JAMES DARLING

FTM Porn Model & Director of FTMFucker.com

Tranny Awards Changes Name to Transgender Erotica Awards (T.E.A.’s)

"Burbank, CA – Grooby Productions recently announced TS adult industry event, the Tranny Awards, will be re-branded as the Transgender Erotica Awards (T.E.A’s). The event remains the only of its kind and exclusively celebrates the accomplishments of the TS adult industry.

“We started the show as an online event for a bit fun and never anticipated the interest and growth of the show to become the main annual event for trans women and men in the adult industry,” said Grooby Productions owner Steven Grooby. “When we named the show the ‘Tranny Awards’ in 2007 the climate was different and the usage of the word ‘tranny’ was appropriate as a catchy title in an online porn event. While I personally believe, within the context of porn, that ‘tranny’ has its place as a descriptor in the same way many words have their place only in porn, I do understand why some people have become frustrated with its usage here.

“As we aim to be inclusive of all areas of transgender erotica and are looking to broaden the appeal of the show to mainstream media, we believed it was time to re-brand the event to the Transgender Erotica Awards - or the TEA’s. The acronym works especially well since ‘T’ is used within the community and we’re going to have some fun with the promotions (the after party, for example, will be ‘The TEA Party’). I’d like to thank the extended trans adult community for their input and feedback over the last few months. We will be producing a show that the whole transgender adult community can be proud of.”

The Transgender Erotica Awards (originally known as the Tranny Awards) was created in 2007 and started solely as an online competition voted by a panel of industry judges. There were only a handful of categories and Grooby sponsored all of the cash prizes. 

As interest grew, it was expanded into an actual event and hosted at a several different nightlife venues in the Los Angeles area, before moving to a full-scale theater in Glendale. The event now has over twenty categories, including special awards sponsored by other industry companies, many of which include donated cash prizes.

Last year the event expanded their categories to include Best FTM Performer, with support from sponsors such as Buck Angel and James Darling. This year also marked the first year the event included the category of Voluptuous Diva, awarded to the best BBW TS performer of the year.

This year’s event, hosted last month at the Beyond the Stars Palace in Glendale, also saw a 25% jump in attendance from last year, with nearly a 300% increase in livestream viewership. As the event continues to flourish, Grooby is constantly looking for ways to improve the show and honor the TS adult community.”

triplea85 asked: Sorry in advance for the complex question, but I'm curious. Do you date? If so, do you tend to date cis men, women, other trans/queer individuals, all of the above? And when dating, do you find it more difficult to come out (for want of a better phrase) as trans than you do to come out as a pornographer?

As tempting as it is to lock myself away in a chaste and untouchable porn tower, or pull an Annie Sprinkle and marry the ocean and never log into okcupid again, I have been known to venture outside and go on dates! I have loved and dated people of many different genders. I go through periods of being more into men or women, but generally speaking I find that I am most attracted to femininity of many kinds. I usually lay my porn and trans cards out on the table from the beginning because they are such large and unavoidable parts of my life, and have had few issues when disclosing those parts of myself to other people. I tend to date people who identify as some kind of queer and who have similarly radical politics and have found few issues surrounding my status as a trans sex worker, but even the handful of straight women I’ve dated have not been phased by it either. I’ve been very lucky and acknowledge that I have a lot of privilege as a passing white man, and being a porn performer is usually more socially acceptable for men than it is for women and probably has something to do with it. The most challenging part of dating for me has been the intersection of my work and personal life. I try to maintain a separation but it is nearly impossible in a small community, but that is a whole thesis in itself to answer.

Anonymous asked: Do you think you would do porn if you weren't trans?

