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Often considered a niche porn theme in the past, transgender pornography is now increasingly part of the mainstream of adult entertainment. According to the book A Billion Wicked Thoughts, trans porn is the fourth-most popular genre in porn today. Numerous transgender movies, including Transsexual Addiction and entries in the TS Playground series, have topped Adult Empire’s VOD charts over the past several years. In addition, several labels focus exclusively on transgender content: Transational Fantasies (known for its extensive lineup of solo/masturbation scenes), Trans 500, Ultimate TGirls, and more. Newer studios such as Trans Angels and TransSensual have brought feature stories to the genre, giving top stars like Chanel Santini and Jessy Dubai a chance to shine in fully developed roles. The majority of transgender performers are male-to-female (biologically male actors who identify as female), with the notable exception of popular stars Buck Angel and James Darling, who are female-to-male. Adult Empire’s all-time bestsellers in the genre include older efforts such as Devil’s Films’ Transsexual Prostitutes as well as series from influential directors like Jay Sin and Joey Silvera.

Terminology regarding transsexual porn has shifted over the years. In December 2017, the famous Shemale Strokers series and website rebranded as Transational Fantasies as a means of reflecting changing attitudes toward acceptable transgender terms. “Trans descriptive words that were previously acceptable — including our domain name — are now considered to be slurs,” owner Sammy Mancini said at the time. In addition, stars like Venus Lux have said they prefer terms like “transgender” over “shemale.” Similarly, the long-established Tranny Awards ceremony changed names to the Transgender Erotica Awards in 2014.