Adult Industry Calls Weinstein Statewide Condom Bill “Misguided and Dangerous”

November 7, 2014

no-on-measure-b2Performers and producers oppose Michael Weinstein’s dangerous and ill-informed attacks on the adult industry. This morning, he will announce that he will place a statewide version of his disastrous Measure B legislation on the ballot. Measure B, a Los Angeles condom ordinance, resulted in a 95% drop in permits for adult production, and spurred an industry exodus to Las Vegas.

Diane Duke, head of the Free Speech Coalition, released this statement:

“Michael Weinstein is resorting to the ballot initiative process because he can’t get it done any other way. His campaign has failed multiple times in the legislature, it’s has been opposed by HIV outreach and LGBT groups, it’s been opposed by civil rights groups, it’s been opposed by newspaper editorial boards and, most importantly, it’s been opposed by performers. Why? Because the bill not only takes away performers’ control over their own bodies, it pushes the industry out of California and underground, making performers ultimately less safe.

Anyone who looks at the data around performer health sees that Weinstein’s campaign is more about his dislike for the adult industry than it is about workplace safety. Despite shooting hundreds of thousands of scenes, there hasn’t been a transmission of HIV on a regulated adult set since 2004 thanks to a rigorous protocol that requires performers to be tested every fourteen days for a full slate of STIs including HIV. Yet because it attracts donors to his organization and headlines for himself, Weinstein has manufactured a crisis.

In his one-man war against the adult industry, Weinstein routinely uses performers who contracted HIV in their personal lives, and were stopped from working by testing protocol, as evidence of danger. It’s cynical and shameful, and he’s been reprimanded repeatedly by public health authorities for making claims that don’t stand up to scrutiny.

As a result, Weinstein now uses confusing language, most notably “the performers contracted HIV while working in the adult industry” to imply that transmission happened on a set without making the claim directly. (It’s like saying “Magic Johnson contracted HIV while working as a basketball player”). Having failed at the legislative level, he’s now hoping that he can use such language to confuse voters.

Michael Weinstein’s controversial AIDS Healthcare Foundation has been under fire locally and nationally for using his taxpayer funded organization to enforce various versions of his conservative morality. His misguided morality campaign is not limited to adult sets — as part of his condom-only campaign, he has called for an end to HIV vaccine research, he opposed medication that can prevent HIV transmission, and he has sued the cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles when they’ve opposed him.

Performer health is important. But performers, the most tested population on the planet, should have the ultimate right to control their bodies and their health. They don’t deserve to be shamed or treated as a public danger, or to have their rights trampled. Michael Weinstein is using taxpayer money to fund a campaign that is opposed by performers, public health experts, and civil rights groups, in hopes that he can use the ballot initiative to accomplish what has failed in every other venue. We, likewise, will oppose this.”


FSC Statement on AHF Protest of Cal-OSHA

November 5, 2014

Cal_OSHA_Sticker_weboptimizedMichael Weinstein and the controversial AIDS Healthcare Foundation have announced they will be protesting at Cal/OSHA offices in Los Angeles. While we’re not exactly sure what they’re protesting — Cal/OSHA is expected to release regulations early next year —we’ve put together a response statement to clarify some of the issues.

“Cal/OSHA is currently in the process of drafting regulations specific to the adult film industry. We expect a draft version of the regulations to be available in just a few months and that those regulations will take into account the input of the affected workers — in this case, adult film performers and performer groups — something Michael Weinstein and AHF have refused to do.

This is why performers, HIV outreach organizations, LGBT rights groups, public health departments, and civil rights organizations have consistently opposed Mr. Weinstein’s misguided attacks. We think that public policy should rest on science and data, rather than his personal moral objections to adult film.

For the record, adult film performers are tested for a full slate of STIs, including HIV, every two weeks, in a system that has successfully prevented any transmission of HIV on a regulated adult film set for over ten years. (Mr. Weinstein routinely employs performers who contracted the virus in their personal lives in his campaigns against the adult film industry.)

In generating a manufactured crisis, Mr. Weinstein not only wastes tax dollars, he wastes resources that should be used to educate and treat communities where HIV is a real issue. Railing against the adult industry brings Mr. Weinstein more press attention than opening clinics in poor, underserved communities, but from the standpoint of public health it’s cynical and shameful.

We understand that our industry is often misunderstood — something Mr. Weinstein capitalizes on time and again. For that reason, we’re happy to talk with anyone about the industry, its safety record and the rights of performers.”


2015 FSC Summit to be Held Jan 14-15

November 4, 2014

glitterati-private-toursThe FSC Summit has been scheduled for January 14–15, to be held in conjunction with the XBIZ 360 show. Both events will take place at the Andaz Hotel, on the world-famous Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, CA.

