Head over to Los Angeles Daily News and read Eric Paul Leue, the new executive director for the Free Speech Coalition, talk about the the California condom initiative.
Q: Your background is in sex education. What attracted you to lead the Free Speech Coalition?
A: We’re at a turning point in how our society deals with sexuality. I think that the freedom of expression, the freedom of speech are core values to our American society that are important to defend and for people to make choices over their own lives and to make a career with it. I find it motivating to think about all the work this industry has done. We as an industry created ASACP (Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection), which advocates against child pornography, works with producers, works with people in the industry to keep children safe. I think it’s important to understand that this industry is so driven to talk about sexual health and wellness and well-being and pleasure at a time when our generation and culture has changed their position toward that.
Go read the full Q&A right here.
On February 18, California’s Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board voted 3-2 against new rules for the production of adult films.
The final draft of the proposed regulations, known as § 5193.1, not only required condoms for all filmed sex, but also “barrier protection for eyes, skin, mouth and mucous membranes.” The proposed regulations were initiated six years ago by Michael Weinstein, head of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
The vote on whether to issue a safety order over the rules was made by five members of the state’s OSH Standards Board, which sets standards within the Cal/OSHA program. The board needed four votes for the amended § 5193.1 to be included in California’s Code of Regulations.
The board heard more than five hours of testimony from more than 100 in the adult industry urging a “no” vote on § 5193.1, many of them performers, directors, talent agents and sex experts at the hearing in Oakland.
Much more from this historic day to come very soon.
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