No moss under his feet. New Free Speech Coalition Executive Director Eric Paul Leue is already fighting for us. And guess who fired the first shot …
As we reported last month, Eric Paul Leue was named the new Executive Director of the adult industry advocacy organization, Free Speech Coalition (FSC). He has quite the pedigree for the position. Leue had most recently worked as the Director of Sexual Health and Advocacy at San Francisco-based Kink.com. Additionally, he is a former Mr. L.A. Leather; he served on the L.A. County PEP and PrEP Workgroup since 2013 and the Los Angeles Commission on HIV since 2014. His first battle is already underway.
Michael Weinstein of AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) held a press conference yesterday just before lunchtime to broadcast the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had “confirmed” an on-set transmission of HIV in the adult film industry from performer to performer in late 2014. Or did they?
Before dinnertime, Eric Paul Leue was already setting the record straight.
“The CDC report refers to an incident from several years ago involving an out-of-state, non-compliant production in Nevada, where the industry testing protocols (known as PASS) were not observed,” FSC Executive Director Eric Paul Leue told XBIZ today.
“While AHF would like to claim otherwise, there is no comparison between shoots which used expired, non-uniform tests, and the industry’s comprehensive fourteen-testing protocol.”
A typical play from the Weinstein playbook of fear reinforced by half-truths. Left up to him, we’d all have to wear condoms and hazmat suits just to jack-off. But all is not lost. Weinstein, who relegates PrEP as not a potentially life-saving medical breakthrough, but a “party drug,” is really going to think someone’s pissed in his cornflakes when he “gets a load” of the latest HIV treatment recommendations handed down by the CDC just yesterday.
Xbiz covered this as well, noting the CDC, “said that the adult film industry is well suited for implementation of a combination of HIV prevention strategies that include the consistent use of condoms, performer testing and PrEP.”
Their findings were part of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. This comes just one week before Cal/OSHA decides whether to impose new regulations for adult film productions that would include, in addition to mandatory condoms, that protective goggles be worn for all facials for example.
The proposal to the current California law — § 5193.1, will come to a public hearing next week, February 18th at 10:00 am, in the Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street in Oakland, CA. Eric Paul Leue. NakedSword and mr. Pam will be there, which means we all will be there too. Stay tuned, guys. This ain’t over.