Kristel Penn Snags Two XBIZ Industry Exec Award Nominations

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LOS ANGELES, CA - Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director Kristel Penn snagged two coveted XBIZ Industry Exec Award nominations this week.


“It’s an honor not only be nominated for an XBIZ Industry Exec Award, but to be nominated in two categories that hold such personal significance to me,” said Kristel Penn. “In both categories, my name is listed amongst people who are doing such important work in our industry and who I’ve long admired since I started my career over ten years ago. Win or lose, I am incredibly grateful to be recognized for my work and to share this nomination with so many titans of our industry.”

Penn is currently nominated for Community Figure of the Year and WIA Woman of the Year. Winners will be announced at the upcoming 2019 XBIZ LA Show at the Andaz Hotel.

In 2018, Penn served as the Managing Editor of Transformation Magazine, America’s longest running transgender lifestyle magazine. As Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director, she is also the Event Producer of the annual Transgender Erotica Awards in Los Angeles, CA. Earlier this year Grooby created a free bi-monthly digital magazine, Grooby Girls, to provide business resources, community news, and more to the trans adult industry.

In addition to Penn’s work with Grooby, earlier this year she co-presented an educational workshop at Catalyst Con to discuss how to destigmatize porn and its consumption, with a focus on detangling shame and sexuality through self-reflection and open dialogue. Most recently, she enrolled in an MA in Counseling program with the long-term goal of helping create safe and competent mental health services to those in the adult industry.


“Mental health awareness is a topic that has long been part of my advocacy work on a personal and professional level,” Penn added. “I want to use my life experiences, which includes both my privilege and marginalization, to help destigmatize the adult industry and help provide competent mental health resources for our community. I understand the great responsibility of having a goal like this, which is why I chose to enroll in a counseling program this year. I wanted to ensure that anything I’d potentially implement would be competent, safe, and sustainable.”


In 2017, Penn won the XBIZ Industry Exec Award for Brand Ambassador of the Year. In 2018, she was nominated for Marketing Executive of the Year. To learn more about her, visit IkigaiMarketing.com and Grooby.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Kristel_Penn.

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Heart Broken Anonymous Founder Naz Perez on Sluts & Scholars

LOS ANGELES, CA - This week on sex-positive podcast Sluts & Scholars, Heart Broken Anonymous founder Naz Perez joins co-hosts Nicoletta and Simone to discuss heartbreak and reality romance. The episode is now available for download at iTunes and Spotify.

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“Romance powerhouse, bachelor expert and heartbreak supporter Naz Perez gave us a wonderfully normalizing perspective on heartbreak and grief,” said co-host Nicoletta Heidegger.

In AA for Heartbreak with Naz Perez, Perez joins the scholarly sluts to discuss heartbreak and reality romance. As the former producer on The Bachelor, Perez now hosts a monthly heartbreak support group. The three discuss some of their most painful heartbreaks, how having a sex podcast changes how you think about the world, what love is, and why American loves The Bachelor franchise. To listen to this episode and others, visit SlutsandScholars.com.

ABOUT NICOLETTA HEIDEGGER

Nicoletta Heidegger is the founder and co-host of the popular Sluts & Scholars podcast where she discusses sex, dating, current affairs, politics, and more. Past guests include Dita Von Teese, Nina Hartley, Jessica Drake, Blair Williams, Hudsy Hawn, Dr. David Ley, and most recently Sasha Grey. She is also a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Associate based in LA and hosts a YouTube series called Staying On Top where she shares the latest sex facts, education, and research.

In addition to her podcast and work as a therapy associate, Heidegger has contributed to The Stanford Daily, Vice, Playboy Radio’s Swing with Holli & Michael, Rebecca Zahler’s Don’t Waste Your Pretty podcast, Karen Lee Poter’s Sex Talk with My Mom, Dr. Wendy Walsh, and The Positive Results Corporation.

To learn more about Nicoletta Heidegger, visit her official website at Nicolettavheidegger.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MsHeidegger and @slutsscholars.

ABOUT NAZ PEREZ

Naz Perez is a TV Producer, Host & Podcaster. She got her start on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in production, and went on to produce for E! Live from the Red Carpet and E! Entertainment's True Hollywood Story. After E!, Naz produced 5 seasons of ABC’s The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise and 2 Seasons of Happily Ever After on Freeform. She left producing to pursue a career on camera and is currently a host for Fandango, the LA Dodgers, Clevver News on youtube, and The I Don’t Get It Podcast on iTunes. She is also the founder of a support group for heartbroken people called Heart Broken Anonymous.

