‘Bob’s TGirls and Their Fucking Machines’ Now Available for Purchase

Los Angeles, CA – Grooby and Exquisite are proud to announce their latest DVD, Bob’s TGirls and Their Fucking Machines. Directed by 2017 TEA Best Photographer winner Bob Maverick, this highly anticipated title pairs some of the hottest TS stars with Maverick’s infamous fucking machine. This is the first title to feature all trans models with a mechanical fucking machine. The DVD can be purchased directly at the GroobyStore.com.

“All I can say was that this was a sort of bucket list opportunity for me,” said Bob Maverick. “Considering the type of stamina that is required to perform with my fucking machine. The girls really showed it who’s boss and I think the fans are going to love the results from it!”

Bob’s TGirls and Their Fucking Machines stars River Stark, Casey Kisses, Kendra Sinclair, Alexa Scout, Ryder Monroe, and Oliviah Ovahness paired with Bob’s fucking machine.

Bob’s Tgirls was launched in 1999 and currently features daily updates of the top transsexual models in the highest quality photography and HD video. He has featured performers such as Venus Lux, Domino Presley, Miran, Aubrey Kate, to name a few. Visit his official website at BobsTgirls.com.

 

About Grooby
Founded in 1996, Grooby is currently based in Los Angeles and is the leading producer of transgender erotica. Operating over 30 membership websites, 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 Transgender Erotica Awards. For more information, visit Grooby.com.

Grooby’s “Real Fucking Doc” Wins Diamond Award at Adult Film Festival LV

 

Las Vegas, NV – Grooby’s “Real Fucking Doc” directed by Lilith Luxe won the acclaimed Diamond Award at the Adult Film Festival LV this past weekend in Las Vegas, NV. The film is an exclusive companion documentary to the award-winning title “Real Fucking Girls” directed by Mona Wales.

“I am beyond thrilled with the win!” stated Lilith Luxe. “It gives me such joy that this film is out in the world being seen by so many people. Especially as there is more and more discussion about porn in the mainstream media, it’s only by sharing and celebrating sex-worker-produced pieces like ‘Real Fucking Doc’ that we can control the narrative. My only hope with this piece was to provide a platform for everyone involved with ‘Real Fucking Girls’ to say what they wanted to say exactly how they wanted to say it, because the world needs to hear it.”

“Real Fucking Doc” follows the cast and crew during the filming of “Real Fucking Girls” at the Armory in San Francisco back in February 2016. Documentarian Lilith Luxe beautifully weaves together behind the scenes content, interviews with the cast and crew, and scenes from “Real Fucking Girls” itself for an extended version of the documentary submitted to film festivals like Adult Film Festival LV.

“I have so much love and respect for what both Lilith and Mona created with these pieces,” added Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director, Kristel Penn. “I’ve been showing an excerpt of ‘Real Fucking Doc’ for the educational workshops I’ve been running and attendees often share with me how it helped demystify the industry for them. Like most media, consumers generally only see the finished product. I appreciate how Lilith gave a platform to the cast and crew of ‘Real Fucking Girls’ to give depth and dimension to their creative choices were and show how much agency they had in the process.”

“Real Fucking Girls” recently won Best Trans Release at all three major adult award shows: AVN, XBIZ, and TEAs. This is the first time a trans title has swept at all three shows. It can be purchased directly at the GroobyStore.com.

 

About Grooby

Founded in 1996, Grooby is currently based in Los Angeles and is the leading producer of transgender erotica. Operating over 30 membership websites, 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 Transgender Erotica Awards (theTEAShow.com). For more information, visit Grooby.com.

Grooby to Screen Films at Daejha Milan’s Adult Film Festival LV this Weekend

Las Vegas, NV – Grooby is proud to announce its participation at Daejha Milan’s Adult Film Festival LV on March 18-19 at the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas, NV. Scheduled for the screening is “A TEA Story” by Isabel Dresler, “Real Fucking Doc” by Lilith Luxe, and an extended trailer of “All My Mother’s Lovers” by Mona Wales and Arabelle Raphael.

“I’m so proud of these three pieces in particular,” said Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director Kristel Penn. “They’re all very different in terms of content, but their connecting factor is how each gives a platform for our performers and creators to freely express themselves. Anytime we can elevate other voices in our community, the more depth and dimension is given to our genre.”

