2012 AVN Awards: Historic and GroundBreaking Weekend for Queer Porn: queer and trans visibility on the red carpet, nominations, and very expensive hotel rooms.

avnredcarpetpicsedited3As most of you know, this weekend was the 2012 Annual AVN Awards.  In celebration, the QueerPorn.TV cast and crew rented out an enormous two bedroom suit at Planet Hollywood in Vegas to host the largest group of Queer Porn Stars in AVN history! James Darling and Charlie Spats became the first trans men to walk the AVN Awards red carpet in 5 years, preceded only by Buck Angel in 2007. Although we got no wins, Queer Porn as a genre also got tons of recognition through nominations this year, including QueerPorn.TV’s monumental Best Alternative Website nod, making it one of the best weekends in Queer Porn History.

Since QueerPorn.TV was nominated for Best Alternative Website, we made sure to take on the red carpet in style. Babes in our red carpet crew included Sophia St James, James Darling, Maxine Holloway, Tina Horn, Charlie Spats, and Quinn Valentine. Wolf Hudson walked with cutie pie Presley Hart, while Arabelle Raphael and Akira Raine walked with the Burning Angel crew.

We also met a lot of amazing trans women working in the adult industry in Vegas, including BBW transsexual porn star Michelle Austin and porn performer and producer Tobi Hill-Meyer, who spoke alongside Nina Hartley, Sophia St James, and Dylan Ryan at the Smitten Kitten “Future of Sex Ed” Porn Panel.

While AVN as a whole may be focused on the marketability and popularity of heterosexual, cisgendered pornography – the trans men and women in the porn industry are becoming more and more popular and were to be found everywhere at the AVN Awards. It was thrilling to be surrounded by so many expressions of gender and sexuality. The mainstream porn world is the last place you’d look for it, but it’s there just under the surface. And it’s about to explode.

In line with these leaps and bounds in gender expression in the industry, we were super jazzed about James Darling and Charlie Spats being able to follow Buck Angel’s footsteps on the red carpet as the first, second and third trans men and so was Buck, who said “I’m excited to see more trans men in the industry and would encourage other guys who are interested in participating in this field to go for it! Congrats to James and Charlie.”

James told us about his honor as well and the huge leaps made in Queer Porn, “This was my first trip to Vegas and my first time attending a porn awards ceremony. Two films and two websites I’d been a part of had been nominated this year. Buck Angel’s “Sexing the Transman” for best Transsexual and Educational release, Crashpadseries.com “Volume 6: Wide Open” for Best Specialty Release as well as GoodDykePorn.com and QueerPorn.TV for Best Alternative Website. This was a great year for queer porn. While none of these incredible productions took home any awards that night, I was gifted a very special opportunity. I was able to walk the red carpet at AVN alongside friends and many industry professionals I have long respected, lusted after and admired. I would never in a million years have dreamt that this would be my life!

“While getting to walk the red carpet was a huge honor to me, I didn’t realize until the day of the awards that this would be the second time a transsexual male porn performer has ever walked at the AVN Awards! Buck Angel walked with his wife in 2007, the same historic year he won TS Performer of the Year. He has always been a huge inspiration to me and for so many in and out of the porn world… The world of porn is changing, if there was any time for transsexual men to be acknowledged in the adult industry, that time is now. I think the industry and porn audiences everywhere are ready for something new. I think it’s time transsexual men received some respectful, hard-earned recognition for the hot, sexual beings we truly are!”

Canadian trans man Charlie Spats also attended the AVN Awards as a performer of QueerPornTV, a blogger for Good Queer Porn, and as the sole representative of Good Dyke Porn, a Vancouver-based queer porn company also nominated for Best Alternative Website. On his first experience to AVN he said, “The AVN Awards are weird. Both the show and Vegas in general are entirely artificial environments that reflect the polar opposite of what queer porn is all about. But the advantage to being in a space like that is that it brings us Queers closer together, and reminds us all how important our work is. All of us went home filled with new inspiration and collaborative ideas!”

Vegas was a blast and such a great stride forward for the faces and names in queer porn. As Tina Horn said on QueerPorn.TV’s blog, “We stood together as a community, as a unified front of strong-willed, open-minded, sex positive people going against the grain of the industry.”  That in itself is an awesome win, and we truly had a blast.

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