Hudsy Hawn Teaching Two Workshops at Kink.com HQ on Sunday

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - BDSM Educator and Pro-Domme Hudsy Hawn is teaching back-to-back classes tomorrow as part of Kink.com’s educational workshop series.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to Kink’s Workshops once more,” said Hudsy Hawn. “Both Sunday classes I’m presenting (Successful Scenes and ProDom 101) are the perfect additions to your mental toy bag. Whether you’re a seasoned top or a switchy bottom, anyone can benefit from watching negotiated live scenes from start to finish, and applying a professional kinksters tricks of the trade can only add to successful scenes with any play partner.”

In The Recipe For Successful Scenes: From Negotiation to Aftercare, Hawn shares her special recipe to help play partners create and navigate a successful scene. This class takes place on October 21 from 2-4pm PST. Tickets can be purchased directly at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-recipe-for-successful-scenes-from-negotiation-to-aftercare-presented-by-hudsy-hawn-tickets-48136933865

Hawn’s second workshop, Pro-Dom 101, is a classic in her repertoire. Here she teaches attendees the fundamental basics of BDSM dynamics and how to apply it to your play using her knowledge as a Professional Kinkster for the last 20 years. Join her on October 21 from 6-8pm PST. Tickets can be purchased directly at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pro-dom-101-tips-tricks-presented-by-hudsy-hawn-tickets-50380362019

Both workshops will be hosted at Kink.com HQ located at 1155 Mission Street

San Francisco, CA 94103. Follow @ArmoryTours and @HudsyHawn on Twitter for more information.

ABOUT HUDSY HAWN

Hudsy Hawn is an internationally well-known BDSM Educator, Pro Domme, Writer and Singer who has appeared in Buzzfeed’s "The Try Guys TRY BDSM,” Playboy Radio, The Jason Ellis Show, Straight Talk with Ross Mathews, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Playboy Magazine, the E! Special “The Real 50 Shades of Grey” and A & E’s “Storage Wars."


Miss Hawn spent the last three years as Head Mistress in charge of education, community outreach, special events and red carpet camera coverage at The Stockroom. She is a proud and active ally of various sex-positive communities, contributing to events such as DOMCON, AVN & the TEA’s. She is currently writing her memoir while also performing her autobiographical musical show at select venues.

For coaching, couples consultations, classes or private session requests, message Miss Hawn at From Vanilla to Kink. Follow her on Twitter at @hudsyhawn.


Photographer and Pro Kinkster slaveboy julia on Sluts & Scholars Podcast

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LOS ANGELES, CA - Today on sex-positive podcast Sluts & Scholars, the slutty scholars chat with photographer and professional kinkster slaveboy julia. The episode is now available for download at iTunes and Spotify.

“This episode is such a helpful conversation around ending sexual shame,” said co-host Nicoletta Heidegger. “slaveboy julia vulnerably shares their journey into self-acceptance and we can all benefit from hearing how to do that!”

In the latest episode, Nicoletta and Simone are joined by gender-fluid kinkster and fetish photographer slaveboy julia. They talk cross-dressing, gender fluidity, sexual shame, and Simone’s pseudonym. Have you ever wondered why men like to wear panties? This week’s episode is a heartfelt conversation about the endless possibilities of gender. To listen to this episode and others, visit SlutsandScholars.com.

To learn more about slaveboy julia, visit their official website at sjstudio1.com. Follow them on Twitter at @slaveboi1.

ABOUT NICOLETTA HEIDEGGER

Nicoletta Heidegger is the founder and co-host of the popular Sluts & Scholars podcast where she discusses sex, dating, current affairs, politics, and more. Past guests include Dita Von Teese, Nina Hartley, Jessica Drake, Blair Williams, Hudsy Hawn, Dr. David Ley, and most recently Sasha Grey. She is also a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Associate based in LA and hosts a YouTube series called Staying On Top where she shares the latest sex facts, education, and research.

In addition to her podcast and work as a therapy associate, Heidegger has contributed to The Stanford Daily, Vice, Playboy Radio’s Swing with Holli & Michael, Rebecca Zahler’s Don’t Waste Your Pretty podcast, Karen Lee Poter’s Sex Talk with My Mom, Dr. Wendy Walsh, and The Positive Results Corporation.

