Videos: The Naked Truth Adult Entertainment Awards
Last night, I dropped by the Penthouse Night Club on Seymour Street for an annual awards celebration for those in the sex trade.
The Naked Truth Adult Entertainment Awards don't just honour dancers, escorts, and filmmakers. They also give kudos to those who advocate for sex workers' rights.
Members of Nakedtruth.ca vote on the awards, which are a way to celebrate positive aspects of the adult-entertainment sector. They also let patrons know who is worth supporting.
Annie Temple was project coordinator for TradeSecrets.blogspot.com, which won for favourite online resource. She explained how people can enter the sex trade.
Annie Temple thanks sex workers for supporting TradeSecrets.blogspot.com.
For the second consecutive year, Charlie won for favourite floor show. She told the crowd that she loves her job and takes it very seriously.
Charlie says the only thing that will stop her is gravity.
One of the more entertaining award recipients was Melody Mangler, who was voted as the city's favourite burlesque performer.
Melody Mangler generates some laughs after winning in the burlesque category.
The award for favourite sex-worker advocate went to Sherry Kiselbach and Sue Davis.
Kiselbach is challenging the constitutionality of Canada's prostitution laws.
Sherry Kiselbach tells a surprising tale about her "pimp".
Davis, who also won for best media spokesperson, has been one of Vancouver's most forceful and articulate supporters of the industry.
Sue Davis has some fun with emcee Samantha Mack.
The favourite academic advocate, Tamara O'Doherty, told a touching tale about her first encounter with PACE—and about how she has come to really appreciate sex workers.
Tamara O'Doherty recalls being interviewed by PACE members.
O'Doherty described people in the sex-workers' community as the "strongest social justice advocates and feminists that she has met anywhere".
"I'm so thrilled to be part of this group, and thank you so much for welcoming me," she added.
Long-time abortion-rights activist Joyce Arthur was named favourite feminist. She cofounded a feminist group called FIRST that advocates for sex workers' rights.
"I see a lot of similarities between the issues," Arthur said. "Like choice, my body is my own, and autonomy and all those good things, and just a woman being able to have sex when she wants with who she wants and how often she wants."
Joyce Arthur says she has learned a lot from sex workers.
Sex educator and Art of Loving co-owner Vera Zyla was there to win an award for SexLifeCanada.ca, which is an online sex-journalism site.
Vera Zyla talks about online sex journalism.
Other winners included Mz. Dylan as the favourite domme/dom service provider; Byrd Pub in Surrey as the performers' favourite strip club; Jessica Rabbit as the favourite female striptease artist; Stella Wolf's Tim Hortons Doughnut Show as favourite theme show; Annastasia as favourite pole-work performer; and Shannon Tate as favourite retired striptease artist.
The favourite funny stripper was Topaz, who told the crowd that this was the first award she has ever won. The favourite webcam trans performer was Velvet Steele.
For a complete list of winners, go here.