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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!

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

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.

Flirt4Free to Sponsor Best Male Performer Award at the TEAs

Los Angeles, CA – Flirt4Free is proud to announce their sponsorship of the Best Male Performer category at the upcoming 2017 TEAs. Last year’s recipient was Robert Axel.

“This is our first time sponsoring TEA and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Flirt4Free’s Director of Product, Jamie Rodriguez. “We’ve made a ton of updates in the last year to give more visibility to trans models on our network and to provide more opportunities for trans fans to engage with them. We’re looking forward to being on the floor meeting new people and seeing who takes home the coveted awards.”

“Flirt4Free is one of the longest running companies in the industry and we’re very excited to have them sponsoring the show this year,” added Steven Grooby. “They have always had transgender models on their cam sites so it’s a great match up and I’d like to thank them for supporting the models by their participation in our awards weekend. I look forward to welcoming them to the show!”

Flirt4Free got its start in 1996 and quickly grew to become a pioneer in the live-camming industry. Now, with over 100 million unique viewers every month and dozens of awards that include “Best Live Cam Site” and “Company of the Year”, Flirt4Free has gained a reputation as one of the best sites for models, studios, and everyone in between.

Media inquires 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.

FTM.XXX Returns as Sponsor at 2017 TEAs

Los Angeles, CA – FTM.XXX is proud to announce their sponsorship of the 2017 TEAs and their participation at the upcoming TEA Con fan convention during the TEA weekend.

“I have been a part of the of TEA Awards since its third year,” said FTM.XXX owner Michelle Austin. “I never thought I would be here today still involved and seeing it grow. Grooby has been amazing to me, by allowing me to grow with them and help make it bigger. I am so excited to do interviews backstage this year, meet all the new models, and have our annual reunion. Dicky and I are glad that we can sponsor the show again.”

Michelle Austin will also be the official backstage interviewer at the 2017 TEAs. These videos will be available on TGirls.com soon after the TEAs. She and several FTM.XXX performers like TEA nominee Eddie Wood, Johnny Deep,  Tyler St. Syn, Phoenix Savage, and Nico Wolfe will be exhibiting all day at the second annual TEA Con on March 4 from 1-5pm at the Avalon in Hollywood.

“We great appreciate Michelle and Dicky’s continued support of the TEAs,” added Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director Kristel Penn. “Michelle, as our interviewer, has also been a staple part of our show and we’re thrilled she’ll be back in action interviewing our winners as they leave the stage.”

Created by Michelle Austin and Dicky Johnson, FTM.XXX is the first trans guy site to feature trans men in solo and hardcore scenes with trans women. They are constantly featuring new guys and updating on regular basis. As they like to say, “revolutionizing FTM Porn, one guy at a time!” FTM.XXX is celebrating three years of bringing porn to the mainstream this year.

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.

February 14th, 2017|Categories: Industry News, Transgender Erotica Awards||0 Comments

Gamelink to Sponsor ‘Best DVD’ Award at 2017 TEAs

Los Angeles, CA – Gamelink is proud to announce their returning sponsorship of the Best DVD Award at the upcoming 2017 TEAs to be held in Hollywood, CA, during the first weekend in March. Previous winners of this category include Kaitlyn Gender and MY TS Student in a tie last year,  Shemale Secret Service, and the Tranny Chaser.

“We at GameLink.com are extremely excited to sponsor this amazing award show again for the 3rd year in a row,” said Jeff Dillion, Vice President of Biz Dev and Marketing for eLine, which is providing management services for GameLink.com. “Transsexual content is a major seller in the adult industry and I am glad the Grooby team puts on this award show to recognize all the hard work and creativity of our industry.”

“Gamelink has not only been a multi-year sponsor of the TEAs, but they generously offer free memberships to our judges to view nominated content year after year,” added Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director Kristel Penn. “The task of judging is already a long and stressful process, but Gamelink has made it easier for our judges to do their jobs without wanting to rip out their hair. It’s much appreciated.”

Gamelink was founded in San Francisco in 1993 and focuses on the online distribution of adult content through its website. The company has established an industry leading reputation for innovative online retail and eCommerce, as it established many industry firsts, including the online sale of videos and streaming. Visit their website at Gamelink.com and follow them on Twitter @Gamelink.

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.

Eros.com to Sponsor ‘Best Solo Site’ Award at 2017 TEAs

Los Angeles, CA – Eros.com is proud to announce their sponsorship of the ‘Best Solo Site’ award at the upcoming 2017 TEAs to be held on March 5, 2017, at the Avalon in Hollywood.

