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Aubrey Kate Headlines at New ‘Tranny Strip Hollywood’ this Friday

Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning performer Aubrey Kate will be the featured star at the debut of Tranny Strip Hollywood at Cheetahs this Friday in Los Angeles.

“It was an honor to be asked help kick off Tranny Strip’s new monthly event,” said Aubrey Kate. “I’ve been asking fans on Twitter what songs they’d like to see me dancing to and I’ve been working on something very special just for them.”

“I’m excited to do a big monthly TGirl Party in LA!” added Tranny Strip promoter John Ed. “You guys asked for it and now you got it! What better way to do a grand opening than with one of the hottest names in the industry, Aubrey Kate! Wait until you see the sexy special number in the show we created with her!”

In addition to special guest Aubrey Kate, Tranny Strip Hollywood has an all-star lineup scheduled with fellow award winning performers Domino Presley, Jane Marie, and VIP Hostess Foxxy. Guests will be treated to musical stylings from DJ Ciyn, plus entertainment from MC Chelsea Malone and Hostess/Performer LA’s Audry Cobra.

For upcoming news about Aubrey Kate, follow her on Twitter at @AubreyKatexxx or visit her official site OfficialAubreyKate.com.

Cheetahs is located at 4600 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90027. The event runs from 8pm-2am and is $40 at the door. Further details can be found at TrannyStrip.com/la.

 

Dates Announced for 2018 TEA Show

We’re proud to announce our 2018 dates for the TEAs! Be sure to bookmark our official website, theTEAShow.com, for upcoming news, sponsorship information, and more!

July 5th, 2017|Categories: Events, Featured Post, Industry News||0 Comments

OC Pride Scheduled Events Every Day this Week!

OC Pride invite’s you to the Orange County ‘As One’ LGBT Pride Parade & Festival on Saturday, June 24th 2017!

Come and CELEBRATE the ACCOMPLISHMENTS, DREAMS, LOVE, and HOPE of the LGBT community as we take over the streets and expand with tons of great surprises in-store!!! This year we will be shutting down both 3rd and 4th street between French and Main; successfully doubling the size of the festival! Join us as we kick-off the week long celebration with the Official OC “As One” Pride Week starting on Monday, June 19th with nightly PRIDE events all across Orange County!

The Official OC “As One” Pride Week

MONDAY……….(June 19): Bowling Night at Bowlmor Lanes – OC Pride Week
TUESDAY………(June 20): Ms. OC Pride’s Pajammy Jam Bingo – OC Pride Week
WEDNESDAY…(June 21): To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar – OC PRIDE WEEK
THURSDAY……(June 22): The PROM: Standing Proud! – OC Pride Week
FRIDAY………….(June 23): Weekend Kick-Off Party at Tin Lizzie Saloon
SATURDAY…….(June 24): The 2017 Orange County ‘As One’ LGBT Pride Parade & Festival and The Official OC Pride ‘As One’ Closing Party
SUNDAY………..(June 25): Laguna Beach and the Boom Boom Room Beach Party – OC Pride Week Finale for ONE NIGHT ONLY!

Main Stage Entertainment 

** ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP **
12:00pm – OC Pride Rainbow Dancers
1:00pm – MenAlive – The Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus
2:30pm – AMET Ricky
3:30pm – Mr, Ms, Miss Gay Pride Orange County Crowning
5:30pm – CALI X AURAS
5:45pm: Lucky Madison’s Flirt Show
6:30pm – Adam Barta
7:00pm – Adore Delano
7:30pm – Katya
8:00pm – Dev
9:50pm – Christina Voss
9:00pm – Lee Dagger of Bimbo Jones
11:00pm – DJ SRO
12:30am – Nytrix

We’re ecstatic to be once again back on the Historical Yost stage for this year’s 2017 Orange County “As One” LGBT Pride Festival’s Main Stage where we’ll be having HEADLINER after HEADLINER after HEADLINER strut their stuff and entertain you like you’ve never been entertained before. Kicking-off this year’s “As One” Main Stage will be our Official OC Pride Rainbow Dancers and Host; the one-and-only Dita Vodka! The celebration doesn’t stop there, this year’s Main Stage will be Hosted by not one, not two, but THREE amazing hosts! Keeping the love alive well into the night will be our Celebrity Grand Marshals of the PRIDE Parade and Host of the “As One” Main Stage – Billboard Top 20 Dance Artist, Adam Barta, and Logo’s very own Prince Charming – Robert Sepulveda Jr!

There’s bars filled with liquor, TWO dance stages, and the sexy Official OC Pride Go-Go Dancers! VIP Wristbands are available – with limited quantity available. VIP Wristbands come with Meet and Greets with the Main Stage Entertainment, VIP Sponsored Goodie Bag, Free Drinks, and access into the VIP SkyBox Lounge located directly above the Main Stage giving all the VIP Wristband holders THE prime spot to view all of the actions with their private 2-teird balcony. Reserved tables with bottle service is also available if you’re looking to PRIDE with style! Please email our OC Pride VIP Concierge at VIP@prideoc.com to reserve your table today!