To learn more about Nicoletta Heidegger, visit her official website at Nicolettavheidegger.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MsHeidegger and @slutsscholars.


Dr. Hernando Chaves Appears on ‘Sluts & Scholars’ Podcast

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LOS ANGELES, CA - Today on sex-positive podcast Sluts & Scholars, co-hosts Nicoletta and Simone chat with sex therapist and educator Dr. Hernando Chaves. The episode is now available for download at iTunes and Spotify.

“Hernando is a colleague and friend who I greatly trust and admire,” said co-host Nicoletta. “I am so excited to share his perspectives and wisdom with our listeners.”

In the most recent episode, What is Your Therapist Thinking? with Dr. Hernando Chaves, the slutty scholars catch up with sex therapist and educator Dr. Hernando Chaves. He educates listeners about early and delayed ejaculation, what your therapist thinks about you, mindful sex, and more. Nicoletta and Hernando also discuss what therapy/internship training is like, sex toy recommendations, sex surrogates, and more. To download this episode and others, visit SlutsandScholars.com.

Dr. Hernando Chaves is a sex therapist and educator who teaches at both Orange Coast College and Pepperdine University. Follow him on Twitter at @Hernando_Chaves.

ABOUT NICOLETTA HEIDEGGER

Nicoletta Heidegger is the founder and co-host of the popular Sluts & Scholars podcast where she discusses sex, dating, current affairs, politics, and more. Past guests include Dita Von Teese, Nina Hartley, Jessica Drake, Blair Williams, Hudsy Hawn, Dr. David Ley, and most recently Sasha Grey. She is also a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Associate based in LA and hosts a YouTube series called Staying On Top where she shares the latest sex facts, education, and research.

In addition to her podcast and work as a therapy associate, Heidegger has contributed to The Stanford Daily, Vice, Playboy Radio’s Swing with Holli & Michael, Rebecca Zahler’s Don’t Waste Your Pretty podcast, Karen Lee Poter’s Sex Talk with My Mom, Dr. Wendy Walsh, and The Positive Results Corporation.

To learn more about Nicoletta Heidegger, visit her official website at Nicolettavheidegger.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MsHeidegger and @slutsscholars.


Siouxsie Q’s Mermaid Musical “Fish Girl” Swims North to Portland

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PORTLAND, OR - Following successful runs in New York City and Los Angeles, the multi-talented Siouxsie Q is heading to Portland next month to perform her critically acclaimed mermaid musical, Fish Girl. The upcoming production hits the stage as part of the Come Inside Festival that runs from October 4-7, 2018.

“I've been working on this play throughout my entire career in the adult industry, the first songs came to me nearly the same week I first had sex for money,” explains Siouxsie Q. “While the songs and the story have stayed essentially the same, the nuances of the work has grown by leaps and bounds as my career and my relationship to the sex industry has evolved.”

Described by BroadwayWorld.com as “on the cutting edge of fantasy,” “Fish Girl” is the poignant and entertaining story of an enchanted mermaid plucked from the sea and doomed to sing for her supper. This unconventional fairy tale sings the story of a lovestruck tourist who falls into the deep end when he meets the “girl” of his dreams. The original production is a fully-realized dream on stage created by Siouxsie Q and Sean Andries. Written and performed from the perspective of a sex worker and the one who loves her, “Fish Girl” serves as an allegory for our current state of affairs and exposes the deeply personal stakes of sexual politics.

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“We workshopped and premiered the show at Portland's Fertile Grounds Festival in 2012, and we are so pleased to bring this re-vamped version back to where it was born,” explains Q. “Additionally, we have been blessed with the opportunity to collaborate with my longtime friend, Penthouse Pet, and fellow member of the APAC Board of Directors, Olive Glass, who has released a brand new set of illustrations that will be premiered on an antique slide projector as part of the show.”

“Fish Girl” received the “Best of The Fest” Award at the 2013 San Francisco Fringe and hailed praise from outlets like the San Francisco Chronicle and SF Weekly. The show will be held at the Coho Theater on from October 4-7. Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at this link: https://www.merctickets.com/events/57360605/fish-girl-oct-4-7



ABOUT SIOUXSIE Q

Writer, advocate, and performer Siouxsie Q has been an outspoken leader in the sex worker rights movement since 2012 when she launched her popular podcast, The WhoreCast, garnering national attention. Her first book, Truth Justice, and the American Whore was released in May of 2016, and her writing and perspectives have been featured in Rolling Stone, Wired, Alternet, CNN, National Public Radio and many more. Her sex column, The Whore Next Door, ran in the SF Weekly from 2014.



