A ballot initiative requiring condoms on adult film sets that receive permits from the City of Los Angeles will go before voters in the June election.
The Los Angeles City Clerk certified on Dec. 23 that petitions circulated for the City of Los Angeles Safer Sex In The Adult Film Industry Act had the required number of valid signatures.
The initiative is an effort by the Aids Healthcare Foundation and others to make adult film shoots safer for the performers by requiring the use of condoms during filming.
“We believe these performers deserve the health and safety protections already afforded them under existing law, and that all levels of government need to be involved in this workplace safety issue,” said Michael Weinstein, president of the AHF, in a prepared statement.
Workplace safety has become a major issue in the adult industry in recent years following incidents, one in 2009 and again in 2010, of performers testing positive for HIV.
The adult industry has been self-policing in regularly testing performers. In May, the AIM Medical Associates clinic in Sherman Oaks, the industry’s long-time testing site, closed its doors.
The Free Speech Coalition, an industry trade and advocacy group, stepped in with a new program for testing of sexually-transmitted diseases, training on disease prevention, and providing a database of performer availability.