OC PRIDE STAGES 

Orange County Pride is thrilled to announce we have partnered up with iHeartRadio and excited to have them be a part of our celebration! Join us and all of your favorite on-air personalities from 102.7 KIIS FM, Alt 98.7 Fm, 104.3 MYfm, KOST 103.5, and PRIDE Radio at this year’s Orange County ‘AS ONE’ LGBT Parade & Festival!

** MAIN STAGE **
Located inside The Historical Yost; celebrate and dance the day away as OC Pride’s Featured DJ’s spin their flare between the talents sets, our Official OC Pride Rainbow Dancers and the one and only – DITA VODKA get the party started and Sexy Go-Go’s keep the party popping with hosts Billboard Chart Topper – ADAM BARTA, and Logo’s Prince Charming – ROBERT SEPULVEDA JR! Talent Includes: DEV, Adore Delano, Katya, Adam Barta, Robert Sepulveda Jr., Lee Dagger of Bimbo Jones, Nytrix, DJ SRO, Dita Vodka, MenAlive, AMET Ricky, Cali XAura, Lucky Madison’s Flirt Show, Christina Voss, Hector Lopez, PrettiBoiRoq, DJ Startlett, DJ Adam eXcess, and DJ Geoffrey Fox.

** VIP SKYBOX STAGE **
VIP Wristband Exclusive Dance Stage with their own private bar. Hosted by the tantalizing entertaining Queen of OC – KUNDA COUTURE and the deliciously sexy – BRAY LOVE! We’ve got the hottest DJ’s from all across Southern California spinning all day and all night long…so long, they’ll be closing out the VIP SkyBox with the Official OC “As One” Pride Closing Party! VIP Wristband holders are invited to continue the celebration well into the night as your Wristband also gets you access to the Official OC “As One” Pride Closing Party! Talent Includes: Kunda Couture, Bray Love, Merle G, DJ Geoffrey Fox, DJ Vanilla Chilla, DJ SRO, DJ Joshie Love, DJ Adam eXcess, Do Not Feed The DJ and DJ Mvrk.

** GARDEN STAGE **
Returning by popular demand, outside in the midst of our fabulous Vendor Arena and surrounded by the cool whisp sounds of a cold refreshing drink being poured into a cup of perfection stands the Garden Stage; hosted by the Diva herself – ALESSANDRA DIVINE, and the intoxicatingly gorgeous – APRIL SHOWERS! Talent Includes: Kenny Nelson, Best Supporting Actress, Tantive, Leonardo Martinez, April Showers, Alessandra Divine, DJ Rubin, DJ Joshie Love, DJ Vanilla Chilla, DJ Siesta Soul, and DJ Geoffrey Fox.

** LADIES STAGE **
We’ve brought you down from the heavens ladies and right smack down into the center of the action! Rocking all day and into the night, we’ve got special guest performances and some of the hottest Southern California female DJ’s for this year’s celebration and hosted by our reigning Ms Orange County Gay Pride – JAMIE WEISER, and the stunningly funny – ISABELLA XOCHITL! Talent Includes: Kate Brown, Dian Katz, WASI, DJ Mizz Jo, DJ Starlett, DJ Lickerish, DJ Joyful, Isabella Xochitl, and our reigning Ms Orange County Gay Pride – Jamie Weiser *More talent announcements to come!*

** LATIN STAGE **
The community asked for it, and we like to listen. OC Pride is thrilled to be introducing a new “crowd demanded” Latin Stage, Sponsored by BLEU Night Club; and hosted by the #1 imitator of Grammy Winner Thalia – JESSY CRUZ and our very own Miss Gay Pride Orange County – Bellonce!! Join our sexy GoGo Dancers for the crazy extravaganza with special prize giveaways all day long! Talent Includes: Jessy Cruz, AMY y su Sonora, Beatriz Solis, Monse Nolasco and her Divas, DJ Mario Bross, and our reigning Miss Orange County Gay Pride – Bellonce! *More talent announcements to come!*

LIBATIONS GARDENS 

Libation Gardens that will allow you to walk around through the Vendor Arena with a drink in hand? Are we serious? Are they happening? They sure are! This year enjoy a cold refreshing drink, whether it’s alcoholic or not, as you visit the vendors throughout the festival. Libation Gardens are not restricted by age and the entire community is invited to visit the vendors throughout the gardens. Visit the Ticket Booths located on either end of the Festival to get your 21+ Wristband prior to making your way to the Libations Gardens as ID’s must be checked here. Festival attendees must be 21+ to purchase and/or enjoy alcoholic beverages anywhere within OC Pride and will be STRICTLY enforced.

PRIDE SPEAKS 

Returning this year is OC PRIDE Speaks, located inside The Frida Cinema, where the community has the chance to hear about key detail issues surrounding the LGBT community and what they can do about keeping that smile on their face. Speaks regarding the Transgender community, Immigration Laws & Rights, and Marriage Rights will also be presented. Line-Up Includes: Jaleesa Johnson, Jackie Monahan, Josh Sabarra, Bill Murdoch with the F.B.I, Alexander J. Rodriguez, and more to be announced!

VENDOR ARENA & PROMENADES

OC Pride is taking over the streets and expanding!!! This year we will be shutting down both 3rd and 4th street; successfully doubling the size of the festival! Come and enjoy all of the great surprises instore. Full list of the 2017 Participating Vendors will be here so you can check them out in advance to make your game plan on how to hit all of your favorite booths strategically all the while keeping the beer full in one hand and some pad thai chicken in the other. Just make sure to time it all correctly with your favorite artists set time on The Main Stage – you wouldn’t want to miss that!

