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Flirt4Free Signs as Platinum Sponsor of 2019 TEAs


LOS ANGELES, CA – Cam company Flirt4Free announced their returning Platinum sponsorship of the 2019 TEAs.

“We’re so proud to return as a Platinum sponsor of the TEAs,” said Flirt4Free’s Director of Product Jamie Rodriguez. “Our network is constantly working to promote our fabulous trans models, and provide their fans with new and exciting ways to engage with them. We’ve been looking forward to the show after last year’s amazing event, and can’t wait to see who wins.”

“We’re thrilled to have Flirt4Free back as a sponsor,” added TEA Executive Producer, Kristel Penn. “Their platform has been inclusive of trans performers and they work diligently to ensure the success of our performers on cam.”

For over 20 years, Flirt4Free has been recognized throughout the live cam industry for our commitment to excellence and our many revolutionary contributions to the medium. With over 200 million unique viewers per month and a myriad of awards, including Progressive Web Company of the Year and Best Overall Live Cam Site, Flirt4Free has earned a reputation as one of the best sites for studios, models, and their fans. Visit their site at Flirt4Free.com.

The 2019 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 15, a daytime fan convention on March 16, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 17 at the Avalon.

Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com. The 2019 sponsorship packages are now posted to the website here: https://theteashow.com/sponsors

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

Wicked Sensual Care Sponsors ‘Fan Choice Award’ at 2019 TEAs

LOS ANGELES, CA – Wicked Sensual Care announced their sponsorship of the highly coveted Fan Choice Award at the 2019 TEAs. The recipient of this award will also land a role in an upcoming Wicked Pictures film.

“I’m thrilled that we’re sponsoring the TEAs once again, and it’s an honor to take part in the Fan’s Choice Award,” said jessica drake. “In a time where so much content exists, fans and fan interaction is so incredibly important. This time, fans will get to help Wicked cast a role in an upcoming movie, and the part will be offered to the winner – I can’t wait to be there that night to see the results! Eternal thanks to Grooby, Steven, and Kristel for the acceptance and support over these years within the trans community. A few of my biggest movies couldn’t have happened without their support.”

Previous Fan Choice Award winners include Aubrey Kate, Domino Presley, and Kylie Maria.

“In addition to Wicked Sensual Care’s generous sponsorship, we’re so excited that the winner of this category will get a chance to appear in an upcoming Wicked Pictures film,” added Steven Grooby. “jessica drake has been such an active supporter of our show and the trans community and we know how much this means to our performers.”

ABOUT THE TEAS
The 2018 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 15, a daytime fan convention on March 16, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 17 at the Avalon.

More details about the event will be released in the months to come. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com. The 2019 sponsorship packages are now posted to the website here: https://theteashow.com/sponsors

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

Modelhub Sponsors ‘Best Clipsite Star’ Award at 2019 TEAs

LOS ANGELES, CA – Modelhub is proud to announce their sponsorship of the 2019 TEAs. The company will also be sponsoring the first-ever “Best Clipsite Star” category. The winner will be announced at the TEAs on March 17, 2019, at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA.

“The Modelhub team is very proud and excited to be sponsoring a show dedicated to some of the most creative, hard-working and sexy models in the industry,” said Director of Modelhub, Natalia Maurlan.F

“We’re thrilled for Modelhub’s first sponsorship of the TEAs and our newest category, Best Clipsite Star,” said Steven Grooby. “As we’re seeing more and more self-producers in the trans industry, it’s great to see the addition of this category to the mix.”

The nominees for “Best Clipsite Star” include:

Natalie Mars

Mandy Mitchell

Daisy Taylor

Vicats

Venus Lux

Nicole Montero

Sasha de Sade

TripleXTransManXXX

Boring Kate

Dax the Trap

Marissa Minx

Cyd St Vincent

ABOUT MODELHUB

Modelhub, a subsidiary of Pornhub, is the world’s leading adult marketplace, allowing independent creators to monetize their content through video sales, Fan Club subscriptions, and tips. Along with videos, models can engage with fans through photo galleries, messaging, blog posts, and a host of other features. Fully integrated with Pornhub’s Model Program, Modelhub’s goal is to empower models and producers by giving them a fair and safe way to manage their own businesses and earn a living. With over 50,000 registered models, Modelhub boasts the largest community of adult video creators in the world. Modelhub is dedicated to giving independent models the tools they need to succeed in the adult industry without backing from studios or investors.

ABOUT THE TEAS

The 2018 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 15, a daytime fan convention on March 16, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 17 at the Avalon.