“I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to make this documentary,” added documentarian Isabel Dresler. “Transgender performers are by far some of the hardest working professionals in the adult industry and face so many unique challenges both on and off camera, they deserve all the recognition for their achievements that they can possibly get and I’m glad I was able to help shed light on this amazing awards show.”

“A TEA Story” is an exclusive documentary Isabel Dresler shot at the 2016 Transgender Erotica Awards. It will be shown on March 18 at 2 pm and March 19 at 3:30 pm. Dresler’s piece “Exposure” will also be shown during the same timeslots.

“Real Fucking Doc” is Lilith Luxe’s documentary companion piece to award-winning “Real Fucking Girls” directed by Mona Wales. Luxe filmed behind-the-scenes content and interviews with the cast and crew. It will be shown on March 18 at 2:30 pm and March 19 at 4:00 pm.

“All My Mother’s Lovers” is co-directed by Mona Wales and Arabelle Raphael. An extended trailer for the movie will be shown on March 18 at 2 pm and March 19 at 3:30 pm.

The Adult Film Festival Lv will be held on March 18-19, 2017 at the Erotic Heritage Museum located at 3275 Sammie Davis Jr. Drive, Las Vegas, NV, directly behind The Fashion Show Mall. Tickets are available for purchase at AFFLV.com and include free entry to the museum and all other AFFLV activities.

 

About Grooby

Founded in 1996, Grooby is currently based in Los Angeles and is the leading producer of transgender erotica. Operating over 30 membership websites, 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 Transgender Erotica Awards (theTEAShow.com). For more information, visit Grooby.com.

 

Grooby’s Kristel Penn to Present “Pajamas, Popcorn, and Porn: Slaying the Shame Monster Under Our Beds” at the Armory this Saturday

Grooby, the leading producer in trans erotica, is sending Kristel Penn to co-facilitate a 2.5 hour educational workshop to destigmatize porn and its consumption at Kink’s Armory in San Francisco, CA. She, along with a licensed therapist, will address how shame damages sexual exploration and identity and then teach attendees how to discuss porn in a neutral setting for their personal relationships.   

 

Los Angeles, CA – Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director Kristel Penn will be co-facilitating a workshop on destigmatizing the adult industry and porn consumption this Saturday at the Armory in San Francisco as part of Kink.com’s educational series. She’ll be presenting the 2.5 hour workshop with an LMFT and showing an exclusive version of “Real Fucking Doc” by Lilith Luxe, the documentary companion to Mona Wales’ directorial debut, Real Fucking Girls.

“Presenting this third incarnation of our workshop at the Armory feels a bit like we’re coming home,” said Kristel Penn. “My focus will be on demystifying the adult industry and addressing shame in the context of porn and its consumption. Sharing Lilith’s documentary from ‘Real Fucking Girls,’ which was also shot at the Armory, is such an integral part of my personal mission to help destigmatize the adult industry. She gave everyone a platform to speak openly about their experiences and wove it into a beautiful piece.”

“As a mental health professional working with marginalized communities whose identities bear the undue burden of cultural stigma, I’m confronted daily with the effects of shame on individuals, relationships, and groups,” added California LMFT Traci Medeiros. “Especially when it comes to areas as intimate (and complicated) as sexuality and desire much sensitivity and attention are needed. Our identities don’t have a direct and singularly causal relationship to our mental health, but the stigma we experience around those identities do. When someone is told often enough that they are bad, sick, and deserving of the shame they carry it can be hugely detrimental to that person’s mental health, how they interact with others around them, the well-being of our communities, and can even extend as far as larger society and legislation would reinforce the original cycle.”