FOOD TRUCK ALLEY 
This year we’re ramping up OC Pride’s Food Truck Alley and bringing you streets lined with delicious treats! Full list of the 2017 Participating Food Trucks will be here so you can check them out in advance for all your tasty snacks and meal options. Most trucks accept cash only so come prepared! Food Trucks Include: Okamoto Kitchen, BrewWings, and 3-in-1. A new truck will be announced each Friday leading up to the Festival.

FAMILY ZONE
Join us for a day full of family friendly and family FUN activities that embarks the spirit of PRIDE for all ages. Located safely up beyond the rainbow on the Center on 4th’s patio. Bring your whole family to embrace the love, pride, and acceptance that Orange County LGBT Pride is all about and celebrate.

Information taken from Pride OC Website.

Trans* Party TONIGHT as part of LA Pride

Special Awards Recipients are as follows:

Media Award- Gender Non-Conforming BMI Pop Award sensation, song-writer, & activist Justin Tranter whose worked with names such as Britney Spears, Selena Gomez, Justin Beiber, Gwen Stefani, Mary J Blige and more. Justin is a board member with GLAAD, and is intentional about using their platform to bring attention to LGBTQ issues, especially those that impact trans people, women, and people of color! Justin’s message challenges the music industry to be more inclusive and embrace LGBTQ+ people.

Visibility Award- GLAAD’s Senior Strategist for Transgender Media, Alex Schmider has worked on campaigns that promote trans inclusion and visibility with Tinder, Instagram, Snapchat, MTV, Hallmark, Teen Vogue and more! Alex is an ambassador for Miley Cyrus’s “Happy Hippie Foundation” which focuses on LGBTQ youth and was featured on Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2017!

Spirit Award- Actress & Singer, Alexandra Grey has made appearances on shows like Amazon’s “Transparent”, NBC’s “Chicago Med”, Comedy Central’s “Drunk History”, ABC’s mini-series “When We Rise”, and CBS’s “Doubt” with Laverne Cox. Alexandra’s musical talents have taken her on a 10 city tour and she’s opened up for names like Zara Larsson & Todrick Hall! Despite her difficult journey, Alexandra courageously continued on and currently uses her platform to remind others that it’s not where you’ve come from, it’s about where you’re heading!

Community Empowerment Award- Maria Roman has been a leader in social services for the transgender community in Los Angeles for over 19 years. She is the Current Regent Empress 47 for the Los Angeles Imperial Court System. Maria has won several local and regent beauty pageant titles including Miss Universo 2001,Miss Gay International 2002, Miss LA Pride 2004- Miss LA Pride 2012 ,Miss Queen USA 2004, Miss QUEST 2009, Miss Queen Of the Universe 2013, Miss California Panache 2014. She currently serves as a Los Angeles County HIV Commissioner and works as a Housing Specialist at APAIT, providing housing assistance for individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

Come join us as we celebrate community!

 

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West Hollywood Park
647 N San Vicente Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048

Event starts at 7pm
FREE ADMISSION!

Information from LA Pride website.

Pride 2017: Celebrating Diversity And Who We Are

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With today being the start of Pride Month I thought I’d share my thoughts about what LGBTQ Pride means to me.

I am proud to be trans and proud of my community. To me being trans, or anyone in the LGBTQ spectrum, means we are strong. We have to be strong out of necessity if we are going to survive, especially in the current political climate. Our community has come together like never before to stand strong and fight for our rights and make our voices heard. As horrible as the current political situation is, it has mobilized our community and shown us and everyone else who we are and our strength and that we will not sit idly by as our rights are taken away and our very existence is under attack. So, Pride 2017 is going to be especially meaningful to many of us, and I will proudly wave my flag and voice my support for who we are.

I am proud that I have overcome the challenges and obstacles I’ve faced in order to become the real me and live the life I’m supposed to be living. And that goes for everyone in the LGBTQ community, and especially the trans community. We are survivors. And we are strong, whether we realize it or not. It’s often difficult to feel pride in being trans because for many of us we grew up feeling ashamed of who we are, and even today we still face a great deal of hate from those who are close-minded and unaccepting. It can be tough to feel good about yourself when we face so much negativity day after day. And that is one of the reasons why Pride Month is important, because it’s a powerful experience to be surrounded by people who are supportive and understanding and where we can feel good and celebrate who we are.

I always get uncomfortable when people talk about how brave we as trans people are, but I’ve learned to accept that compliment because when you think about that there is a lot of truth to it. It takes courage to face a world that so often condemns our very existence. It takes courage to get out of bed on days when the depression is bad and all you want to do is stay in bed and hide. It takes courage to keep going when it feels like all hope is lost. And most of all, it takes courage to be yourself; your true authentic self. So yes, I am proud to be trans and I wear my colors as a badge of honor.

