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Grooby’s Kristel Penn to Speak at Catalyst Con Los Angeles this Sunday

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Los Angeles, CA - Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director Kristel Penn will be presenting at Catalyst Con in Los Angeles this Sunday at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel. The workshop, Porn Tasting 101: Consumption for the Curious, will be co-presented with Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Traci Medeiros-Bagan.

“Traci and I are both passionate about destigmatizing porn and its consumption,” said Kristel Penn. “It’s a place that overlaps both of our fields: the adult industry and mental health. We’ve been doing various incarnations of this specific topic for the last two years, and we’re excited about its inclusion in Catalyst Con’s lineup.”

Penn and Medeiros-Bagan will be co-presenting through their company, Meld x Mend. To learn more about the group wellness practice, visit MeldxMend.com.

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Porn Tasting 101: Consumption for the Curious is a 70-minute workshop on destigmatizing porn consumption and creating a framework for shame-free viewing. Attendees will also watch an excerpt from Lilith Luxe’s award-winning documentary series, Real Fucking Doc, featuring the cast of Real Fucking Girls 2 and its director Mona Wales. There will also be a free giveaway to win a copy of Grooby’s Real Fucking Girls and Real Fucking Girls 2, plus prizes from Bad Dragon.

A full description of the workshop can be found below:

Porn Tasting 101: Consumption for the Curious

Watching porn is often a solo activity reserved for a dark room with the door closed. We immediately clear our browser histories afterward, but why?  

Together Marriage and Family Therapist Traci Medeiros-Bagan and adult industry veteran Kristel Penn offer a unique framework for viewing and enjoying porn.  Like developing a nose for fine wine, they believe that a little practice and knowledge can help create a decadent menu of shame-free desire designed specifically for you!

To begin, we’ll cleanse our palates of shame, stigma, and misinformed beliefs around the adult industry.  We’ll whet our appetites for knowledge with an excerpt from Lilith Luxe’s award-winning documentary series, Real Fucking Doc, featuring the cast of “Real Fucking Girls” and its director Mona Wales. Luxe’s piece highlights the voices of the performers and producers and discusses their dedication to the creation of high-quality ethical porn, porn’s place in culture, and its ability to inform it. At the end of this beginner’s tasting course, you’ll learn a bit about the adult industry, what varieties of porn might be a good fit for you and why, and how to feel good as a conscious consumer.

So, cum one, cum all! This is for educators, providers, and anyone who wants to learn ways to create an open and shame-free dialogue (with others or yourself) around porn.

Penn and Medeiros-Bagan will be speaking on Sunday from 11:30am-12:40 pm in the Scottsdale room at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel. For more information on Catalyst Con, visit CatalystCon.com.

Kristel Penn is the longtime Marketing and Editorial Director at Grooby. She also owns and operates boutique PR and marketing company, Ikigai Marketing. For more information, visit Grooby.com and IkigaiMarketing.com. Follow her on Twitter at @Kristel_Penn.

Traci Medeiros-Bagan is an LGBTQ, kink, and sex worker affirming Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LFMT) based in Southern California. She has been recently featured in publications such as Ynot Cam, Go Magazine, and Autostraddle. Visit her official website at CompassionateRevolt.com. She can also be found on Twitter at @CompassionateR1.

Casey Kisses Appears on TGirls.xxx

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Las Vegas, NV - Award-winning performer Casey Kisses appears in her ninth scene for Grooby’s TGirls.xxx.

“I had a ton of fun shooting for Tgirls.xxx,” said Casey Kisses. “The photographer, Bob, is such a sweetheart and we always produce amazing content with each other. When it came time for my cumshot I just wanted to keep stroking, but I could barely hold back. Grooby has some of my all-time favorite sets and this scene is surely making its way to my list.”

Kisses is a longtime favorite on TGirls.xxx, first making her debut on the site back in September 2016.

Director Bob Maverick added, “Casey is such a dream to work with. She’s on my top-favorites list to shoot and it’s clear to see why. She delivers every time!”

Casey Kisses debuted in the adult industry in 2016 with Grooby Productions and since then has appeared in numerous scenes and DVDs for every major trans adult studio. In addition to her work as a performer, Kisses cultivated a loyal following on cam platforms, Chaturbate and Streamate.

