Hope you are knee deep in chocolate and confection this Easter Sunday morning. Earlier this week, I had the honor of walking the red carpet and attending the 2014 XRCO Awards OHM in Hollywood, Califonia. The XRCO Awards, like many large industry awards, are mainly dedicated to the straight industry and seldom have categories dedicated to transsexuals. As such, I was delighted to be included in the event because I feel TS stars being visible leads to more inclusion in awards categories and broadens our horizons and opportunities in the Adult Industry in general.
That said, XRCO just celebrated their 30th anniversary, establishing themselves as the 3rd oldest industry award event, but I do have to wonder why haven’t they modernized their event like their forerunners AVN and XBIZ have. I love attending these events to support my fellow friends, performers and colleagues but most times I am the only transsexual supporter in house. There appears to be a disconnect still prevalent between both of the genres, even after prominent performers have transitioned and crossed over from various niche genres.
Don’t get me wrong; my experiences at these awards were spectacular! The list of models in the straight Industry is so vast that I’m constantly meeting someone fresh on the scene or new to me and I love networking with all of them, people are my passion. Still, with all of the glitz and glamour of cameras, red carpet, and lavish accoutrements that lack at TS centric events, I can’t fight the feeling that we are being segregated to an extent. Other than my height in heels, because of my appearance, I blend right in. When I get approached by other performers or media who don’t know that I’m TS , I get asked the questions that all of the straight female performers get asked . When I point out I’m TS, I get the looks and whispers and honestly, get sort of dismissed.
So, I guess I’m wondering what you guys think about all of this. Should TS Awards be separate and exclusionary to mainstream? Should Mainstream press and award categories change with the tides and broadening tastes of the Industry? What was once considered fringe is now moving to the forefront, does the Adult Media need to acknowledge the shift? Let me know what you think!