Palm Springs CA - Set to take place May 8-11, Blatino Oasis 2009 has after only three years become one of the “Place To Be” destinations for gay and bisexual men of color. Erotica is the central theme of the event and features the 3rd Annual Blatino Erotica Awards (BEA) which recognizes the achievements of men of color in the adult erotic Industry. This year's host resort is Wyndham Palm Springs, however, the awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 9, at the Canyon Club Hotel and will be hosted by Mike Survillion, America's only out gay professional basketball player and star and narrator of the Logo (MTV Networks) reality series “Shirts & Skins,” . As the youngest player on the Rockdogs (23), Mike was robbed of the chance to play college ball because of his sexual orientation. After graduating from Michigan State -- and with the encouragement of his teammates -- Mike made the move out to San Francisco and with astonishing quickness, scoring and leaping ability, and heart, Mike quickly established himself as the Rockdogs starting point guard. Mike now plays semi-pro ball with the American Baskeball Association's (ABA) team the San Francisco Rumble. The Blatino Erotica Award for "Sexiest Hollywood Actor" honor for 2009 goes to actor and soap star Marcus Patrick, who after joining the cast of Days of our Lives, was dismissed after a controversial explicit photo shoot in the September 2007 edition of Playgirl Magazine. Although this Playgirl photoshoot ended Parick’s stint as a soap star, it elevated his image to international sex symbol status. Born in Bath England to Jamaican and Irish parents, Marcus has often been referred to as one of the most beautiful men in the world and has performed on the sitcom “My Wife & Kids” with Damon Wayans and Tisha Campbell, CSI Miami and on Dancing With The Stars. Aside from acting, Marcus Patrick has had a singing career, firstly with the boyband Worlds Apart as well as a solo career. He has also practiced Tae Kwon Do, winning championships at the junior and men's heavyweight level. In addtion to Marcus Patrick, honorees for 2009 include, porn legend “Bobby Blake” (Lifetime Achievement), porn star Eddie Diaz (Best Porn Star), new comer and Grabby Award nominee, Ian Rock (America’s Top Top) who will also have a live dildo casting party , Aarin Driver (America’s Top Bottom), Latin Inches (Best Erotic Magazine), Papi Chulo (Best Erotic Blog), Lee Hayes (Best Erotic Author), and Atlanta's "N'Tyce" (Best Erotic Stripper). Also on hand will be international model and actor Kairon John and other celebrity guest. This year's sponsors include Andrew Christian, BiLatinMen.com, Manhunt.net, JustUsBoys.com, I.D. Lube and Keeping It Real Online TV. In addition to encouraging men of color to step out of their travel comfort zones, event producer Joe Hawkins said that "Blatino Oasis is an attempt to de-stigmatize homosexuality and bisexuality in the gay men of color community and to provide each of us with an opportunity to become more exposed to different gay friendly destinations through travel in order to release, relax, and rejuvenate."