Jiz Lee has worked in the adult industry for over a decade, spanning independent erotic films and hardcore gonzo pornography. A versatile performer and key player in the queer porn movement, Jiz has been the recipient of multiple AVN and XBiz Award industry nominations and Feminist Porn Awards, and in 2015 was named an honoree of The Trans 100. (Jiz is nonbinary and uses the gender-neutral pronouns: they/them.)
Jiz works behind the scenes at San Francisco queer porn company Pink & White Productions (CrashPadSeries.com, PinkLabel.tv) and fundraises for LGBTQ and sex worker-focused organizations through their erotic philanthropic art project, Karma Pervs. They’ve presented on porn at Princeton University, the American Studies Association Conference, and were featured on MSNBC, Fox News, and proudly, Lifehacker. Jiz has also appeared in non-adult productions including short films FLOAT and If Not Now, and a recurring role as “Pony” on the Amazon television series Transparent.
In 2007, Jiz began to blog their adventures in the adult industry on JizLee.com. Their writing has since appeared in The Feminist Porn Book, Best Sex Writing, and Global Information Society Watch: Sexual Rights and the Internet. They are the co-editor of the Porn Studies Journal Special Issue: Porn and Labour. Their first book, Coming Out Like a Porn Star was named “Best Sex Work Books” by Reason Magazine and is the largest collection of essays written by porn professionals about their industry. When not working in porn, Jiz is training for the next triathlon.
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Gender Pronouns: “They/Them” (ie: “They wrote a book about their experience.”)
(Jiz identifies within non-binary gender as aGender or GenderQueer meaning (for them) that they feel neutral, or between male and female genders. A common journalist mistake: please refrain from using female pronouns or words such as woman, lesbian, actress, female, lady, or girl.)
“In the absence of comprehensive sex education, people use porn to learn about sex — what sex looks like, who gets to have it, and what it means to be sexy. On its own, that’s fine. But a limited example of what porn is has the danger in dictating what’s ‘normal’, raising issues in our understanding of sexual health, and also our sexual psyche. Diversity in porn lets us find ourself in the erotic landscape, proving we are ALL capable and deserving of love.”
– Jiz Lee
“Be the PORN you wish to see in the world.”
– Jiz Lee
“Knowledge is Pleasure.”
– Jiz Lee
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“Queer Porn Legend.” – The Daily Beast
“Androgynous Gender Warrior.” – Fleshbot
“The best name in the business.” – Jenna Jameson
“Jiz is neither a ‘she’ nor a ‘he.’ Jiz is Jiz, and refuses to be identified by gender pronouns, or be recognized as female or male. It forces people to think when they address Jiz, and this raised a question for me: How do we self-identify? Do we leave it up to society, or do we demand society recognize us on our own terms? I have an enormous amount of admiration for Jiz, who chooses the latter.” – Dana Vespoli in AVN Magazine
“The emergence of Feminist Porn into popular culture can be attributed in some part to a group of remarkable performers who thrust their reputations, their sex appeal and their politics into the limelight. When very few people were making and producing queer porn, this year’s boundary breaker was out in public: blogging, performing and having sex with purpose. Starting their career with an ejaculation scene that knocked the concept of the facial cumshot on its ass… and continuing today to push the limits of gender and sexuality representation in porn, this years ‘Boundary Breaker of the Year’ goes to JIZ LEE.” – Good For Her, Feminist Porn Awards 2010, presented by Lucas Silveira of The Cliks
“One of the major stars of the ‘queer porn’ set, Jiz Lee possesses a rare sexual je ne sais quoi.” – Steve Javors, AVN Magazine
Select Interviews and Articles
- Scavenger Genderqueer Feminist Porn Star Jiz Lee
- Femina Potens Interview with Selina Raven & Jiz Lee
- L-Mag Mission Possible – Hauptfach Sex (German)
- AVN Magazine April 2011 – Sweet Sixteen
- Tits & Sass – Jiz by Any Other Name . . .
