Kristel Penn

Kristel Penn

Performer Advocate

Kristel Penn received her Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University and holds a Marketing Certificate from Santa Monica College. She is currently enrolled at Southern California University in their MA in Psychology program. Penn is the Marketing and Editorial Director at Grooby, the leading producer of trans erotica. With over ten years of experience, she has worked diligently as an advocate within her industry to promote visibility and empowerment through sex positivity.Her workshop on destigmatizing the adult industry and porn consumption, co-presented with an LMFT, was presented at the Contemporary Relationships Conference, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit, and as part of’s educational track.

Penn is the 2017 XBIZ Industry Exec Award for Brand Ambassador of the Year for her work at Grooby. The company also won numerous awards at both XBIZ and AVN in 2017, including Trans Studio of the Year (XBIZ) and Trans Release of the Year for Real Fucking Girls (XBIZ,  AVN, and the TEAs). The marketing campaign she spearheaded for Real Fucking Girls was also nominated at AVN that same year. In 2018, she was nominated for the XBIZ Industry Exec Award for Marketing Executive of the Year.Penn recently received nominations for the 2019 XBIZ Industry Exec Awards for Community Figure of the Year and WIA Woman of the Year. Grooby also received multiple XBIZ, AVN, and TEA nominations.

She is a published author whose essay is included in Dan Savage’s best-selling book, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. She is also featured in Dave Naz’s book, Genderqueer and Other Gender Identities and appears in Naz’s upcoming book, Identity: In & Beyond the Binary.

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