Transgender Erotica Awards

2019 TEA Dates Announced

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Transgender Erotica Awards (also known as the TEAs) announced their 2019 dates for their upcoming show. The three-day event will be held March 15-17 at the Avalon and Bardot both located in Hollywood, CA.

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

“Although it is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, the TEAs are consistently the highlight of my work year,” says TEA Executive Producer, Kristel Penn. “Steven and I start planning the event earlier and earlier each year to ensure everything goes smoothly when the time comes.”

“As we head into our eleventh year of the TEAs, we’re aiming for our best show yet,” adds Grooby owner, Steven Grooby. “We’re hoping to see many of our longtime sponsors return, in addition to expanding our reach overall. Sponsors should feel good knowing their contribution directly contributes to the show and celebrating the hard work of the trans adult industry.”

Steven Grooby will be attending TES Prague and XBIZ Berlin. He will be available for meetings and can be reached at steven@grooby.com to schedule.

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

The three-day event will kick off with a pre-party on March 15th at the Bardot, a daytime fan convention on March 16th and finish with the popular awards ceremony on March 17th at the Avalon. More details about the event and the pre-nomination process will be released in the months to come. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com.

2018 TEA Winners Announced

BEST DVD sponsored by Gamelink
Winner: Real Fucking Girls 2 | Mona Wales

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER sponsored by TS Virtual Lovers
Winner: Radius Dark

GENDER X MODEL OF THE YEAR
Winner: Chanel Santini

CAM PERFORMER OF THE YEAR sponsored by Grooby
Winner: Casey Kisses and Korra Del Rio

BLACK-TGIRLS.COM MODEL OF THE YEAR
Winner: Megan Snow

BEST INTERNET PERSONALITY sponsored by MANYVIDS
Winner: Natalie Mars

BEST INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL
Winner: John Stagliano

BEST SOLO SITE sponsored by LORD MORPHEOUS
Winner: MiaMaffia.xxx

BEST SCENE sponsored by TGIRL NIGHTS
Winner: Chanel Santini + Lance Hart “Wonder Woman” directed by Tom Moore (TransAngels.com)

GROOBY GIRL OF THE YEAR
Winner: Shiri Allwood

BEST NON-TS PERFORMER (FEMALE) sponsored by EVIL ANGEL
Winner: Mona Wales

BEST NON-TS PERFORMER (MALE) sponsored by FLIRT4FREE
Winner: Soldier Boi and D. Arclyte (It’s a tie!)

BEST SCENE PRODUCER
Winner: Aiden Starr

BEST VR SCENE
Winner: Annabelle Lane “Virtual Reality” | GroobyVR.com

BOB’S TGIRLS MODEL OF THE YEAR
Winner: Miran

KINK’S KINKIEST T-GIRL DOMME
Winner: Foxxy

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
Winner: Morgan Bailey

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Winner: Nicole Montero
Winner: Jesse Flores

BEST FTM PERFORMER
Winner: Eddie Wood

MS. UNIQUE sponsored by ROBBI RACKS
Winner: Nadia Love

TRANSCENDENCE AWARD sponsored by DR. ALEXANDER SINCLAIR
Winner: Kelly Klaymour

TRANSATIONAL FANTASY GIRL OF THE YEAR
Winner: Brooke Zanell

BEST INTERNATIONAL MODEL sponsored by CAMERA PRIVE
Winner: Mia Maffia

BEST NEW FACE sponsored by SHEMALE.COM
Winner: Kayleigh Coxx

FAN CHOICE AWARD sponsored by TRANS ANGELS
Winner: Aubrey Kate

BEST SOLO MODEL sponsored by BAD DRAGON
Winner: Natalie Mars

BEST HARDCORE MODEL sponsored by VRB TRANS
Winner: Aubrey Kate

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.

Gender X Sponsoring 2018 TEAs

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

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

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

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

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

About Gender X
Created to explore the world beyond traditional gender roles, Gender X is defying expectations with mind-blowing, out of the box hardcore that breaks through old barriers. Beautifully shot, unforgettable performances grace every scene, centered on hardcore sensuality to show love like you’ve never seen it before. For more information visit http://www.genderx.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which MV Trans Star would you nominate for an award?

