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Our parents' secret gay porn empire

Rachel and Josh Mason grew up believing their straight-laced parents ran a small bookstore in LA. They had no idea it was one of the biggest distributors of gay porn in the USA.

Growing up in California, Rachel Mason and her brother Josh didn't know exactly what was sold in their unassuming and straight-laced parents' bookstore. They had no idea the bookshop was actually one of the biggest distributors of adult material, specifically gay porn, in the US. The bookshop became a haven for the queer community as Karen and Barry supported gay employees throughout the HIV and Aids crisis in the 1980s, all the while hiding the business from family and friends. Rachel has made a documentary about their story called Circus of Books.

Presenter: Emily Webb
Producer: Maryam Maruf

Picture: Barry and Karen at Circus of Books
Credit: Rachel Mason

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