Leo Forte on Bringing Latino Pride to the Adult Film Industry and What He Considers Meaningful Sex
The short film En Cuatro features some very steamy scenes with adult film performer Leo Forte. Directed by Leo Herrera and also featuring San Francisco drag sensation Grace Towers, the film explores queer Latino sexuality.
Forte describes himself as “perpetuating the radical political movement of gay porn every day of my life as a model, director, producer — keeping alive an industry that has been taking critical hits since the internet made it’s value sink.”
We sat down with Leo Forte to discuss his experience of taking part in the film, as well as his thoughts on Latino sexuality, the current state of the gay porn industry and what meaningful sex means to him.
HORNET: What was your experience making the film En Cuatro? Why was it important to be a part of it?
LEO FORTE: My experience was grand getting to work with Leo Herrera. I’ve been a fan of his work for many years now, and to be able to be part of his project was stellar. It’s important to me, this project, because I feel the Latin community, as well as most POC, are vastly underrepresented in media at large. Anytime I get the chance to flaunt my Latin pride, I take it.
For over 35 years queer Latino sexuality has been entangled with disease. How do we express Latino sexuality in the absence of disease?
I don’t see an absence of disease. It’s still prevalent, even if at a much slower rate. It’s more so the stigma attached to being non-heterosexual that’s the disease. So long as the world at large sees homosexuality as a sin or unexpected, we will be seen as dirty and untouchable. All I can honestly do is exist and express myself as I am today and not worry about the liabilities.