California Votes On Porn Regulations

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Condoms are on the ballot in California.

Proposition 60 wraps a new set of regulations on the porn industry. If passed, the ballot initiative would require all adult film performers to use condoms on set.

Most porn stars oppose the measure for privacy reasons. In a YouTube video, Ela Darling makes her case.  

“I am opposed to Prop 60 because it will put me and other performers at risk when it comes to fans and stalkers and other people who wish us harm,” says Darling, who says she is a “cam girl” who produces custom video clips with her partner.

If Prop 60 becomes law, Darling predicts predators will claim they cannot see condoms in her video clips, even if they are there, and thus “sue me personally, take me to court and learn my legal name and home address and that scares me. Please vote No on Prop 60.”

Meanwhile, Michael Weinstein, President of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, supports Prop 60.

“A lot of people get their sex education through these films, and I think it’s sending a bad message,” Weinstein told National Public Radio. “I don’t want young people to be educated that the only kind of sex that’s hot is unsafe sex.”

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Elsewhere, the U.S. People Living with HIV Caucus opposes Prop 60.

“Proposition 60 opens the window to violating privacy of workers and could threaten the safety of adult film performers,” said Naina Khanna, PLHIV caucus member and executive director of Positive Women’s Network-USA, in a news release. “Those who work in the industry are best positioned to suggest what would keep them safe. It’s telling that adult film performers are among the long list of those opposing Prop 60.”

Joining PLHIV in opposition are Equality California, Transgender Law Center, AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the Free Speech Coalition, San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the California Republican, Democratic and Libertarian parties.


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