“As a proud and long-time sponsor of the Transgender Erotica Awards, Eros.com is honored to once again show our support to the Trans Community,” said a representative from Eros.com. “We are pleased to be able to provide a high class and upscale advertising experience for our transgender entertainers, and are excited for what 2017 will bring!”

“The ‘Best Solo Site’ category is one of my favorites at the TEAs because it gives recognition to performers who run their own sites,” added Steven Grooby. “In recent years we’ve seen an increase in self-produced content and sites, so the competition is very tight for this year’s award!”

Previous winners of the ‘Best Solo Site’ category include Venus-Lux.com, TSJamieFrench.com, and TS-Jesse.com. To see this year’s nominees, visit theTEAShow.com.

Launched in 1997, Eros was the first worldwide advertising site tailored to service transgender entertainers, offering premium advertising, qualified traffic, and world-class customer service. Check out their official website at Eros.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.

TS Micha Angela to Sponsor 2017 TEAs

 

Los Angeles, CA – Performer TS Micha Angela proudly announced her returning sponsorship of the 2017 TEAs. She will also be attending the 3-day event and is looking forward to meeting her fans in person.

“Totally honored and stoked to be a part of our awesome industry!” said TS Micha Angela. “2017 will be my 3rd TEA and I’m pretty sure they will just keep getting better!  Thanks so much for being the amazing fans that you are and I look forward to giving you more of what you want!  XXX!”

“We’re thrilled to have Micha’s continued support of the TEAs,” said Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director Kristel Penn. “She was a great presence at last year’s show and I’m looking forward to seeing her again in March.”

TS Micha Angela is a USA born adult actress/producer who came from the fields of action sports and environmental biology. Originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, she’s called South Lake Tahoe, California, home since being kicked out by her family two years ago. She is the development manager for her official website, MichaAngela.com, and is directly involved in all aspects of her production.

In the winter months, she is a freelance writer for Snowshoe Magazine and enjoys being an avid snow conservationist, while tempting the steeps and avalanche prone Sierra Nevadas on her snowboard. During the summer months she once instructed in-line skating at Camp Woodward, but now enjoys kayaking on Lake Tahoe, saltwater fishing, and shooting content for her site. She has collaborated with performers like TS Kelly Clare and photographers like Altomic Visuals.

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.

The war against porn…yet again

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So once again we have a President and a Republican led Congress who feel the need to declare war against the porn industry. Excuse me, but hasn’t this been tried numerous times, most recently under the Reagan Administration, and haven’t they all failed? Yes indeed. Apparently no lessens have been learned from these past failed attempts. In July of last year Trump signed a pledge promising that as president he would, among other things, consider appointing a Presidential Commission to examine the harmful public health impact of Internet pornography on youth, families and the American culture. Could it be that this new tough stance against porn is to help win points with conservatives who have questioned his ownership of a strip club and being married to a woman who once posed nude for GQ?

Numerous states, including Tennessee, Virginia, and Utah have filed legislation declaring porn a public health hazard. But South Carolina wins the prize for most originality. Legislators there want to require all computers to come with preinstalled porn filtering software, and then charge people a $20 “digital access fee” payable to the South Carolina Attorney General’s office in order to get the filter removed. Wow, that seems a tad bit illegal to say the least. I’d say there would be far more interest in filtering software that would block Trump’s idiotic Tweets that we seem to be bombard with daily.

The war against pornSo now we have hordes of bible-thumping Republicans who are claiming that pornography is a public health hazard. Really? And even more ludicrous, they’re claiming that porn is a threat to the future of society. The Future of Society. Okay, I’ll play along. Please show me some quantitative data to support these claims. Anyone? I wasn’t aware that pornography caused poverty, hunger, mass shootings, unemployment, global warming, terrorism, homelessness, global instability, increased crime, increased the national debt, or any number of other actual problems that plague this country. I’m pretty sure if these same politicians take a look at themselves in the mirror they’ll be staring at the actual cause of these problems. And doesn’t it seem a bit odd that so much time and effort is being spent introducing legislation to wage war against porn and discriminate against trans people when there are much more urgent problems to deal with such as our nation falling apart at the seams because we have become so divided over our President-elect and so many people are losing faith in our government. But sure, let’s waste time worrying about where trans people pee and about porn. I think the Republicans need to take a hard look at their priorities. But then again, this quite clearly shows what the Republicans see as their top priorities: taking away the rights of certain groups of people, and censoring things they don’t agree with. Is it just me, or does this sound awfully familiar, kind of like Nazi Germany? That’s comforting.