“Pajamas, Popcorn, and Porn: Slaying the Shame Monster Under Our Beds” will be hosted on Saturday, March 11, from 5-7:30pm by Kink as part of their educational series held at the historic Armory in San Francisco, CA. The first 25 attendees will receive a free copy of “Real Fucking Girls” signed by director Mona Wales. All participants will receive free merchandise sponsored by Grooby and an official “Unashamed” pin from ShameKillsLove.com to celebrate the completion of the workshop. Tickets can be purchased at the link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pajamas-popcorn-porn-slaying-the-shame-monster-under-our-beds-presented-by-kristel-of-groobycom-registration-28272758582

The San Francisco Armory is located at 1800 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103. Inspired by the Kink.com mission “to demystify and celebrate alternative sexualities and BDSM through transparency”, the company offers Bay Area locals and visitors the opportunity to attend workshops that will aid in providing the information and encouragement to support exploration. More information can be found at ArmoryStudios.com.

2017 TEA Winners Announced

Congratulations to our 2017 TEA winners! Support our sponsor at theTEAShow.com.

Best DVD sponsored by Gamelink

Real Fucking Girls directed by Mona Wales

Best Photographer sponsored by Lord Morpheous

Bob Maverick

Best Transman Scene

Eddie Wood + Michelle Austin for FTM Hunter

Best Scene sponsored by TGirl Nights

Threesome with Aubrey Kate, Will Havoc, and Phoenix Marie from TS Seduction.
Producer: Madeline Marlowe

Best Scene Producer sponsored by HubStars.dating

Damien Cain

Best Solo Site sponsored by Eros.com

JonelleBrooks.com

Best Internet Personality sponsored by Robbi Racks

Miran

Best Female Performer sponsored by Evil Angel

Amarna Miller

Best Male Performer sponsored by Flirt4Free

Alexander Gustavo

Grooby Girl of the Year sponsored by Grooby

Natalie Mars

Best International Model (West) sponsored by Trans500

Mia Maffia

Best International Model (East)  sponsored by LadyboyGold

Megumi

Transcendence Award sponsored by Dr. Alexander Sinclair

Stefani Special

Bob’s TGirls Model of the Year sponsored by Bob’s TGirls

Miran

Kink’s Kinkiest T-Girl Domme sponsored by Kink 

Honey Foxxx

Best Transman Model

Eddie Wood

Ms. Unique sponsored by Stockroom

Mara Nova

Best Industry Professional sponsored by Shemale Idol

Al Tom from Altomic Visuals.com

Stroker of the Year sponsored by Shemale Strokers

It’s a tie! Casey Kisses and Korra Del Rio

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Grooby

Wendy Williams

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Wicked Sensual Care

Natassia Dreams

Best New Face sponsored by Shemale.com

Chanel Santini

Fan Choice Award sponsored by CameraPrive 

Domino Presley

Best Solo Model sponsored by TS4Rent

Kylie Maria

Best Hardcore Performer sponsored by .XXX

Aubrey Kate

Grooby to Host Second Annual ‘TEA Con’ at Avalon on March 4th

Los Angeles, CA – The TEAs are proud to announce their second annual fan convention, TEA Con, to be hosted on March 4th from 1-5pm at the Avalon in Hollywood. Currently the event has over 30 performers and sponsors confirmed to sign and exhibit that day.

TEA Con is part of three-day schedule of events which include the official pre-party on Friday at the Bardot, TEA Con on Saturday at the Avalon, the TEA Show Celebration hosted by TGirl Events at Cheetahs on Saturday night, and rounding out with the Awards on Sunday night at the Avalon.

“Although it’s only our second time hosting TEA Con, I’ve already seen an increase in interest and predicted attendance since last year,” said Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director Kristel Penn. “With the craziness of our other events, we thought this would be a great opportunity for fans to meet their favorite performers in a more casual setting.”

For a full list of confirmed performers and companies, visit: https://www.theteashow.com/teashow-convention

TEA Con is free for those who purchase 3-day all-access passes from theTEAShow.com. Otherwise, it is $5 cash at the door. Customers are encouraged to bring cash to the event as many of the performers will be selling headshots and other merchandise.

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.

Grooby’s “All My Mother’s Lovers” Directed by Mona Wales, Arabelle Raphael Now Available for Purchase

Los Angeles, CA – Grooby and Exquisite are proud to announce the release of their newest DVD, All My Mother’s Lovers. The title is co-directed by and stars Mona Wales and Arabelle Raphael, with performances by Freya Wynn, Delia Delions, Mandy Mitchell, and Bianca Stone. It hits the shelves today and can be purchased at the GroobyStore.com on its own or bundled with Wales’ award-winning directorial debut, Real Fucking Girls.