Kelly Clare to Sponsor 2018 TEAs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TS Star Jacquie Blu Returns as 2018 TEA Sponsor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nikki Montero to Sponsor 2018 TEAs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2018 TEA Pre-Nominations Now Open!

Los Angeles, CA – The 2018 Transgender Erotica Awards announced their pre-nominations are now open to the public at theTEAShow.com/vote. The voting period runs from today until October 17, 2017.

“Making the pre-nomination list for our judges is always difficult, which is why we rely on industry and fans to submit whom they think should be included,” said Steven Grooby.   “It’s not just a popularity vote, we look at all suggestions and then draw up a list from which we make a shortlist of nominations. I’d encourage anyone who believes that a specific model, scene, director or DVD should be included for the competition, to fill in the pre-nomination form so we can get the most relevant and fairest nominees for the awards. This is the tenth year we’ve done this, and we believe we have the fairest and most transparent nomination and judging system possible.”

 

The pre-nomination process is open to both fans and adult industry professionals. Submissions can be made at: theTEAShow.com/vote and run from today until October 17, 2017. The eligibility period for consideration is from November 15, 2016 – November 15, 2017.

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.

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.

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.

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 customisable 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.

 

TS Madison to Host 2018 TEAs in Hollywood

The TEAs, also known as the Transgender Erotica Awards, is proud to announce viral sensation TS Madison as the Mistress of Ceremonies for the 10th anniversary show in 2018.

Los Angeles, CA – The TEAs announced viral sensation TS Madison as their Mistress of Ceremonies for their 10th anniversary show in 2018. The “Lemme Pick You Up” web series creator hosted the TEAs in 2017 and is also a recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award. The 3-day event will be held at the Avalon and its connecting property, the Bardot, in Hollywood, CA.

“I am very excited to return this year, last year we had a wonderful time and great opening,” said Madison. “I plan to be the life of the party as always, honey. I am glad to be a part of all forms of entertainment, from adult to mainstream.”

“Madison has really introduced a new element to the awards as the host and I’m excited to see what she brings to the party this year,” added Steven Grooby. “Her brand of on-point humor, knowledge of the adult industry, and her quick wit keep us all entertained. It’s a privilege for us to have her as a host.”

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 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.

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

2018 Marks 10th Anniversary for the TEAs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Becca Benz 2017 TEA Part 2: Parties and shows!

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The Transgender Erotica Awards weekend is always such a fun time, and my week in Los Angeles had already been pretty eventful before the TEA events had even begun!

Thursday night at Club Cobra signals the unofficial start of the TEA festivities and is always a fun time, and this year was no different. I got there early and was sitting in a booth chatting with friends when my good friend David gave me two bags of delicious Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel chocolates! David is so sweet and thoughtful; last year he brought me flowers, and this year chocolates! It’s moments like this, and seeing good friends again, that makes TEA so meaningful to me.

2017 TEA Awards     2017 TEA Awards

And then a bit later in walks none other than the beautiful Staci Miguire, looking decidedly more blonde than the last time I saw her! She and I always have fun hanging out and dancing and she brings out my wild side! And it’s nice to be with someone taller than I am for a change! And it so happened that I wore a leopard print dress and Staci wore a zebra print dress, so we had fun with the animal print theme, and there were lots of jokes about predator and prey! We even considered swapping dresses since she’s more predator and I’m more prey, but thankfully we never actually got around to doing it lol

The club closed and security had their hands full ushering us all out of the club and off the property, and then trying to get everyone to go home. There were large groups of people mingling on the street and suddenly a fight broke out and it was like watching moths being drawn to light; everyone ran to the fight and cell phone flashes were going off like mad. We soon heard the sound of police sirens, and then a police helicopter appeared overhead with its light scanning the scene, followed by a fire truck and police cars screaming down the road. It was a crazy ending to a wild night!

Friday I had the pleasure of having breakfast with my dear friend Fran, who is someone I’ve gotten to know a lot more this past year and who has become near and dear to my heart. We’d been counting down the down the weeks and days as TEA approached, looking forward to breakfast and being able to talk and enjoy a break from the dreary Pacific Northwest weather. And it was definitely worth the wait, getting to talk face to face and just hang out and enjoy being together. We had the most wonderful conversations and I wouldn’t let her go back to work because I so enjoyed having her all to myself! And she also gives the absolute best hugs! It was such a wonderful afternoon and one of the things I will remember most from this year’s TEA.