But having said that, I hope that someday this battle for acceptance ends and I can just be me. I look forward to the day when I can just be Rebecca, and not Rebecca the trans woman. Yes, I am trans and proud of it, but that shouldn’t define me. There is so much more to me than just being trans, and sometimes I feel like that gets lost. I am first and foremost a person; a woman, a parent and child, a grandma, a friend, a baseball fan, a foodie, a writer, a lover of books, a hopeless romantic, a dork, a veteran, a lover of art, a history buff, an artist, and the list goes on and on. I am me. Such a simple sentence, but it took the better part of 50 years to figure out who I was and to find my way to being that person. And the journey continues, but I can finally say I am happy with who I am.

So I will be out and about for Pride 2017 and waving my flag and showing my support and letting the world know I’m a proud member of the LGBTQ community. Let’s celebrate diversity and show the world just how amazing we all are!

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Jamie’s TGirl Saturday Cinco De Mayo Party this Weekend!

THIS SATURDAY!
@ Hamburger Mary’s LONG BEACH
Jamie’s Cinco De Mayo Party!

Hamburger Marys has DRINK SPECIALS, GREAT FOOD, and Lots of parking options

Hamburger Marys
330 Pine St
Long Beach, Ca 90802

No Dress Code, but “Dress to Impress” works
Minimum – Shirt, Slacks/Jeans & Shoes

REMINDER:
Everyone is required to show proper Picture ID.

TG Prom this Weekend at Dunes Resort in Michigan

Hello, midwest friends! We heard through the grapevine about a bunch of cool events happening this weekend (April 7-9, 2017) at the Dunes Resort.

If you attend on Saturday (April 8th), come for their fun TG Prom Queen and King contest! Take pictures and have a good time!

April 3rd, 2017|Categories: Events, Lifestyle|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Becca Benz 2017 TEA Part 2: Parties and shows!

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The Transgender Erotica Awards weekend is always such a fun time, and my week in Los Angeles had already been pretty eventful before the TEA events had even begun!

Thursday night at Club Cobra signals the unofficial start of the TEA festivities and is always a fun time, and this year was no different. I got there early and was sitting in a booth chatting with friends when my good friend David gave me two bags of delicious Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel chocolates! David is so sweet and thoughtful; last year he brought me flowers, and this year chocolates! It’s moments like this, and seeing good friends again, that makes TEA so meaningful to me.

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And then a bit later in walks none other than the beautiful Staci Miguire, looking decidedly more blonde than the last time I saw her! She and I always have fun hanging out and dancing and she brings out my wild side! And it’s nice to be with someone taller than I am for a change! And it so happened that I wore a leopard print dress and Staci wore a zebra print dress, so we had fun with the animal print theme, and there were lots of jokes about predator and prey! We even considered swapping dresses since she’s more predator and I’m more prey, but thankfully we never actually got around to doing it lol

The club closed and security had their hands full ushering us all out of the club and off the property, and then trying to get everyone to go home. There were large groups of people mingling on the street and suddenly a fight broke out and it was like watching moths being drawn to light; everyone ran to the fight and cell phone flashes were going off like mad. We soon heard the sound of police sirens, and then a police helicopter appeared overhead with its light scanning the scene, followed by a fire truck and police cars screaming down the road. It was a crazy ending to a wild night!

Friday I had the pleasure of having breakfast with my dear friend Fran, who is someone I’ve gotten to know a lot more this past year and who has become near and dear to my heart. We’d been counting down the down the weeks and days as TEA approached, looking forward to breakfast and being able to talk and enjoy a break from the dreary Pacific Northwest weather. And it was definitely worth the wait, getting to talk face to face and just hang out and enjoy being together. We had the most wonderful conversations and I wouldn’t let her go back to work because I so enjoyed having her all to myself! And she also gives the absolute best hugs! It was such a wonderful afternoon and one of the things I will remember most from this year’s TEA.

Friday night it was the TEA party, which was moved up this year instead of being the night after the awards show as in previous years. The party was at Bardot and fabulous as always, and it was so much fun seeing everyone, and of course seeing what everyone was wearing, and in some cases, not wearing lol The folks at Grooby know how to throw a party, and this was one of their best!

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My favorite moment from the party was getting Fran and Kristel together for a picture of the three of us. Last year we’d forgotten to get a picture, so Fran and I had been reminding each other not to forget, and I was on a mission to make it happen! And we had such fun doing this picture, and it could not have turned out any more beautifully. These two ladies are good friends who mean the world to me, so I was pleased we got such a wonderful picture together. And as you can see, Fran was kind of getting all touchy feely back there, but she can cop a feel of my ass any time she wants 🙂

In previous years I remember seeing the food vendors outside the Avalon after it closed and how delicious the hot dogs smelled, but I never got one because I was worried about slopping food onto my dress, but this year I was hungry and it smelled so good that I broke down and bought one, and it had to be one of the best hot dogs I’ve ever had. And I managed to eat it without getting any on my dress!

2017 TEA CON After a late night of partying we all dragged ourselves out of bed Saturday afternoon for TEA Con, which this year was held at the Avalon, site of the awards show, and it’s such a great venue; much roomier and you couldn’t ask for more beautiful setting.

I spent the entire afternoon wandering around talking with everyone and never did settle down at a table; my friend Hanna from Transformation Magazine let me put my stuff at her table and it was nice to just sit with her and talk when I needed a break from wandering.