More details about the event will be released in the months to come. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com. The 2019 sponsorship packages are now posted to the website here: https://theteashow.com/sponsors

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

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Trans Recording Artist Alissah Brooks to Perform at 2019 TEAs

LOS ANGELES, CA – Transgender recording artist Alissah Brooks is slated to perform at the upcoming Transgender Erotica Awards (The TEAs) presented by ManyVids on March 17, 2019, at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA.

“I’m that girl that makes the best go boom,” said Alissah Brooks.

Brooks has three popular singles available for purchase on iTunes: ‘Dope Shit’ featuring J. Tyler, ‘I’m That Girl’, and ‘Bounce It’. She also appeared on MTV’s hit show “Teen Wolf”, VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta”, as well as Tyler Perry’s movie “Good Deeds.” In 2015, Brooks was briefly part of musical girl group, The Secret Girls.

“We’re thrilled to have Alissah perform at our upcoming show next month,” said TEA Executive Producer, Kristel Penn. “As an event that celebrates the accomplishments of our trans adult community, it’s certainly not a requirement we feature a trans entertainer, but we do want to include trans people and allies as part of our show as much as possible. We want this to be a celebration of our community in ever sense of the word.”

In addition to Brooks successful career as a recording artist, she is an activist who works with organizations like GLAAD to bring awareness to issues that face the transgender community. In 2016, she was presented with the “GA Voice Best Transgender Activist” Award. Visit her official website at AlissahBrooks.com.  Follow her on Twitter at @AlissahBrooks.

ABOUT THE TEAS
The 2018 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 15, a daytime fan convention on March 16, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 17 at the Avalon.

More details about the event will be released in the months to come. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com. The 2019 sponsorship packages are now posted to the website here: https://theteashow.com/sponsors

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

Transational Fantasies Sponsors 2019 TEAs

LOS ANGELES, CA – Legacy company Transational Fantasies is proud to announce their returning sponsorship of the TEAs. The company will announce the winner of its Transational Fantasies Girl of the Year Award at the upcoming show held on March 17, 2019, at the Avalon in Hollywood.  

“We are looking forward to attending the TEAS once again this year,” said Transational Fantasies CEO, Sammy Mancini. “We feel at home celebrating within our community all of the hard work and artistry that goes into producing content for lovers of Trans Erotica.”

“Sammy and I are so happy to be a part of a special night for all of the hardworking members of our community who make our world a sexier place through their unique lens,” added Transational Fantasies VP of Operations, Fran. “Looking forward to all of the hugs and, of course, reveling in all of the eye-popping fashion!”

“Transational Fantasies has been a longtime sponsor of the TEAs and integral to the history and fabric of our show,” said Steven Grooby. “Sammy and Fran’s presence at our events mean so much not only to our performers, but us as well, and we’re excited to see them next month here in Los Angeles.”

Visit TransationalFantasies.com for more trans erotica or follow them on Twitter at @transationalxxx.

ABOUT THE TEASThe 2018 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 15, a daytime fan convention on March 16, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 17 at the Avalon.

More details about the event will be released in the months to come. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com. The 2019 sponsorship packages are now posted to the website here: https://theteashow.com/sponsors

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

TEA Safety Policy

It’s always been our main concern that attendees to the TEAs should be in a safe environment to enjoy the party and the show with their friends, peers, and colleagues and, for the most part, over our 11 years of growth we’ve been able to provide that.  We welcome over 400 people to our main show from all over the world to help celebrate transgender erotica and we’ve accomplished that each year, with people leaving with good memories, new friendships and looking forward to the following year’s festivities.  No event of this size is without issues, and it’s unfortunate that a small element has caused us to look at ways of making the show safer and having to inform attendees what to look out for.   While we’ve always had security and staff floating in the crowds, this year we’re bringing in a number of changes to help us, and we’d like to take this opportunity to share them with you.

The last thing we want is to take an authoritarian approach – the TEA weekend is meant to be fun, and a time to celebrate.   The main thing is that you are all adults, and as adults, you should be responsible primarily for yourself, and then for the friends you are with.  We’ve removed some problematic individuals from this year’s show and this year we’re going to an over 21 policy (with a few exceptions for nominees who should contact kristel@grooby.com).


We’d like all attendees to be aware of the following;

  • We have a zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment, unwanted touching or abusive behavior.  You will be removed from the show or party if you exhibit this sort of behavior.
  • Drink testing kits will be available at the show to anyone who wants them.  You are recommended to get your own drinks and ensure nobody else has access to them.  If in doubt, please use the kit and if a positive result is shown contact a TEA staff member.
  • There will be floating ‘TEA Staff’ at the show wearing visible logo’d shirts – as well as lit-up wrist bands.   There will also be a TEA staff permanently at the right hand door (next to the bar) who will be clearly seen.  If you have any issues please see them immediately.
  • We will be posting a “secret word” prior to the show.  If you feel in danger, ill, harassed or have any issues, then using that word to a TEA staff member will have you escorted to a safe space, where we can assess the problem and inform security – or take necessary actions.  
  • There will be non-uniformed ‘floater’ staff at the show, looking for potential problems and ensuring everyone is having a good time.
  • Look for staff – some will have a logo’d shirt, all will have a lit wrist band.  If you have any issues please get yourself to them.

