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Wendy Williams Signs with Ikigai Marketing

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LAS VEGAS, NV - AVN Hall of Famer and TEA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Wendy Williams signed with Ikigai Marketing this week, naming Kristel Penn as her official publicist.

"I am excited to work with Ikigai Marketing as my time in front of the camera comes to a close,” says Wendy Williams. “I have always done my marketing myself but I decided I wanted someone to help me navigate and ‘brown storm’ with. I have so many projects both in Adult and Personal that having Kristel in my corner can only make things easier and more professional.”

“It’s an honor to work with Wendy during this pivotal moment of her career,” adds Kristel Penn. “By the time I entered the adult industry 11 years ago, Wendy was one of the most well-known performers in trans porn, and that continues to date. She has been a longtime advocate of trans inclusion in the adult industry, and I believe her visibility and hard work has helped shape what our genre looks like today.”

Wendy Williams is one of the most awarded TS pornstars in the industry, an AVN Hall of Famer and TEA Lifetime Achievement Award winner with a career that spans nearly twenty years. In addition to her official website, WendyWilliamsXXX.com, she has worked for nearly every major trans adult company in the industry.

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Recently Williams is featured in a Q&A on the Future of Sex where she discusses camming and interactive sex toys. The full interview can be found here: https://futureofsex.net/remote-sex/wendy-williams-qa-trans-performer-on-camming-and-interactive-sex-toys.

During her illustrious career, Williams has been collected a multitude of nominations and wins, including the 2009 AVN Transsexual Performer of the Year and TEA Best Solo Site award, 2010 XBIZ Transsexual Performer of the Year, 2011 XBIZ TS Website of the Year and Urban X Best TS Interracial Website award, 2012 Urban X Transsexual Interracial Performer of the Year, 2014 Feminist Porn Honored Website award, 2016 Biggie Awards Social Media Personality of the Year, and the 2017 BBW Awards Trans Star of the Year.

Williams is also the owner of her own cosmetics line, PaintedByWendy.com. She is the owner of famed LGBT bar, Roadhouse Bar, in Cookeville, TN, and currently runs the longest-running trans party in Lexington, KY. Visit LexingtonTGirlParties.com to learn more about her popular bi-weekly event.


Follow Wendy on Twitter at @TSWendyWilliams or on Instagram @TSWendyWilliams.

Casey Kisses Nominated for XBIZ Trans Performer of the Year

LAS VEGAS, NV - Adult performer Casey Kisses is nominated for the 2019 XBIZ Trans Performer of the Year Award.

“I’m so honored to have been nominated for the XBIZ Trans Performer of the Year award,” said Casey Kisses. “This award is super prestigious and a nomination is everything. I’ve had a really good year overall and I’m literally counting the seconds til January and award season rolls around! Can’t wait!”

Kisses also appears nominated titles Aubrey Kate Plus 8 and My TS Stepsister.  

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.

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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Casey Kisses Nominated for XBIZ ‘Best Trans Cam Model’ Award

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Las Vegas, NV - Award-winning performer Casey Kisses announced her nomination for the 2018 XBIZ Cam Awards’ Best Trans Cam Model. The winner of this prestigious accolade will be announced on May 31st.

“I have been webcamming full-time for about four years and it means so much to me to have been nominated for this year’s Best Trans Cam Model at the 2018 XBIZ Cam Awards,” said Casey Kisses. “The opportunities provided from being a cam model are seemingly endless and I’m extremely grateful to be able to work with sites like Chaturbate, Streamate, My Free Cams, and Imlive. To me, this nomination is a reflection of my hard work and it’s really such an honor to receive it.”

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.

 

Will Havoc Lands Three XBIZ Nominations

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Las Vegas, NV - Will Havoc received three XBIZ nominations for his performances in “Jessica Drake is Wicked” and “Damn Fine Pie! A Twin Peaks Parody Gangbang.”

“I'm really glad XBIZ is recognizing a wider variety of scenes and performers in its nominations this year,” said Will Havoc. “The three scenes that were nominated were all a delight to shoot. Working with Jessica Drake was a dream-come-true; Amber is one of my favorite people in the industry, and a Twin Peaks-themed scene to boot. And to be nominated with my real-life partner in a scene performing one of our personal favorite fetishes (cuckolding) is just so cool!“

Havoc and his co-stars are nominated in several categories, including:

 

  • Jessica Drake Is Wicked (Best Sex Scene - All-Sex Release)

  • Damn Fine Pie! A Twin Peaks Parody Gangbang (Best Sex Scene - Vignette Release)

  • Jessica Drake is Wicked (Performer Showcase of the Year)

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Will Havoc entered the adult industry in 2013 and is a lifestyle fetish and BDSM enthusiast/practitioner now based in Las Vegas, NV. Havoc appears on sites such as Divine Bitches, Hardcore Gangbang, TS Seduction, Burning Angel, Wicked, Penthouse, and Zero Tolerance. In 2017, he won the TEA Award for Best Scene for his threesome with Aubrey Kate and Phoenix Marie. Havoc is also nominated this year in multiple categories for AVN, XBIZ, and the TEAs. Follow him on Twitter at @willhavocxxx.

Booking inquiries can be directed to info@skyntalent.com or by contacting Gregg Dodson at (231) 668-3227. Press inquiries can be directed to kristelpenn@ikigaimarketing.com.

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Aubrey Kate Lands Three XBIZ Nominations

Los Angeles, CA - Multi-award winning performer Aubrey Kate scooped up three XBIZ Award nominations, including the coveted Crossover Star of the Year.

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“Even being considered for Crossover Star of the Year is such an honor,” said Aubrey Kate. “Especially as the only TS woman in that category - it feels so great to be in the same category as non-niche performers. I have been working even harder than last year and I hope it shows. Performer of the Year is a very competitive category and it’s an honor to be nominated again.”

Aubrey Kate is nominated in three categories:

  • Crossover Star of the Year

  • Best Sex Scene - Virtual Reality: Being Aubrey (GroobyVR.com)

  • Trans Performer of the Year

She added, “Being listed in a Best VR Scene category that’s not specifically labeled as a TS category is also awesome. I think it shows how our industry is moving forward and everyone is finally being accepted and I thank XBIZ for this inclusion.”

In addition, she appears in the nominated titles listed below:

  • Trans Release of the Year: Buck Angel Superstar

  • Trans Release of the Year: Transsexual Addiction

  • Trans Release of the Year: TS FemDom

  • Performer Showcase of the Year: Jessica Drake is Wicked

Aubrey Kate is one of the most well-known trans performers in the industry and the first to sweep at all three major adult award shows. Press inquiries can be directed to kristelpenn@ikigaimarketing.com.

Visit OfficialAubreyKate.com to keep up to date on Aubrey’s latest shoots, exclusive behind the scenes content, and more. Fans can also follow on Twitter @AubreyKatexxx or OnlyFans.com/AubreyKate.

Grooby Wins Big at the 2017 XBIZ Awards

Los Angeles, CA – Grooby, the leading producer of trans erotica, won big at the XBIZ Awards and the XBIZ Industry Executive Awards last week. The company took home four awards in total.

“Thank you so much to XBIZ and everyone who voted for Grooby,” said Steven Grooby. “We have a small, dedicated team who take great pride in what we do as a company so to be honored with awards at Xbiz this year for Trans Release of the Year, Adult Site of the Year (Trans), and Trans Studio of the Year is a fantastic reward and motivation for everyone across the company.”

He added, “Thank you also for recognizing Kristel as Brand Ambassador of the Year, she’s been putting love, heart and soul into Grooby since she began and to see her nominated and then winning alongside other fabulous nominees was much appreciated. Finally, thank you for recognizing Mona Wales’ first directorial release, ‘Real Fucking Girls’, which is an unique of a project that we’ve ever released. All the women who worked on that DVD should be very proud of what they’ve accomplished with it. Thank you XBIZ for  the recognition and encouragement for us to go forward with in 2017.”

Last night at the XBIZ Awards Grooby won Trans Release of the Year for ‘Real Fucking Girls’, Adult Site of the Year for ShemaleYum.com, and Trans Studio of the Year. Buddy Wood’s ‘Tranny Vice’ was also nominated in the Trans Release of the Year category, along with Grooby Network stars Kylie Maria, Chelsea Marie, and Domino Presley for Trans Performer of the Year.

Earlier in the week, Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director Kristel Penn won the 2017 XBIZ Industry Executive Award for Brand Ambassador of the Year. Owner Steven Grooby was up for Businessman of the Year.

“It is an honor to win such a prestigious award for my work at Grooby,” said Kristel Penn. “Steven has been instrumental in encouraging me to branch out and diversify our brand and I’m excited for what’s ahead for our company. Although I’m a representative for Grooby, I hope others will feel like this is a shared win for the trans adult industry as a whole.”

“Congratulations to Aubrey Kate on winning Trans Performer of the Year,” Steven Grooby added. “Never has an award been more appropriate for one of the hardest working and professional transsexual performers in the industry and we thank her for working with us.”  Aubrey Kate starred in Real Fucking Girls and also appeared in XBIZ nominated Tranny Vice, in addition to appearing on many of Grooby’s popular websites.

 

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