Friday night it was the TEA party, which was moved up this year instead of being the night after the awards show as in previous years. The party was at Bardot and fabulous as always, and it was so much fun seeing everyone, and of course seeing what everyone was wearing, and in some cases, not wearing lol The folks at Grooby know how to throw a party, and this was one of their best!

2017 TEA Pre-Party

My favorite moment from the party was getting Fran and Kristel together for a picture of the three of us. Last year we’d forgotten to get a picture, so Fran and I had been reminding each other not to forget, and I was on a mission to make it happen! And we had such fun doing this picture, and it could not have turned out any more beautifully. These two ladies are good friends who mean the world to me, so I was pleased we got such a wonderful picture together. And as you can see, Fran was kind of getting all touchy feely back there, but she can cop a feel of my ass any time she wants 🙂

In previous years I remember seeing the food vendors outside the Avalon after it closed and how delicious the hot dogs smelled, but I never got one because I was worried about slopping food onto my dress, but this year I was hungry and it smelled so good that I broke down and bought one, and it had to be one of the best hot dogs I’ve ever had. And I managed to eat it without getting any on my dress!

2017 TEA CON After a late night of partying we all dragged ourselves out of bed Saturday afternoon for TEA Con, which this year was held at the Avalon, site of the awards show, and it’s such a great venue; much roomier and you couldn’t ask for more beautiful setting.

I spent the entire afternoon wandering around talking with everyone and never did settle down at a table; my friend Hanna from Transformation Magazine let me put my stuff at her table and it was nice to just sit with her and talk when I needed a break from wandering.

I went for comfort this year, wearing a casual maxi skirt and comfortable top, and flip-flops to give my tired feet a rest! I did have a pair of heels in my bag in case I felt too under-dressed, but they never did make it out of the bag lol

One of the funnest moments from TEA Con was getting the photographers together to pose for a picture for me, which was not unlike trying to herd cats! They have all become good friends over the three years I’ve been attending TEA, and I am so appreciative of the awesome work they do and all the time and effort they put into capturing all the special moments during the TEA events. And I always have so much fun talking and joking with them, and they are always so gracious when I ask them for a picture with someone, which I tend to do more than I probably should!

2017 TEA Con

I had decided I wasn’t going to attend the Saturday night event at Cheetah’s because the previous year had been such a fiasco; instead I had planned to go to either Hamburger Mary’s in Long Beach or Club Shine, but for some reason I was really tired decided to just hang out in my hotel room and order room service and watch the Food Channel. I felt guilty spending a Saturday night in Los Angeles in my hotel room, but I just needed a break and some time to rest and recharge. I don’t have access to tv or the Food Channel where I live, so it was kind of nice to just relax and watch Chopped, and take a nice long hot shower.

Sunday was the TEA awards, and I got my hair and makeup done that afternoon, which is always a fun thing to splurge on. I went to the same salon in Burbank that I went to last year but had a different lady do my hair, and I really enjoyed talking with her. I guess I’m getting chatty in my old age! And it turned out I got to see the lady who did my hair last year, which was nice!

It’s always fun getting all dressed to the nines and getting to wear a gown, and I really liked my gown this year; simple but elegant. I initially hadn’t planned to wear a gown this year because I felt I’d never be able to do better than last year’s gown, but I couldn’t resist. I mean, how often do you get the chance to wear a gown? So I took my time getting ready and then took Lyft to the Avalon. It’s always such a cool moment to arrive and walk in, knowing it’s finally here and that it’s going to be such an amazing night, and seeing everyone there! One of those magic moments that never seems to get old. This year I had the pleasure of walking the red carpet with my friend Eddie Wood, and we had a lot of fun; in fact I may have gotten a bit too carried away with the fun part, but I think Eddie had a good time!

Becca Benz 2017 TEA Awards     Becca Benz Eddie Wood 2017 TEA Awards

I mingled and talked and hugged and posed for pictures and was having such a wonderful time and felt so fortunate to once again be part of such an awesome event. When I looking through the program I was so excited to see that Al Tom was getting the Best Industry Professional Award!! I got up to go find him so I could give him a great big hug! Al is such a great photographer and a good friend to so many of us, and if anyone is deserving of this award it’s him.

