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Jump to: navigation, search is a gay news and lifestyle website for coverage of the gay adult industry. Based in San Francisco, a large portion of The Sword's coverage is dedicated to covering the lives of gay porn stars in a tabloid fashion. The Sword is owned by gay adult site

The site received plaudits[citation needed] from safer sex advocates after a Sword survey revealed that 30% of working gay porn stars were HIV positive. It has also campaigned for causes including the decriminalization of prostitution and the rights of the transgendered. In 2009, The Sword gained national recognition from the Huffington Post[1] and the San Francisco Chronicle[2] after it reported on the state of California's decision not to train employees of adult websites.

In 2010, The Sword received mainstream national media attention[citation needed] after then editor Zachary Sire reported that gay porn star named Brandon Wilde had been hired as an escort by Minnesota State Senator Paul Koering. With its sharp and reliable reporting on the adult industry, The Sword has become a fan favorite for porn news, culture and opinion, original content, and behind-the-scenes videos.[citation needed]

The Sword currently provides gay news to sites including,, and AVN Online Magazine.[3]

In February 2009, The Sword won Best Erotic E-Zine at the 2009 Cybersocket Awards in West Hollywood.[4]

In September 2010, The Sword won Best Blog at the 2010 GayVN Awards.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Stephen Elliott: Matt Smith and the Anti-Porn Agenda: Fight Over Job Training for Porn Company Heats Up". Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  2. ^ "Manufacturing Outrage / Violet Blue: Why the SF Weekly should be 'whipped and gagged'". SFGate. 2009-04-30. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  3. ^ " Revived Via TheSword". 2008-08-06. Retrieved 2013-10-12. 
  4. ^ "Cybersocket Web Awards". Cybersocket Web Awards. Retrieved 2013-10-12.