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Grooby Calendar Proceeds to be Donated to Transgender Law Center

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What’s the best way to kick off 2015? How about by doing some good? If you purchase one of our limited edition Grooby Girl calendars, we’ll donate the proceeds to the Transgender Law Center. 12 months of Grooby Girls to hang on your walls and the money is going to a good cause! Sounds great to us.

The Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity of expression. They envision a future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity.

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A Third of Fortune 500 Companies Now Cover Transgender Health Care

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The number of Fortune 500 companies willing pay for sex reassignment surgeries and other transgender-related healthcare has gone from zero in 2002 to 169 this year, according to a new report from the Human Rights Campaign.

The report, which ranks corporations on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans employees, also found that more than half of corporations with more than 500 employees that participated in the survey now cover the procedures. That’s 418 firms.

Some of the biggest names in corporate America are among those who have signed up to cover the procedures, at up to $75,000 per employee. Facebook Inc., Visa, Starbucks Corp., CVS Health Corp. and Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. are just some of the firms that decided this year to begin covering the procedures for their workers for the first time.

“The jump in terms of employers adopting transgender benefits has been the most dramatic of any single aspect of the Corporate Equality Index in its entire history,” said Deena Fidas, the director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Workplace Equality Program, which has been producing the report for more than a decade.

Ratings in the Corporate Equality Index are derived from a look at five major areas, including: recruiting efforts, whether firms have explicit gender identity and sexual orientation anti-discrimination protections, and if they have extended health care and other benefits to same-sex partners.

While the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies now have nondiscrimination policies that explicitly protect employees from being fired for their gender identity or orientation, companies have moved much more slowly when it comes to covering transgender health care.

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“Across a lot of the businesses, very well-meaning people were quite anxious about these benefits,” Fidas said. “They wondered if there’d be murmurings among the workforce.”

It took many “uphill conversations” to convince some big employers that transition-related health care is not elective or cosmetic for transgender people, Fidas said.

Such health care can include: sex reassignment surgery, breast augmentation or mastectomy, hormone therapy, short-term leave and counseling.

The vast majority of health insurance plans explicitly ban the coverage of any transition-related care, grouping those procedures with elective cosmetic surgery.

This has slowly begun to change as mainstream medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, have announced new positions in recent years stating that sex reassignment surgery is not elective for some transgender people. (The American Medical Association said in 2008 that “gender dysphoria” is a “serious medical condition” that can result in “suicidality and death” without proper treatment.)

“Transition-related care is absolutely essential to trans people who are seeking to be themselves,” said Lisa Mottet, deputy executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. “In many cases, this care is actually life-saving.”

Not every transgender person wants surgery, but having it as an option is crucial, she said.

Some state officials are also beginning to move in that direction. Eight states have banned insurance companies from explicitly excluding surgeries for transgender people, and a handful of states even offer coverage for the procedures through Medicaid.

The Human Rights Campaign says that businesses that have decided to provide the care have not had to increase insurance premiums. The cost has been “so small it’s not quantifiable,” Fidas said. That might be in part because so few people in the country are transgender. The Williams Institute at UCLA estimates the transgender population at one third of one percent.

“There’s not one number that will tell you how many people are transgender in corporate America,” Fidas said. “We’re on the brink of seeing more people being able to be visible in their jobs and to be able to be more open about the fact that they’re transgender.”

Nancy Kelly, the director of compensation and benefits at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, said larger companies can no longer remain competitive if they are not offering transgender benefits. The bank decided this year to begin to cover transition-related health care services as of Jan 1. Kelly said she is not sure if any of the bank’s 1,200 employees are transgender or will want to access the new benefits when they become available. The Federal Reserve banks of Boston, Cleveland and Richmond also decided to offer the benefits this year.

“It was not a particular employee request, it was more about diversity and inclusion and being a competitive employer,” Kelly said.

A CVS spokeswoman said the company changed its health coverage to include sex reassignment surgery to “provide all colleagues with meaningful choices regarding their health care.”

(Source: Liz Goodwin and posted on Yahoo News)

November 20th, 2014|Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: |0 Comments

Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014

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Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance.   Each year, we reflect on those who lost their lives through violence.  The GLAAD website, states that the day “honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence” but when a report was published in “The Guardian” yesterday that almost 50% of transgender youths in the UK had considered suicide, I believe the remit of the TDoR should also include those.  When a person has been so marginalized, misunderstood, alienated or abused that they have nowhere to turn but to consider taking their own lives, then that life would also have been lost through anti-transgender violence.

