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


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.


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.

Siouxsie Q Heads to the Stage to Appear in Her One-Act Musical “Fish Girl”


Scheduled for a special one night engagement at the MOments Playhouse in Los Angeles, the multi-talented Siouxsie Q brings her original one-act musical, Fish Girl, to the stage with her collaborator (and co-star), Sean Andries.


Los Angeles, CA - Multi-talented writer, activist, and adult performer Siouxsie Q will perform her original one-act musical, Fish Girl, this Friday as part of a special one night engagement at the MOments Playhouse in Los Angeles, CA. The play is a culmination of a five year long-distance collaboration between creators Siouxsie Q and Sean Andries and originally premiered at the San Francisco Fringe Festival in 2013.

"When we were given the opportunity to bring the story of Fish Girl to LA, we jumped at the chance,” said Siouxsie Q. “This play is my heart and we are excited to bring it to a select private audience for one night only. There will be key collaborators in the audience, along with a talk back, as we hope to lay the groundwork for another run in the near future. Sean and I have both changed and grown since the play's inception, and we are excited to discover how that will affect the show.”

A fairy tale exploring themes of sex work through the lens of fantasy, Fish Girl weaves together the tale of a love struck tourist (Sean Andries) who falls into the deep end when he meets the "girl" of his dreams (Siouxsie Q).  She’s half fish, half girl, half real, half dream, half in this world, half out--a fish and a bird can fall in love, but where can they build their nest?

Fish Girl includes original songs written and performed by Siouxsie Q, as well as shadow play, physical comedy, antique slide projections, and high drama. It provides an entertaining and heartfelt look into the hopes, dreams, and fears of sex worker and the one who loves her.  Doors open at 7:30 pm, with the show starting at 8 pm. The event is free and open to the public. View the official Facebook Event Page here.

MOments Playhouse is located at 665 N. Heliotrope Drive, Los Angeles, CA, 90004.

Siouxsie got her start in the business dancing at the unionized, worker-owned, Lusty Lady Theater in San Francisco, and has worked as a performer in adult films since 2010, garnering multiple AVN Award Nominations and a Feminist Porn Award. She has served as the Director of Policy and Industry Relations for the Free Speech Coalition, the adult industry’s trade association, since May of last year. She is also a playwright, singer/songwriter, journalist, and creator of The Whorecast, her hit podcast showcasing the diverse voices of the adult industry. She has lectured extensively on sex and sex work, and is regularly quoted and featured in the mainstream media, including CNN, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Wired, Alternet, Buzzfeed, and Fusion. Her debut book, Truth, Justice, and the American Whore, was published in 2016 through 3L Media to rave reviews.

Follow her on Twitter @SiouxsieQJames or visit her official website at TheWhoreCast.com.

Media inquiries can be directed to kristelpenn@ikigaimarketing.com.