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Trump trans ban: A slap in the face to trans community

I woke this morning to the news that Trump will reinstate the ban against transgender Americans being allowed to serve openly in the military. The ban had been lifted under President Obama but the plan to allow trans people to serve openly was still under review, and it was an ominous sign when Defense Secretary James Mattis announced last month that he was delaying enactment of the plan.

Trump made the following statement in three tweets this morning: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

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The “tremendous medical costs” is nothing but an excuse. In 2016 the Defense Department commissioned the Rand Corporation to do study which concluded that letting transgender people serve openly would have a “minimal impact” on readiness and health care costs, largely because there are so few in the military’s 1.3 million-member force. The study put the number of transgender people in the military between 1,320 and 6,630. Gender reassignment surgery is rare in the general population, and the RAND study estimated the possibility of 30 to 130 gender transition-related surgeries among active service members. The cost could range from $2.4 million and $8.4 million, an amount that would represent an “exceedingly small proportion” of total health care expenditures, the study found. Trump’s argument that the medical costs would be a burden is nothing but a thinly veiled excuse to discriminate against transgender Americans and deny us the right to serve openly. So, what’s next, reinstating the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy? Our rights are being systematically taken away, and where does it end?

Trump trans military banI am beyond outraged. I am angry that we as a nation have taken yet another step backwards by allowing the trans community to be so blatantly discriminated against. Up until now I have refrained from criticizing those in the LGBT community who voted for Trump, but I can no longer hold my tongue. I am furious and bewildered that so many in the trans community actually voted for Trump. He was very clear during his campaign that he intended to take away the rights of the LGBT community, so It’s not like the reinstatement of the ban or the other anti-trans legislation should come as a surprise. How any member of the trans community could think it was a good idea to vote for Trump is beyond me. During his campaign Trump stated “Thank you to the LGBT Community! I will fight for you!” Does it look like he’s fighting for us? The only thing he’s fighting for is to take away our rights and legislate us out of existence. It’s frightening how simple it apparently was for so many people to be persuaded to vote for him.

As a trans veteran I have always been unabashedly patriotic and proud to be an American. It was an honor to serve my country. But today I feel like I’ve been spit on by my own country. The very people whose rights and freedoms I protected while serving are now taking away my rights. I have never felt more ashamed of my country. Trump does not represent the principals which made America great; he stands for hate and ignorance and greed. He is not my president.

We as a nation, and especially those of us in the LGBT community, need to think long and hard about what America stands for and whether the current direction this nation is heading under Trump is in line with those beliefs. We have taken a huge step backwards under Trump and it’s only going to get worse. We need to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask some hard questions. We need to take a stand before it’s too late; before there is nothing left to fight for.

Grooby’s Florida Roadtrip #5 Hits Shelves Today

Los Angeles, CA – Grooby is proud to announce their latest title, Florida Roadtrip #5. The DVD is now available for purchase at the GroobyStore.com.

“Jack Flash once again delivers some of the hottest performers from the Sunshine State,” stated Steven Grooby. “We’re at our fifth installment of this series with no intention of bringing down the heat. We’ve assembled a strong cast of our current Florida hotties and I think our customers are going to be very pleased.”

Florida Roadtrip #5 is directed by Jack Flash and features five hardcore scenes from Florida’s top performers, such as Jennifer Revlon, Barbie, Diana Love, Mayland, and Christina Skyye. This DVD, along with Grooby’s other newest titles, can be purchased directly at the GroobyStore.com.

 

ABOUT GROOBY

Founded in 1996, Grooby is the leading producer of trans erotica. In addition to operating over 30 membership sites, the company has numerous popular DVD lines, and host the annual TEAs (Transgender Erotica Awards) held in Hollywood, CA. For more information, visit Grooby.com.

Attack my integrity? A shill for Grooby? Think again.

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I had intended to write about Caitlyn Jenner’s possible run for the Senate in California, but after recent events on social media I felt the need to clarify a few things about this column and what I write.

Last week I wrote a column about Trans Identity and the issues we face in our own community because some choose to judge and try to exclude certain people who they feel are not really trans or “not trans enough” which has led to a lot of bickering and divisiveness within our community. After logging onto Facebook yesterday and reading yet another diatribe against cross-dresser, I made the following post:

“Some trans women need to take a long, hard look at themselves because they are nothing but self-righteous hypocrites. We’re fighting to be accepted, and yet so many trans women are extremely judgmental as to whether someone is really trans, or “trans enough.” As if it’s up to them to decide. At this rate the conservatives are going to get exactly what they want because the trans community seems intent on tearing itself apart from within with this idiotic bickering. This is why I’m not on FB much anymore, because you can’t post anything without it erupting into petty bickering and bitching about cross-dressers.”

The post got a decent number of comments, including many thoughtful, intelligent replies, as well as lot of comments which were nothing more than the same old arguments that always come up during the bickering. But one particular trans woman chose to aggressively go after me and take me to task for being too inclusive (of cross-dressers), and she also accused me of being a mouthpiece for Grooby Productions. She said I only wrote what was sanctioned and approved by the people at Grooby, and that they would not publish something they didn’t like or agree with. And she had the audacity to make all these accusations without having ever read my column! If you don’t like my column or agree with my opinions, that’s fine, I have no problem with that. But if you want to criticize my writing you damn well have better at least read it first.

For the record: Steven Grooby, CEO and Founder of Grooby Productions, and Kristel Penn, Marketing and Editorial Director of Grooby Productions, have given me the creative freedom to write about whatever interests me, and have never censored or edited anything I wrote. NEVER. And I’m pretty sure I’ve written some things which they did not agree with.

Yes, I am very loyal to Grooby Productions and the people who work there because they have without fail been supportive of me and treated me fairly and with respect. And that in turn has earned my respect and loyalty. Do I agree with everything Grooby Productions and Steven does? No. But Steven has shown time after time that he cares about the trans community and has helped countless trans people, including me.

Furthermore, I would sooner quit than be forced to write something which I did not believe in or support. I have too much self-respect to compromise my beliefs, and I strongly resent that anyone would challenge my integrity.

In last week’s column, I stated at the very beginning that “These are my own views and I certainly don’t expect everyone to agree with them, or imply that my views are the only ones which are correct. Everyone has their own opinions and who is to say one person’s opinion is better or more correct than anyone else’s.” I don’t claim to be an expert on anything or to suppose my opinions are better than anyone else’s. My opinions are just that; opinions. We all have them and we all have the freedom to express our opinions. What I do have are life experiences which is what I draw upon when I write, and hopefully I’ve gained a bit of maturity and perspective in my 55 years of living.

And lastly, if you have a grudge against Grooby that’s your problem, not mine, and I do not appreciate being attacked because you choose to be petty and vindictive. Grow up and get over it.

And now, back to Caitlyn.

This column was originally going to be about Caitlyn Jenner, who recently announced that she is considering running for the Senate in California. I was curious what people thought of this, especially those in the trans community where Caitlyn is a very controversial figure. Most agree she has done a lot to help the trans community by getting trans issues into mainstream media so more people are aware of trans people and the issues we face. But, and this is a very big but, she has drawn a lot of criticism for being Republican and for making a lot of comments which almost seem transphobic. That, along with the fact that most feel she is in no way representative of the trans community as a whole given that she is a celebrity and has unlimited financial resources available to her.

Most of the responses, as expected, were not supportive of Jenner running. Most had an issue with her being a Republican, along with the fact that she has no political experience. And frankly, she is just not well liked in the trans community and most people feel she has done little to help her own community. So, it appears she has very little support within the trans community, and she would almost certainly have no support from the conservative population, so that seems to indicate she would have no realistic chance of winning. But, she has a lot of money, so who knows. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds and if she does indeed decide to run.

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Photographer Opening at Grooby!

Are you a seasoned or budding shooter looking to get into the industry? We have a job opening for a photographer in the Toronto, Vancouver, and Calgary areas.

Equipment

You need to be working with a good quality digital camera at least 5mp and able to shoot at high resolutions, have a portable set of lights and a DV camera (takes mini-DV tapes).

What’s in it for you?

Apart from the opportunity to meet and work with all these great girls? We offer competitive rates of pay and on-going work. If you shoot enough girls in one location for us, we’ll close off that area so only you can work that patch. Most of our photographers have been working with us for years, you treat us right and it comes back to you!

The Job

To be able to meet and make connections with TS models on your own, whether through the internet, newspapers, the street or your own contacts. To take good quality, well-lit photos and video clips for the internet. To present yourself and the company in a good image. We expect photographers to work exclusively for us within the US but may make exception elsewhere. Photographers are responsible for getting ID’s and legal paperwork from the models and sending it to us. The ability to either FTP the images or cut to CD and mail in to our office with the tapes and paperwork.

If you think this is something you’re interested in, please send your full details, location and sample photos to michael@grooby.com with the subject line “Photographer.”

July 19th, 2017|Categories: Featured Post, News|Tags: , |0 Comments

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.

