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Steven Grooby of Grooby Productions, the organization behind the annual adult entertainment-focused "Tranny Awards," announced last week that the show would be changing its name to the Transgender Erotica Awards.
'Tranny Awards' Changes Its Name, Not Its Nature

in UNITED STATES, 22/03/2014

After pushback from transgender people, the controversial awards show is finally changing its name, but is it enough?

"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," Grooby wrote in the announcement. Later, Grooby offered thanks to the "extended trans adult community for their input and feedback over the last few months," and promised to produce "a show that the whole transgender adult community can be proud of."

The show had come under fire for using the word "tranny" in its name. GLAAD has called the word "defamatory," along with words like "shemale," "he-she," and "gender-bender," arguing that "these words only serve to dehumanize transgender people, and should not be used."

Additionally, a number of op-eds rallying against use of the word — including one from this writer last month at The Advocate — have been written by transgender people and their supporters over the course of the past several years.

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