We work in the entertainment industry – an industry that creates and sells fantasies and it’s always been important to educate on that distinction.  The models or performers working in the transsexual adult industry in the past few years have done a lot to help normalize who transsexuals are; that each one is individual, with a different background, different outlook, different ideas on politics, different tastes in music & culture, they look different and they act different.  Their identity doesn’t come because they’re transsexual – they are individuals who are transsexual.   The pornography industry, is showcasing transsexuals faster that any other industry and breaking down the stereotypes – and this is what is needed across all industries.

As every year, there have been too many deaths of transgendered people across the world but what we are starting to see in 2014, is some media starting to report more fairly and law enforcement taking hate crimes against transgendered people seriously.   Jennifer Laude Sueselbeck was murdered by a US marine in the Philippines received worldwide attention and closer to us, a well-known model who was beaten and raped in NYC, had the closure of seeing her attackers jailed after a lengthy police investigation.   However, the violence against transgendered people is still disproportionate compared to other people in society.

I don’t believe in my lifetime, I will see the complete normalization and integration of transsexuals into society, if one expects to see a transsexual to not turn heads or cause a second glance.  Human’s will always look at someone who is different to them – but it’s not always with malice but often just out of interest and that’s something that needs to be accepted.   I see it when out with transsexual friends – and the instinct is to either be defensive or retreat.   The better way, as I can attest to having watched these friends, is to engage and be themselves.   As friends, family, employers, co-workers … or even as a fan of transsexual pornography, we have the same duty.  To educate the un-educated.  To show that transgendered people are individuals, that don’t conform to stereotypes and are the same as everyone else.  This is how hate crimes against any group will reduce.

I don’t believe I will see the complete normalization and integration – but I truly believe that if we/I,  (the “allies”) engage as well as refuse to allow our friends to be alienated or humiliated, then I will live to see a world where transsexual persons are no longer a marginalized or separate group.

Please take a moment to think on the girls and guys who have died through ignorance and hate.  You can see news reports on some of these at The Grooby Post

-Steven Grooby

(This post originally appeared on Grooby Steven’s Blog)

TS Star Nikki Montero Returns as 7th Annual Transgender Erotica Awards Sponsor

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Burbank, CA – TS Star and TEA nominee Nikki Montero is proud to return as a sponsor of the 2015 Transgender Erotica Awards. Montero is nominated for Best Non-US Performer and for her website LatinaTranny.com.  The event will take place on February 15th, 2015 at the Avalon in Hollywood, with the official After Party scheduled for the following night at the Bardot.

“This is Nikki’s second year as a sponsor and I think it’s fantastic that we’re getting international and independent producers involved with the show,” said Grooby Productions owner Steven Grooby. “The Transgender Erotica Awards exists, in no small part, because of people like Nikki who want to support their industry and its fans.”

“I am very proud to sponsor the 2015 TEA,” said TS star Nikki Montero. “I am very happy about my multiple nominations. I will be attending the show and visiting the USA for the first time.  2015 will be a great year for me. Me and my Chilean rock band EDONIS plan to record more songs for our new album. We also have rock shows schedule for early 2015 (January-March) in Santiago de Chile and Viña del Mar.”

Nikki Montero’s newest project, ShelesbianPOV.com, features TS on TS action with Montero herself and TS models in South America, UK, and Europe. Montero has also appeared on ShemaleYum.com and ShemalePornstar.com this year.

This year the 7th Annual Transgender Erotica Awards will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2014 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. The official After Party will be held on Monday, February 16, 2014 at the Avalon’s connecting property, the Bardot. Pre-sale tickets and sponsorship information can be found at theteashow.com.

Sponsor and media inquiries can be directed to kristel@grooby.com.

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All T-Girls Volume 1 on DVD Available for Purchase!

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CHATSWORTH, Calif. — Grooby Productions and Third World Media have started shipping “All T-Girls Volume 1,” which will arrive in stores Nov. 17, 2014. Order your copy at the Grooby Store.

Directed by Radius Dark (2015 Transgender Erotica Awards nominee for Best Photographer, Best Director and Best Scene Producer), “All T-Girls Volume 1” features four transsexuals in the industry exploring each other’s bodies.

The title, which stars Chelsea Marie, Nina Lawless, Miranda Meadows and Michelle Firestone, also includes an unprecedented four-way hookup.