“We are very grateful to XBIZ organizers for hosting us and creating this opportunity for FSC to connect with industry members,” said FSC Membership Director Joanne Cachapero. “So often the behind-the-scenes work that FSC does must go unacknowledged; this is a platform for FSC to update its membership on the latest legal and business topics, as well as a chance for FSC members to share their thoughts, interests and expertise with other industry professionals.”

The Summit will include informative panel and roundtable discussions (the full schedule of topics and speakers are to-be-announced), addressing the legal issues and business challenges that face adult businesses today. All active FSC members are invited to join and participate.

The FSC Awards also will be presented during the Summit. The awards honor industry leaders and innovators for demonstrating excellence in business and community citizenship.

If you have any questions about the FSC Summit, or are in need of any other information, please contact Joanne@freespeechcoalition.com or (818) 348-9373.


Nomination Period for FSC Board of Directors Election Opens

October 29, 2014

participateFree Speech Coalition (FSC), the adult industry trade association, has opened its call for nominations for the 2015 Board of Directors. There are eight board positions up for election, out of 13 board seats.

You must be an active FSC member to make a nomination. Active FSC members will receive an email form that allows them to nominate candidates for election. Any member making a nomination must supply contact information for each candidate.

Candidates must be active FSC members. Any industry members that would like to participate in the 2015 FSC Board of Directors election must be an active FSC member by no later than Nov 14.

The FSC 2015 Board Elections Schedule is as follows:

  • October 27 – Call for nominations
  • November 14 – Nominations close and record date (individuals must be members by this date in order to be eligible to vote in the election)
  • November 24 – Slate of nominees announced, election opens, ballots sent
  • December 12 – Election closes
  • December 16 – Results announced

“This is a great opportunity for FSC members to take ownership in their trade association by nominating and voting for Board Members,” said Diane Duke Free Speech Coalition CEO. “It is the Board of Directors that sets the policy, direction and tone for the organization and member participation in the election is not only welcome, but also greatly appreciated.”

For more information about the election process or to join FSC, contact (818) 348-9373, or diane@freespeechcoalition.com.


Production Hold Lifted

October 20, 2014

OCTOBER 20, 2014

Minduka_AlertThe current production hold has been lifted. FSC’s statement is as follows:

The Free Speech Coalition announces that the production hold from last week has been lifted, and production can continue effective immediately. A production hold was called when it was determined that a performer in the PASS database might have been exposed to HIV in late September, after off-set contact with a performer from an out-of-state set that was not observing PASS protocols. We called a production hold while we conducted precautionary testing with that performer and anyone he or she performed with. All precautionary testing has been completed and there is a medical determination that the performer pool has not been compromised.

Diane Duke, head of the Free Speech Coalition, thanked producers and performers for honoring the hold over the weekend.

“We know that production holds and moratoriums are difficult for performers and producers, but they are integral to the safety of the PASS performer pool. We also realize that the lack of information in these situations can also be frustrating; however, it’s crucial that we maintain medical privacy for the performers involved.”

“The PASS database and protocols are crucial to protecting performers. This is why we are working so doggedly on regulations that will encourage full compliance with PASS no matter where they shoot.  All indications are that full compliance with the PASS system continues to protect performers and prevent on-set transmissions. In addition, our moratorium protocols effectively provided testing and prevented any compromise to the performer pool.”


UPDATE: Production Hold Extended

October 17, 2014
FREE SPEECH COALITION EXTENDS PRODUCTION HOLD THROUGH MONDAY
The Free Speech Coalition is asking that all producers extend the current production hold through Monday until all tests for possibly affected performers are conclusive.
Diane Duke, head of the Free Speech Coalition:
“We understand that production delays are difficult for performers as well as producers. However, as always, for the safety and intergrity of the performer pool, we need to err on the side of caution. We will continue to work with producers, performers and the health department to investigate, and determine when production can safely continue.”

Free Speech Coalition Calls Three-Day Production Hold on Adult Film

October 15, 2014

Red triangular other dangers warning sign on whiteThe Free Speech Coalition has called for a three-day hold of production while it investigates a possible positive HIV exposure on an adult set. Diane Duke, head of the Free Speech Coalition released this statement to the press:

“As with past production holds, we ask that people refrain from speculation until more news is forthcoming, and respect performer privacy. We are currently working with the public health department, the production company, and the performer, and will alert as more information is available.”

The Free Speech Coalition periodically calls production holds and moratorium if there is a possible risk of HIV within the adult film community. Moratoriums are an important part of the safety protocols in adult film, but does not signal an actual on-set transmission. The adult film industry has not seen an on-set transmission of HIV in over ten years.

For More Information:

Diane Duke
press@freespeechcoalition.com
Free Speech Coalition
(818) 348-9373

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