The first time I saw Cyd in Roulette, I was smitten. Within days, he started popping up every where I looked – at the crash pad, on the cover of the first issue of Original Plumbing and in the promo images I downloaded for Courtney Trouble’s Speakeasy. I decided I had to know more, so I sent him an email and discovered that there’s a lot more to my latest crush than his boi-ish good looks!
Now that you’re done drooling over those smokin’ hot images, check out what Cyd has to say about working in adult, trans identity and super powers!
1. How (and when) did you get started in the industry?
I did my first shoot for suicide girls at 18, which ended up kind of being a bummer and turned me off the porn route for a while. By 2004 I was ripe for the picking again. This woman in Sydney, Australia asked me to do a photo shoot for her queer erotica website Shot With Desire, but there was a miscommunication where I thought she wanted me to do open leg pussy shots for a truck stop porn mag. I had all this angsty deliberation about my staunch feminist morals at the time and finally decided that I was up for it and only then did I find out she just wanted to do some cute pinup shoot when I’d been ready to don a bleach blond wig and stick a beer bottle up my orifices. I did a shoot for her, reading a crimethinc book, in my punk patched clothes and chelsea haircut but I decided after that to embark on a life of as much vulgarity and sexual explicitness as possible.
2. If you weren’t in the adult industry, what would you be doing?
Sex work makes up the majority of my income but the minority of my day to day life. I work at public health clinic providing HIV and peer counseling to sex workers and trans folks and I work at my school for a program to make the campus safer and more inclusive for transgender students. I’m also a full time student myself.
3. What’s the best thing you’ve learned or best advice you’ve received from the industry?
On camera is perhaps not the best place to try something out for the first time, although that is advice that I’ve violated many a time myself.
4. What’s the funniest thing that’s happened while filming?
The first time I did a jerk off video, I was so enthusiastic and fucked myself so hard that it made my labia swell up to epic sizes and I thought I was going to have to check myself into the emergency room.
5. What do you think is the biggest misconception about trans folks and trans identity in the industry?
Well, I think the ways that trans women and men have sex get fetishized in these weird ways. Like if a trans woman tops it’s about humiliating the bottom or if a trans guy bottoms it’s an emasculating thing to do. There is the idea that we should be shamed of using the sexual organs that were born with, but very few people can get sexual pleasure without using them. I’d rather get fucked and cum then spend all this time worrying about whether people will use that as a reason to disrespect my identity. But it is unfortunately a real worry.
6. What did you do today?
Procrastinated by writing this interview instead of a 10 page paper that is due by 6pm today. Then, I guess I’m going to creative writing class. I have a date tonight to watch Where the Wild Things Are and do inappropriate things in dark alley ways.
7. What would you rather have done today?
Honestly, I wish that porn was my full time job and that I did it every day. It’s my favorite thing to do because I am such a shameless exhibitionist. Unfortunately I had to chose between transitioning and having an easy in on the porn world and I went with the former. With the work of Trannywood, Crash Pad, No Fauxxx, and Buck Angel I hope to one day have my own successful FTM porn site though!
8. If you could do a movie with anyone (living or brought back from the dead) who would it be?
James Dean, especially his sleazy character in Giant. If, by chance, the resurrection went badly – I would love to do a scene with Billy Castro who was in Speakeasy with me.
9. Who is your favorite adult performer?
I have to say that Princess Donna is one of the most seamless, creative performers I’ve ever met and Carson and Shawn on the Crashpad always do amazing things. My ultimate might be Bruce LaBruce though.
10. You’ve got 20 bucks left to your name; what would you do with it?
Live off it for weeks, with enough creativity 20 bucks can stretch a long way.
11. If you were president, what’s the first thing you’d change?
I would take the money being used to try and create a man-made black hole and put it into HIV research and social services. Humans are so fucking eager to bring an apocalypse down on themselves.
12. What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
Oh boy, so many things! Daily! But I think I’ve become desensitized to shame because I can think of a lot of things that would sound embarrassing but which I was way more excited than ashamed of.
13. Which is your favorite project you’ve worked on?
I recently did a shoot for the next Seven Minutes in Heaven and it started a bit awkward with a group of people who didn’t know each other very well but were supposed to tangle themselves in sexual configurations together. But the last scene was a giant gang bang of my friend Red, with everyone involved, and it was EPIC – every position, people touching them in every which way. I got to fist them at the end of the scene with their knees on my shoulders. It was kind of a religious experience.
14. If you could have 1 superpower what would it be?
A super-ray that turned misogynist/racist/homophobic/classist douche-bags into…pretty much anything else.
15. Meat or veggie?
I was vegan for numerous years and I’m still vegetarian.
16. What is your favorite book?
Times Square Red/Times Square Blue by Samuel Delaney about the gentrification of New York and his experiences in the porn cinemas of Times Square. Combining social theory with narratives of public blow jobs is always going to be a winner in my book.
17. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Evasion. If I ask someone a question I don’t want any dicking around in giving me a clear answer.
18. What is your best piece of sex advice?
Wait to fuck until the sexual tension is so intense it makes you almost sick with wanting to touch the other person.
19. What is your favorite adult movie?
There is this 70’s french porn movie with priests getting sucked off under their robes and emo looking boys in scout uniforms, dicks hanging out of their cut off shorts, that gets me every time. I wish I knew the name.
20. Tell me one thing you’ve never told anyone else.
One of the first times I remember jerking off as a youth was while reading a book I’d stolen from my dad about this guy pissing into a toilet and his girlfriend listening to him.