The box cover teases the action: “These girls show off how naughty they can be with each other behind closed doors. Each scene is high energy and sure to excite and delight in a smoldering sex crater of T-girl -on-T-girl goodness.”

“This superstar cast [are] all incredibly hot, fast chicks with hard cocks,” CEO Steven Grooby said. “Your transsexual fantasies come true!”

“The box cover looks amazing, and ‘All T-Girls Volume 1’ features an all-star T-girl cast,” TWM Sales Manager Dave Peskin said. “Previous 2014 Grooby titles such as ‘Shemale Secret Service,’ ‘Black Tranny Jizz Jam #3,’ ‘The Tranny Chaser #2: Confessions of a Poolboy,’ ‘6th Annual Tranny Awards,’ ‘The Winners’ and ‘Shemale Japan #4’ continue to re-order like a salesman’s wet dream.

“’All T-Girls Volume 1’ already looks to be what could be our biggest selling title to date.”

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Rupaul’s Drag Race Alum Jujubee Returns to Host 7th Annual Transgender Erotica Awards

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Burbank, CA – Grooby Productions is thrilled to welcome back former Rupaul’s Drag Race contestant Jujubee as the host of the upcoming 7th Annual Transgender Erotica Awards. The show will take place on February 15,2014 at the Avalon in Hollywood followed by the official after party at the Bardot on February 16, 2015. Pre-sale tickets are now available for purchase at www.theteashow.com.

“We’re so excited to have Jujubee return as our TEA host,” said Grooby Productions owner Steven Grooby. “She’s become an integral part of our show and we love the humor and professionalism she brings every year. She’s been a great supporter of the Transgender Erotica Awards and we can’t wait to see her up on stage again.”

“I am honored to be returning for the 7th Annual Transgender Erotica Awards, formerly known as…. I’ll leave that to the girls, haha,” added Jujubee. “This will be my third time hosting and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  It’s becoming a tradition that I sincerely look forward to.  The Avalon in Hollywood will be a fabulous new location for this year’s festivities; I know I’m looking forward to it. I can’t wait!”

Jujubee is best known for her involvement on Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 2 on Logo, quickly becoming a fan favorite in the competition. She then appeared as a drag professor on Rupaul’s Drag U for three consecutive seasons and was hand-picked for Rupaul’s Drag Race All-Stars, where she was a finalist. A veteran with over 10 years of experience in the entertainment industry, Jujubee’s infectious personality, talent, and professionalism always shine through in her performances. Visit her official website at www.jujubeeonline.com.

This year the 7th Annual Transgender Erotica Awards will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2014 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. The official After Party will be held on Monday, February 16, 2014 at the Avalon’s connecting property, the Bardot. Pre-sale tickets and sponsorship information can be found at www.theteashow.com.

Sponsor and media inquiries can be directed to kristel@grooby.com.

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Trick or Treats with Jennifer Revlon!

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Trans hottie Jennifer Revlon is a hot girl with a stunning body, sexy big boobs, a juicy ass and a rock hard cock! Talk about some trick-o-treating here on Shemale XXX! Enjoy TS Jennifer dressed up in her mistress outfit and long lacquer boots for this smoking hot Halloween scene!

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TS Star Krissy Kyung Returns to Sponsor 7th Annual Transgender Erotica Awards

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Burbank, CA – TS star Krissy Kyung is proud to return as a sponsor of the 2015 Transgender Erotica Awards. She has been creating and showcasing her unique brand of t-girl porn for several years now at her site, Krissy4u – Naughty Asian Tgirl, and was one of the original sponsors of the TEA (then known as the Tranny Awards), when it was first starting out as an online-only awards show. Krissy has been thrilled to see the show flourish, and is proud to be a small part of helping the industry grow and maintain positive stereotypes that reinforce the equality and dignity that she believes all people deserve, regardless of race, gender, sexual identity, or creed.

“I am thrilled to see the Transgender Erotica Awards continue to grow and become something that the Industry can truly be proud of hosting; and, I am equally thrilled to continue to help sponsor the event year after year,” said TS star Krissy Kyung. “As I grow older and see more and more young girls come into the Industry, I think it is amazing that there are resources today, largely absent just a few years ago, that are sponsored in part by the Industry itself offering guidance, recognition, and self-esteem that help individuals navigate their careers, and ultimately, their lives.”