In 2017, Kisses co-won the TEA ‘Stroker of the Year’ Award with Korra Del Rio. Recently she was awarded the 2018 Top Trans Cam Model at the Adult Webcam Awards and scooped up the 2018 TEA Cam Performer of the Year Award alongside Korra Del Rio.

Visit Casey Kisses’ official website at CaseyKisses.xxx. You can also follow her on social media on Twitter and Instagram @CaseyKissesxoxo.

Press inquiries can be directed to kristelpenn@ikgiaimarketing.com.

APAC, Lauren Phillips Join Forces for #SpreadTheLove Party in LA

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Los Angeles, CA - Adult performer organization, APAC, is teaming up with Lauren Phillips to host the first community-building #SpreadTheLove party on April 19 at Station1640 in Los Angeles, CA. The focus of the event is to cultivate unity within the adult industry.  

“Stigma is the greatest hurdle adult performers face,” said APAC Vice President Riley Reyes. “With our reliance on social media, we face that stigma and judgment head-on everyday through our screens. Cyber-bullying has a profound impact on adult performers. We live very public lives, and people’s words can have a lasting impact on our mental health and self-worth.”

The #SpreadTheLove Party is open to the public, with proceeds from the event being donated to EndCyberBullying.org and APAC itself for future projects. Hosted at Station1640 in Los Angeles, guests can enjoy musical entertainment from Frost Productions, with VIP tables and bottle service available for purchase.

The event is made possible with help from the following sponsors: Diamond sponsors Grooby and Lauren Phillips, Silver sponsors The Heaux Mentor, Kink.com, Spiegler Girls, Nexxxt Level, ATMLA, XBIZ, The Rub PR, Intimate, 1am Doll, and Clips4Sale. Spokesmodels for the party include Sunny Lane, Misty Stone, Cali Carter, Lauren Phillips, Brittany Amber, Natalie Mars, and Carmen Valentina. Tickets for the event can be purchased at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spreadthelove-tickets-44436281113?aff=estw.

If you are unable to attend, but want to support the cause, donations are being accepted through the Eventbrite link listed above.

Reyes added, “I am so excited about this event and all of the new initiatives APAC is pursuing. The funds from this event will help us provide so much support to performers in need: from our new mentorship program to mental health resources.”
 

ABOUT APAC

APAC, also known as the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, hosts a monthly meeting for performers to discuss important industry events, meet fellow performers, ask questions, and express concerns.They also offer free skill building workshops and educational materials for performers, host an online directory of industry-friendly professionals, and provide a voice for the adult performer community through political advocacy work.To become an APAC member or learn more about the organization, visit APAC-USA.com. Follow them on Twitter @Apacsocial.

 

Hudsy Hawn to Perform at the 2018 TEAs

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Los Angeles, CA - The TEAs announced their official entertainment lineup for their upcoming 2018 awards show on March 11th at the Avalon in Hollywood. Mistress of Ceremonies, TS Madison, will be joined by red carpet host Morgan Bailey and entertainer Hudsy Hawn.

“I’m completely honored to be hosting the red carpet for my eighth and final year,” said Morgan Bailey. “There have been so many successes individually and as a community and I’m proud of us as a whole. This is a time to celebrate each other and our success.”

In addition to red carpet interviews with Morgan Bailey, performers Amy SpaceKitten and Koko Beans will be doing backstage interviews during the awards program. TS Madison and Hudsy Hawn will bookend the awards portion with special performances.

“I want to echo Morgan’s words here and also say it’s been an honor to be part of the TEAs every year,” added Hudsy Hawn. “From the red carpet fashion gazing to reuniting with some of the most inspiring and supportive people I know, it’s truly one of my favorite events of the year.”

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

The 2018 TEAs are a three-day event held in Hollywood, CA, kicking off with an official pre-party at the Bardot on March 9, a strip club night hosted by TGirl Events on March 10, and ramping up to the awards ceremony on March 11 at the Avalon. The awards will be hosted by viral sensation TEA Lifetime Achievement recipient TS Madison. Morgan Bailey will be hosting the red carpet that night, along with Amy SpaceKitten and Koko Beans doing backstage interviews, and Hudsy Hawn closing out the show. Visit their official website at theTEAShow.com.

