• The bill would require that a condom be worn for all vaginal and anal scenes. Performers would have no choice. Condoms were developed for personal use, not as industrial protection. The physical demands of shooting an adult scene are very different from what happens in most people’s private sex lives. Many performers have experienced chafing and abrasions from using condoms during scenes, which create greater potential for STI transmission.
    • The regulations imposed by this bill would force most companies to leave California. This would mean the loss of thousands of jobs – not only the jobs of performers, but also those of editors, makeup artists, graphic designers, marketing teams, IT experts, accountants, security guards, craft services, project managers, talent bookers – the list goes on and on.
    • If the industry is forced to move out of state or underground, the already effective performer-developed and performer-enforced health and safety protocols the industry has in place will be jeopardized – meaning that this bill will actually reduce the on-the-job safety of those workers it claims to protect.
    • AB 1576 imposes a controversial government mandate on testing, forcing producers to disclose performers’ STI test details to the Department of Industrial Relations. In effect, performers will be forced to waive their privacy rights in order to work.
    • Testing regulations required in the bill are less stringent than those currently upheld by the adult industry.

Hidden Agenda: Why AB1576 Is Really Being Introduced

    • “[Michael Weinstein] concedes that the campaign is a public-relations windfall: ‘We got more publicity for safer sex and condoms than we ever could have gotten any other way.’” Seema Mehta and Abby Sewell, Michael Weinstein, leader in AIDS movement, has hard-charging style, Los Angeles Times (January 3, 2014).
    • “This isn’t the first time AHF has fought progress by taking a position that ignores scientific evidence and sets it apart from the HIV/AIDS community. Some suggest the organization manufactures controversy to keep its name in the headlines and stay relevant.” James Loduca, Vice President, Philanthropy & Public Affairs at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Unconditional Love and PrEP, Huffington Post (April 23, 2006).
    • “‘Contrary to some high-minded 1st Amendment motivation, he’s shown to be a thug,’ the supervisor said of Weinstein. ‘He’s used his nonprofit organization in a crass and bullying political way to get his way, which is to avoid being held accountable.’” Abby Sewell, Animosity between head of AIDS group, L.A. County supervisor emerges, Los Angeles Times (February 12, 2014).
    • “Rather than a sincere attempt to vindicate their First Amendment rights, the Court fears that [AHF] instituted this action in an effort to obtain a tactical advantage in their ongoing political battles with Defendants and obtain leverage in what, it turns out, is nothing more than a state law declaratory relief claim over the findings of the 2009 Audit and the interpretation of the Contract.” AIDS Healthcare Foundation, et al. v. Los Angeles County, et al., Case No. CV 12-10400 PA (AGRx), Order on Motion for Summary Judgment (Feb. 10, 2014).
    • “Mr. Weinstein’s anti-PrEP position is an extension of his long-standing anti-promiscuity crusade and more importantly his continuation of harmful shame tactics.” Michael Lucas, Op-Ed: The Danger in Calling PrEP a “Party Drug”, OUT Magazine (April 14, 2004).
    • “To Assistant County Executive Officer Ryan Alsop, the vehemence of AHF’s campaign is no surprise. ‘This is coming from the same individuals who are using the same kind of shock-and-awe tactics to carelessly and selfishly propose dismantling of the county’s public-health system,’ he said. ‘It’s obvious they have some personal vendetta against some folks here, and they are using their organization to wage an unnecessary war.’” Rick Orlov, AIDS Healthcare takes on L.A. County in ad campaign, Los Angeles Daily News (November 4, 2013).

We urge everyone who opposes this bill to contact members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which will be deciding the fate of the bill over the next several weeks, and use #stopab1576 to voice your opposition and spread the word in social media.