I went for comfort this year, wearing a casual maxi skirt and comfortable top, and flip-flops to give my tired feet a rest! I did have a pair of heels in my bag in case I felt too under-dressed, but they never did make it out of the bag lol

One of the funnest moments from TEA Con was getting the photographers together to pose for a picture for me, which was not unlike trying to herd cats! They have all become good friends over the three years I’ve been attending TEA, and I am so appreciative of the awesome work they do and all the time and effort they put into capturing all the special moments during the TEA events. And I always have so much fun talking and joking with them, and they are always so gracious when I ask them for a picture with someone, which I tend to do more than I probably should!

2017 TEA Con

I had decided I wasn’t going to attend the Saturday night event at Cheetah’s because the previous year had been such a fiasco; instead I had planned to go to either Hamburger Mary’s in Long Beach or Club Shine, but for some reason I was really tired decided to just hang out in my hotel room and order room service and watch the Food Channel. I felt guilty spending a Saturday night in Los Angeles in my hotel room, but I just needed a break and some time to rest and recharge. I don’t have access to tv or the Food Channel where I live, so it was kind of nice to just relax and watch Chopped, and take a nice long hot shower.

Sunday was the TEA awards, and I got my hair and makeup done that afternoon, which is always a fun thing to splurge on. I went to the same salon in Burbank that I went to last year but had a different lady do my hair, and I really enjoyed talking with her. I guess I’m getting chatty in my old age! And it turned out I got to see the lady who did my hair last year, which was nice!

It’s always fun getting all dressed to the nines and getting to wear a gown, and I really liked my gown this year; simple but elegant. I initially hadn’t planned to wear a gown this year because I felt I’d never be able to do better than last year’s gown, but I couldn’t resist. I mean, how often do you get the chance to wear a gown? So I took my time getting ready and then took Lyft to the Avalon. It’s always such a cool moment to arrive and walk in, knowing it’s finally here and that it’s going to be such an amazing night, and seeing everyone there! One of those magic moments that never seems to get old. This year I had the pleasure of walking the red carpet with my friend Eddie Wood, and we had a lot of fun; in fact I may have gotten a bit too carried away with the fun part, but I think Eddie had a good time!

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I mingled and talked and hugged and posed for pictures and was having such a wonderful time and felt so fortunate to once again be part of such an awesome event. When I looking through the program I was so excited to see that Al Tom was getting the Best Industry Professional Award!! I got up to go find him so I could give him a great big hug! Al is such a great photographer and a good friend to so many of us, and if anyone is deserving of this award it’s him.

The show was going to be starting soon and I was sitting at our table when I saw Laura Espinoza across the room, so I ran over to say hi to her, and we talked for a while. When I went back to the table I noticed my purse was gone. I asked the people at the table if they’d seen it and asked security if it had been turned in, but no one had seen it. I didn’t have time to worry about it because the award Jamie Jameson and I were presenting was the third award, so we had to go backstage before the show started. It was neat to present an award, and I was happy I got to do it with Jamie because I knew her and knew I could get by with not having to talk much. We were announced, which was pretty cool and then we walked out onto the stage, and I managed to do so without tripping, so I was happy and relieved! Jamie did the talking and I just stood there and smiled and clapped and enjoyed the moment. I kind of felt like Vanna White from Wheel of Fortune! After the winner was announced we moved off to the side and then exited after the winners.

I made it back to the table and still no sign of my purse, and that’s when I really started getting worried. And then when I realized I would not be able to fly home if I didn’t have my driver’s license, which was in my purse, I really started stressing out. And without my credit card or identification I wouldn’t have access to any money, and I stressed even more. I asked a friend who also lived in Portland and who had driven to Los Angeles if I could possibly get a ride back with her, and she graciously said yes, so at least I didn’t have to worry about being stranded here. And thankfully I hadn’t left my phone in my purse so at least I had that.

Miran Becca Benz 2017 TEAWhen the nominees for Best Internet Personality were announced it was such a cool moment to hear my name and see my picture, and to be included among such a distinguished group of nominees. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to win this year because I just felt like there were people more deserving than me. It was still a little disappointing not to win, but Miran is a friend and someone I have a great deal of respect for, and I was happy she won. And I have to say she looked stunning in the gorgeous gown she wore, as she always does.

I stayed until the intermission and then checked again with security, and when my purse was still missing I decided to head back to the hotel so I could call my bank and report my card missing, so I got a Lyft and went back to the hotel, where I had to get another key card so I could get in my room. I changed out of my gown and got cleaned up and then called the bank to report my card missing and arranged for a new card to be sent which would be waiting for me when I got back to Portland. Once that was taken care of I took a shower and tried to calm down. I would be leaving early in the morning to go home with my friend, and I still had to get packed, so there wasn’t much point to going to sleep, even if I could have slept, which was doubtful.

After the awards show ended a friend called me and left a message saying my purse had been found and it was in the security office, so I got dressed and drove back to the Avalon, hoping it wasn’t too late to get my purse before everyone left. I got there just as they were closing up and it took a while to find the right person to unlock the door, but when they opened the security office there was my purse on the counter, and my driver’s license and credit card were still in it. I was so so relieved.

