This afternoon, April 2nd, the California Assembly’s Committee on labor and Employment took up AB1576, a bill from Assemblymember Isadore Hall (D-AHF) which would require condoms and other protective barriers in all adult production within the state, as well as 14-day testing, medical record keeping and more.
AHF-sponsored witnesses in support of AB1576 included Cameron Bay and Rod Daily (both of whom carefully sidestepped the fact that they were not infected on an adult film set ), Hayden Winters, AHF employee Darren James, and Jessie Rogers.
Bay brought up the infamous bloody penis again, implying (falsely) that she may have been infected on a set for Kink.com. Her scene partner is HIV-negative, making that impossible.
She also lied to the committee, saying she had been “a performer for all of three months ” when she contracted HIV. In truth, she had been performing in adult content since 2008.
Former gay porn performer Daily told the committee that he never contracted STDs in gay porn because he used condoms in addition to getting tested — but never mentioned that the only reason he tested (infrequently at that) was so that he could work for a company owned by Manwin (now Mindgeek) which requires performers to subscribe to the PASS testing protocols from “straight” porn production. Daily did not elaborate on how he contacted HIV.
Oddly, Daily spent much of his time talking about the “straight” side of the adult business, asserting that most performers want condoms: “I’m sure they would all like to use condoms, but no one says anything because they’re scared.”
Winters claimed she contracted HPV and herpes, and mentioned her old buddy Derrick Burts, who contracted HIV in 2010. However, Winters failed to mention that Burts too did not contract HIV on a California porn set. Nor did she mention that Burts claimed to have contracted it on a set where condoms were used.
Assemblymember Hall made a series of outrageous claims, including that the adult industry “largely ignored” the production moratoria in 2013. Anyone with access to social media would know that’s a lie — as evidenced here.
And Rand Martin, a representative from AHF, disputed whether adult production is leaving California, stated that adult production in only legal in California and New Hampshire, and that in addition to being illegal to shoot in Las Vegas/Clark County, Nevada, adult production would also be governed by the laws regarding sex work which mandate condom use.
Douglas obliterated the AHF argument that adult production would be illegal in Nevada, pointing out that such production takes place across the county every day, and further that there has been no criminal prosecution of adult production in ANY state since the 1988 Freeman case which legalized such production in California. Given more time, he likely would have also mentioned that government agencies in Nevada has given licenses to studios whose very business is to shoot adult content.
Moreover, Douglas made it clear that Nevada’s laws regarding condoms in prostitution (in legal brothels) only related to sex workers interacting with members of the public (not with each other on film or video), and furthermore that prostitution is illegal in Clark County, so there are no condom laws there to be (mis)applied to adult production in the first place.
He also argued that until the 9th Circuit’s decision in the Measure B case is rendered, no similar legislation should be made on a state level because a ruling that mandatory condoms and other barriers are an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech would also invalidate AB1576.
In the end, the Committee voted to send AB 1576 to the Assembly’s Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media Committee.
“Once again, they chose moral posturing and emotion over facts, science and logic,” Hartley told TRPWL.
For now, the bill moves forward.