All My Mother’s Lovers is a tantalizing taboo tale where young Freya Wynn finds herself following in her mother’s (Delia Delions) footsteps to the front door of a lesbian commune and into the arms of her mother’s lovers (Mona Wales, Arabelle Raphael, Mandy Mitchell, Bianca Stone). Seduced by the beautiful women living on the country estate, All My Mother’s Lovers follows Wynn’s sexual awakening.

“This movie is very special for Mona and me,” said co-director Arabelle Raphael. “We just fell in love with the property when we saw it and we knew we wanted to make something beautiful and tender. It reminded us of a film we both watched as a kid. This is a re-telling of Bernardo Bertolucci’s Stealing Beauty with a lesbian twist. This film is also about self-discovery, love, and family.  We made something personal and really sexy at the same time. Making this film felt very much like we were there living on this lesbian commune. We put a lot of work into this, I hope everyone enjoys it!”

Arabelle Raphael is a multi-AVN nominated performer who just launched her website ArabelleRaphael.com recently. She’ll be launching another site in May and can be followed directly on Twitter @ArabelleRaphael for more updates.

“I loved making All My Mother’s Lovers because this movie had it all, beautiful women, a stunning location, an awesome script that paid homage to both 1990s coming of age movies and 1970 nudist camp porn flicks,” said co-director Mona Wales. “Like every movie I hope to make, this movie was made with a great amount of care and attention to detail the result of which is a porn movie that people want to pay for.”

Mona Wales is an AVN-nominated and TEA winning performer. Her directorial debut, Real Fucking Girls, swept at both AVN and XBIZ in 2017 winning Trans Release of the Year. Visit her official website at MonaWales.xxx and follow her on Twitter @MonaWalesxxx.

“Just a few weeks after winning both AVN and Xbiz for her directorial debut ‘Real Fucking Girls’, Mona Wales returns as co-director with Arabelle for this fabulous release,” added Steven Grooby. “I don’t think I’ve seen anything like this in my 20 years working in transgender porn. It’s stunning to look at, it has the right balance of story, romance, and sex, and it just all comes together beautifully – everyone involved should be very proud and I’m just happy we can be associated with it.”

 

About Grooby

Founded in 1996, Grooby is currently based in Los Angeles and is the leading producer of transgender erotica. Operating over 30 membership websites, 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 Transgender Erotica Awards. For more information, visit Grooby.com.

 

2017 TEA Schedule of Events

The 2017 TEAs are quickly approaching and we want to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the festivities! Be sure to visit theTEAShow.com for more information!

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Notes: We’ll be updating this page with more information in the coming weeks, so please remember to check back!

FRIDAY

THE OFFICIAL TEA PRE-PARTY | 9pm-2am
Bardot | 1737 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA

SATURDAY

THE OFFICIAL TEA CON (FAN CONVENTION) | 1-5pm
Avalon | 1735 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA
Cover: $5 at the door or free admission when you purchase a 3-day all-access pass

TRANS ALL-STAR TEA SHOW CELEBRATION | 8pm-2am
Cheetahs | 4600 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
More info: TGirlEvents.com

JAMIE’S TGIRL NIGHTS | 9pm-2am
Hamburger Mary’s Long Beach | 330 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA
More info: TGirlNights.com

SUNDAY

THE TEA SHOW AWARDS
Avalon | 1735 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA

7:00-8:00pm // Cocktail Hour
8:00pm – 9:45pm // Red Carpet
10pm – 1am // Awards Program

**Red Carpet will close PROMPTLY at 9:45pm, so please come early! 

Transformation Magazine celebrates 30 years in print with release of their 100th issue

Reno, NV – America’s #1 transgender magazine, Transformation, announced their historic 100th issue is now available for purchase at Centurianonline.com. The expanded 132-page special issue honors the past, present, and future of the groundbreaking title, which has been in print for 30 years thanks to visionary founding editor Jeri Lee, who passed away in 2016.

