Kampsite is designed for men and brings you real stories of men

There are many things in the LGBTQ+ community that are hard to talk about. Many gay men keep their sexuality a secret, curious men very rarely admit to their interests, queer women worry their sexuality will impede their advancement at work. Stories about sexuality, exploration, and preference have been kept quiet too long. Kampsite is here to open the conversation, even if it’s just between a storyteller and listener. Kampsite’s broader purpose is to offer a more modern connection to gay sexual experiences, ranging from curious and questioning, to openly bi and gay. With every monthly subscription, Kampsite will donate 5% of purchase price to The Trevor Project (with a maximum of $50,000), the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people.

What makes Kampsite a truly unique experience is the real stories and the men who tell them. Firmly rooted in reality, Kampsite’s content is told from the perspective of storytellers, a collection of dynamic men who chronicle their everyday lives and erotic experiences. From Jesse, a travel blogger who frequents the country’s must-visit bars, hotels, and clubs, to Nate, a collegiate swimmer turned socialite, to Dane, an outgoing Los Angeleno who outfits the city’s most stylish residents, each of the storytellers collaborates with Kampsite’s diverse creative and production team to bring their stories to life.

YASS met Michael Dil, the founder of Kampsite and we asked him everything you want to know!

What is Kampsite and who does it address to?

Kampsite is the first progressive audio erotica platform for gay, bi and curious men. It’s a mobile and desktop web-based platform and corresponding app (available for iPhone & Android; $6.99/mo or $50/yr) that shares stimulating personal audio stories, each complemented by elegant and provocative corresponding imagery. 

At the same time, our team also rolled out &Jane—a similar platform that produces tasteful erotic content from a female perspective. Both Kampsite and &Jane welcome listeners of any and all genders and sexualities.

How did you decide to come up with the idea of a platform that shares stimulating personal stories?

I had been listening to a talk by a sociologist about the effects of porn on societal and relationship norms, weighing the pros and cons of this type of content. On the positive side, if done well, erotica can provide people with a sense of belonging, a recognition that other people are interested in the same things they are. The negatives, however, are many and frankly depressing. Today’s erotica/porn is about power, not sexuality. It often, if not entirely, depicts a woman at the service of a man, and even without a man in the scene, she is made to perform for his pleasure. The narratives are degrading, objectifying and in some cases violent. 

This has the potential of becoming a “handbook” for what men expect and what role women should have. On the gay end of the pornography spectrum, the content was equally depressing. It depicts gay men as sex-crazed and incredibly promiscuous. The quality of the product for this community tends to be very hard-core with little story and tends to be hidden from view due to the stigma which still surrounds it. For all these reasons, I wanted to create something that would change that— so Kampsite, and its sister site &Jane, came to life. 

What makes Kampsite a unique experience?

Firmly rooted in reality, Kampsite’s content is told from the perspective of storytellers, a collection of dynamic men who chronicle their everyday lives and erotic experiences. From Jesse, a travel blogger who frequents the country’s must-visit bars, hotels, and clubs, to Nate, a collegiate swimmer turned socialite, to Dane, an outgoing Los Angeleno who outfits the city’s most stylish residents, each of the storytellers collaborates with Kampsite’s diverse creative and production team to bring their stories to life. 

Like on social media, listeners can “follow” individual men to hear and see their new content week after week. Listeners can also upload their own story and content seamlessly to the platform while remaining totally anonymous, if they wish. 

Our hope is to create a positive and elegant platform where listeners feel safe, private, and where they feel welcome. This sense of belonging is an important aspect of our offering — Kampsite is a place where men are free to explore as well as be engaged and entertained.

How do you guarantee diversity in your service?

The stories inside Kampsite reflect diverse voices, and reject the notion that gay men are a monolith. Our team is as diverse as our characters and the stories they tell. We are well on our way as we continue to add more talent. Our subscribers also have the ability to submit their own stories to the platform (more on that below!).

Do you feel that this pandemic made us more than ever before to look for more modern gay sexual experiences?

We’re in a unique moment where our conceptions of sex are shifting — from rising sex toy sales to new forms of sex work, it’s no question that sex, and how we experience it, speak about it, and think about it is ever evolving. I think the pandemic has made all people look for more ways to explore our sexuality and pleasure. Kampsite’s broader purpose is to offer a more modern connection to gay sexual experiences, ranging from curious and questioning, to openly bi and gay.

Admittedly, the pandemic has mitigated the freedom of social scenes, relationships, dating, etc., so we do think that Kampsite may be a powerful way to explore and enjoy in the comfort and safety of user’s homes.  While the pandemic has made us change behavior, we still have personal desires and wants that this platform can provide.

How has the Coronavirus situation affected your work and your business?

We actually launched during the pandemic—which has been a challenge of its own! While we don’t really have anything else to compare to, we’ve certainly had to adapt to the new ways of working. Surprisingly, however, we’re pretty perfectly suited for an entirely digital team, since we’re working on a digital product. Staying connected through video meetings and messenger services has helped us be more direct, share our wins and grievances, and be more open and honest as a team—which we’re thankful for even when we can’t be together. We’re also proud to offer a product that promotes safe exploration and entertainment from the comfort of your home, at a time when that is of paramount importance.

How important are sex toys and stimulating experiences for our sex life?

Introducing new forms of stimulation in your life can be extremely helpful—not only to discover what you like, but also how to communicate that with yourself and with your partner(s). If, for example, you hear something on Kampsite that piques your interest, you have some semblance of a vocabulary to help you put together your desire to act on it. Having those kind of experiences and allowing ourselves to discuss and expand on them can help us lead happier, healthier sex lives.

What is the most common reaction and feedback you get from your users?

While we’ve just launched, we’ve received great feedback from listeners about how inclusive our stories and storytellers are. It’s also been interesting to hear feedback about how audio erotica is something folks aren’t really used to, but that it’s a great way to tap in to a new kind of pleasure, feel creative and get more in touch with your body. By stimulating different senses for arousal, we can experience all new kinds of pleasure.

How are you supporting The Trevor project?

With every monthly subscription, Kampsite will donate 5% of purchase price to The Trevor Project (with a maximum of $50,000), the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people.

The organization works to save young lives by providing support through free and confidential suicide prevention and crisis intervention programs on platforms where young people spend their time: a 24/7 phone lifeline, chat, and text. The organization also runs TrevorSpace, the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, and operates innovative education, research, and advocacy programs.

How can someone get involved and become a storyteller?

It’s easy! All you need to do is create a profile on Kampsite, record your story by yourself, and then submit your it directly on our site. It’s a simple 4-step process, where users can also include imagery to accompany their storyline. Our team of writers will review your submission before it gets posted, to vet the authenticity and make sure it’s within our guidelines—but anyone is welcome to submit.

What are your future plans and how do you see the future of your market?

So much of this space is never talked about. Gay men keep their sexuality a secret, curious men very rarely admit to their interests, queer women worry their sexuality will impede their advancement at work. Stories about sexuality, exploration, and preference have been kept quiet too long—so we hope to open the conversation, even if it’s just between a storyteller and listener.

For more info visit: https://www.hearkampsite.com/

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