Back together again? Well, at least for one night! Recently broken-up gay porn power couple Trenton Ducati and Tate Ryder (above) led the list of winners at this weekend's seventh-annual International Escort Awards. Part of BPX: The Black Party Expo, "The Hookies" were once again held at New York's Roseland Ballroom and were co-presented by Rentboy.com. The friendly exes hit the stage three times: Ducati took home two awards (Best Porn Star and Best Body), while Ryder was lauded for his assets (Best Ass) amid tweets that he's leaving the industry. Oh, no!
This year, RuPaul's Drag Race winner Sharon Needles hosted the show, with an assist from comic and lesbian look-alike Cole Escola. Needles opened the festivities with the song "Call Me on the Ouija Board" from her new album but soon disappeared for a costume change, leaving Escola to handle most of the heavy lifting. Top porn star winners included: Austin Wolf for Best Top; Heath Jordan for Best Bear or Cub; Rafael Alencar for Best Cock; JD Phoenix for Best Newcomer; and Charlie Harding for Best Daddy.
The award for Best Film went to Naked Sword's Hooker Stories. Director Mr. Pam accepted with star Diesel Washington, who charmed the crowd with his tale of making a bottom boy vomit from his oversize cock. Pam was a bit more eloquent later in the show, paying tribute to the late Arpad Miklos and other gay porn stars who have passed away recently.
But the "biggie" of the night, the coveted Mr. International Escort of the Year award, went to porn superstar Christopher Daniels, who took the stage to accept and dropped his pants. We would expect nothing less!
This annual opener to the Black Party, also held at Roseland, featured exhibitors selling leather goods, sex toys and erotic art. NYC-based porn studios Lucas Entertainment and Cocky Boys were also represented with models and product. Presenters included public-access queen Robin Byrd, who is now doing her show live at the Cutting Room each week; Village Voice columnist and blogger Michael Musto (in his pjs); Paper magazine editorial director Mickey Boardman; author David Leddick (who fittingly previewed a song-and-dance number from his new play, Rent Boy: The Musical); performer Mike Albo (who prepared some interesting facts about bears); and radio host Derek Hartley.
Also seen (below): Cocky Boys stars Max Ryder and Ricky Roman with Mr. Pam; Jay Black and Diesel Washington; Cocky Boys hairy exclusive (and most likely to fit in our back pocket) Bravo Delta; and Adonis Lounge founder Tim de Iturriaga and Vito Gallo.