Kristel Penn

Kristel Penn

Performer Advocate

Kristel Penn (she/they) 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 and is a marriage and family therapist (MFT) trainee at the LGBTQ Center in Orange County, CA.

As the Creative and Editorial Director at Grooby, Penn uses her unique reach to foster community among performers. With over 12 years of experience in the adult industry, she has worked diligently to promote visibility and empowerment through sex positivity. She also serves as the Executive Producer of the Trans Erotica Awards (the TEAs), an event that exclusively honors the accomplishments of the trans adult industry.

Penn is the 2021 XBIZ Industry Exec ‘Community Figure of the Year’ Award and 2017 XBIZ Industry Exec ‘Brand Ambassador of the Year’ Award recipient. She has presented numerous educational workshops and panels in both the adult and non-adult industries. For more information, visit or follow her on Twitter at @thekristelpenn.

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