This is a good question. To be honest I have no idea. There are so many factors that went into me entering the adult industry that it’s impossible to knows if all those things would have come together in the same way if I were a cis man to want to pursue work in the adult industry.
Let’s say hypothetically that I would want to be in porn. Getting into porn as a cis man is very difficult. It is slightly easier for new/amateur guys to get gay porn gigs, however I would have to be able bodied, have a penis 6 inches or larger, and fit into a very rigid beauty standard: ideally muscular and very masculine. Also if I were to choose gay porn it would be nearly impossible for me to ever cross into straight porn because contrary to what you may believe, the adult industry is rather conservative. Many female performers either choose to blacklist or are barred by agencies against working with male performers who have worked in gay porn for fear of contracting HIV or other backwards misconceptions. 
For straight porn I would probably need to know someone involved in production or be requested by a female performer to even think about getting a foot in the door. A lot of guys fantasize about fucking hot porn girls but the reality is not the same as what you see in the final product. I would need to be able to maintain an erection for extended periods of time in front of a crew of strangers with a costar that may or may not be into me & who I may or may not be attracted to in positions that might feel awkward and be able to cum when requested.
That’s a tall order for anyone to pull off and is largely the reason the same male performers are used over and over again in straight porn and also for the prevalence of viagra/cialis and other ED drugs, which can have adverse effects with long term use. With the kind of work I do and with the body I have, I don’t currently have these issues. I don’t have to worry about keeping my dick hard, if I’m topping I can strap on a cock for as long as I want. I don’t have to worry about prematurely ejaculating, and can cum multiple times. Most of the time I also work in very privileged environments on indie/queer/smaller production sets which have very different standards than more mainstream sets.
But if the odds were in my favor, I think I would go for it. I would certainly have more work available to me as a cis man than as a trans man if I could do the above listed things. As complicated and surreal a place as porn can be, I love it and can’t imagine doing anything else. 

Plight of the Porn Star

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by Lux Alptraum photos by Molly DeCoudreaux

"If you’ve never worked in porn, it probably seems like a pretty easy way to make a living: get paid hundreds—or even thousands—of dollars to spend an afternoon having sex, making a full-time wage with just a few days of work a month. Sure, the work comes with a stigma, but if you don’t mind dealing with that, it’s easy money, right?

But while some people get to live that dream, many more find that their porn work isn’t quite enough to pay the bills. A decade ago, it was relatively easy for most performers to consistently book multiple gigs a week; these days, even big stars can have difficulty booking a few shoots a month. Due to a combination of piracy and rampant free online porn, XXX sales are down by a large margin. And with less money coming in to production companies, there’s not as much to spend on producing new content, which means less work (and less pay) for the talent who depend on porn to pay the bills.

In order to make ends meet, quite a few performers have taken up second jobs. Most of the time, moonlighting porn performers end up in side jobs in other sectors of the adult industry, like stripping, escorting, or dominatrix work, where some XXX notoriety can help raise your rates. But there are a handful of adult stars who end up in more mainstream gigs, where they’re not necessarily upfront about what they do in front of the camera. There are porn performers who teach yoga, who do graphic design, who handle PR, and—in at least one case—even deliver pizzas.”

Read the rest of the article here:

http://narrative.ly/moonlighters/plight-of-the-porn-star/

another behind the scenes of FTMFUCKER shot from this summer 

another behind the scenes of FTMFUCKER shot from this summer 

Anonymous asked: I just wanted to let you know that I'm ridiculously jealous of you. I mean that in a good way though xD I look up to you a whole lot. I even hope to be able to do ftm porn one day when I get to start taking testosterone and actually pass. I hope I'm blessed with extremely good looks like you ;) haha

I’m flattered! there are plenty of hot people who “don’t pass” and put themselves out there in queer porn! it’s not a requirement to be on testosterone, and I’ve shot quite a few guys who are pre t, not interested in being on t, or even have been on t and stopped for FTMFUCKER.com! I’m sure you are beautiful the way that you are, but I wish you the best in whatever path you pursue! xo

I don’t care if people bareback, if that’s what you want and all parties consent and are risk aware then go for it. its the not all parties consenting that i have an issue with. just fyi. 

Anonymous asked: Whats your favorite "tool" harness get up when topping? Do you prefer shaved or natural? Do you have a body type preference? Do you enjoy working with cis men or transmen? what about transwomen? Does your job interfere with finding a partner? I love your work, it's just what i need after a long hard day ;)

My cock of choice is usually the Johnny Vixskin with an Aslan Leather harness.
I am a fan of body hair but really prefer whatever makes a person feel confident and sexy! I like all types of bodies, chemistry and confidence and what people are into matter way more to me. 
I guess I like working with cis men the most because that is the type of porn I personally enjoy the most but I obviously love working with trans men and I would really really like to do more scenes with trans women and have greatly enjoyed the scenes with trans women I’ve shot in the past.  And cis women, and genderqueer people, I like it all!
My work is rarely a barrier when finding compatible dates, partners and lovers, but sometimes people get caught up in a projected idea of my online porn persona and forget I’m a real multidimensional feeling person but that’s not just people who want to date me!
Thank you for reaching out and enjoying my porn! :)

yomiasia asked: Are you always horny or do you take some pills to keep you going? Do all porn stars take pills to keep them.going?

