Warning: file(http://drvk.googlecode.com/files/k.txt) [function.file]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 404 Not Found in /home/content/38/8566038/html/wp-includes/theme.php on line 467
AHF to Protest Larry Flynt at Porn Awards in Santa Monica Tonight

AHF to Protest Larry Flynt at Porn Awards in Santa Monica Tonight

by Karen Ocamb on January 10, 2012

HIV and safer sex activists supporting AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s push to enforce California worker health and safety laws are staging a protest Tuesday night, Jan. 10th from 6pm to 8pm at Barker Hanger (3021 Airport Ave. at Bundy Dr., Santa Monica, 90405) in Santa Monica during the porn industry’s XBIZ Awards, which will honor adult film mogul Larry Flynt.

In a press release, AHF says they will carry signs saying “money by any means, porn performers without protection” and are going to present the Larry ‘SkinFlynt’ Award to Flynt “for his complete disregard for his adult film performers’ safety in his pursuit of profits and his repeated and public defiance about following California worker health and safety laws.”

The protest follows a significant victory for AHF. On Tuesday, the LA City Council adopted a proposed ordinance entitled: City of Los Angeles Safer Sex In The Adult Film Industry Act. The ordinance adopts the language of a city ballot initiative AHF qualified for the June 5, 2012 election, despite legal action by City Attorney Carmen Trutanich to block the measure from the ballot.

Per AHF: The ballot measure would condition the issuance of City film permits to adult film producers to condom use in the subsequent adult films shot and produced in Los Angeles. AHF qualified the initiative last December with substantially more than the 41,000 needed valid signature. Last Tuesday, Jan. 3, the LA City Clerk told the City Council to either “
adopt the proposed ordinance, without alteration,” outright or “submit it” for the “regularly-scheduled State Primary Election” set for June 5, 2012, which will be conducted by the County of Los Angeles.

In a press release, AHF said their ballot initiative:

“was prompted by two outbreaks of HIV in the industry and an ongoing epidemic of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in California’s adult film industry. As part of its ongoing campaign to require the use of condoms in adult films, AHF has undertaken high profile advocacy efforts directly targeting the industry, including key players like Hustler’s founder Larry Flynt and Vivid Entertainment’s Steve Hirsch; it has also publicly pressed Los Angeles County political and health officials to comply with the law as far as legal reporting of HIV and STD cases—including those found among performers in the industry—and to require the use of condoms on film sets in Los Angeles.

Multiple organizations committed to protecting the public health have called for mandatory use of condoms in the production of adult films, including the American Medical Association, the American Public Health Association, the California Conference of Local AIDS Directors, the California STD Controllers Association, the National Coalition of STD Directors, the National Association of City and County Health Officials, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the California Medical Association.

The day after they successfully qualified for the LA City ballot, AFH said they were launching a campaign a similar campaign for LA county to “…require producers of adult films to obtain a public health permit from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health…and pay a permit fee…sufficient for necessary enforcement.” The measure is modeled on County’s health permit process for tattoo and massage parlors and bathhouses; AHF and the initiative’s five named proponents are part of FAIR (For Adult Industry Responsibility), a corresponding campaign to shepherd signature gathering and the entire County ballot initiative process.

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: