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APAC Statement on the Passing of August Ames

December 8th, 2017 Comments off

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Los Angeles—Our heart, tears, and love go out to August and her entire family. No words can describe how devastated our entire community is. August is remembered as a kind and strong presence by her community and will be greatly missed. The type of bullying and harassment that August endured is common within this business and as an industry we need to break from this damaging pattern. August is among other performers the adult film industry has tragically lost. We need to unite and pull together in light of this tragedy and practice compassion, consideration, and mindfulness toward our differences. APAC urges performers in need of support to check in with friends and family, seek out therapy and counseling. APAC is continually working on action plans for the community to grow in our unity, interpersonal support, and work against the negative manifestations of stigma that impacts us all. We remind performers to take time and space for themselves to cope with this loss, as well as give respect to the family and friends of August in their wish to have this remain a private family matter. Our condolences and support go out to the adult performer community. We are here for you. We encourage performers to not hesitate in reaching out to APAC for support, resources, and community.

Stay strong and make sure you take care of yourself first.

The National Suicide Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.

For APAC support, contact apac.information@gmail.com or (818)927-2903

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APAC Calls for Empathy, Nonviolent Communication, and Compassion

December 8th, 2017 Comments off

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Los Angeles–APAC acknowledges that the adult film performer community is not without disagreement, division, and differences. Every performer has a unique approach to their boundaries, limitations, and risk management. APAC will always stand on the side of bodily autonomy and safety, but also on the side of communication, education, and community. Due to the public nature of working in this industry, adult film performers are often bombarded with online and in real life hostility from those in and outside of the industry. Being an adult film performer is unfortunately accompanied by stigma that often exacerbates independent struggles, feelings of otherness, and marginalization.

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FSC Advisory: Reports of Ringworm in Performer Pool

December 8th, 2017 Comments off

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Los Angeles – FSC has recently been made aware of an increased incidence of ringworm, a common fungal infection also known as “Jock Itch” or “Athlete’s Foot,” among adult performers. While not particularly dangerous, and easily treatable, we ask that talent educate themselves of the signs, symptoms, and treatment to prevent passing it to other performers, partners or family.

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FSC Mourns the Passing of August Ames, Dead at 23

December 7th, 2017 Comments off

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Los Angeles – We mourn with great sadness the passing of August Ames, the loss of whom has left many of us devastated and heartbroken. We echo her family’s call for civility and privacy during a difficult time.

As a community, we face routine bias, stigma, discrimination and near-constant attacks on our character by those outside our industry. Social media has only magnified these issues. Given this environment, it’s even more important that those of us within the industry treat each other with respect and compassion.

We are a highly diverse community of people from all walks of life, but that does not mean we can not stand united. We can recognize our differences without shaming one another. We can disagree without harassment, we can have conversations without bullying and threats, and we can address misconceptions and misunderstandings without yelling past each other.

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Canadian Performer Unrelated to PASS Productions Tested Positive for HIV

December 5th, 2017 Comments off

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Los Angeles – Recently, a Canadian performer who had been working outside the PASS system confirmed that they tested positive for HIV, after an encounter in their private life. The performer was not affiliated with PASS or any PASS productions, and is unrelated to the April production hold.

We have been in contact with the performer, partners, production companies, and PASS-compliant clinics to determine if there were any possible interactions that could have posed a risk to performers within the PASS database or elsewhere. There was none, and no production hold was or is required.

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FSC Announces Inaugural ‘Leadership Conference’ at XBIZ

December 4th, 2017 Comments off

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Los Angeles — Free Speech Coalition, the national trade association for the adult industries, will be hosting its first annual Leadership Conference on January 18, 2018 in conjunction with XBIZ at the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood. The intimate, one-day conference will be open to FSC members only.

“If we’re going to grow as an industry, we need places where leaders can engage with outside experts on key issues,” says Eric Paul Leue, FSC’s Executive Director “Last year, FSC was really fortunate to secure representatives from companies like Wired.com, Mozilla, and the Center for Democracy and Technology for our XBIZ panel discussion on HTTPS. The hall was packed, and we received a tremendous response, so we wanted to expand on that success this coming year. We are grateful that XBIZ is providing the space for these important discussions.”

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FSC Call to Action: Defend Net Neutrality

November 29th, 2017 Comments off

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Los Angeles – Just over a year ago, the Free Speech Coalition warned about the ways in which a conservative administration could use legislation and deregulation to censor adult businesses. That battle is here, and about to intensify.

FSC is calling on its members to vociferously and actively oppose the recent move by the FCC to dismantle Title 2 protections, more generally known as net neutrality. We see this — coupled with anti-porn resolutions at the state level and SESTA’s attack on protections mandated by Communication Decency Act — as the free speech battle of the 21st Century.

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FSC – Statement on Performers, Privacy, PASS and HIV

November 22nd, 2017 Comments off

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Los Angeles – Last night [Monday Night] a group of people on social media called for the release of the name of the performer who tested HIV positive in April, after an off-set transmission.

An HIV diagnosis can be a heavy burden, and even though the infection was not industry related and posed no risk to the performer pool, the performer received and will continue to receive the utmost care and concern from the trade association. They are no longer active in PASS.

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Annual New York Thanksgiving “Turkey Drive” –Participants Once Again Include Rick’s Cabaret, Vivid Cabaret and Hoops Cabaret

November 20th, 2017 Comments off

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FDNY MARINE CORPS ASSOCIATION DISTRIBUTES TURKEYS TO THOSE IN NEED, AND RAISES MONEY FOR “SOLDIERS JOURNEY HOME” (BUILDS HOME FOR WOUNDED VETS), AND “PAWS OF WAR” (TRAINS SERVICE DOGS FOR VETS)

New York – The entertainers, staff, and management from Rick’s CabaretVivid Cabaret, and Hoops Cabaret and Sports Bar donate turkeys, help distribute them, and raise funds at the annual “Thanksgiving Turkey Drive” coordinated through the FDNY Marine Corps Association.

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Adult-Friendly Insurance Navigator Now Available for Industry Workers and Business Owners

November 18th, 2017 Comments off

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Los Angeles — Free Speech Coalition (FSC), the national trade organization for the adult industry, has established a relationship with The Reisert Group, a national insurance broker that can help adult industry workers and businesses better navigate the healthcare marketplace. The relationship gives adult industry workers access to a representative who can discuss insurance options on marketplaces including Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and Covered California, without having to hide the type of work they do.

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Rick’s Cabaret New York Celebrates its 12th Anniversary

November 15th, 2017 Comments off

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Rick’s Cabaret New York, famous for its beautiful exotic dancers, luxurious setting, gourmet restaurant, and warm hospitality, celebrated its 12th Anniversary with over 100 entertainers performing on all three floors to a packed house of VIPs.

“Rick’s Cabaret really knows how to throw a party,” said Rick’s Cabaret Girl Kelly. “So many beautiful girls, champagne and caviar, and non-stop fun.”

Rick’s Cabaret is New York City’s #1 upscale gentlemen’s club. Conveniently located in the heart of midtown Manhattan between New York’s Empire State Building and Madison Square Garden, every guest who enters is welcomed by our friendly door staff and walked down a red carpet entrance to 10,000 square feet of world class entertainment.

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Shyla Stylez Dead at 35

November 11th, 2017 Comments off

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Reported By http://www.ibtimes.co.uk  – Porn star Shyla Stylez died on Thursday (9 November) in her sleep aged 35, it has been reported.

The German-Canadian AVN Hall of Fame performer passed away at her mother’s home in British Colombia, Canada, according to AVN.

Her cause of death has not been announced as of yet, but fans are already taking to social media to pay tribute to the star.

Porn site Brazzers wrote on their official Twitter account: ”Like everyone else we’re just hearing about the loss of Shyla Stylez. Absolutely devastating news.”

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APAC Addresses Performer Rights and Sexual Assault

November 9th, 2017 Comments off

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Los Angeles—The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee stands firmly on the side of sexual assault and violence survivors within the adult performer community. The committee is dedicated to improving workplace safety, dismantling behaviors that perpetuate violence against all performers, and creating more professional work environments.

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Free Speech Coalition – SB239 Unrelated to PASS or Testing

November 9th, 2017 Comments off

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Los Angeles – Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of confusion online about the relationship between California Senate Bill 239 and the PASS system. In some cases, FSC’s support for the bill has been read as a precursor for a change to the PASS system. This is not true and has never been the case. FSC support of SB239 was entirely unrelated to PASS and the established industry testing protocols, and there are no planned changes for the PASS system as it relates to HIV.

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FSC Partners with University of Miami Researchers on Erectile Dysfunction Study

November 8th, 2017 Comments off

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Los Angeles – Over the next several months, the University of Miami will be working on a national study of erectile dysfunction and the use of erectile dysfunction treatments. Last month, researchers approached FSC about working with the organization to reach possible participants in the performer community who may have experiences with erectile dysfunction (ED), or treatments for it.

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2017 Inked Awards Announces Winners

November 6th, 2017 Comments off

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Edison, NJ – In the fun, laughter filled, awards ceremony that took place on Saturday night the Inked Awards (www.inkedawards.net) sponsored by MyFreeCams announced their 2017 Winners honoring the top inked performers in the Adult Industry.

The night kicked off with the Purple Carpet and pre-show cocktail party where guests enjoyed a photo booth, open bar and hors d’oeuvres. Romi Rain looked absolutely stunning in a black corset dress with silver rhinestone boots as she stepped on the stage to host the ceremony. Romi was joined on stage throughout the presentation by trophy girls Leigh Raven, Olivia Black and Catherine Tayler.

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Hoops Cabaret One Year Anniversary Party

November 6th, 2017 Comments off

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HOOPS CABARET AND SPORTS BAR MARKS ITS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH FOUR NIGHTS OF CELEBRATION 

New York – Since opening its doors 12 months ago, Hoops Cabaret and Sports Bar (48 West 33rd Street, New York City) has been receiving rave reviews for combining the fun of a sports bar with the excitement of a gentlemen’s club. It will celebrate its one year anniversary on November 8th through November 11th with dozens of beautiful exotic dancers stripping out of sports themed outfits; food and drink specials; “Happy Hour” extended until 11pm; and no cover charge until midnight.

Located in the heart of midtown Manhattan, just one block from Madison Square Garden, and next door to world famous Rick’s Cabaret, Hoops Cabaret has been called “the sexiest sports bar ever!”

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FSC Stands With Performers Speaking Out Against Harassment and Assault

November 2nd, 2017 Comments off

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Over the past several weeks, several adult film performers have joined the #metoo campaign, drawing attention to sexual harassment and assault. Their experiences — of physical assault, non-consent and sexual pressure — have upset and angered us as members of the community.

Stigma, doubt, and shame keep those who endure assault and harassment from first coming forward with their stories, and then again from being believed. In a society that routinely disregards the voices and experiences of sex workers, stories told by adult performers face added hurdles.

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Rick’s Cabaret Girls Remind You To Turn Back the Clock This Sunday

November 2nd, 2017 Comments off

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At 2 a.m. on Nov. 5, 2017, Americans will turn their clocks back one hour, marking the end of Daylight Saving Time (DST).

“Remember, 2 AMNovember 5th–I think of it as late Saturday night, but it’s actually 2 AM Sunday morning,” explained Larissa, who dances at the upscale gentlemen’s club Rick’s Cabaret New York. “Turn it back one hour–don’t forget.”

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Hoops Cabaret Strippers Discuss NY Yankees Manager Vacancy–Who Will Be Next?

October 30th, 2017 Comments off

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Hoops Cabaret and Sports Bar in New York City combines the fun of a sports bar with the excitement of a gentlemen’s club. The Hoops Cabaret exotic dancers shared their opinions on NY Yankee ex-manager Joe Girardi, who was just let go by the team.

“Lots of baseball players have been to Hoops Cabaret and Sports Bar—many have enjoyed the Super VIP Man Cave on the club’s second floor,” explained Hoops Cabaret girl Riley. “The girls know baseball, and even though Joe Girardi was never here, we liked him and thought that he was a good manager in his time, but that time has passed. We wish him well.”

“He had a nice run, but it was time for a change,” reasoned Hoops Cabaret girl Emily. “I wonder who will be the next Yankee manager?”

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