“It is a dream come true to mark such an incredible milestone in our publishing history and continue our mission to demystify gender identity and gender expression with a unique title like Transformation,” said Editor-In-Chief Hanna Rodgers. “These things were rarely spoken of back when Jeri published his first issue three decades ago, but now drag has gone mainstream, transgender people are serving in public office, and the gender binary is being challenged by celebrities, which shows how the modern world is finally awakening to the community we have been serving all this time.”

Issue #100 includes a stunning cover and bondage pictorial of Raquel Star by Lord Morpheous, a special tribute to Jeri Lee, interviews with Natalie Mars and Krissy4U, an exclusive chat with Veronica Vera founder of Miss Vera’s School for Boys Who Want to be Girls, Luscious in Lingerie photos by Altomic Visuals, beauty tips from Isabella Sorrenti, and incredible art & illustrations from the vault of Transformation. All of this is in addition to popular regular columns and features. To purchase your collectible copy before they sell out, visit Centurianonline.com.

Transformation Magazine embraces everyone on the gender spectrum to show the world that it is important to be true to yourself and express your individuality, from TG/TS to Drag to Queer to Fluid. Their aim is to encourage these efforts by demystifying the variety of “gender identities” with enlightening and entertaining content. Visit their official site at CenturianOnline.com to purchase an issue. You can also follow them on Twitter at @transpubinc.

[Photos] AVN Expo 2017 Re-Cap

I’ve been sitting on these photos from the AVN Expo a few weeks ago, but I’ve only been able to come up for air today as everyone here at Grooby is TEA planning overdrive right now (and by the way, have you bought your TEA 3-Day All-Access Pass Yet?).

As I learned this time around, AVN is not a sprint, but rather a marathon. And in this marathon, the cups of water waiting for you as you round the bends are actually vodka.  Although we didn’t have a booth, we had plenty to do while we were on the convention floor. Fran from Shemale Strokers kindly let us bother her throughout the week

I was fortunate enough to moderate a wonderful personal panel called “Sex Is…Trans Activity” with Aubrey Kate, Foxxy, and Natalie Mars in the Joint. They talked candidly about their lives and how their work personas differed from their real selves.

I also participated on a fun panel with some big women in the adult industry called R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Grooby Dev took video of the panel, so I’ll be posting that soon as well!

In the meantime, enjoy the pics!

 

Photographer Altomic Visuals Returns as 2017 TEA Sponsor

Los Angeles, CA – Altomic Visuals is proud to announce their returning sponsorship of the upcoming 2017 TEAs. Company owner Al Tom is also a longtime shooter at the TEAs. 

“Altomic Visuals is proud to sponsor the TEAs,” said owner Al Tom. “It’s the only adult award show that’s open to and recognizes all genders in the adult entertainment industry.”

“Al has been such a loyal supporter of our performers, our industry, and the TEAs,” added Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director Kristel Penn. “He does glamour shoots for many of our performers just so they can add to their portfolios and he is captures beautiful photos at the TEAs year after year. He is a true supporter of our industry and the trans community and it shows.”

Los Angeles based photographer, Al Tom, started shooting photos back in high school when he was gifted his first camera from his dad. His work has been featured in Transformation Magazine, for the TEAs, and on the websites of his numerous clients. His main interest is glamour and fetish photography, but he also shoots editorial, events, and cars. Visit his official website at AltomicVisuals.com.

Media inquiries can be sent to kristel@grooby.com directly.

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.

2017 TEA Fan Choice Award Voting Begins Now


Los Angeles, CA – Voting has now begun for the coveted 2017 TEA Fan Choice Award sponsored by CameraPrive. Previous winners from recent years include Kylie Maria, Aubrey Kate, Khloe Hart, and Jane Marie. Voting closes on February 1, 2017.

“The Fan Choice Award is one of the most exciting and interesting because it’s simply so unpredictable,” said Steven Grooby. “Because we allow votes only from websites, forums, or social media people (and we have people screen them), it’s not a vote for a winner based on clicks, but a winner based on genuine votes from genuine fans.”

Fans can vote directly at http://www.theteashow.com/fan-voting and are only allowed to vote once. Incomplete and spam forms will be disqualified from inclusion and fans must include their website, forum, or social media handle in order for their vote to count.

Companies and performers interested in sponsoring can email kristel@grooby.com directly.

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.