When I had walked in I smelled the hot dogs from the street vender and as I was leaving I realized how hungry I was so I was looking forward to grabbing a couple of hot dogs to take home, but of course they were gone by the time I came out. I got home and checked online to see what was still open, but everything was closed or was not delivering, so I finally ended up going through the drive-through at McDonalds and getting two Egg McMuffins, which seemed an appropriate ending to what had been a long, long night. I got to bed just as the sun was coming up, but thankfully my hotel room had blackout curtains so I was able to get some sleep. I was exhausted Monday and didn’t do much beyond getting packed and having one more meal at In N Out. I had an early flight Tuesday morning so I went to bed early. The trip home was uneventful, and I was just thankful to be on the plane. It was good to get home, except for the weather. I had left warm, sunny California and returned to cold, rainy Portland, which was depressing. I got home and unpacked, and as much as I enjoyed my time in Los Angeles it was good to sleep in my own bed again.

My 2017 TEA was filled with lots of wonderful memories, even though it ended on a sour note with my purse having disappeared, but such is life. Last year was magical in every possible way and I will forever have those memories, and this year was special in its own ways. It all worked out in the end, as it invariably does.

It wasn’t until last week that I even looked at any of the pictures from this year’s TEA events, and when I did I was struck by how tired I looked. I was missing the energy and sparkle from previous years, and that was sort of a wakeup call that something was not right with me.

As for TEA 2018, I’m not sure at this point. I have a lot of personal things to sort out and I’m not sure what the future holds for me. I have three years of special memories and so many wonderful friends, and those will stay with me forever, no matter where my life takes me.

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Becca Benz 2017 TEA Part 1: Adventures in Los Angeles!

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I had been counting down the days and looking forward to TEA for a long time; actually since last year’s TEA ended! I got my gown and all the accessories and had all my reservations made and was ready to go! I was so excited to see all my friends, and was looking forward to lots of warm, sunny weather after having endured a Portland winter in which we’ve seen very little sun and lots of rain. I had been checking the weather forecast and was so relieved when I knew the weather would be good. I got packed and managed to get everything into my luggage, including four pairs of heels and my sneakers, and was ready to go!

Going through airport security is never fun because I always get “selected” to go through a pat-down and have my luggage searched. Go figure. So I get the Portland airport and check my bag and get ready to go through security, and it looks like I’m going to make it through without getting searched, but then the TSA agent points to my carry-on suitcase and asks me if that’s mine, and I reply yes, wondering what’s going on. He then gives me a funny look and asks me if I realized I had a large hunting knife in my bag. Shit! My bag has a small pocket on the side which I never use because I never remember it’s there, and when I recently moved I must have thrown the knife in that pocket of the bag and forgotten about it. I try to remain calm and collected and I tell him it’s my son’s knife and I hadn’t realized it was there, hoping I wasn’t going to be detained and have to explain all this. He gives me another funny look and then takes the knife to swab it for residue. He then tells me I can’t keep it, which I already know, and then sends me on my way. So, I normally always get patted down and searched, but when I carry a large hunting knife in my carry-on bag through security I don’t get patted down or even have my luggage searched. Huh. Guess I’ll have to put prohibited items in my carry-on bag from now on.

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So I make it on my flight, which was no small relief after the knife incident, and have a smooth trip to Burbank, and get my rental car and find my way to the hotel and get checked in. I splurged a little and went with a nicer hotel, but I was blown away at how nice my room was, and how amazing the shower was! I knew I’d be enjoying lots of long hot showers while I was there! My apologies for not doing my part to conserve water while I was there.

My first order of business was finding the sun-deck at the hotel to lay in the sun and get some much-needed color, but I find out the sun-deck is closed for repairs. What??? Thankfully their sister hotel was across the street and had a nice sun-deck, so I found a comfy chase lounge and enjoyed the warmth of the sun while I relaxed and looked at the palm trees. It was good to be back in Los Angeles! The second order of business was heading to my favorite In N Out Burger for dinner. Surprisingly it wasn’t too crowded and I got a booth to sit in while I enjoyed my animal-style burger and fries. God how I’d missed In N Out burgers!!!

I spent the next two days lounging in the sun and working on getting a tan, but being careful not to burn, and just being lazy and checking out my old haunts from when I lived there. Wednesday night I went to The Abbey, which is a place near and dear to my heart. The people who work there are so friendly and always so good to me, and it’s such a fun place whether I’m there to dance or just people-watch, plus they have really great food! I got there fairly early before things got too crazy and order a drink, which is the first drink I’ve had in a long, long time, so it doesn’t take much to get me feeling good lol And then Brooke Zannell, Eddie Wood, Chelsea Marie, and Montasia showed up, which was a really nice surprise! I was so excited they were there and to get the chance to catch up! Little did I know just how exciting things were going to get! We were sitting at a table talking, and I leaned over so I could hear what Brooke was saying when all of a sudden Eddie jumps up and starts furiously patting my head, and I’m wondering what the heck is going on. Then I smell something burning and Eddie is telling me my hair caught on fire when I leaned over the table and my hair went into the candle, which I hadn’t even noticed. Thank God Eddie saw what happened and took such quick action. And thankfully I didn’t have any product in my hair or hadn’t worn hairspray, otherwise my hair might have gone up like a Roman candle. Everyone assured me not much hair burned and that it wasn’t noticeable, but I was still pretty freaked about it. But after another drink I wasn’t so worried lol I managed to get back to the hotel at a decent hour without any further incidents. My first few days in Los Angeles were pretty exciting, and the TEA events hadn’t even started yet!

