APAC:There Is No ‘Gay Industry’ or ‘Straight Industry’, There’s Just Us

Feb 19, 2015
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West Hollywood, CA – February 19, 2015On Saturday February 14, Adult Performer Advocacy Committee (APAC) Chairperson James Deen joined gay porn studio Cockyboys for an episode of their web series, In Bed with Liam & Levi.  The online talk show features CockyBoys exclusives, Liam Riley and Levi Karter, and their guests.


“…it’s important to have open discussions between the different areas of the adult film industry,” Deen said in a press release.  “Just because we don’t appear in the same style of scenes doesn’t me we aren’t all part of the same business. Breaking down existing barriers that negate equality is extremely important to me.”

The appearance re-emphasizes APAC’s mission to build bridges between seemingly segregated parts of the industry.

APAC is not a straight, gay, cis- or transgender organization; it’s an organization for adult performers.

While there may be differences from performer to performer and studio to studio when it comes to particular obstacles and policies, APAC recognizes that adult performers, as sex workers, face many similar challenges. These challenges include anti-sex worker legislation, anti-porn stigma, social misunderstanding, sexual health concerns, and more.

The division of performers ? based on sexuality, gender identity, race, and more ? weakens our ability to meet these challenges together.

APAC’s mission is to recognize all adult performers and support their success, health, safety, and to cultivate a meaningful experience in the industry.

The APAC board encourages members to reach out to performers making different content than their own and to listen with an open heart and speak with compassion to build bridges, strengthen performer unity, and improve performer experiences.

For more information about the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee visit:



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Deep Throat
7 years ago

I’ve supported APAC since day one, and in my opinion, APAC is absolutely correct that breaking down existing barriers is extremely important. That said, the opinion I’ve heard from many mainstream players is that APAC seems dominated by what they see as the extremes: porn royalty (Deen, Preston, et al); gay/bi/trans performers; and, for lack of a better term, the downtown LA/Los Feliz alt performers. The elites and the activists. It appears that there exists a dearth of porn’s middle class in APAC — the rank and file talent it needs to become THE large, powerful and vibrant voice of… Read more »

7 years ago
Reply to  Deep Throat

Very well spoken… 🙂

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Pimpin In Atlanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Deep Throat

How long has APAC been around for? What have they accomplished?

Deep Throat
7 years ago

Aside from the panels/workshops designed to help performers, in my estimation its very existence was extremely beneficial during the AB 1576 hearings in Sacramento. When AHF or asshats like Izzy Hall claim to be trying to help performers, they can stand up and say, ‘the adult performer organization, APAC, opposes your maneuvers’. The performers are not “voiceless”, and with APAC, that is ever clearer.

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