Grooby’s ‘Real Fucking Girls’ Wins Best Transsexual Movie at 2017 AVN Awards

Los Angeles, CA – Mona Wales’ directorial debut, Real Fucking Girls, scored the award for Best Transsexual Movie this past weekend at the 2017 AVN Awards held in Las Vegas.

“I would like to thank our industry for celebrating the work of the amazing women who worked so hard on this project to create something unique, real, and sexy as fuck,” said the film’s director, Mona Wales. “Every single woman who touched this film gave so much of themselves to this project. I want to tell them how grateful I am for their work, their performances, and their realness.”

‘Real Fucking Girls’ brings together an all-star cast of performers, including Aubrey Kate (who won multiple awards between AVN and XBIZ in 2017), Daisy Ducati, Natassia Dreams, Simone Sonay, Jane Starr, Amarna Miller, Kelli Lox, Ella Nova, Tori Mayes, and Bella Rossi. ‘Real Fucking Girls’ is the only trans title to win both AVN and XBIZ DVD categories.

In addition to its adult content, editor Lilith Luxe shot an exclusive behind the scenes documentary, REAL FUCKING DOC, with interviews from the cast and crew. The title has been submitted to numerous film festivals within the last few months and is currently in consideration.

‘Real Fucking Girls’ star Aubrey Kate also won big at AVN this past weekend, taking home three awards, including the coveted award for Transsexual Performer of the Year.

“Congratulations to Mona and the cast and crew of ‘Real Fucking Girls’,” added Steven Grooby. “It was such an honor to help produce this title and give a platform to the voices of everyone involved.”

“I believe ‘Real Fucking Girls’ is only the beginning,” continued Wales. “The industry and the community of porn consumers are ready for authentic and artistic expressions of sexuality. This win emboldens and inspires me and I hope others. I cannot wait to share our latest film, All My Mother’s Lovers, that drops on February 13th.”

Wales’ highly anticipated follow up, All My Mother’s Lovers, is currently available for pre-sale at the GroobyStore.com. Co-directed with Arabelle Raphael, the title also stars Freya Wynn, Delia Delions, Mandy Mitchell, Mona Wales, and Bianca Stone. The title can be purchase on its own or bundled together with award winning ‘Real Fucking Girls’ exclusively at the GroobyStore.com.

My thoughts on the Chelsea Manning case

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I have to admit I have mixed feelings about Chelsea Manning’s sentence being commuted by President Obama. I suppose I’m okay with it because it does not absolve her of the crimes she was convicted of like a pardon would have, and she has clearly suffered inhumane treatment while being incarcerated.

Chelsea Manning is a United States Army soldier who was courtmartialed and convicted in July of 2013 for 17 violations of the Espionage Act and other offenses, including five counts of espionage and theft, after disclosing to WikiLeaks nearly 750,000 classified or unclassified but sensitive military and diplomatic documents. She has served nearly seven years of her 35-year sentence.

I am not a lawyer or an expert on the Chelsea Manning case. I am a transgender woman and also a veteran. Transgender people have a long history of serving honorably in the military, and as a veteran myself I feel she has brought dishonor to herself and the Army and brought a lot of negative attention to trans people in the military, especially since her defense used the fact that she’s trans as one of the main reasons to justify her crimes. Being transgender and serving in the military is not easy, but it can be done as evidenced by people such as retired Navy SEAL Kristin Beck and Shane Ortega who served while being open about the fact he was transgender and played an important role in getting the military to allow trans people to serve openly.

Whether you view Manning as a traitor to her country or a hero for being a whistle-blower depends on your point of view. This is a topic which people seem to have very strong views about and there seems to be no middle ground. But the one thing which is not disputable is that she was convicted of violations of the Espionage Act for releasing classified documents and that she pled guilty to 10 of those charges.
But, after doing some research it became apparent that it would be a tough if not impossible task to mount a defense against these charges because the way the way the Espionage Act is written and the limitations the defense had to contend with. However, Manning’s defense was based largely on the claim the Army disregarded Manning’s emotional turmoil over her gender identity and isolation in a military that barred homosexuals from serving openly, which in my opinion is a pretty weak defense and does little to defend her actions. Again, transgender people have a long history of serving honorably in the military and managing to do so without committing espionage.