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Next week in Part 2 I’ll cover all TEA Con, the TEA Pre-party, and the TEA Awards, as well as a fun night at Club Cobra.

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TEA Time is almost here: the 2017 Transgender Erotica Awards are coming!

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With the Transgender Erotica Awards coming up soon I thought I’d share my perspective about what it’s like to attend the TEA events for those of you who have never gotten the chance to experience it in person. Hopefully this will help convince you that it’s an event that can’t be missed!

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The purpose behind the Transgender Erotica Awards is to recognize those who work in and have excelled in this industry, but it’s so much more than just the awards. While it is nice to be recognized for your accomplishments, the best part of TEA is just getting together with friends to celebrate what we do. And with all the negativity we face because of working in the porn industry, let alone the fact that we’re also trans, it’s nice to be with people where it’s okay to feel good about what we do and who we are. We get a chance to put aside all the negative crap that seems to predominate the news lately and have some fun for a few days. And for me, it’s more than just a gathering of people I work with and the fans who enjoy the product we create, it’s more like a family reunion. I’ve made so many friends in this industry, people who have come to mean the world to me and are like family, and that is what makes this so truly special. I get to dress up in a fancy gown and hang out and party with some pretty amazing people, and it doesn’t get much better than that! And for those new to the industry it’s a great opportunity to learn how the industry works and to meet people and network. But TEA is so much more than just about the awards!

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TEA Con debuted last year and was a rousing success, and it looks to be even better this year with it being held on Saturday March 4th at Avalon, site of the awards show. TEA Con gives fans a chance to meet and hang out with the performers in a more relaxed environment, along with the opportunity to get autographed photos and merchandise, along with a picture with their favorite model. And Grooby will no doubt have some goodies to give away such as their awesome Grooby Girl t-shirts and calendars. I think I spent all of five minutes at my table because I was having too much fun wondering around talking with people and taking pictures. Even though I work in the industry I’m still a fan, and TEA Con gave me the opportunity to hang out with people I hadn’t met before and make new friends.

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The After-party has traditionally been held the night following the awards, but this year it’s been moved up to Friday March 3rd, with the awards being held on Sunday March 5th. The party takes place at Bardot which is a fabulous venue, and the folks at Grooby know how to throw a heck of a party! It’s always fun to see the outfits people wear, which range from elegant to outrageous and everything in between! The music rocks, the alcohol flows, and the party is one of the best! What I notice most are all the smiles and laughter and hugs, and people just happy to be there among friends. You can say with absolute certainty that a good time is had by all!

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And finally, the Awards Show is Sunday March 5th at the Avalon, and is always an amazing event. The Avalon is a beautiful venue and adds to the over-all atmosphere, which is one of excitement, elegance, and celebration. When you first walk in and see the red carpet and then the big staircase and the auditorium beyond that, it literally takes your breath away. And even more breath-taking are the people who attend and all the amazing gowns and dresses you see, along with some pretty snazzy tuxedos and suits! If you like to people watch then TEA will be your dream come true! The awards show begins with walking the red carpet and getting interviewed and photographed, which in itself is quite an experience! Morgan Bailey is the queen of the red carpet and nobody does a better job of interviewing that her! Then we mingle and have a drink or two and socialize with everyone before making our way to our tables for the award show. And then the fun begins, with your friends and coworkers getting recognized for their hard work. It’s always hard to pick who you want to win because most of the nominees are friends, so no matter who wins we’re all happy. It’s quite an evening.

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And the TEA weekend wouldn’t be complete without attending Club Cobra on Thursday night which is the unofficial start to the TEA festivities. Cobra is always a fun night and a good chance to hang out and have a few drinks with your friends, or to make new friends!

And come Monday when all the festivities are done and we’re dead tired and our feet are killing us from wearing heels for the past four days, you’ll look back and have a lifetime of great memories and understand what an amazing experience the Transgender Erotica Awards really are! It’s one of those things that has to be experienced in order to understand it! And then you’ll be counting down the days until next year’s TEA!

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This would not be complete without a big thank you to everyone at Grooby who put in so much time and effort to make this event so special. A lot of work goes into organizing and planning TEA and making sure everything runs smoothly, and it’s a credit to them that these events always seem to come off without a hitch. The Transgender Erotica Awards have come a long way since the first one held in 2008, and it will be exciting to see how it continues to evolve and grow in the coming years.

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And last, but certainly not least, a big thank you to the many talented photographers who cover all the TEA events and never miss capturing all the special moments. You guys are the best! It’s nice to have so many amazing photos to remember these events by, and to use to promote things. TEA photos are always the first ones I go to when looking for images to use for my interviews, so thank you for that!

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For more information about TEA and to purchase tickets, visit the TEA website here: theteashow.com/

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[pics] Grooby’s 20th Anniversary (Part 2)

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Thank you so much to everyone for their patience! The days slipped away from us a bit after our 20th anniversary party and before we knew it, it was October! Special thanks to Altomic Visuals (Al Tom) for his great work as always!

Don’t forget to check out PART 1 of our pictures here!

