Texxxas Porn Expo Promoters Hope Third Venue Is the Charm

Texxxas Porn Expo Promoters Hope Third Venue Is the Charm
Nate 'Igor' Smith

After being booted by two Houston hotels in recent weeks, the organizers of the Texxxas adult entertainment expo have found a third (and final, they promise) venue for the convention.

Texxxas will be held August 18-21 at Cover Girls, a strip club in northwest Houston, near Beltway 8, promoter John Gray said. The expo is scheduled to feature adult-themed vendors such as Adam & Eve and appearances by several dozen pornographic vendors. Texxxas will also hold parties at other Houston strip clubs throughout weekend.

"I owed it to my fans, my sponsors and entertainers not to have it take it away from them again," Gray said. "I feel a lot better after making this decision and hope everyone can make it to the event."

Gray's troubles began in late July, when the National Center on Sexual Exploitation asked the Hilton Houston Galleria, the expo's first home, to cancel its contract with Texxxas. Group spokeswoman Dawn Hawkins argued adult entertainment conventions cause an increased demand for prostitution and sex trafficking in a host city.

The hotel, which was persuaded by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit last year to stop selling pay-per-view pornography in its rooms, agreed to part ways with Texxxas. Gray said it was the first time in his two decades of promoting adult-themed events that a venue reneged on him.

Gray denies adult expos increase demand for prostitution any more than do events like the Super Bowl, which Houston will play host to next February. Though frustrated with Hilton's decision, he shrugged it off and booked Texxxas at the Holiday Inn Southwest, near U.S. 59.

But days later, that hotel canceled on Gray, too (a manager wouldn't tell the Houston Press why). Undeterred, Gray promised the show would go on somewhere.

On Monday, Gray said he is excited to hold Texxxas at Cover Girls, which organizers will rebrand into a 9,500-square-foot event center. 

As for Hawkins and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, Gray said a thank-you is in order. All the publicity over Texxxas, he said, gave him advertising he could never afford.

"Even though she stuck her nose in my business, I owe her a bouquet of flowers," Gray said, repeating the old adage that no press is bad press.


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