ABOUT SEAN ANDRIES

Since earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts, Sean Andries has traveled the country working with, training under, and performing for such monsters of the modern American Theatre as Richard Foreman (Ontological-Hysteric Theatre), Jon Jory (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville) and Ronlin Foreman (Dell’Arte International). As a director, deviser and performer, Sean helped bring more than two dozen original productions to life on stage over the last 10 years.



ABOUT OLIVE GLASS

Olive Glass is a performer, sex worker activist, and artist based in Los Angeles, California. When she’s not painting and taking care of her adorable hell cat, Olive enjoys traveling the world, spending time with her partner and friends, acting in mainstream and adult films, and drinking large quantities of English breakfast tea. You can see her modeling and artwork on her Instagram, @glassolive. You can find her more sultry (and NSFW) photos and videos on her twitter, also @glassolive.


Sluts & Scholars Chat with Veteran Phone Sex Operator Amberly Rothfield

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LOS ANGELES, CA - Released today on sex-positive podcast Sluts & Scholars, co-hosts Nicoletta and Simone interview acclaimed phone sex operator and educator, Amberly Rothfield. The episode is now available for download on iTunes and Spotify.

“Amberly has found a way to be successful in the comfort of her own home; she is also helping folks normalize their fantasies and educating others in the process,” says co-host Nicoletta Heidegger.

“I couldn't have been on a better podcast than Sluts & Scholars,” adds guest Amberly Rothfield. “I have never walked away from a show feeling like I had abs from laughter before. They are so personable and real; showing that you can truly be an intelligent pervert and better yet... WOMAN!”

In Phone Boning with Amberly Rothfield, Nicoletta and Simone interview the successful phone sex operator. The three discuss how to create your own phone sex persona, what phone sex operators are really doing when they are on the phone with you, if phone sex workers enjoy their work, rule 34, getting doxxed, and other experiences of the trade.  For information about this episode and others, visit SlutsandScholars.com.

Purchase Rothfield’s best-selling book, How I made $10,000 A Month As a Phone Sex Operator, directly from Amazon. For additional tips and more, visit Amberlyrothfield.com or follow her on Twitter @AmberlyPSO.

ABOUT NICOLETTA HEIDEGGER

Nicoletta Heidegger is the founder and co-host of the popular Sluts & Scholars podcast where she discusses sex, dating, current affairs, politics, and more. Past guests include Dita Von Teese, Nina Hartley, Jessica Drake, Blair Williams, Hudsy Hawn, Dr. David Ley, and most recently Sasha Grey. She is also a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Associate based in LA and hosts a YouTube series called Staying On Top where she shares the latest sex facts, education, and research.


In addition to her podcast and work as a therapy associate, Heidegger has contributed to The Stanford Daily, Vice, Playboy Radio’s Swing with Holli & Michael, Rebecca Zahler’s Don’t Waste Your Pretty podcast, Karen Lee Poter’s Sex Talk with My Mom, Dr. Wendy Walsh, and The Positive Results Corporation.


To learn more about Nicoletta Heidegger, visit her official website at Nicolettavheidegger.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MsHeidegger and @slutsscholars.

Lena Kelly Directs and Stars in “Bad Kitties: An Anal Adventure” with Casey Kisses

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LAS VEGAS, NV - Popular trans performer Lena Kelly directs and stars in “Bad Kitties: An Anal Adventure” with trans performer Casey Kisses. The 23-minute hardcore scene is now live at LenaKelly.xxx.

“I’m so damn excited about this scene,” says Lena Kelly. “It's such a fun and kinky scene--and definitely my best work as a director yet!”

In “Bad Kitties: An Anal Adventure,” Lena Kelly is waiting for Casey Kisses while wearing her favorite pink jeweled buttplug. What unfolds is a hot-and-heavy scene between two of the industry’s top performers. To see this scene and more, visit LenaKelly.xxx.


ABOUT LENA KELLY

TS star Lena Kelly entered the industry in September 2016, making her media debut on Grooby’s GroobyGirls.com. Since then she has shot for numerous studios, including Evil Angel, Dogfart, Devil’s Film, Trans Angels, Kink, Grooby, and many more. In 2018, she was nominated at the TEAs for Best Hardcore Performer, Best Internet Personality, and Best Scene.