We hope these measures will enable everyone to enjoy a fun, memorable, and safe evening.   Please be aware of how much alcohol you consume – those of you don’t eat before the show, and drink on an empty stomach please be careful.  Please be responsible for friends or those you see who may be in distress,  drunk or under an undue amount of unwarranted attention.  Please ensure if you go anywhere after the parties or show, you stay with friends and know where you are going.


All of us at The TEA Show are looking forward to celebrating the weekend with you.

Trans Star MichaAngela Sponsors 2019 TEAs

LOS ANGELES, CA – Adult star MichaAngela announced her returning sponsorship of the 2019 TEAs.

“I am unbelievably honored…I am so honored to again be a part of this ever-growing event and everything that it means to my sisters and brothers in the trans adult industry,” said MichaAngela. “When I look back on all the things – all the things that I did and the things that were done for me, its YOU, the fans, the supporters and the friends – who have made, and will continue to make, all the difference. I love you all.”

MichaAngela experienced a delay in transitional medical care but used this as an opportunity to reflect on the honor of being part of the adult industry. Ultimately, she decided there was much left to be done for the celebration of her fellow trans performers and is honored to support the TEAs.

“We’re very grateful for MichaAngela’s sponsorship,” said TEA Executive Producer, Kristel Penn. “As a longtime attendee and supporter of the show, her fun personality always adds a bit of color to our event.”

MichaAngela recently relocated from South Lake Tahoe and calls Las Vegas, NV, her new home. MichaAngela is proud to announce the launch of her new project, The All-New MichaAngela Productions (MAP), which is inclusive to all kink and fetish models, both cis and trans.

She explained, “A tantalizing component of MAP will host the ‘MichaAngela Experience’ where you and a consenting partner can experience firsthand the thrill of a live set while creating one of a kind adult content and if you choose, have it promoted on the MAP website and social media links.”

ABOUT THE TEASThe 2018 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 15, a daytime fan convention on March 16, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 17 at the Avalon.

More details about the event will be released in the months to come. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com. The 2019 sponsorship packages are now posted to the website here: https://theteashow.com/sponsors

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

ManyVids Announced as Presenting Sponsor of 2019 TEAs

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Transgender Erotica Awards (TEAs) is proud to announce ManyVids as the official presenting sponsor of their 2019 event. The company is also debuting its MV Trans Model of the Year category.

‘“Because our Trans MV Stars are such a vital part of both the ManyVids community and MV’s vision to make the world a more open, accepting, and sexually liberated place, we’re also thrilled that the TEA Show 2019 will feature the first ever MV Trans Model of the Year Award,’’ says Bella French, CEO of ManyVids.

“It is an honor to have ManyVids as our first presenting sponsor of the TEA Show,” adds Grooby CEO, Steven Grooby. “The ethos of the show is to celebrate the trans adult community and performers and it’s only due to sponsors like ManyVids that we’re able to put on such a great event”

ManyVids will also debut the first MV Trans Model of the Year Award at the upcoming show.

MV Trans Model of the Year Nominees:

ManyVids is the fastest growing adult community in the world with over 2.2 million active members and more than 22 thousand independent content creators on its e-commerce community platform producing, promoting, and distributing their content via video-hosting and live-streaming services. The site is heavily invested in philanthropic initiatives designed to transform the adult industry and offer a platform where adult workers can thrive independently, fighting for gender equality, and speaking out against violence and abuse perpetrated against performers. ManyVids is the most inclusive online adult community where members of the LGBTQ+ community are celebrated for their unique diversity.  

ABOUT THE TEASThe 2018 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 15, a daytime fan convention on March 16, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 17 at the Avalon.

More details about the event will be released in the months to come. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com. The 2019 sponsorship packages are now posted to the website here: https://theteashow.com/sponsors

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

Natassia Dreams to Host Red Carpet at 2019 TEAs

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Transgender Erotica Awards is proud to announce TEA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Natassia Dreams as their red carpet host. The upcoming TEAs take place on March 17, 2019, at the historic Avalon in Hollywood, CA.