The show was going to be starting soon and I was sitting at our table when I saw Laura Espinoza across the room, so I ran over to say hi to her, and we talked for a while. When I went back to the table I noticed my purse was gone. I asked the people at the table if they’d seen it and asked security if it had been turned in, but no one had seen it. I didn’t have time to worry about it because the award Jamie Jameson and I were presenting was the third award, so we had to go backstage before the show started. It was neat to present an award, and I was happy I got to do it with Jamie because I knew her and knew I could get by with not having to talk much. We were announced, which was pretty cool and then we walked out onto the stage, and I managed to do so without tripping, so I was happy and relieved! Jamie did the talking and I just stood there and smiled and clapped and enjoyed the moment. I kind of felt like Vanna White from Wheel of Fortune! After the winner was announced we moved off to the side and then exited after the winners.

I made it back to the table and still no sign of my purse, and that’s when I really started getting worried. And then when I realized I would not be able to fly home if I didn’t have my driver’s license, which was in my purse, I really started stressing out. And without my credit card or identification I wouldn’t have access to any money, and I stressed even more. I asked a friend who also lived in Portland and who had driven to Los Angeles if I could possibly get a ride back with her, and she graciously said yes, so at least I didn’t have to worry about being stranded here. And thankfully I hadn’t left my phone in my purse so at least I had that.

Miran Becca Benz 2017 TEAWhen the nominees for Best Internet Personality were announced it was such a cool moment to hear my name and see my picture, and to be included among such a distinguished group of nominees. I had a feeling I wasn’t going to win this year because I just felt like there were people more deserving than me. It was still a little disappointing not to win, but Miran is a friend and someone I have a great deal of respect for, and I was happy she won. And I have to say she looked stunning in the gorgeous gown she wore, as she always does.

I stayed until the intermission and then checked again with security, and when my purse was still missing I decided to head back to the hotel so I could call my bank and report my card missing, so I got a Lyft and went back to the hotel, where I had to get another key card so I could get in my room. I changed out of my gown and got cleaned up and then called the bank to report my card missing and arranged for a new card to be sent which would be waiting for me when I got back to Portland. Once that was taken care of I took a shower and tried to calm down. I would be leaving early in the morning to go home with my friend, and I still had to get packed, so there wasn’t much point to going to sleep, even if I could have slept, which was doubtful.

After the awards show ended a friend called me and left a message saying my purse had been found and it was in the security office, so I got dressed and drove back to the Avalon, hoping it wasn’t too late to get my purse before everyone left. I got there just as they were closing up and it took a while to find the right person to unlock the door, but when they opened the security office there was my purse on the counter, and my driver’s license and credit card were still in it. I was so so relieved.

When I had walked in I smelled the hot dogs from the street vender and as I was leaving I realized how hungry I was so I was looking forward to grabbing a couple of hot dogs to take home, but of course they were gone by the time I came out. I got home and checked online to see what was still open, but everything was closed or was not delivering, so I finally ended up going through the drive-through at McDonalds and getting two Egg McMuffins, which seemed an appropriate ending to what had been a long, long night. I got to bed just as the sun was coming up, but thankfully my hotel room had blackout curtains so I was able to get some sleep. I was exhausted Monday and didn’t do much beyond getting packed and having one more meal at In N Out. I had an early flight Tuesday morning so I went to bed early. The trip home was uneventful, and I was just thankful to be on the plane. It was good to get home, except for the weather. I had left warm, sunny California and returned to cold, rainy Portland, which was depressing. I got home and unpacked, and as much as I enjoyed my time in Los Angeles it was good to sleep in my own bed again.

My 2017 TEA was filled with lots of wonderful memories, even though it ended on a sour note with my purse having disappeared, but such is life. Last year was magical in every possible way and I will forever have those memories, and this year was special in its own ways. It all worked out in the end, as it invariably does.

It wasn’t until last week that I even looked at any of the pictures from this year’s TEA events, and when I did I was struck by how tired I looked. I was missing the energy and sparkle from previous years, and that was sort of a wakeup call that something was not right with me.

As for TEA 2018, I’m not sure at this point. I have a lot of personal things to sort out and I’m not sure what the future holds for me. I have three years of special memories and so many wonderful friends, and those will stay with me forever, no matter where my life takes me.

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2017 TEA Winners Announced

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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