As of late, Krissy has been devoting her time to battling the advances of time and gravity, and learning how to best use her remaining days to help those in the Transgender community live successful and rewarding lives. She is in the process of starting a non-profit organization (The Krissy4u Project), funded in part by the proceeds of her adult site Krissy4u.com, that will partner locally and think globally about issues affecting the Transgender community. She expects to retire from Transgender porn upon completing “transition” within the next couple of years and then hopes to live a quiet life “behind the scenes” eating bibimbap and kimchi until she floats up to heaven on a fluffy cloud of white rice.

“I am so thankful to all the fans who make this work both challenging and rewarding, and I would challenge each one to become more personally involved in the lives and well-being of Transgender individuals and Transsexuals who help provide you with the adult entertainment you’ve grown to love,” continued Kyung. “Away from the vanity that award shows tend to be, I think the Transgender Erotica Awards serve an important and necessary place in today’s society, which is ripe for a paradigm shift as it relates to the Transgender communities. It is only through recognizing the intrinsic value that Transgender individuals within our community have as human beings that we can hope for a broader acceptance, and I believe the Transgender Erotica Awards, by giving voice and recognition to one of the most vocal segments of this community, is helping achieve that goal. Again, thank you to all the Fans, media sponsors, and Industry companies who are helping to sponsor this year’s event.”

This year the 7th Annual Transgender Erotica Awards will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2014 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. The official After Party will be held on Monday, February 16, 2014 at the Avalon’s connecting property, the Bardot. Pre-sale tickets and sponsorship information can be found at theteashow.com.

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Buy Canada T-Girls #3 at the Grooby Store!

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Third World Media and Grooby Productions have teamed up for another great release!  Canada T-Girls #3 stars some of the finest t-girls up north: Sumaya, Blair Ryder, Phoenix Mary, Tasha Jones, and Tila. You can buy a copy today at the Grooby Store!


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The Next Civil Rights Frontier: How the Transgender Movement Is Taking Over

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The December 2008 issue of The Advocate read, “Gay Is the New Black,” comparing the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement to the African American Civil Rights movement. The LGBT movement has changed the world in a very short amount of time, with the legalization of gay marriage in many states and countries, gay rights supported on a global scale and the increase of visibility of gay people in media. This has all been a great success for the lesbian, gay and bisexual parts of the community but it is now time for the transgender community to take center stage.

The May 2014 cover of TIME magazine read “The Transgender Tipping Point” with actress Laverne Cox on the cover. Laverne Cox is one of the faces of the transgender rights movement, a movement that TIME calls America’s next civil rights frontier.

Laverne Cox is the first transgender person to be on the cover of TIME magazine. Earlier this year she became the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy. Most importantly she is giving this movement power by telling her story and giving a voice to the transgender community.

The word “transgender” is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from what is typically associated with the sex they were assigned at birth. Gender identity is someone’s internal personal sense of being a man or a woman. For transgender people, the sex they were assigned at birth and their own internal gender identity do not match. (Source: GLAAD)

The transgender community has many faces, faces of youth, celebrity and activism. While we often see transgender people as adults, people are transgender throughout their whole lives. Jazz is one of the many faces of transgender youth. Jazz describes herself as a having a “girl brain and a boy body.” Jazz’s parents knew that their daughter was different when their son wanted to wear girl clothes at age five. They knew it was more than a phase, “A phase is called a phase because it is just that it ends, this is not ending it is just getting stronger,” said her mother about Jazz’s gender identity. Jazz wears girl clothes, uses female restrooms and her gender on her passport is female. Jazz’s parents are very supportive and understanding of their daughter, but many other people are not. Jazz knows this and deals with it on a daily basis. “People think I’m weird and that I shouldn’t have the same rights as them just because of what is in between my legs,” says Jazz. Jazz looks up to transgender people like Chaz Bono and looks to their success stories for confidence.

Visibility is a very important for the transgender community celebrities like Chaz Bono, Carmen Carrera and Janet Mock are helping show what it means to be transgender. Chaz Bono, the son of Sonny and Cher grew up in the spotlight and but now he is taking control of it by talking about his story. He has made a documentary about embracing his true self, Becoming Chaz, and also wrote a book calledTransition: The Story of How I Became A Man. He also appeared on Dancing With the Stars, so that transgender children could turn on the TV and see someone that they relate to. Carmen Carrera is reality show contestant and model. She has appeared in W Magazine and Vogue Italia, there was also a petition for her to join the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. Janet Mock is a transgender activist and has written a New York Times‘ best selling memoir, Redefining Realness. She is a contributing editor atMarie Claire and has created transgender specific programs for the LGBT youth center Hetrick-Martin Institute.

