The Center for Sex & Culture and Good Vibrations Sponsor CA Prop 60 (Condoms In Porn) Info Night for Adult Performers and Content Producers; General Public Also Welcome
PROP 60 DEBRIEF: What is Prop 60, how would it impact us, and how can we stop it?
Center for Sex and Culture–1349 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
November 3rd, 7:00PM
Free, donations gladly accepted to defray cost of the space; Wheelchair accessible
Co-sponsored by Center for Sex and Culture and Good Vibrations
Members of the voting public as well as adult industry professionals whose work might be impacted by Prop 60, the California initiative seeking to require condoms for all vaginal and anal porn scenes, are invited to an informational evening to discuss the measure, the Center for Sex & Culture announced today. Details of the event are below.
“Many participants in the adult industry are targeted by this ballot initiative helmed by a well-known anti-porn activist,” says CSC director and co-founder Carol Queen PhD. “We are honored to be able to host a discussion about this proposed law and hope that curious voters will come hear these important legal and industry perspectives.” Admission to this event is free; donations are gladly accepted to defray cost of the space.
Does Prop 60 have you confused? Attorneys Alex Austin of the Austin Law Group and Karen Tynan will join Verta of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee, adult film producer Shine Louise Houston, and porn performer Jiz Lee to address questions from the industry. What is Prop 60? How would it impact our business? What can we do in the remaining days leading up to the November 8th election to stop it? This debrief will focus on adult film and cam professionals but is open to the public.
Austin Law Group is the premier queer adult entertainment law firm in the Bay Area. Austin Law Group was founded in 1996 by attorney, Alex Austin. Alex earned a law degree from New College of California School of Law, the oldest public interest law school in the nation. Alex is on the legal referral panel for National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, Kink Aware Professionals, California Lawyers for the Arts, AIDS Legal Referral Panel and Transgender Law Center. Alex is a member of the Entertainment Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco, the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law, National Lawyers Guild, and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom. Austin Law Group strives to provide high quality legal services at reasonable fees, while maintaining an atmosphere compatible with the creative and adventurous nature of our clients.
Karen Tynan is a California attorney practicing in the areas of employment law and regulatory law and holds a B.S. degree in marine transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy. She advises and defends California employers and companies in civil, administrative, and regulatory matters. She works with clients throughout all areas of California including the Bay Area, Central Valley, High Sierra, Los Angeles, and San Diego area. Many clients have worked with the office for at least ten years with services ranging from defending wage and hour claims, defending discrimination suits, in-house sexual harassment training, compliance, and crisis management. Karen is licensed to practice law in the State of California, including the United States District Courts of the Eastern District and Northern District.
Verta is an author, adult film performer, and Secretary of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee. The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee advocates to maintain and improve safety and working conditions in the adult film industry by giving adult performers organized representation in matters that affect our health, safety, and community.
Shine Louise Houston is the founder and director of the San Francisco-based adult film company Pink and White Productions. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Arts Institute with a Bachelors in Fine Art Film and a former staff of Good Vibrations. Her work is internationally recognized for its cinematic quality and honest portrayal of LGBTQ sexuality. She was awarded the “Sylvester Pride in the Arts” by the Harvey Milk Democratic Club and the California Legislature Assembly, and was honored ‘Visionary’ at the Feminist Porn Awards. Her films have been presented at Stanford, Princeton, UC Berkeley, San Francisco State University, and the American Studies Conference, among others, and appear in the Human Sexuality textbook, A Taste for Brown Sugar: Black Women in Pornography, and featured on Emmy award-winning television series Transparent, on HBO NOW, and in exhibit at the Tate Modern Museum in London.
Jiz Lee has worked in the adult industry for over a decade, spanning independent erotic films and hardcore gonzo pornography. A versatile performer and key player in the queer porn movement, Jiz has been the recipient of multiple AVN and XBiz Award industry nominations and Feminist Porn Awards, and is an honoree of The Trans 100. (Jiz is nonbinary and uses the gender-neutral pronouns: they/them.) Their writing has appeared in Global Information Society Watch: Sexual Rights and the Internet and they are the creator and editor of Coming Out Like a Porn Star: essays on pornography, protection, and privacy, and co-editor of the Porn Studies Journal Special Issue: Porn and Labour.
About the Center for Sex & Culture (co-sponsor): The Mission of the Center for Sex & Culture is to provide judgment-free education, cultural events, a library/media archive, and other resources to audiences across the sexual and gender spectrum; and to research and disseminate factual information, framing and informing issues of public policy and public health. The Center for Sex & Culture aims to provide a community center for education, advocacy, research, and support to the widest range of people.
About Good Vibrations (co-sponsor): Good Vibrations is the premier retailer trusted for over three decades to provide high quality products, education, and information that promotes sexual health, pleasure, and empowerment. We invented the concept of the clean, well-lighted vibrator store and we’re proud to provide a safe, welcoming, and non-judgmental environment where customers can shop for sex toys, books, movies, and attend workshops.
Photo: Free Speech Coalition spokesperson Siouxsie Q and adult performer Mickey Mod spread the word at CatalystCon