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Adult Industry Professionals Take to NPR Airwaves to Talk #MeToo and Sex Work

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CYBERSPACE — NPR’s 1A March 26th 2018 program “Missing From #MeToo — Sex Workers” led by host Joshua Johnson presented a guest panel of female professionals from the adult entertainment industry: Cris Sardina (Coordinator of Desiree Alliance) Siouxsie Q (Host of The Whorecast podcast, author, and Secretary of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee), adult film director Jacky St. James, and queer adult filmmaker Shine Louise Houston (Founder of Pink and White Productions).

According to the segment description: “The MeToo movement has upended a status quo that tolerated sexual harassment at work. Well, at some workplaces. Exotic dancers, adult film actors and escorts still fear retribution and ridicule for speaking out. This month, two porn actors [Leigh Raven and Riley Nixon] spoke up with allegations of “misleading booking practices, excessive face-slapping and choking, and boundary violations.” In an interview with Cosmopolitan, rapper and former stripper Cardi B cast doubt on whether MeToo would be relevant for all women.” The show, which also included thoughts on Stormy Daniels’ 60 Minute interview, the recent passing in Congress of FOSTA-SESTA, and the NYC Stripper Strike, and asks: “Are women in work that relies on sexuality on the margins of MeToo?”

Covering a wide array of topics, the 47-minute segment drew comments from listeners and presented guests the opportunity to sound off about recent events, expose stigma, and dispel misconceptions related to sex work.

“Nobody should be shamed for their career choices, and making the assumption that people working in the sex industry are somehow ill-equipped at deciding their career path is lunacy,” shared Jacky St. James. “We should be protecting the rights of women everywhere.”

When asked what actions the adult industry has taken against sexual allegations, Shine Louise Houston said, “Performer advocacy has been going on for a while, just like the #MeToo movement has been here but has only recently exploded into the mainstream. Inside the sex work industry, there have been efforts; Red Light Legal and other organizations have been around for a while. This isn’t something new, but we’re going to keep persisting.” Implying that the larger visibility of #MeToo will have a positive impact on sex workers ability to be heard, she added, “Our own strives towards worker safety and consent on set will continue, and I see this movement getting stronger and stronger.”

The broadcast was met with enthusiasm from listeners and the panelists saw it as an encouraging evolution towards the adult industry taking control over the narrative about what it means to engage in sex work.

“Getting the opportunity to speak on the National Public Radio platform about such important issues felt like a huge step for the movement, said Siouxsie Q. “I’m so grateful for how respectful and welcoming the producers of 1A were with us. I hope we see more people from our community being given a seat at the table during these kinds of conversations.”

Cris Sardina agreed and on behalf of her organization stated: “Desiree Alliance thanks NPR 1A for an unbiased interview. Sex workers presenting ourselves with our views about the discussions presented today, gives the autonomy and voice back to us. We know what’s best for our communities and I couldn’t be more proud to be with a panel of intelligent, strong, and vital women that represent our industries.”

“In order to protect our performers and the rights of everyone working in the sex industry, speaking openly about assault and harassment in the workplaces critical,” said Jacky St. James. “Today’s NPR broadcast was the start of a very important conversation. And just as #TimesUp in the mainstream world, so too is it for the adult one.”

As the #MeToo movement grows, conversations like these will continue to educate the public and bring sex worker experiences into the mainstream.

1A is produced by WAMU 88.5, and distributed by NPR. Listen to NPR’s 1A recorded program here: https://the1a.org/shows/2018-03-26/missing-from-metoo-sex-workers

Follow the panelists on Twitter: @JackyStJames, @DesireeAlliance @ShineLouise@whorenexxxtdoor

Press credit: Pink and White Productions

TGirl Nights Returns as TEA “Best Scene” Sponsor

Los Angeles, CA – TGirl Nights is proud to announce their sponsorship of the “Best Scene” category at the upcoming 2018 TEAs in Hollywood, CA.

“TGirl Nights is proud to sponsor the TEAs in what will be our seventh year,” said Jamie Jameson. “Year after year the TEAs have become such a shining star in the industry, it is amazing!”

“As LA’s largest trans club events, having a partnership with Jamie and TGirl Nights has proved beneficial for our community. Her events provide a safe, fun environment,” added Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director Kristel Penn. “She is passionate in her support of the TEAs and we love her and her events.”

Jamie Jameson’s TGirl Nights hosts two of the most popular trans events in Southern California: TGirl Tuesdays and TGirl Saturdays. Their weekly Tuesday party and their special first of the month events are held at the Hamburger Mary’s in Long Beach, CA. Visit their official website at TGirlNights.com for more information.

TEA Entertainment Lineup Announced

Los Angeles, CA – The TEAs announced their official entertainment lineup for their upcoming 2018 awards show on March 11th at the Avalon in Hollywood. Mistress of Ceremonies, TS Madison, will be joined by red carpet host Morgan Bailey and entertainer Hudsy Hawn.

“I’m completely honored to be hosting the red carpet for my eighth and final year,” said Morgan Bailey. “There have been so many successes individually and as a community and I’m proud of us as a whole. This is a time to celebrate each other and our success.”

In addition to red carpet interviews with Morgan Bailey, performers Amy SpaceKitten and Koko Beans will be doing backstage interviews during the awards program. TS Madison and Hudsy Hawn will bookend the awards portion with special performances.

“I want to echo Morgan’s words here and also say it’s been an honor to be part of the TEAs every year,” added Hudsy Hawn. “From the red carpet fashion gazing to reuniting with some of the most inspiring and supportive people I know, it’s truly one of my favorite events of the year.”

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

The 2018 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 9, a strip club night hosted by TGirl Events on March 10, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 11 at the Avalon. The awards will be hosted by viral sensation TEA Lifetime Achievement recipient TS Madison. Morgan Bailey will be hosting the red carpet that night, along with Amy SpaceKitten and Koko Beans doing backstage interviews, and Hudsy Hawn closing out the show. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com.

Gender X Sponsoring 2018 TEAs

Los Angeles, CA – Gender X is proud to announce their sponsorship of the 2018 TEAs. They will also present the first ever ‘Gender X Performer of the Year Award’ at the star-studded event.

“The TEA Show is having its 10th anniversary and we’re thrilled to be part of it with Gender X,” said Gender X salesman Steve Volpoli. “As a sponsor of the event, we’re lucky to witness how truly spectacular it is when a community comes together – literally and figuratively!”

“At Gender X it’s our priority to make top notch adult trans films, and this is our chance to give back to the community we love by being a sponsor,” added director and producer Jim Powers. “It’s amazing to see how the TEA Show honors this thriving community, and how it’s now become a huge event!”

The 2018 TEAs kick off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 9. The red carpet and awards ceremony will be on March 11 at the Avalon Theater. The awards will be hosted by viral sensation TEA Lifetime Achievement recipient TS Madison.

For more information and tickets, visit the event’s official website at theTEAShow.com.

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Robbi Racks Sponsors ‘Ms. Unique’ Category at 2018 TEAs

Las Vegas, NV – TS star Robbi Racks proudly announced her continuing support of the Transgender Erotica Awards and sponsorship of the 2018 Ms. Unique Award. Racks herself is a TEA nominee this year for Best Internet Personality, a category she previously sponsored for two years. She also owns two successful TS websites, RobbiRacks.XXX and RobbiRacks.Com.

“I believe in the heart of the Transgender Erotica Awards and how focused the organizers are on helping with the success of so many transgender performers,” said Robbi Racks.

As a TEA annual sponsor for three years and counting, the mature Robbi Racks is a Stepmom to many of the younger performers and says that her sponsorship is just one way she can be a positive role model to the trans community. As one of the newest transgender film producers for VTS Video Productions and the creator of the RobbiWraps Condom brand, this made for a perfect fit for her to sponsor the coveted Ms. Unique Award.

Ms. Unique, previously known as Ms. Non-Typical and then the Voluptuous Diva Award, recognizes models or performers who may get overlooked by the other mainstream awards, yet bring a unique look or style to their work.

The 2018 TEAs kick off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 9. The red carpet and awards ceremony will be on March 11 at the Avalon Theater. The awards will be hosted by viral sensation TEA Lifetime Achievement recipient TS Madison.

For more information and tickets, visit the event’s official website at theTEAShow.com.

ManyVids is taking the TEA Show by storm! The Transgender Erotica Awards Show is a one of a kind event that highlights the best Trans performers in the world. Held over three days in Hollywood, CA, the TEAs boast an official pre-party, a fan convention as well as a red carpet awards ceremony. As an Official Platinum Plus Sponsor, ManyVids will be front and center at this incredible event so we can continue to celebrate the trans community.

“We are thrilled to have ManyVids as a Platinum Plus sponsor at our tenth anniversary of the TEAs. Many of our performers are content creators who use their site and I think it’s awesome the company has generously decided to support the TEAs and the trans community. They have made great strides with their platform to be inclusive for both creators and consumers – I’m excited to see what’s up ahead for them.” –Kristel Penn, TEA Show Marketing & Editorial Director

ManyVids wants their MV Trans Stars to shine, which is why we’re going to be holding a contest in the new year to give away FREE tickets to join the MV Team at the TEA Show. They’ll enjoy the VIP experience and might even get an exclusive interview with Holly Randall who, in collaboration with ManyVids, will be on the red carpet at the TEA Show.