The Adult Entertainment Industry is not a public health hazard nor is it corrupting society. Porn is like anything else; a bit of common sense and self-restraint is needed when partaking of it. Same as with alcohol, junk food, gambling, and recreational drugs, which, by the way, are all legal. And if we want to take a look at public health hazards, let’s consider two of the more obvious health problems facing this country: smoking and obesity. Please note that I am not shaming anyone or making judgements about either of these, I’m just using them as examples. Smoking is a known carcinogen and will cause damage to your health. There is enough data supporting this that it cannot be argued or refuted. And last time I checked, smoking was legal. So, dear Republicans, please explain why you aren’t going after the tobacco industry. Could it be that the Tobacco Lobby lines your pockets with obscene amounts of money? Now let’s talk about obesity, which is a national epidemic. Recent reports have estimate that 38% of adults and 17% of teenagers in this country are obese. American’s obesity epidemic is now three decades old and obesity rates continue to climb year after year with no end in sight. The estimated annual health care costs of obesity-related illness are a staggering $190.2 billion or nearly 21% of annual medical spending in the United States. The annual nationwide cost from loss of productivity due to obesity-related absenteeism is nearly $3.38 billion. So obesity is a known health risk and a large burden on the economy and the health care system, yet I have not heard that the Republicans are waging war against obesity. It seems clear that Republicans view pornography as more of a risk than smoking and obesity, in spite of a wealth of data that proves otherwise. Huh. And this makes sense how?

The fact remains that pornography showing consenting adults has been deemed legal in the eyes of the United States judicial system. You can argue the morality of porn if you choose, but defining morality in the legal sense can be a sticky wicket, and the bottom line is that people in this country have the right to choose whether or not porn is immoral and whether or not to watch it. If you don’t like porn then don’t watch it; it’s actually pretty simple isn’t it? This is America where there’s a nifty document called The Constitution that guarantees us certain rights, including the First Amendment which among other things guarantees the freedom of speech. So no one has the right to dictate whether we as Americans can view porn. Of course the Republicans seem hell-bent on rewriting the Constitution so it fits their own warped beliefs, and if that doesn’t work they seem okay with just ignoring it. Welcome to the new America. And if porn gets censored, then who’s next, because it won’t end there. The new slogan of Trump’s America: If we don’t like you we’ll just censor you and legislate you out of existence. Again, it’s hard not to notice the chilling similarities to Nazi Germany.

The war against porn

The Adult Entertainment Industry, and please take note of the word entertainment, provides a product for the entertainment of customers. And judging by the popularity of porn in its various forms and the revenue it generates, I’d say lots of people enjoy their porn and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. Porn is a business which is here to stay, and there would be a lot of unhappy people, including a large number of the self-righteous conservatives who hide behind their bibles, who would not be happy if porn were to go away. Let me correct that; even if the Republicans do succeed in regulating it somehow, porn will never go away because there is too large a demand for it. This country runs on supply and demand and the all mighty dollar, and don’t kid yourselves, porn is a big business that generates a lot of revenue. And money talks. Look no further than all the lobbyists on Capitol Hill to see what money can buy.

Trans people who work in the porn industry may as well get a big target tattooed on their foreheads, because we seem to be the number one target of the Republicans. It seems odd that we’re such a threat to them, because we in the trans community are far more likely to be the ones attacked or murdered or discriminated against. These days we have to be concerned for our safety and fear of getting pummeled with bibles from the religious zealots who feel the need to “save us.” Speaking for myself, I’m just fine thank you and don’t need to be saved, especially by people who are so hypocritical and judgmental. I don’t know about your God, but my God is loving and sees people for who they are and how they live their lives. And quite frankly, if people like you are going to heaven, then I have no desire to be there with the likes of you. I prefer to be with people who are accepting and kind and don’t judge or preach, which disqualifies all the conservatives, religious zealots, and Republicans.

And lastly, it is these types of witch hunts which fuel stereotypes and shaming which are all too prevalent in today’s society. Please see my Through The Benz column here from last November which I wrote about shaming and the porn industry. Shaming is used as a means of taking away people’s dignity and it eats away at the core of who we are and makes us question everything. It leads to depression, it leads to suicide, and it leads to hate, especially the worst kind of hate; hating ourselves. Shame kills, and that needs to stop. But sadly, it appears that the culture of shame in America will only increase under the Trump Administration.

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