transgender erotica awards

Nicole Montero to Sponsor 2019 TEAs

LOS ANGELES, CA – TEA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Nicole Montero and her website, NikkiLadyboys.com, are proud to announce her sponsorship of the 2019 Transgender Erotica Awards. Montero is nominated for Best Non-US Performer and Best Clipsite Star.

“I’m very proud to sponsor the TEA show this year again for the 5th time, the greatest show in the USA,” said Nicole Montero.

“Nicole is such a joy to be around and we’re excited she’s able to attend the TEAs all the way from Chile where she’s based,” said Steven Grooby. “We really appreciate her longtime sponsorship and support of the TEAs.”

Montero will be attendance at the TEAs and excited to promote her exclusive website, NikkiLadyboys.com. The site delivers unique content of Montero visiting the local bars in Bangkok, Pattaya, and Phuket to give fans hot and heavy hardcore action straight from her hotel room.

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.

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.

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. Keywords: TEA 2019, TEA, Transgender Erotica Awards, Grooby, Natassia Dreams, Trans, LGBTQ, Transgender, TGirl

A Word on Nominations, Judging and the TEAs.

Despite the Transgender Erotica Awards being as the name infers, an Award show, its main agenda has always been as a celebration of the adult trans industry and to draw a focus on our part of the industry and to honor the fabulous individuals who work in it.  We have a three day event, so that performers, industry and fans who travel from across the world, can enjoy an unparalleled experience of networking and entertainment.  As seriously as we take the nomination and the judging,  we aren’t exclusively about that and all should feel welcome and included.

The nomination process takes us over a month.  We’ve made some changes this year which we hope will enable us to be even more objective and help our judges make their decisions.    Nominations are fielded from fans and industry –  last month anyone had the ability to put forward names and titles for all categories,  we considered each of these nominations in turn which if eligible were put forward.  We then approached the companies shooting the majority of trans companies and asked for their opinions on performers who had worked for them, and scenes/DVDs they considered their strongest.

We’ve made the final nominations tighter than ever this year, and restricted the amount of scenes or DVDs each company can submit, so each companies nominations should be only their best work.   Splitting Best Scene into ‘Best Scene Girl/Boy’ and ‘Best Scene Girl/Girl’ allows the judges to be more objective by making like for like comparisons.    The nominations for the performers are even tighter with dozens of eligible individuals vying for only a few places.   We consider a performers body of work over the year,  the number of different companies they’ve worked for and the scope of work they’ve done.   When you look at the names on the Best Solo Model and Best Hardcore Performer, you can see how difficult it is to change out any of those names for someone else.    Best New Face, Best Non-US Performer also face those challenges while Ms.Unique because of the nature of that award may feature models who’ve done less work but hit a very specific niche, look or style.

All those nominated should be very proud of that – nearly all categories had dozens (if not 100’s) of nominees.   In any sort of nomination or award shows, there are always going to be complaints or opinions, on why someone isn’t included – and I can only answer that we do our best to look at all suggestions no matter if it comes from large companies, or individuals to get a fair temperature of who should be on those nomination lists.

So how is it judged?   We have a unique judging system – each year a selection of judges from the industry, media, and fans are tasked with choosing their favorite performers or scenes.   All judges are given access to the works, or a body of work for each performer to make that selection.  Judges identities are kept a secret (even from each other) until they’ve all submitted their choices so there can be no accusations of tampering.   This year we have company owners, DVD directors, models, producers, media and fans on the panel.   Each judge selects their top 3 choices in order, with different points given to each choice in that order.   The winner being the selection with the most points overall.

We consider this the fairest, most transparent and most objective way to select winners of any award shows, many of which only use a panel of judges.  Nobody from Grooby is judging the show this year (I have occasionally over the years).

A small glimpse into other changes that might take place this year,  as you may know, we have Domino Presley as the Mistress of Ceremonies and Natasha Dreams as our red carpet host (more announcements on the red carpet soon) and we’re hoping to reconfigure the red carpet to provide more room inside.   We’re focusing less on companies names – and more on the performers this year, which is where the onus should be,  although of course, the sponsors will be getting a massive amount of publicity.    We’ve added a ‘Best Self Producer’ category to include performers who make their own content for the clips sites or trade.  We also are working hard on getting our small Saturday convention, TEAcon working and with a new and exciting format to include some round tables on content production, legal and health issues that affect our industry.

We will be addressing more topics as the date grows closer,  including new safety measures for all performers (we are now only a 21+ event),  dress codes (no sweatpants – yes, I mean you!) and how to RSVP as a nominee or a model.

The TEAs are operated as a ‘not for profit’ – Grooby presents it and we rely on sponsors to cover the costs of the locations, programs, entertainment and all the small things that add up to make the show what it is.  We pick up the shortfall – as well as have our staff run the show, and everything needed to make it successful,  so if you are considering sponsoring please speak to Kristel to see what opportunities are available as we really do need you.

I hope this answers many questions.