 

Masseuse Gets a TGirl Surprise | Kacy TGirl

KacyTGirl.com has self-produced its first full-length porn video, Masseuse Gets a TGirl Surprise! Rubs McClanahan makes his porn debut as Bill the Masseuse with Kacy TGirl playing her “adult entertainer” self. Kacy has her long legs, shapely ass and tgirl tits oiled and massaged before surprising Bill with her shemale cock. The lines get blurred as to who’s massaging who but that doesn’t matter since its happy endings for all! 

Working with newcomer Rubs was fun because he brought an eagerness to our first self-produced hardcore full length. And I must admit his being a professionally trained masseuse added to my pleasure” quipped Kacy. The HD video with a running time of over 30 minutes has a soundtrack featuring the “electronica organica music” of DJ Kid Cholera. And as with many of the KacyTGirl.com productions there’s a bonus behind the scenes clip at the end. 

The very hot video is the newest addition to the exclusive TS content found only on kacytgirl.com! Check it out now!

2018 Marks 10th Anniversary for the TEAs

Los Angeles, CA – The 2018 Transgender Erotica Awards (also known as the TEAs) will celebrate their 10th anniversary with special guests and features planned for the upcoming show. The three-day event will be held during March 9-11 at Avalon and Bardot (Avalon’s connecting property) located in Hollywood, CA.

The TEAs continues to be the only event of its kind, celebrating the accomplishments of the trans adult industry. From its humble beginnings as an online competition hosted by Grooby, it has since expanded into a three-day event drawing in guests from all over the world.

“It’s hard to believe that we’ve been doing this for 10 years,  it seems like we’re just getting started in what we can accomplish with this show,” said Steven Grooby. “The growth has been tremendous and the support we’ve gained both from the trans community and the wider adult business community fantastic. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do to make this show extra special this year and make sure as many people can come and enjoy it.”

Following the same schedule as last year, the 3-day event will kick off with a pre-party on Friday, March 9, at the Bardot, a daytime fan convention on Saturday, and finishing off with the popular awards ceremony on Sunday, March 11, at the Avalon. More details about the event will be released in the months to come. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com.

The 2018 sponsorship packages are now posted to the website here: http://www.theteashow.com/sponsorship-info

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

Trans Identity: Who’s Who, And What Does It Matter

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NOTE: These are my own views and I certainly don’t expect everyone to agree with them, or imply that my views are the only ones which are correct. Everyone has their own opinions and who is to say one person’s opinion is better or more correct than anyone else’s. This is a topic which I’ve been thinking about for a while and has come up in several interviews and been a very hot topic on social media, so this is my attempt to make sense of a confusing and troubling issue.

One of the biggest issues we in the trans community face is being labeled: a “guy in a dress,” a “freak,” a “pervert.” We have fought long and hard to be accepted for who we are. Yet there seems to be a large number of trans women who feel the need to judge other trans woman and decide whether or not someone is actually trans, and even if they are being trans the “right way.” It seems to me that’s just a tad bit hypocritical; haven’t we as a community learned anything about being judged and labeled? Haven’t we all agreed that gender is a spectrum and fought against the whole idea of gender being binary? And yet here we are, having people in our own community telling others they aren’t really trans. Excuse me, but what right do any of us have to judge anyone else? And did I not get the memo about the “correct way” to be trans, because I sure thought we were all individuals and there was no right or wrong to be trans, just as there is no right or wrong way to be human.

So, what exactly determines whether someone is trans? Who “qualifies” as being justified in calling themselves trans? It seems like a simple question, but it’s gotten to be very contentious and led to a lot of bickering and divisiveness within our community. Whomever “our community” is, since that is the topic of discussion. One of the challenges in writing about this is that not everyone agrees with the gender identity terminology, so let’s begin with some basic definitions. These definitions are ones which seem to be the most commonly accepted, and I realize not everyone will agree with them, but for the sake of clarity these are what I’m going with:

Drag Queen: A drag queen is a male who dresses in drag to perform and often acts with exaggerated femininity and will embellish certain characteristics such as make-up and eyelashes for comic, dramatic or satirical effect. Performing in drag is performance art and generally has no connection to gender identity or sexuality.

Transvestite: Transvestites are individuals who wear clothing of the opposite gender primarily for erotic arousal or sexual gratification, although some do it for emotional or psychological reasons as well.

Cross-dresser: Cross-dressers are individuals who wear clothing of the opposite gender primarily for emotional or psychological reasons.

Transsexual: Transsexuals are individuals who strongly feel that they are, or ought to be, the opposite sex. The body they were born with does not match their own inner conviction and mental image of who they are or want to be. Nor are they comfortable with the gender role society expects them to play based on that body. This dilemma causes them intense emotional distress (dysphoria) and often interferes with their day-to-day functioning. There are male-to-female (MTF) and female-to-male (FTM) transsexuals, as well as pre-operative (pre-op), post-operative (post-op) or non-operative (non-op).