We have big plans ahead for our MV Trans Stars, all of whom is are amazing performers who deserve more of an opportunity to get featured on ManyVids. Check out our MV Trans subreddit here!

We are so excited to be involved with the TEA Show as an Official Platinum sponsor and can’t wait to party at this truly unique affair.

Which MV Trans Star would you nominate for an award?

Kelly Clare to Sponsor 2018 TEAs

Los Angeles, CA – TS performer Kelly Clare announced her sponsorship of the 2018 TEAs. Her website, TSKellyClare.com, is also nominated for Best Solo Site.

“I’m honored to support and sponsor the TEAs for the first time this year,” said Kelly Clare. “It’s been a few years since I’ve attended and I’m excited to see how much the shown has grown since then!”

“We’re really appreciative of Kelly’s support and enthusiasm for the upcoming TEAs,” said TEA Executive Producer Kristel Penn. “The success of the show is completely dependent on our sponsors and it says a lot to see Kelly and others in our community pitch in to make the TEAs what it is today.”

Visit Kelly Clare’s official website at TSKellyClare.com. Fans can also follow her on Twitter at @KellyClareBabi.

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

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

The 2018 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 9, a daytime fan convention at the Avalon on March 10, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 11 at the Avalon. The awards will be hosted by viral sensation TEA Lifetime Achievement recipient TS Madison.

More details about the event will be released in the months to come. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com.

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TS Star Jacquie Blu Returns as 2018 TEA Sponsor

Los Angeles, CA – TS performer and producer Jacquie Blu is proud to announce her sponsorship of the 2018 TEAs.

“I am extremely happy to sponsor the TEA Awards again this year,” stated Jacquie Blu. “I was only an attendee in 2016, but I was a sponsor and had two nominations in 2017. This year I am making a contribution once again to help show my appreciation and support for all that you do and for the industry that I love so much.”

“I met Jacquie a few years ago when she was a TEA attendee and loved her upbeat energy,” added Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director Kristel Penn. “I’m really grateful for her generosity and kind heart I think the TEAs are better for it.”

Jacquie Blu moved to California from the east coast a few years ago to pursue her dream of model and adult filmmaking. After moving west, she started collaborating with photographer Al Tom (of Altomic Visuals) and thanks to his incredible work was able to launch her official website, JacquieBlu.xxx. The site has nearly a dozen very large photo galleries over 20 video scenes for fans to enjoy. Some are BDSM scenes with Mistress Cyan at the Sanctuary LAX, with more on the horizon.

In 2016, Jacquie Blu started working with Dr. Susan Block, who is a well-known sex educator, sex therapist, and author. They produce a weekly talk show, all related to sex, kink, and the Bonobo Way. Their guests consist mainly of porn stars, Doms, Dommes, artists, authors, and more.

“I cannot describe the intense feeling I get when I realize that I am actually fulfilling a life-long passion and desire,” added Jacquie.  “To all my followers and fans, thank you all so much and I love you all. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you.”

In early 2017, Jacquie Blu started her own production company, Blu Dreamz, where she produces, directs, edits, and stars in numerous scenes with performers like Kristen Kraves, Natalie Chen, Lana Solaire, Chloe Wilcox, Riley Reyes, and many others.

Recently Jacquie became the Managing Editor for a new online TS magazine with the All Pleasure Network.

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

Nikki Montero to Sponsor 2018 TEAs

Los Angeles, CA – NikkiLadyboys.com is proud to announce their returning sponsorship of the 2018 TEAs. The site is run by multi-year TEA nominated performer, Nikki Montero, who is up for the 2018 Best International Model.

“2017 has been a big year for me,” said Nikki Montero. “I’ve been shooting Human Fountains and T-Girl Bukkakes to make a difference in T-Girl porn. I’ll be flying all the way from Chile to attend the TEAs and look forward to seeing everyone!”

“Nikki has been a longtime supporter of the TEAs and always brings such positive energy when she attends our event,” added TEA Executive Producer Kristel Penn. “The success of the TEAs is because of our community and people like Nikki who sponsored the event when it was still growing and continue to do so now. Her support and generosity are very much appreciated.”

NikkiLadyboys.com is a site created and starring Nikki Montero and the beautiful Asian ladyboys of Thailand and the Philippines. Montero visits the Thai ladyboy bars in Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket to bring fans some hot and heavy hardcore action straight from her hotel room.

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

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

The 2018 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 9, a daytime fan convention at the Avalon on March 10, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 11 at the Avalon. The awards will be hosted by viral sensation TEA Lifetime Achievement recipient TS Madison.

