isn’t necessarily an unreasonable concern. Dig deeper though and there is cause to say the drive to help Russia’s LGBT community seems genuine enough.

Monarchy Distribution launched its first studio, Assence Films, in 2012. The story made headlines when Kulich offered a portion of the proceeds made from the studio’s first film to the National Education Association. The donation was reportedly rejected but later was sent to the Popular Culture Institute at the University of California Davis.

More recently, amid the still rolling Anthony Weiner scandal, Kulich decided to produce a movie hilariously titled “Don’t Pull Out,” saying 15% of the proceeds would go to Weiner’s campaign. It’s unclear as to whether Weiner has accepted the funds.

Perhaps the most salient example can be found with the launch of fetish studio “Tranny Factory Studios” and Kulich announcing he would be donating 100% of Video on Demand revenues from the first two titles from the studio to the (U.S.) National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), which campaigns for trans rights.

There is, of course, the argument to be made that creating a studio catering to the sexualization of transexuals in itself contributes to the stigma and, indeed, continued fetishization of trans people, but that Kulich seems sincere in his attempts to benefit the wider community seems undeniable.

So is donating 100% of the profits from Boys Town Studio to good causes a stunt? Probably it is meant to earn good press, but it seems well within Kulich’s established philanthropy.

It might serve us to note that the company’s other studios largely cater to a straight audience or a niche fetish audience, and so the umbrella company would be unlikely to see a significant translation of good will to its other labels simply by virtue of this all male adult film venture, though undeniably any press is going to benefit the overall brand.

For that reason, we might give Monarchy Distribution Inc. the benefit of the doubt on this and say that, in isolation and assuming Kulich will, as he has done in the past, follow through on his pledge, this seems like a venture that really could convince many in the gay community to actually pay for the adult films they might watch, silently striking a blow for the porn industry too.

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52 comments

Max Pappas
Max Pappas2 years ago

Moral standards? Moral standards is just another bullsh*t line to control or condemn someone that does not meet your view of the world. Moral standards - take a look at religion - when and where does the body count end? Moral standards just another word for manipulation and control. Moral standards is for the less than wealth. Moral standards would be a joke if wasnt for the Russians and the religious Taliban.

Vicky P.
Vicky P.2 years ago

good..I think..porn isn't exactly helping anyone but whatever blows your skirt up.

Annelies Haussler
Liessi Haussler2 years ago

There's no reason a for-profit enterprise can't be a responsible corporate citizen. (I still can't believe the Canadian Cancer Society turned down tens of thousands of dollars donated toward breast cancer research because it was raised by strippers.)

Any intelligent corporation or industry, for that matter, recognizes the value in protecting and promoting the rights of its target market. These folks have the right idea and if nothing else, it shows they also have courage and values.

Mandy H.
Mandy H.2 years ago

This is a bloody good idea!

Magdika Cecilia Perez
Magdika Perez2 years ago

thank you

Marianne C.
Marianne C.2 years ago

Hmmm. Well.

I'm not a big proponent of porn, as I think it exploits the people in the films, and exposes them to extraordinary health risks while degrading both men and women (but women more so) and cheapening sexual intimacy to the level of dogs mating in the street. But if someone has found a way to channel porno profits toward a good cause, okay. I guess.

Mary L.
Mary L.2 years ago

Gos I'd love to buy some but I'd rather it was girls.... thanks and best of luck.

Isabelle J.
Isabelle J.2 years ago

Good !

Jen Matheson
Jen M.2 years ago

Once again the porn industry does more for society than it's governments...

Sue H.
Sue H.2 years ago

I'd sure like a follow up article next year letting us know how many dollars actually went into this fund and how many people "from all over the world" asked for his assistance. ?