Can gay porn awards become an instrument of social change? After seven years, the GayVN’s are back. Their controversial start led to a red carpet finish that all goes down next month.
A lot has changed in seven years, social media being one of the biggest. Right after Thanksgiving, Hugh Hunter took aim at the now removed “Best Ethnic Site” category and called out the GayVN Awards as racist.
Hugh had a point, though the blame belonged not the GayVN’s, but the racism within the gay community, mirroring the unrest in society at large.
The GayVN’s and gay porn icon Sean Zevran responded swiftly, contritely, and honestly. In a move I hope other shows follow, the offending category was removed and the nominees were placed where they should be: with their fellow performers.
Tickets are now on sale for the GayVN Awards, to be held on Sunday, January 21, inside The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas. Pricing, purchasing, and more information can be found here.
The 2018 GayVN Awards Show will be hosted by D.J. “Shangela” Pierce. D.J. Pierce is also known as his drag personality Shangela, who is best recognized as the only contestant to compete in three separate seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
In addition to attendees, gay porn performers are permitted one complimentary ticket and may click here to RSVP by January 8.
For the complete list of categories and nominees of the 2018 GAYVN Awards Show, right this way.
Good luck to all of the nominees.