- The Condom: Friend or Foe in the Adult Industry (See “Safer Sex in Queer Porn“)
- AVN Interviews Jiz Lee about Recent College Appearance
- The New Inquiry: Gender Fuck
- GenderFork: Jiz Lee
- Oh Joy Sex Toy: Ask a Porn Star
2006 Feminist Porn Awards’ Hottest Dyke Sex Scene
2008 Feminist Porn Awards’ Best Trans Sex Scene
Violet Blue’s Top 10 Sexy Geek 2009 Honorable Mention
2009 Top Hot Butches
2010 AVN Awards Nominated Best New Web Star
2010 Feminist Porn Awards “Boundary Breaker”
Violet Blue’s #7 Top 10 Sexy Geeks 2010
Fleshbot’s 2010 Top 10 Crushable Objects
Curve Magazine’s 2010 New Sex Culture Curator Finalist
2011 AVN Awards Nominated Girl/Girl scene and All-Girl Sex Scene*
2012 Feminist Porn Award’s Best Website
2012 AVN Awards Nominated Best All-Girl Group Scene and Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene
2013 Feminist Porn Awards Heartthrob of the Year
2014 AVN Nominated Best Safe(r) Sex Scene
2015 AVN Nominated Best Girl/Girl Sex Scene
2015 Feminist Porn Awards Sexiest Star Feature
2015 Feminist Porn Awards Most Tantalizing Trans Scene
2015 Honoree of “The Trans 100”
2015 PorYes European Feminist Porn Awards
*Please note that Jiz does not identify as a “girl” despite the industry’s award category.
Bio: Extended Version
With an ejaculation scene that knocked the concept of the facial cumshot on its ass, Jiz Lee unloaded into the revolutionary world of queer porn and adult cinema. One of the adult industry’s few GenderQueer Porn stars, Jiz prefers the gender-neutral pronouns “they/them” — or none at all — and is known for having a unique androgynous look, honest and genuine performances, and a fun, positive view about sex. Jiz appears in award-winning films from around the world including United States, Canada, Australia, Germany and has worked in over 200 projects with independent filmmakers as well as large studio productions.
Jiz’s career started in 2005 with Shine Louise Houston’s film debut The Crash Pad (Pink & White Productions) which was awarded the Feminist Porn Awards’ Best Dyke Sex Scene 2006. Jiz stared in Houston’s 2009 film CHAMPION, awarded Feminist Porn’s “Movie of the Year” and nominated “Best Video Feature” in the AVN Awards. Other films include queer-meets-mainstream hit Belladonna’s Strapped Dykes, and numerous titles by Courtney Trouble, works with Digital Playground’s Cherry 2 and Joanna Angel’s Doppleganger, the ecosexual outdoors film Dangerous Curves, in sexual education films by Tristan Taormino/VIVID Ed, and with feminist director Bobbi Starr. International works include BIODILDO (Germany, Feminist Porn Award’s Best Short Film), Cheryl Dunye’s raunch-comedy crossover MOMMY IS COMING (Germany), Dear Jiz (Canada, by Australian filmmaker Louise Lush), and with Australia’s Liandra Dahl and sex worker activist powerhouse Zahra Stardust. Recent films include transgressive gonzo Girl/Boy with Manuel Ferrara by director Dana Vespoli and Jiz Lee’s VOID on the new Fair-Trade porn hub PinkLabel.tv with Justify My Jiz with bad boy co-star Wolf Hudson.
Lee has appeared under various pseudonyms including “Gauge”, “Kaltes Klaris Wasser (Vasa)”, and “Beau Flex”, and has appeared in documentaries about pornography including Here!TV’s Lesbian Sex and Sexuality Documentary Porn Today: Pushing the Limits, Logo, PINK TV (France), and Kink.com’s series Behind Kink: Uncovering Porn for Pussies.