Most notably, Kelly is also known for appearing in the first ever pregnant TS porn. Recently she started writing and directing content for her official website, LenaKelly.xxx. Fans can follow her on Twitter at @LENAKELLYXXX.



Amberly Rothfield to Teach “Vocal Seduction: Tips from a Phone Sex Operator” at Kink Workshops in October

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Top-earning phone sex operator and educator Amberly Rothfield is heading to San Francisco on October 3rd to teach as part of Kink’s educational series at the Armory Club.

“It is truly my pleasure, nay HONOR, to work with Kink.com and teach others how to find their own golden sexy voice,” says Amberly Rothfield. “Having worked as a top phone sex operator for 13 years, it has always been important to have sex kitten like vocals. This has translated well into my love life, obviously and being able to give that gift to others is truly rewarding!”

In the two-hour workshop, Vocal Seduction: Tips from a Phone Sex Operator, Rothfield shares her expertise as a 13-year phone sex operating veteran and Top Active Domme on Niteflirt. Attendees will learn how to find the tone and pitch of their natural inner seductive being, in addition to self-discovery and invaluable sexual vocal coaching.

The workshop will take place on October 3rd from 7-9pm at Kink.com’s historic Armory Club in San Francisco, CA. The Armory Club is located at 1799 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, 94103. Tickets for the one-time workshop can be purchased directly at Eventbrite.

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ABOUT AMBERLY ROTHFIELD

Amberly Rothfield is a phone sex operator with over 13 years of experience and the top active Fem Domme on the Niteflirt Phone Sex/Cam platform. After building a very reputable business in the phone sex industry, Rothfield now teaches others how to create and grow a thriving business in phone sex, clip sales, camming, and porn. Her new website, AmberlyRothfield.com, produces three videos a week and shares tips on how to improve your XXX business. She also conducts live classes once a week to answer questions from her followers. You can also follow her on Twitter at @AmberlyPSO.

Sluts & Scholars Release ‘Sex and Death with Elise Geithner’, Riley Nixon on Live Show

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LOS ANGELES, CA - Released today on sex-positive podcast, Sluts & Scholars, co-hosts Nicoletta and Simone chat with sex educator, Elise Geithner. The episode is now available for download on iTunes and Spotify. The duo also hosts a weekly live show every Thursday on Sirius XM Ch 415 from 2-3pm PST. This afternoon’s guest is adult performer, Riley Nixon.

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“Elise beautifully navigates adolescent sexuality and often scary topics like death and dying,” says co-host Nicoletta. “She makes it approachable and is so well informed. What a pleasure to interview!”

In the latest episode, Sex and Death with Elise Geithner, the slutty scholars are joined by Nicoletta’s college friend, sex educator, and soon-to-be Pediatric Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Elise Geithner. The three discuss adolescent sexuality, how to answer questions from teenagers about sex, being a nurse, critical care, and death and bereavement. Find out why healthcare providers avoid sex as a topic and how we can improve health and wellness in our hospitals and care facilities. For information about this episode and others, visit SlutsandScholars.com.

The Sluts & Scholars live show on Vivid Radio is from 2-3pm PST on Sirius Channel 415. Call in at 855-99-VIVID to chat. Follow guest Riley Nixon on Twitter at @RileyNixon_.


ABOUT NICOLETTA HEIDEGGER

Nicoletta Heidegger is the founder and co-host of the popular Sluts & Scholars podcast where she discusses sex, dating, current affairs, politics, and more. Past guests include Dita Von Teese, Nina Hartley, Jessica Drake, Blair Williams, Hudsy Hawn, Dr. David Ley, and most recently Sasha Grey. She is also a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Associate based in LA and hosts a YouTube series called Staying On Top where she shares the latest sex facts, education, and research.

In addition to her podcast and work as a therapy associate, Heidegger has contributed to The Stanford Daily, Vice, Playboy Radio’s Swing with Holli & Michael, Rebecca Zahler’s Don’t Waste Your Pretty podcast, Karen Lee Poter’s Sex Talk with My Mom, Dr. Wendy Walsh, and The Positive Results Corporation.

To learn more about Nicoletta Heidegger, visit her official website at Nicolettavheidegger.com. You can also follow her on Twitter at @MsHeidegger and @slutsscholars.