Transgender: There are two common definitions for the term “transgender.” One is the general term for all people who have a conflict with or a question about their gender. This includes transsexuals, cross-dressers, etc., and anyone else along the gender spectrum. The other definition of transgender covers individuals who visually present as and live in the role opposite their anatomical sex, but who do not make any actual physical changes.

So, having gone over the definitions, let’s make a few quick observations.

Transvestite is an outdated term which is generally not used by anyone with knowledge of trans people and issues; it only seems to be used by those who are uninformed as a derogatory term to demean a trans person. So for the purposes of this column, transvestite will not be included in the discussion.

I understand and agree with those who say that drag-queens should not be considered trans. Drag-queens are performers and their gender identity has nothing to do with their performance; they are no different than any other performer whether it be movies, theater, etc. So, drag-queens won’t be included in this discussion either.

And now things get a bit murkier.

Cross-dressers often have a mentality that could almost be described as living in a fantasy world where they occasionally indulge their desires to dress up and then return back to their regular life. It seems like their main focus is on the clothing and taking lots of pictures to post online. Trans people, on the other hand, live the life and are invested in the community and the issues that affect trans people and the trans community. It is their real life, not just a part-time fantasy life that gets taken out every so often to play with before being put away. You could almost say there is a different mentality, or even a large cultural difference between cross-dressers and trans people. Having said that, things get a bit complicated by the fact that many of us, myself included, considered ourselves cross-dressers before we made the decision to transition. And to make things even confusing, what about the people who consider themselves trans women or men but don’t choose to live full-time as their preferred gender for whatever reason? Does that makes them any less trans? In my humble opinion, it does not.

So, where does this leave us? Even more confused than ever. It’s the whole labeling thing which is the sticky wicket. There are many in the trans community who want nothing to do with anyone who considers themselves a cross-dresser, even going so far as to unfriend or block them on social media. And to a certain extent, I can understand this, although I’ve never unfriended or blocked anyone because of it, but I don’t really want to see a million pictures of your heels or pantyhose, or hear about how you’re a sissy and want to forcibly feminized. On the other hand, there are many cross-dressers who are simply unable to transition because of life circumstances or because they don’t feel the need to transition because they’re happy with the way things are. As I mentioned earlier, it’s a vastly different mindset, or almost a cultural difference. So how do we differentiate between the fetishistic cross-dresser versus the cross-dresser who will eventually go on to transition? Beats me. We could develop more labels, but that seems kind of counterproductive, and hypocritical, and will continue to cause more divisiveness in our community. Or, we could actually stop worrying about it and stop judging others and focus on our own lives. Otherwise known as acceptance. I know, right, what a novel idea?

I think the bigger issue is what does it matter who is trans? Don’t we all agree that gender is a spectrum, and there is no right or wrong way to be trans? Isn’t it counter-productive, and extremely hypocritical, to be labeling and excluding people from our own community? Why are so many in the trans community wasting so much time and effort pursuing this when there are many more pressing issues to deal with in this country, such as all the hate and discrimination coming from the Trump Administration. Now more than ever we need to stand together and fight for our rights, not tear our community apart from within. And as if it weren’t obvious, nothing would please all the conservatives and haters more than watching our community come unraveled from all this petty bickering, because we’d be giving them exactly what they wanted; a weaker trans community with less of a voice and less power.

And really, how can we expect cis-gender people to understand and accept us when we apparently don’t even understand ourselves well enough to agree upon who is actually trans?

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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

Dave Naz’s Book, “Identity” to be Released on July 11

Los Angeles, CA – A stunning and provocative book of photos, IDENTITY is the latest exploration of gender identity expression from celebrated photographer and filmmaker Dave Naz.

In Identity, Naz explores the gender spectrum by turning his camera on subjects who are genderqueer, transgender, intersex, pangender, and every shade in between. Helping to add to the current global discussion on the structured nature of gender identity, Identity is an eye-opening look at people who don’t fit neatly into a convenient box. And it contains powerful essays written by some of the book’s subjects.