Grooby's Shemale Yum Rebranded as GroobyGirls.com

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Grooby, the leader in trans erotica, announces their flagship site, ShemaleYum.com, will be switched over to GroobyGirls.com effective today.

Editor's Note:  For more information about the rebrand, we suggest you read the posted Interview with Steven Grooby at Grooby.com.

Los Angeles, CA – Grooby announced their flagship site, ShemaleYum.com, will be rebranded as GroobyGirls.com starting today.

“Change is good, and we’ve changed our company and sites constantly over the past 20 years,” said Steven Grooby. “Simply renaming a brand that has as much worth as ‘ShemaleYum’ wasn’t something that could be done overnight and without having a proper plan in place, and that plan was to build ‘Grooby’ and ‘GroobyGirls’ brands, which we’ve spent a number of years doing. We’re now in the position where they can replace the original website name.”

ShemaleYum.com launched in 1996 and is the world’s longest running trans adult website, featuring an unprecedented mix of newcomers and top stars annually.  Many of the most popular TS performers today had their first shoots on ShemaleYum, including Vo D’Balm, Domino Presley, Kylie Maria, Wendy Williams, Bailey Jay, and over 1850 different trans women.

GroobyGirls.com launched in 2011 as a promotional site for Grooby models. Each year a limited number of t-shirts are released to the models and fans.  Other GroobyGirls merchandise has included calendars, playing cards, towels, stickers, and tattoos.

The company currently operates over 30 membership sites and produces approximately 50 DVDs a year. Visit the new site at GroobyGirls.com.

When asked if Grooby had plans to change the names of any of their other sites, he stated, “ShemaleYum.com is the biggest and most important of our sites, and this site had to be first otherwise we’d look hypocritical. We’d also look hypocritical if we didn’t re-brand the other sites and we have plans for all of them, we just ask people to be patient. Most of our sites already use ‘tgirls’ (a word which we helped define) or ‘transsexuals’ but for the rest we’ll change, we’ve an amazing domain for Shemale.XXX so watch for that.”

Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director Kristel Penn added, “Grooby has been a longstanding ally of the LGBTQ community and we don’t take that responsibility lightly. I’m really excited for this rebrand, especially for our community. Whether you know our company personally or not,  I believe people will see this change is a more accurate reflection of our company ethos.”

Existing affiliates will not need to change their links. Interested affiliates can contact admin@grooby.comdirectly.

All press inquiries can be directed to kristel@grooby.com.

ABOUT GROOBY

Founded in 1996, Grooby is the leading producer of trans erotica. In addition to operating over 30 membership sites, the company produces nearly 50 DVDs a year, and host the annual TEAs (Transgender Erotica Awards) held in Hollywood, CA. For more information, visit Grooby.com.

Aubrey Kate Headlines in Grooby's "The TEA Show 2017" DVD

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Los Angeles, CA – Grooby is proud to announce their latest DVD, The TEA Show 2017. The 2-disc special edition includes hardcore scenes from 2017 TEA winners and exclusive footage from the most recent TEA show held this past March at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. This is the first time TEA show footage has been available on DVD.

“This is one of my favorite releases of the year – not only does it bring together some of the greatest TS performers into one multi-scene release, but it also ties in a lot of footage from the TEAs for those unable to attend (and to encourage people to come next year),” said Steven Grooby.  “There is a lot going on in this DVD with a wide range of girls, including Aubrey Kate and Natalie Mars, who are both featured in a lot of recent productions, but I believe these scenes exemplify why they and the other girls were so popular this year.”

The TEA Show 2017 stars 2017 TEA winners Aubrey Kate, Mia Maffia, Megumi, Natalie Mars, and Casey Kisses in five hardcore scenes. A special bonus disc includes exclusive footage from the 2017 TEA Show hosted by viral sensation and TEA Lifetime Achievement recipient TS Madison. Purchase your copy at the GroobyStore.com.

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

Founded in 1996, Grooby is currently based in Los Angeles, CA, and is the leading producer of trans erotica. Operating over 30 membership sites, the company has numerous popular DVD lines and operates the GroobyNetwork.com, which gives models a unique opportunity to own and manage their own solo site. They are also the host of the annual TEAs (Transgender Erotica Awards) in Hollywood, CA. For more information, visit 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 .

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.

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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