All of these people are sharing their stories with the world to help show what it means to be transgender. The media often focuses on the wrong parts of the lives of transgender people. When Laverne Cox and Carmen Carrera went on the Katie Couric show, Katie focused the interview on questions of transition and surgery. The same thing happened to Janet Mock on her interview with Piers Morgan. The physical transition of transgender people is a small part of a much bigger story.

A big part of the story of transgender people is the violence, unemployment and unfair incarceration that they face. In July, a 15-year-old transgender teenager was stabbed on the Green Line Metro in Washington, D.C. She was singled out because she was openly transgender. The Trans Violence Tracking Portal (TVTP) revealed that 102 transgender people were murdered in 12 countries from January to April of this year. Allison Woolbert, the founder of TVTP, says an anti-transgender stigma has led to a disproportionate rate of violence against transgender people in 2014. “The suicides, the violence, the missing persons, and the murders are all directly related to a person’s gender identity,” Woolbert wrote to Vox.

Transgender people also face obstacles when it comes to unemployment. The National Center for Transgender Equality released data showing that, transgender people are four times more likely to live in poverty than non-trans people. The unemployment rate for transgender people is double the rate for the general population, and four times the rate for transgender people of color. You can be fired in 32 states for simply being transgender. Also 47 percent of transgender people report they were either fired, not advanced, or not hired due to their gender identity. Studies suggest the earnings of transgender women workers fall by nearly 1/3 following transition.

In May 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona, Monica Jones, a transgender woman of color and a student activist was convicted for “manifesting” prostitution. According to the law certain behaviors are taken in to consideration in determining if somebody in public manifests an intent to commit or solicit an act of prostitution. One section of the law reads “attempting to stop or engage passersby in conversation”, that is why some activists call the law “walking while trans.” “[The ‘manifesting prostitution’ law] basically means that as a trans woman of color walking in a certain neighborhood, you can be arrested for prostitution,” Laverne Cox said at 25th annual GLAAD Awards, according to Glaad.org. “There is so much work that needs to get done to make sure that never happens again.”

The transgender movement is making progress with better rights for athletes by letting them choose their own locker rooms in certain leagues. Transgender actress Erika Ervin has been added to the cast of American Horror Story: Freakshow, giving the community another spokesperson and letting another story be told. Recently The New York City Council and their administrator Bill de Blasio are changing the city’s gender identification policy. A bill before the City Council and a separate series proposed changes to the city’s Board of Health would allow transgender people to change their birth certificates. Currently, New York City, one of 57 jurisdictions to issue birth certificates, requires proof of having a sex-change surgery before allowing a person to officially change the gender ID on his or her birth certificate. “It’s going to improve the lives of transgender New Yorkers and allow them to get birth certificates that match their accurate gender,” said Councilman Corey Johnson, a Manhattan Democrat, who sponsored the bill introduced Tuesday. “Gender won’t be about your physicality. It won’t be about your body. It’s about how you identify.”

The transgender movement is taking force, with more media visibility of transgender people and for the transgender movement. Katie Couric had Laverne Cox back on her show to apologize for the first interview and talk about the real issues that transgender people face. Couric said it was a “teachable moment” about how the media treats transgender people and the conversations people should having about the transgender movement. As a society we can have a teachable moment by learning about transgender people and their individual stories. We must learn more about their struggles and successes to have more intelligent conversations about a community that much more than they appear.

(Source: Nico Machlitt and posted to the Huffington Post)

October 20th, 2014|Categories: Lifestyle|Tags: , |0 Comments

LAPD Offers $50K Reward for Leads in L.A. Trans Woman’s Murder

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Authorities are offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting death of a transgender woman in the East Hollywood section of Los Angeles earlier this month during what police say was a “robbery gone wrong.”

Surveillance video recorded near the crime scene shows the victim, 47-year-old Aniya Parker, struggling with two or three men as they allegedly tried to take her purse, which contained $24, according to the Los Angeles Times. Police say Parker was at the corner of Melrose and North Kenmore avenues just before 3 a.m. October 2 when she was shot in the head while trying to flee the scene after the altercation.

Officials are also seeking a possible witness seen talking with Parker shortly before the incident.

“This is one of those unfortunate crimes that we’re going to solve with the community’s help,” Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division Capt. Brian Pratt told the Times.

Police have indicated they believe the suspects were looking to rob someone at random and did not target Parker because of her gender identity, but some Los Angeles LGBT activists are pressing for further investigation, noting that transgender women of color are especially at risk to be victims of bias-motivated violence.