“It’s such an honor to be able to host the red carpet area at the upcoming TEAs,” said Natassia Dreams. “I’m excited to get to know the many new and old starlets I’ve never met before! Everyone leave their egos at the door and let’s have a GREAT TIME!”

“We’ve known Natassia for a long time, and she was our first choice for our red carpet host for 2019, so we were ecstatic when she agreed,” added Steven Grooby. “I couldn’t think of anyone with more presence or ability to do this, and as someone who has worked as a model both in erotica and mainstream she brings that glamour and appeal to the role.”

Natassia Dreams is a TEA Lifetime Achievement Award winner and a multi-year TEA nominee. In addition to her successful career in adult entertainment, she has been recently featured on Pose on FX, the gender equality campaign commercial for Planned Parenthood, and in NYFW’s runway show for Marco Marco. Follow her on Twitter at @NATASSIADREAMSX.

The 2018 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 15, a daytime fan convention on March 16, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 17 at the Avalon.

More details about the event will be released in the months to come. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com. The 2019 sponsorship packages are now posted to the website here: https://theteashow.com/sponsors

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

Gamelink Signs as Platinum Sponsor at 2019 TEAs

LOS ANGELES, CA – VOD mega-site Gamelink is proud to announce their Platinum sponsorship of the 2019 Transgender Erotica Awards. The company is a longtime sponsor of the Best DVD category.

“We are thrilled to be able to participate in the 2019 TEA Awards, and to support the trans community through sponsorship,” said Lisa Baroni, Business Development Manager at Gamelink.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to Gamelink for donating their time and resources each year to our judging process,” added TEA Executive Producer, Kristel Penn. “They’ve really helped to streamline our process and have become an integral part of the show’s success.”

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.

 

ABOUT THE TEAS

The 2018 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 15, a daytime fan convention on March 16, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 17 at the Avalon.

More details about the event will be released in the months to come. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com. The 2019 sponsorship packages are now posted to the website here: https://theteashow.com/sponsors

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

 

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LOS ANGELES, CA – TEA nominee Jacquie Blu announced her returning sponsorship of the 2019 TEAs. Blu will be attending the event taking place March 15-17, 2019 at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. “Jacquie has been a staple at the TEAs for the past few years and it is a real privilege to have her return as a sponsor,” said TEA Executive Producer Kristel Penn. “She invests in the community she’s in and that’s something to be admired.” Blu added, “I cannot describe the intense feeling I get when I realize that I am actually fulfilling a life-long passion and desire. To all my followers, fans and supporters thank you all so very much and I love you all. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you.” 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. 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. Blu has also produced a DVD including five of her scenes. In 2019, she will begin releasing her work on Blu-Ray and DVD. Visit her official website at JacquieBlu.xxx. ABOUT THE TEAS The 2018 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 15, a daytime fan convention on March 16, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 17 at the Avalon. More details about the event will be released in the months to come. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com. The 2019 sponsorship packages are now posted to the website here: https://theteashow.com/sponsors Sponsor and media inquiries can be directed to Kristel Penn at kristel@grooby.com.

Bad Dragon Secures 2019 Platinum Plus Sponsorship

LOS ANGELES, CA – Award-winning fantasy toy company Bad Dragon announced its returning Platinum Plus sponsorship of the TEAs, official kicking off the 2019 TEA award season. Last year the company sponsored the highly coveted Best Solo Model Award.

“Bad Dragon is proud and thrilled to return as a Platinum Plus sponsor of the 2019 TEA Show,” said Bad Dragon General Manager Mike Sullivan. “We applaud the staff and nominees for all the dedication, hard work, and commitment that goes into this making this event unforgettable. We look forward to sharing all the excitement of the 2019 TEA Show with fans across the world.”

“We’re so grateful to welcome Bad Dragon back as a sponsor,” added Steven Grooby. “We wholeheartedly believe in their company ethos and the high-quality, inclusive products they produce. We’re honored to have them as our first sponsor of the 2019 season – we feel it kicks off our TEA season on a high note.”

The 2019 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 15, a daytime fan convention on March 16, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 17 at the Avalon.

More details about the event will be released in the months to come. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com. The 2019 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.

ABOUT BAD DRAGON

Bad Dragon has specialized in creating fantasy based adult toys since 2008, and pride ourselves on 100% body-safe materials that are hypoallergenic, nonporous, and dishwasher safe. We give the customer the chance to make their fantasies real with highly customizable colors and features as well as a full range of sizes and variety for all levels of sex toy experience. We have something for all needs, whether it’s packers, dildos, masturbators and wearable toys for couples. Head to Bad-Dragon.com to see our full lineup of magnificent adult products and accessories! Press inquiries can be directed to press@bad-dragon.com.

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.