The Free Speech Coalition is pleased to announce that adult performer, writer, and activist, Siouxsie Q, will join FSC as its newly appointed Director of Policy and Industry Relations. Siouxsie has been working with the Coalition in an ad-hoc manner since February.
“With her hard work helping to secure our Cal/OSHA victory in February, Siouxsie quickly proved to be an invaluable and truly dedicated member of the team,” says Eric Paul Leue, Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition. “She has a deep and nuanced knowledge of the issues the industry faces, and a passion for political work and grassroots organizing that will be essential to our industry’s future success.”
Free Speech Coalition is requesting that adult producers refrain from shooting on February 18, the date of a critical Cal/OSHA meeting, so that large numbers of performers may be free to attend and testify. Cal/OSHA is expected to vote on regulations that would require condoms for all penetrative sex, including oral, as well as dental dams and goggles.
“It is crucial that performers are available to speak at this final Cal/OSHA meeting, because Cal/OSHA weighs heavily the voice of the workers,” said Jeffrey Douglas, Board Chair of the Free Speech Coalition. “So we ask that producers not book shoots for February 18, so that any performer who wishes to attend can do so.”
In October 2015, Cal/OSHA issued the final language for the regulations, and declined to remove the controversial condom and goggle requirements. Without a strong performer showing at the hearing, the regulations are expected to pass.
The meeting will take place at 10:00 am in the Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street in Oakland, California.
Performers or producers who wish to attend the meeting should contact the Free Speech Coalition at(818) 348-9373, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Sexual Health and Advocacy at Kink.com, Eric Paul Leue has officially been appointed to Executive Director of the Free Speech Coalition! He will take over in a very important time for the FSC and the adult industry; with new Cal/OSHA regulations which would require eye protection, dental dams and condom when shooting adult film, and a ballot measure which would allow private citizens to file lawsuits against producers and performers who don’t appear to comply with the regulations.
“It’s an incredible honor to be able to lead the charge of the Free Speech Coalition, at a time when the adult industry is fighting for its very survival,” said Leue. “When it comes to free speech, performer safety, and sexual health, we cannot let the moralistic and anti-scientific arguments dictate policy. I will fight to keep our industry safe and legal.”
Here’s Leue at the Cal/OSHA protest put on by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) in Oakland last year. Eric has a long history as an activist in the LGBTQ and Leather Communities and wanted to dispel the propaganda AHF was spreading at the protest:
FSC has awarded Peter Acworth with the 2015 Christian Mann Courage and Leadership Award. The FSC Awards recognize industry professionals and businesses for excellence in business and representing a pro-adult image through advocacy and actions. Peter has never been afraid to speak his mind and in the past year has help to lead the charge on a number of issues threatening the adult industry. Listen to Peter’s speech as he is honored with this award.