“We believe it is very possible Ms. Parker was targeted because of her identity,” Christopher Argyros, the manager of the L.A. LGBT Center’s Anti-Violence Project, told the Times.“Transgender people are victims of crime all the time.”

Family and friends have launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for funeral expenses.

Parker is the second transgender woman of color to be killed in Los Angeles since June and the at least the eighth nationwide this year, according to ColorLines.

Anyone with information related to the case has been asked to contact the LAPD’s Rampart Station.

(Source: Jorge Rodriguez-Menez posted to the Advocate)

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‘True Trans’ Episode Two Premieres On AOL

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What exactly is gender dysphoria?

In this second episode for AOL’s docuseries “True Trans” with Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, the singer explores this feeling of disassociation with a number of gender variant individuals from across the country.

When it comes to transgender issues, our language often fails to adequately describe many of the experiences and feelings of people who identify across the transgender spectrum. This latest episode of “True Trans” aims to articulate what exactly someone feels when they are experiencing gender dysphoria.

“I would explain it as a feeling of misalignment between the way you feel and the way other people perceive you,” Grace says in the above episode. “[It’s a] feeling that your gender does not line up with your assigned gender at birth. When you’re too young to know what it is it turns into shame.”

Check out the second episode of “True Trans” with Laura Jane Grace above or head here to watch the first. Keep checking back each weekend for a new episode.

(Source: James Nichols posted at the Huffington Post)

TS Star Jamie French to Sponsor 7th Annual Transgender Erotica Awards

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Burbank, CA – TS star and TEA nominee Jamie returns as a sponsor for the upcoming 7th Annual Transgender Erotica Awards. The event will take place on February 15th, 2015 at the Avalon in Hollywood, with the official After Party scheduled for the following night at the Bardot. French is currently nominated for Best Solo Website and Best Scene Producer.

“I’m so proud to be a sponsor for this year’s Transgender Entertainment Awards,” said TS Star Jamie French. “It is truly a great cause. For the price of only three hundred cups of coffee, you too can help save a starving awards show. So please, make a difference, pick up the phone and help sponsor a TEA right now. You’ll be glad you did.”

Jamie French debuted on Shemale Yum in 2006 and soon moved on to create her own website through the Grooby Network.  As a self-identified submissive latex enthusiast and foot fetishist, her website features a wide variety of content.  The site has weekly updates featuring downloadable videos and photos, streaming content, special appearances by big name guest performers, interviews, and original music videos and artwork created by French herself. For more information, visit http://www.tsjamiefrench.com.

This year the 7th Annual Transgender Erotica Awards will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2014 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. The official After Party will be held on Monday, February 16, 2014 at the Avalon’s connecting property, the Bardot. Pre-sale tickets and sponsorship information can be found at theteashow.com.

Sponsors and media inquiries can be directed to kristel@grooby.com

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Nominees Announced for 7th Annual Transgender Erotica Awards

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Burbank, CA – Nominees for the 7th Annual Transgender Erotica Awards were announced online this past week. A complete list of categories and nominees can be found at theteashow.com.

“Over 700 fans and industry sent us suggestions for the nominations and it’s always the hardest job of our year to decide who makes the shortlist and although we can never make everyone happy, I think we’ve got the most deserved nominees,” said Grooby Productions owner Steven Grooby. “The reaction on our social media has been tremendous as models and fans get ready for their biggest show of the year, even though it’s still four months away!  We’ve still got a few sponsor places left, so please contact us to support a unique two-day show that reaches a targeted demographic.”

In the following month, a panel of judges made up from industry and fans will review nominated scenes and material. Winners for all categories, including fan voted awards, will be announced live on February 15, 2015 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA.

The Transgender Erotica Awards (The TEAs) was originally created in 2007 and originally known as the Tranny Awards before changing its name earlier this year, started as an online competition voted by a panel of industry judges. There were only a handful of categories and Grooby Productions sponsored all of the cash prizes. As interest grew, it was expanded into an actual event and has been hosted at a number of different venues in the Los Angeles area. This year cash prizes are being sponsored by returning companies ICM Registry, Shemale.com, and Trans Men Adventures.

This year the 7th Annual Transgender Erotica Awards will be held on Sunday, February 15, 2014 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. The official After Party will be held on Monday, February 16, 2014 at the Avalon’s connecting property, the Bardot. Pre-sale tickets and sponsorship information can be found at theteashow.com.