More details about the event will be released in the months to come. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com.

VTS Video Productions Releases “5 Trannies, 5 Cocks”

LAS VEGAS — VTS Video Productions has announced the release of its first full-length feature, “5 Trannies, 5 Cocks,” which is now available on VOD and select online streaming outlets.

Produced and directed by Robbi Racks, “5 Trannies, 5 Cocks” features mature transsexuals Shavonna Starr and Sasha Tremayne, plus TS Superstar Chelsea Marie and is one of the final features with the stunning  TS Holly Parker, prior to her gender reassignment surgery, add in Racks cock and there you have the 5.

Racks said, “I wanted this release to be shot while the sex actually happened, so I asked award winning videographer Damien Cain to set up lighting all around the house and as best he could, catch the action as it unfolded. As the tgirls arrived, Damien went to work, doing a great job of capturing both the action and the essence of this gonzo style party.

“I am really happy that everyone really enjoyed each other which made producing this DVD much easier,” Racks added. “I think the mix of both mature and younger trans girls is going to offer the fans something very different than what they are used to.”

The feature is available at the companies website VTSVideoProductions.com and RobbiRacks.xxx

 

Bad Dragon Announces 2018 TEA Platinum Plus Sponsorship

Award-winning fantasy fulfillers Bad Dragon announce their Platinum Plus sponsorship of the 2018 TEAs. The toy company’s first-time sponsorship is also the first official sponsorship announcement of the 2018 TEA award season.

Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning fantasy toy company Bad Dragon is proud to announce their Platinum Plus sponsorship of the 2018 TEAs, kicking off the award season as the TEAs first official sponsor.

“We are humbled to be one of the sponsors of the 2018 TEA show and look forward to participating in this great event as it celebrates its tenth year!” stated Bad Dragon’s PR/Marketing Team Lead Steven Vest. “With the trans community being near and dear to our hearts, it’s truly an honor for us to be involved.”

“Bad Dragon is one of the most unique companies and have some of the most innovative and original products I’ve ever seen – and their toys really seem to hit a chord with a lot of the trans models that we work with,” added Steven Grooby. “I’m very excited they’re going to be attending the TEA show as a headline sponsor there, and look forward to seeing what we can do to make it extra special for them and the attendees.

The 2018 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 9, a daytime fan convention at the Avalon on March 10, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 11 at the Avalon. The awards will be hosted by viral sensation TEA Lifetime Achievement recipient TS Madison.

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.

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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!

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Award-Winning Director Aiden Starr Announces 2017 TEA Gold Sponsorship

AVN award winning and multi-year TEA nominee Aiden Starr announces her first sponsorship of an awards show with her Gold Sponsorship of the 2017 Transgender Erotica Awards, the adult industry’s only trans-specific erotica event.

Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning director Aiden Starr is proud to announce her gold sponsorship of the upcoming 2017 TEAs. Aiden is nominated for Best Scene Producer and for her DVD, Hot for Transsexuals #2.

“This is my very first sponsorship of an awards show!” said Aiden Starr. “I feel very connected to the TEA Show as I’ve been going for years and have seen it grow so much. The show is not only well-produced and glamorous, but very inclusive of all genders and sexual alignments. I’m so happy to support them in any way that I can.”

“Aiden has been very supportive of our show over the years and now she has stepped up as a sponsor to continue her support of our show and the overall community,” added Steven Grooby.  “Our show is reliant on not just the corporate sponsors but individuals like Aiden who work in our niche showing their love and celebrating another year of TS erotica.  We’re all looking forward to celebrating with her over  the weekend as well as showcasing her brand.”

The ‘Hot for TS’ series by Aiden Starr is exclusively available for Evil Angel as a subscription on Hot4TS.com via EvilAngel.com, on VOD at AEBN, Hot Movies, and many others! It can also be purchased on DVD at Adult DVD Empire.

Media inquiries for the TEAs can be directed to kristel@grooby.com.

The TEAs (also known as the Transgender Erotica Awards), now in its ninth year, celebrates the accomplishments of the trans adult industry and its performers. From its humble beginnings as an online competition started by Grooby, the TEAs are now a three-day event that includes a pre-party, fan convention, and awards program.

The 2017 TEAs will be hosted by viral sensation and TEA Lifetime Achievement winner TS Madison at the Avalon in Hollywood. The pre-party will be held on March 3 at the Bardot, the fan convention will be held on March 4 at the Avalon, and the awards will be held at the Avalon on March 5.  The Avalon and its connecting property, the Bardot, are located at 1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028. Discounted pre-sale tickets are available for purchase at theTEAShow.com.