Yours,
Steven Grooby

Domino Presley Announced as TEA’s Mistress of Ceremonies

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Transgender Erotica Awards proudly announces TEA winner Domino Presley as their 2019 Mistress of Ceremonies. The upcoming TEAs will be held at the historic Avalon in Hollywood on March 17, 2019.

“We’ve been so lucky to have some truly amazing hosts of the show,” said Steven Grooby.
“Jujubee and Madison really helped build our profile up and their professionalism and presence, I believe, have been a big part of the show. To keep things fresh, we’ve always wanted to rotate hosts. There was really only ever one choice and I was pretty confident it would be something that Domino would both enjoy and excel at doing. She knows so many of the girls personally – and having been in the industry now on both sides of the camera, she has a unique viewpoint.  Kristel and I are both looking forward to working with her up to the show.”

“I’ve never been more excited or nervous for something before,” added Domino Presley. “I’m still in shock that Steven asked me to host and I’m extremely grateful. I have a performance background and am far from shy on the microphone, so this should be a trip. If everything goes as planned I’m also bringing some major entertainment and the opening of the show will be epic. I still can’t believe Steven is crazy enough to let me host…with my sense of humor! You do NOT want to miss this year’s awards.”

Domino Presley is a TEA multi-award winner based in Los Angeles, CA. She first debuted with Grooby back 2010 and since then has worked for every major trans studio in the industry. In 2018, she made her directorial debut with Grooby with the release of her movie, Domino Presley’s House of Whores. Follow Domino Presley on Twitter at @DominoPresley.

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.

Pre-Nominations Open for 2019 TEAs

LOS ANGELES, CA – Pre-nominations are now open for the 2019 TEAs. Submissions are open to the industry and the public from now until October 23, 2018, at theTEAShow.com.

“It’s that time of the year again, and although we’re five months away from the 2019 TEAs, because of our unique judging process we’re ready to start getting pre-nominations between now and Oct 23,” said Steven Grooby. “Our process remains much the same,  we accept pre-nominations from industry and fans, then our panel pares it down to the nomination list that goes to the judges. This year we’re going to make the number of nominations much tighter. I appreciate and empathize that this will mean some may get missed out, but we need to keep to the integrity of the awards and I believe this will make it more competitive.”

The TEAs, officially known as the Transgender Erotica Awards, celebrates the accomplishments of the trans adult industry. The event, now in its eleventh year, started as an online competition and since then has grown into a popular three-day event welcoming guests from all over the world.

“We have one new category this year,  Best Trans Self-Producer,” added Grooby. “So many performers are making their own content for clips type sites or selling direct, we need to be inclusive of them into this show and I think this award will reflect a different type of content and a wider range of performers.”

The eligibility period for pre-nominations runs from November 15, 2017 – November 15, 2018. Additional information and the submission form can be accessed directly at http://www.theteashow.com/pre-nomination-voting

Grooby continued, “We’ve already got a number of sponsors committed and we look forward to welcoming more. The growth and success of our show have been, in large part, due to our sponsors. This has always been an inclusive community-driven event and not a money-making venture for us. We hope that other companies that work within the trans erotica industry, such as paysites, DVD companies, dating and cam sites, and clip stores will join us in celebrating the trans performers who are the backbone of our industry.”

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 in Hollywood. 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.

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.

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.

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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.

Grooby to Take Over Transformation Magazine’s Editorial Content

Los Angeles, CA – Transformation Magazine, the world’s foremost trans publication, marks their newly released Issue #101 with Grooby. From this point forward, the trans erotica company will be handling the magazine’s print and online editorial content with newly appointed editor, Kristel Penn.

“It is always frightening to move outside of your comfort zone, which is what I did when I appointed Kristel Penn as the new editor of Transformation, but seeing what an outstanding job she did with Issue #101 I know I made the right decision,” said Transformation’s President Hanna Rodgers. “She really outdid herself with this issue, packing it with beautiful photos and fascinating interviews and features, that all readers and fans are going to simply love. I very excited to see what Kristel does in the future, and feel confident that she will bring Transformation the fame it so deserves.”

“This seems like the perfect match,” added Steven Grooby. “Transformation and Grooby are two of the longest running companies working with trans content and both are fantastic brands. I believe we can help build Transformation with the wealth of editorial content we can bring from writers and photographers worldwide and with Kristel as the new editor, she has a finger on the pulse of what is going on in the adult industry and the wider trans community. Transformation is already a fantastic publication and resource, but I believe readers are going to be pleasantly surprised by the planned future articles.”

Stated Kristel Penn, “Although Grooby has guest edited a few Transformation issues in the past, this our first on our own. Jeri, and now Hanna, have worked so hard to build up this brand and I consider it a great responsibility to take over as the new Editor. I’ve been in talks with so many talented LGBTQ writers for the road ahead and I’m excited to spread the wealth of info they’ve shared in the pages of the magazine. We’ll be retaining many of Transformation’s most celebrated features and adding in lots of fresh new content and voices to the fold.”