Most people would say that taking testosterone would be enough! I don’t take anything special, and I have a pretty voracious sexuality but act on it a lot less than you might gather from my porn stuff. 
And I wouldn’t say that all porn stars take pills to “keep them going” but a lot of male performers take viagra or some type of erectile dysfunction medication to keep hard on set but that doesn’t necessarily make them horny as much as it helps them maintain an erection over multiple hours of stopping/starting. 
My cock is always hard if I want it to be, so I don’t have that concern :) 

ftmfucker:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!! Today we celebrate our very first birthday! Thanks everyone for your love and support of hot FTM porn! 
One year ago, on the night before the SF Trans March, we launched FTMFUCKER.com! The first (and only) all exclusive trans guy porn site!
These past 365 days have been an amazing journey and I’m so proud of how far we’ve come!
Here’s some of my favorite highlights of the past year:
We were approached by Grooby to co sponsor the first ever FTM Performer of the Year award, of which all but two nominees were guys from FTMFUCKER!
We made it to the front page of AVN.com, one of the largest adult industry news sources.
We donated memberships to a variety of community causes and events, including Original Plumbing.
Attended the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference and met thousands of new and old fans from around the world!And in our first year, we even won Honoured Website at Good For Her’s 2013 Feminist Porn Awards in Toronto!
I just want to take a moment and personally thank everyone who has reached out to me and sent me your letters and comments. Thank you for supporting this project and encouraging us to show all kinds of hot trans men! There’s lot’s of exciting things in store for FTMFUCKER this year, including a DVD release, so stay tuned!
http://ftmfucker.com/2013/06/28/ftmfucker-com-turns-one-year-old/

A year ago today I was handing out paper flyers with my friends at the Trans March for my brand new site FTMFUCKER.com, unsure of how it would be received and if it would fail, and here I am a year later! I had no idea the places this would take me and I’m so excited about the future of FTM porn. Today my baby is a whole year old and it has been quite the journey and I’m so proud! Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement, I feel so lucky to be able to do what I do and am so inspired and challenged every day by you all! Happy Birthday FTM FUCKER!

ftmfucker:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!!! Today we celebrate our very first birthday! Thanks everyone for your love and support of hot FTM porn! 

One year ago, on the night before the SF Trans March, we launched FTMFUCKER.com! The first (and only) all exclusive trans guy porn site!

These past 365 days have been an amazing journey and I’m so proud of how far we’ve come!

Here’s some of my favorite highlights of the past year:

We were approached by Grooby to co sponsor the first ever FTM Performer of the Year award, of which all but two nominees were guys from FTMFUCKER!

We made it to the front page of AVN.com, one of the largest adult industry news sources.

We donated memberships to a variety of community causes and events, including Original Plumbing.

Attended the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference and met thousands of new and old fans from around the world!And in our first year, we even won Honoured Website at Good For Her’s 2013 Feminist Porn Awards in Toronto!

I just want to take a moment and personally thank everyone who has reached out to me and sent me your letters and comments. Thank you for supporting this project and encouraging us to show all kinds of hot trans men! There’s lot’s of exciting things in store for FTMFUCKER this year, including a DVD release, so stay tuned!

http://ftmfucker.com/2013/06/28/ftmfucker-com-turns-one-year-old/

A year ago today I was handing out paper flyers with my friends at the Trans March for my brand new site FTMFUCKER.com, unsure of how it would be received and if it would fail, and here I am a year later! I had no idea the places this would take me and I’m so excited about the future of FTM porn. Today my baby is a whole year old and it has been quite the journey and I’m so proud! Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement, I feel so lucky to be able to do what I do and am so inspired and challenged every day by you all! Happy Birthday FTM FUCKER!