"I'm a really big whore!!!" These are the words porn superstar Jesse Santana (top pic) used to accept his award for Mr. International Escort of the Year at last Friday's Hookie Awards. Well, duh! Santana was just one of many porn stars taking part in the sixth-annual event, which was part of BPX: The Black Party Expo at New York's Roseland Ballroom. This prelude to the annual Black Party bacchanal, also held at Roseland, featured numerous exhibitors selling leather goods, sex toys, DVDs and erotic art, plus there was a kinky petting zoo with guys dressed in leather puppy gear!
Co-presented by Rentboy.com, the International Escort Awards were hosted by funnyman Alec Mapa (recycling material from his 2010 GAYVN hosting gig), but it was drag star Bianca Del Rio who often stole the spotlight with her tart tongue and jabs at both presenters (former porn star and current singer Colton Ford, when he skeeved her lipstick-smeared mic) and winners (dissing Jake Havoc, saying about his prized Best Cock, "Too bad it's attached to him!").
Major awards went to porn stars Tommy Defendi (Best Top) and Spencer Reed (Best Fetish), who had just returned from shoots in London and Berlin; Kennedy Carter (Best Tattoos), who is heading back to school in Mexico next month, but not before directing three scenes for Cockyboys, including one featuring himself and newbie Jake Bass (Carter is pictured with boyfriend and co-star Ivan); Chicago's own Heath Jordan (Best Escort Blog); Logan Stevens (shared Best Live Performer with Jay Roberts), dressed in a homemade outfit of sequins, ruffles and glitter mesh that he said had something to do with a fish; and Vito Gallo (Best Porn Star Escort), who is relatively new to the business but works hard for the money! Besides the top trophy, Raging Stallion exclusive Santana also took Best Body. Duh, again!
Also seen: Lucas Entertainment stars Adrian Long and Tate Ryder (below with Gallo, left); upcoming Grabbys co-host Adam Killian; and veteran star Rafael Alencar. Presenters included NYC-based director and CEO Michael Lucas; Village Voice columnist and blogger Michael Musto; public-access queen Robin Byrd; famed author David Leddick (creator of the book Escort, whom Del Rio referred to as Vincent Price!); and performer Mike Albo (who delivered a self-penned "Ode to Ass").
Even though the show was plagued with delays and technical difficulties (as always), all in all, it offered a rare chance to celebrate the industry's diligent escorts and their generous clients. Oh, and something else: As Mapa cracked midway through, "Isn't it great listening to hookers talk!?"