[pics] Grooby’s 20th Anniversary Party (Part 1)

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Our apologies for the delay of these photos! We had such a great time at our Grooby20 party last month that we needed a bit of time to recover! Thank you so much to all who attended to celebrate with us and thank you to those who sent us well wishes even though they were unable to attend!

Special thanks to Ben from Otola Photo and Gio for these photos! Next up we’ll have Altomic Visuals photos!

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Tran All-Star Party in Baltimore this Friday and Saturday with Award Winning TS Starlets

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New York City, NY – TGirl Events and Tranny Strip will be throwing a special Trans All-Star Party at Little Darlings in Baltimore this Friday and Saturday with guest hosts TS stars Foxxy, Morgan Bailey, Natassia Dreams, and Chanel Santini.

The two-night Trans All-Star Party will feature 20 sexy TS dancers from Tranny Strip NYC, private couch dances and VIP rooms with the dancers and special guest hosts, and shows by NYC’s Jaemy Paris, and musical entertainment from DJ Ciyn. The night will be emceed by Chelsea Malone, with hostesses Sandy Michelle and Miss Pearl pumping up the crowd all night. Table reservations and bottle service is available, contact info@TGirlEvents.com for more information.

Discounted pre-sale tickets can be purchased at www.sendomatic.com/Baltimore for $35, with door admission at $40.

Little Darlings Baltimore is located at 403 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. Friday’s party will be held on September 23, 2016, from 7pm-2am. Saturday’s party will be held on September 24, 2016, from 9pm-2am.

Visit TGirlEvents.com for more party details, pictures, and a calendar of events. You can also call their official hotline at 917-426-7121, follow them on Twitter at @TrannyStrip and Instagram at @TGirlEvents, or email them directly at Info@TGirlEvents.com.

TS Starlet Chanel Santini to Host “Tranny Strip” this Saturday in New York City

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New York City, NY – NYC’s premier trans nightlife company, Tranny Strip, is proud to announce TS starlet Chanel Santini as their guest host on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at HQNYC Club. The occasion marks Santini’s first media appearance in New York City.

“I’m super excited to be Hosting Tranny Strip!” said adult star Chanel Santini. “I love to dance, and I have been practicing my sexy moves on and off the pole. I  absolutely love New York City! I went for the first time back in April and fell in love with it! That was also my first time dancing at Tranny Strip. I’m excited to be back in the Big Apple!”

Guests can book private one-on-one time with Santini in the Intimate VIP Lounge. There will also be over 20+ trans dancers featured on the main stage and go go dancers positioned throughout the venue. There will be performances by Ebonee Excell and Jaemy Paris, musical stylings from Chelsea Malone, with hostesses Sandy Michelle, Miss Pearl, and Seasone Beste entertaining the crowd all evening. The event is also sponsored by Eros.com and Trans500.com.

HQNYC is located at 552 West 38th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenue) in New York City and runs from 8pm-4am.

Visit TrannyStrip.com for more party details, pictures, and a calendar of events. You can also call their official hotline at 917-426-7121, follow them on Twitter at @TrannyStrip and Instagram at @TGirlEvents, or email them directly at Info@TGirlEvents.com.

TS Madison to Host TGirl Events’ Trans Pride NYC at HQNYC Club this Saturday

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New York City, NYNYC’s premier trans nightlife company, TGirl Events, will be throwing an entertainment filled Trans Pride NYC party at HQNYC Club on Saturday, June 25, 2016. The special event will be hosted by trans mogul and social media celebrity TS Madison.

“I am beyond excited to have the Trans Social Celebrity TS MADISON with us for NYC Pride this weekend,” said promoter John Ed. “I have been trying to book her for two years now. After the Orlando tragedy, I am looking forward to Madison inspiring us and entertaining us and showing us some love. ‘Cause what the world needs now is love, sweet love!”

“I am really excited to be back here in New York partying with the girls, added TS Madison. I love my Trans sisters, they make me feel so important and so relevant and it is always an honor to be in the presence of such beautiful girls.”

TS Madison is the recipient of the TEA Lifetime Achievement Award for her accomplishments in and outside of the industry. Her popular web series, Wait a Minute, is produced by World of Wonder Productions, and she utilizes her platform for advocacy, empowerment, and humor. Visit her official website at TheRealTSMadison.com.

The event is sponsored by Eros.com and Trans500.com and runs from 8pm-4am at the upscale HQNYC Club in New York City. Guests can hang out in the VIP Lounge for an exclusive Meet & Greet with TS Madison. There will be an opening performance by Jaemy Paris, closing performance Ebonee Excell, and stage performances from over 20 sexy trans dancers from Tranny Strip NYC. The event will be emceed by legendary producer John Ed, with musical stylings from NYC Trans DJ Cynn and hostesses Seasonse Beste, Selena International, Miss Pearl, Aby, and Karabella in attendance.

Full bar and bottle service is available by RSVPing to info@TGirlEvents.com. You can also call the official hotline at 917-426-7121. Follow them on Twitter at @TrannyStrip or Instagram at @TGirlEvents. Visit their official website at TrannyStrip.com for more party details, pictures, and a calendar of upcoming events.

HQNYC Club is located at 552 West 38th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenue), New York City, NY, 10018. Admission is $25 for reduced admission tickets purchased at http://www.sendomatic.com/transpride or at the door on the night of the event for $40.

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