Essays by: Riley Kilo, Chelsea Poe, Jane Starr, Andre Shakti, Matty Boi, Kelli Lox, Kristel Penn, Kwesi, Michelle Austin

Buy a signed copy / Amazon

Grooby’s ‘Trans on Big Black Cock’ Now Available for Purchase

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The Power of Pride: Portland Pride 2017

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Portland is one of the most welcoming and accepting cities in the Pacific Northwest, if not the country. Portlanders are known for their friendliness and not being judgmental. And we’re not afraid to speak up and make our voices heard when we don’t agree with something, as shown by the many anti-Trump rallies in the past months. Unfortunately, Portland is not immune from hate and violence, as shown by the recent murders of two men who came to the defense of two girls who were the target of racial slurs aboard a MAX train. But as a trans woman Portland is one of the places I feel most safe, and where I don’t have to fear being trans or to hide who I am.

Portland Pride Through The BenzThis past weekend was Portland Pride, which is a time to celebrate diversity and who we are. But Pride is so much more than just a celebration; it’s an opportunity to bring attention to the LGBTQ community and educate people about who we are and the challenges we face. And this year’s Pride was even more important and meaningful because of the discrimination and hate which has been on the rise since Trump came to office. Pride gives us the opportunity to show that we will not be bullied and we are not going away. As the saying goes, we are out and proud. I did have concerns about going to Pride this year because of the increased violence against the LGBTQ community and all the pro-Trump supporters who have been out in force in Portland. But as I mentioned earlier, this year’s Pride is special and I was damned if I was going to let anyone scare me away from attending.

The Trans Pride parade was on Saturday and it was such a wonderful experience. After a week of chilly, rainy weather the sun finally reappeared and it was a gorgeous day. Mother Nature was showing her Pride spirit too! The march isn’t just about showing who we are, it’s about the comradery and support of being among such a huge gathering of our community. The past year has been trying for all of us, facing a daily onslaught of hate and legislation designed to take away our rights, so Pride is a time when we can get a break from all that and feel good about ourselves. And being there amongst people who understand and are so supportive is very powerful and affirming. To have people showing their support for us, whether it was a sign or a smile or just cheering, means a lot. It gives me hope at a time when feeling hopeful can be difficult, and it reinforces that we’re not alone. There are people who care and who are fighting for us as allies.

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One of the moments which touched me the most was when a saw a couple about my age holding a sign that said “We Love Our Trans Child” because so often we hear of parents disowning their child when the child comes out as trans. I went over and talked with them for a while and it made my day to hear about how they accepted and support their daughter and how she has grown and how happy that makes them. There is hope. And that is the power of Pride, to connect with people and share stories and give hope and support.

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There were demonstrators there, but not as many as I had anticipated, or maybe I just didn’t see them thanks to the efforts of the Portland Police Department. And a big thank to a group of amazing people who are here to take care of us year after year, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, who acted as a barrio between us and the demonstrators and blocked them out with big LGBT flags, along with the Raging Grannies, who’s beautiful voices drowned out the hateful chants of the demonstrators. The Grannies touched my heart is many ways, and I would honored to join their ranks some day.

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It was heartening to see all the people who turned out for the parade to participate or to cheer us on, and to see all the LGBTQ flags flying from buildings downtown. It was a wonderful and positive experience that I won’t soon forget. Pride is a wonderful reason to feel good about ourselves, which is something that is all too easy to forget to do, especially these turbulent times we live in.

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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.

Grooby’s ‘Bob’s TGirls and Their Fucking Machines 2’ Hits Shelves Today

Los Angeles, CA – Grooby and Exquisite are proud to announce their highly anticipated DVD, Bob’s TGirls and Their Fucking Machines 2. Part of the Grooby Spotlight series, this is the sophomore follow-up to TEA winner Bob Maverick’s inaugural title from earlier this year.

“After receiving such positive feedback from the first DVD, we knew we wanted to see who else was willing to go up against Bob’s infamous Fucking Machine,” said Steven Grooby. “We’ve hand selected a great variety of performers to showcase just how this machine handles against the best of the best alongside some notable newbies.”

The series, created by TEA winner Bob Maverick, is groundbreaking in trans porn for its creative use of a Fucking Machine. Bob’s TGirls and Their Fucking Machines 2 stars Honey Foxxx, Chelsea Marie, Michelle Firestone, Lena Kelly, Oliviah Ovahness, and Bailey Love in six hardcore scenes directed by Bob Maverick. It is available for purchase at GroobyStore.com.

Media inquiries can be directed to kristel@grooby.com.

Founded in 1996, Grooby is currently based in Los Angeles, CA, and is the leading producer of trans erotica. Operating over 30 membership sites, the company has numerous popular DVD lines and operates the GroobyNetwork.com, which gives models a unique opportunity to own and manage their own solo site. They are also the host of the annual TEAs (Transgender Erotica Awards) in Hollywood, CA. For more information, visit Grooby.com.

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE DVD HERE!

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.