When I first started making porn, it was in part because the restrictions and requirements of mainstream trans porn were creating in such a way that I not be able to participate and my friends and community would only be able to participate if they essentially pretended to be someone else. I wanted to make space for something else - something where I could see people like myself and my friends engaging in the wide range of sexual experiences I know exists among trans people. At the time, the only way to do that was to exit the mainstream completely and create something new from scratch.
For the past couple of years, the organizers of the annual award show for mainstream trans porn has been talking with people from alternative queer porn. This year they have renamed the awards so as not to use the t-word, but more importantly they did it because queer porn folks who formed working relationships with them asked for it. And now we’re asking for a lesbian/queer trans woman award, and that may happen as well.
Now is the time for building relationships and coming together. There are certainly still concerns that some of our community may have. I have my doubts that any of my films - or indeed any film that does not focus on hard genitals and penetrative sex - could win a major award. But that’s in great part because many in the mainstream porn world simply cannot imagine what an alternative could look like. Now is the time to show up and show off. If we can get nominations, then they will end up watching, reviewing, and discussing our work. And where we do not fit their criteria and expectation, they will have to question if those expectations really are necessary.
Chelsea Poe has collected a list of people you could nominate to help move this process forward. To that end, let me add where my work could fit in as well. Please consider nominating me and my work for the following:
Best FTM Scene: Doing it Again Episode 2 (Chelsea and Mo) and Episode 4 (Azure and Juicy)
Best DVD Director: Tobi Hill-Meyer
Best DVD Release: Doing it Again Vol 1: Playful Awakening, and Vol 2: Fearless Revealing
Best Scene: Doing it Again, Episodes 1-9 (You can review their descriptions and refresh your memory at this link)
Pre nominations are now open for the Transgender Erotica Awards.So I’ll just be real with you if you are wondering what I’m up for and why I think I should be nominated while I’m HighBest Hardcore Model: Like I did more hardcore scenes than really other any trans model and on top of it did agangbang scene (who does that shit)Best New Performer: Coming from the Great Northwest via some where with a super cute accent is Evie Elliot she let me crash on her futon for a few days and other than just being hella rad with a vaguely british accent she makes some awesome trans queer porn and is a babe.Best FTM Performer: I would totally vote for Ramses Rodstein other than being my besties bf he is one of the most creative performers I ever had a chance of working with.Best DVD Director: Duh Courtney Trouble they are the queer director of our generation and totally deserve a award for it.Best Internet Personality: Me Duh taking on Lily Cade, Terfs and the rest of the world but probably won’t happen because some girl with a podcast will win and thats cool but you know why not I’m sure the rest of the girls are thinking the same way.Solo Model: Yeah I am an alright solo like you could vote for me if you want but like I can squirt hard and all but like I would rather being toppped by a femme so whateves.Best Foreign Performer: Coming from Canada a place where 30% of the porn is subsidized and 10% of the lube is maple syrup trans porn icon Drew Deavuex. If it wasn’t for Drew I wouldn’t be making porn right now.Best non TS Performer: Like I totally don’t consider myself TS so I would say me but thats not going to happen so you have to go with Courtney Trouble they worked with more trans women this year than probably any other performer in the industry including myself, Alaska White, Bailey Jay, Tobi Hill Meyer and Drew Deavuex like seriously no brainer.Best Scene: I think my scene with Bailey Jay was the best scene I did within the last year that wasn’t on fucking mystic and Bailey wanting to get into queer porn was a really big thing and I think this scene truly deserves to get nominated.Best DVD: I think fucking mystic deserves to be up for this award 100% and I think it winning a award could really change the face of trans porn so If you want to wait until the 27th when its out then you can vote for it or just say fuck it, Its queer porn and it needs representation vote for it nowAlso there being no alt model or bbw model or even a lesbian awards is kind of lame and just specifically a company’s award is taking over it so alternative will have a entire lack of representation which is hella lame.