I’ve also learned more about the Edward Snowden case and I have an easier time understanding what he did and why he did it than I do the Manning case. There are obvious similarities between the two cases and it’s difficult not to compare the two. But to me, the main difference is that Manning was a soldier and broke her oath to serve her nation and fellow soldiers. She voluntarily joined the Army and took an oath to serve her country, and she broke that oath and the law when she willfully stole classified documents which she released. Should there be no consequences for her actions? But, Snowden fled the country and is living in Russia to avoid prosecution, while Manning went through the legal process, acknowledged she had done something wrong, and was tried and convicted. So, it does seem kind of hypocritical for me to be okay with what Snowden did while condemning Manning actions, but as a veteran what she did just doesn’t set well with me.

I also take issue with all the people who have campaigned for Manning to be pardoned for her crimes because of the inhumane conditions and treatment she has had to endure while incarcerated. I think we all agree that her treatment while being detained has been inhumane and unacceptable. But to say she should be released because of that is unreasonable because the two issues are completely unrelated. She was found guilty of 17 charges against her, and while her mistreatment is deplorable, it has no legal baring on her conviction; that is a separate legal issue. I’m sure Charles Manson has claimed he hasn’t been treated fairly in prison, so should he be pardoned too? Any trans person who is incarcerated has my sympathy and support because I can’t begin to imagine what a nightmare that must be. Anyone who is incarcerated deserves to be treated in a humane way and given the rights they are entitled to, but in my opinion they deserve nothing more. Prison is for people who have broken the law and been convicted for their crimes; it is not meant to be a fun place. Perhaps she, as with all people who willingly choose to break the law, should have considered the consequence of her actions.

The other argument which I take offense to is that she should not have been convicted to begin with because she was reporting war crimes. Again, she did plead guilty to 10 charges and was convicted of 17 counts including espionage. And I’m fairly certain that the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Espionage Act have no exemptions which state that espionage is acceptable as long as you’re reporting war crimes. And speaking of war crimes, has there been an official investigation and hearing to determine an official ruling of war crimes? She was also convicted of theft, having stolen information which was not hers. So, everyone who wants her pardoned must feel that stealing is acceptable and that people who break the law should not be punished? The bottom line is that she was found guilty of espionage. Her guilt or innocence is not in question and should not be an issue.

Whatever your opinion of Chelsea Manning, be it from the perspective of a citizen of this nation, a veteran, or a trans person, the fact remains that she committed a crime which she was convicted of and sent to prison to serve her sentence. I suppose time will tell what her legacy will be in the history of our nation, but in my opinion she failed her country as a soldier and she failed the transgender community by attempting to justify her crimes by using the fact that she was trans as an excuse. And our nation and military failed her by not providing safe and humane treatment while she was incarcerated. Perhaps something positive will come from this, that her mistreatment will serve to highlight the problems within our military and civilian prisons and prevent other trans inmates from being subjected to inhumane conditions. And hopefully Ms. Manning will find peace and be able to move on with her life.

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Savannah Hartwood to wear Grooby Girls Shirt for Erotic Heritage Museum First Amendment Banner Unveiling

Las Vegas, NV – The Erotic Heritage Museum (EHM) in Las Vegas will be unveiling a First Amendment banner on Martin Luther King Day this Monday, Jan. 16. The banner, EHM said, will cover “a sizable amount of the museum’s  roof,” specifically the part facing Trump International Hotel. Savannah Hartwood will be in attendance for the event wearing a Grooby Girls shirt (which can be purchased at the GroobyStore.com).

“We want to serve as a reminder to our president-elect that our constitutional rights are sacred,” said Dr. Victoria Hartmann, director of the Erotic Heritage Museum. The banner will be set across the museum’s roof on Monday at 10 a.m. and will stay there indefinitely.

“A drone-shot video of the installation will be posted to EHM’s social media soon right after we unveil the banner,” Hartmann said. “Or you can just take a walk over to Trump’s hotel and have a look.”

The Erotic Heritage Museum is located at 3275 Sammy Davis Jr. Dr. and is open seven days a week.

For more information on the Erotic Heritage Museum, visit their official website or follow them on Twitter.

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