Transformation #101 is a star-studded awards-themed issue with 2017 TEA Best Hardcore Performer on the cover (shot by Isabel Dresler) with an in-depth personal interview with Steven Grooby, photospreads of 2017 TEA Lifetime Achievement Winners Natassia Dreams and Wendy Williams, exclusive coverage of the 2017 TEAs in Hollywood, a touching interview between 2016 TEA Best Internet Personality winner Becca Benz and her son, beauty tips from Isabella Sorrenti, Steven Grooby’s follow-up piece on the future of VR, readers letters, and much more. Issue #101 and previous issues can be purchased directly at CenturianOnline.com.

Grooby has previously edited special issues of Transformation, including Issue #97 with cover model Kylie Maria and Issue #99 with cover model Jenna Tales. They are currently accepting bikini submissions for Transformation’s annual Sexy Swimsuit issue due out later this summer. They can be submitted directly to 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.

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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!

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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!

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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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Becca Benz 2017 TEA Part 1: Adventures in Los Angeles!

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I had been counting down the days and looking forward to TEA for a long time; actually since last year’s TEA ended! I got my gown and all the accessories and had all my reservations made and was ready to go! I was so excited to see all my friends, and was looking forward to lots of warm, sunny weather after having endured a Portland winter in which we’ve seen very little sun and lots of rain. I had been checking the weather forecast and was so relieved when I knew the weather would be good. I got packed and managed to get everything into my luggage, including four pairs of heels and my sneakers, and was ready to go!

Going through airport security is never fun because I always get “selected” to go through a pat-down and have my luggage searched. Go figure. So I get the Portland airport and check my bag and get ready to go through security, and it looks like I’m going to make it through without getting searched, but then the TSA agent points to my carry-on suitcase and asks me if that’s mine, and I reply yes, wondering what’s going on. He then gives me a funny look and asks me if I realized I had a large hunting knife in my bag. Shit! My bag has a small pocket on the side which I never use because I never remember it’s there, and when I recently moved I must have thrown the knife in that pocket of the bag and forgotten about it. I try to remain calm and collected and I tell him it’s my son’s knife and I hadn’t realized it was there, hoping I wasn’t going to be detained and have to explain all this. He gives me another funny look and then takes the knife to swab it for residue. He then tells me I can’t keep it, which I already know, and then sends me on my way. So, I normally always get patted down and searched, but when I carry a large hunting knife in my carry-on bag through security I don’t get patted down or even have my luggage searched. Huh. Guess I’ll have to put prohibited items in my carry-on bag from now on.

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So I make it on my flight, which was no small relief after the knife incident, and have a smooth trip to Burbank, and get my rental car and find my way to the hotel and get checked in. I splurged a little and went with a nicer hotel, but I was blown away at how nice my room was, and how amazing the shower was! I knew I’d be enjoying lots of long hot showers while I was there! My apologies for not doing my part to conserve water while I was there.

My first order of business was finding the sun-deck at the hotel to lay in the sun and get some much-needed color, but I find out the sun-deck is closed for repairs. What??? Thankfully their sister hotel was across the street and had a nice sun-deck, so I found a comfy chase lounge and enjoyed the warmth of the sun while I relaxed and looked at the palm trees. It was good to be back in Los Angeles! The second order of business was heading to my favorite In N Out Burger for dinner. Surprisingly it wasn’t too crowded and I got a booth to sit in while I enjoyed my animal-style burger and fries. God how I’d missed In N Out burgers!!!

I spent the next two days lounging in the sun and working on getting a tan, but being careful not to burn, and just being lazy and checking out my old haunts from when I lived there. Wednesday night I went to The Abbey, which is a place near and dear to my heart. The people who work there are so friendly and always so good to me, and it’s such a fun place whether I’m there to dance or just people-watch, plus they have really great food! I got there fairly early before things got too crazy and order a drink, which is the first drink I’ve had in a long, long time, so it doesn’t take much to get me feeling good lol And then Brooke Zannell, Eddie Wood, Chelsea Marie, and Montasia showed up, which was a really nice surprise! I was so excited they were there and to get the chance to catch up! Little did I know just how exciting things were going to get! We were sitting at a table talking, and I leaned over so I could hear what Brooke was saying when all of a sudden Eddie jumps up and starts furiously patting my head, and I’m wondering what the heck is going on. Then I smell something burning and Eddie is telling me my hair caught on fire when I leaned over the table and my hair went into the candle, which I hadn’t even noticed. Thank God Eddie saw what happened and took such quick action. And thankfully I didn’t have any product in my hair or hadn’t worn hairspray, otherwise my hair might have gone up like a Roman candle. Everyone assured me not much hair burned and that it wasn’t noticeable, but I was still pretty freaked about it. But after another drink I wasn’t so worried lol I managed to get back to the hotel at a decent hour without any further incidents. My first few days in Los Angeles were pretty exciting, and the TEA events hadn’t even started yet!

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Next week in Part 2 I’ll cover all TEA Con, the TEA Pre-party, and the TEA Awards, as well as a fun night at Club Cobra.

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