Notable List mentions include 100 Top Hot Butches, Curve Magazine’s 69 Sexiest Lesbians Alive, Fleshbot’s 2010 Top Ten Crushable Objects, and perhaps the most humbling, Violet Blue’s Top Ten Sexy Geeks 2010. Honors include multiple Feminist Porn Awards including 2010 “Boundary Breaker” and 2013 “Heartthrob of the Year.” AVN Nominations include 2010 Best New Web Starlet (that year Jiz walked the red carpet packing an 8 1/2″ cock) and in 2011 “Best Girl/Girl Scene” with Madison Young and Nic Switch and in 2012 “Best Girl/Girl Performance” with Andy San Dimas.
As an artist, Jiz holds a B.A. in Dance and an extensive background in performance art including collaboration as one-half of the explicit duo twincest (RIP), and performing at venues such as the SF Asian Art Museum, the deYoung, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Femina Potens and CounterPULSE. Jiz’s work in drag includes posing at Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School as Jack the Ripper with Stoya, as Spider Jerusalem in a Transmet Tribute which also appears in the documentary Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, and as drag Lou Diamond Phillips playing Ritchie Valens in Rob Fatal’s sci-fi camp horror La Bamba 2: Hell is a Drag. Other acting roles include a non-noticeable (but still glad to be a part of) background bit in About Cherry by Stephen Elliott and writer Lorelei Lee and staring James Franco, a cameo in gay twink rapper MC Crumbsnatcher’s Homewrecker’s Anthem music video, and in the multi-directed film Valencia: The Movie(s) based on the book by Michelle Tea. For several semesters, Jiz served as an Independent Studies Adviser at California College of the Arts. Jiz played the role of “Talon” in Tylyn Anson’s short film If Not Now, and appears in Sam Berliner’s underwater short film, FLOAT. In 2015, Jiz played the guest role of “Pony” in Transparent.
With a background in web advocacy and arts management, Jiz is also a philanthropist and created the erotic photography paysite Karma Pervs that raised over $4100 benefiting sex-positive, queer and kink-friendly non-profit organizations including Stop AIDS Project, St. James Infirmary, and the Center for Sex & Culture. Jiz has been a featured PORNSAINT and has also modeled for New Lesbian Sex Book 3rd Edition with photos by Shilo McCabe, and is an illustrated character in Michelle Tea and Laurenn McCubben’s RENT GIRL. Jiz appeared on the cover of CURVE MAGAZINE’s Jan/Feb 2014 Issue.
Jiz has contributed to Aorta Magazine (formerly “ART XX”), Good Vibrations Magazine, Jezebel.com, and other publications as well as blogging on JizLee.com. They are a recent contributor to The Feminist Porn Book and are currently working on an anthology: Coming Out Like a Porn Star. Jiz has been a guest lecturer and panelist at Princeton University, American Studies Association, CINEKINK, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Mills College, Evergreen State, Scripps College, Stanford University, Smith, Williams College, Grand Rapids, University of Toronto, and many more, and also sexual education centers such as San Francisco Sex Information (SFSI) Commercial Sex Panel, the Center for Sex & Culture, Long Beach LGBT Center, Writers With Drinks, SXSW, Berlin Porn Film Festival, and CUCCI’s Educator’s Training in Los Angeles. Topics range from ethical pornography, queer sex tips & techniques, impact play, strap-on sex, fisting, female ejaculation, queer visibility in pornography, Jiz’s own experience in the adult industry, and other subjects.
In 2011, Jiz joined forces with director Courtney Trouble to create International Fisting Day in effort to bring awareness to the industry’s distribution censorship of vaginal fisting, releasing a scene in the film Live Sex Show shot at the Masturbate-a-Thon with co-star Nina Hartley. Lee is an advocate of fisting, and of uncensored consensual sex.
In 2014, Jiz began working full-time behind the scenes as the Marketing Director of Pink & White Productions (CrashPadSeries.com, PinkLabel.tv). Jiz is the Associate Producer of the upcoming feature film by Shine Louise Houston, SNAPSHOT, in production San Francisco summer of 2015.
Jiz is the co-editor of the forthcoming special issue of the Porn Studies Journal: Porn and Labour. Ever fascinated by the radical potential of sex, love, and art, Jiz runs a personal blog about sex work as a medium for social activism at JizLee.com.