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APAG Instagram Discrimination Battle is Focus of Vice.com Story

May 6, 2019 From VICE.com- Written By Samantha Cole A Sex Workers Union Is Organizing Against Instagram Discrimination The Adult Performers Actors Guild is standing up for sex workers who are tired of being banned from Instagram with no explanation. A group of sex workers is starting to organize against Facebook and Instagram for removing their accounts without explanation. Around 200 performers and models have included their usernames in a letter to Facebook asking the network to address this issue.  “There are performers who are being deleted, because they put up a picture of their freshly painted toenails,” Alana Evans, president of the Adult Performers Actors Guild (APAG), a union that advocates for adult industry professionals’ rights, told me in a phone call. “It became really…

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INSTAGRAM DISCRIMINATION

Recently Instagram, a social media platform widely used by a billion members, announced it would be implementing stricter content rules. In the months leading up to this announcement, numerous performers and sex workers have had their accounts locked or completely deleted, many times without reason or warning. While some users have managed to successfully convince the powers at be that control IG’s complaint system, most have noted they don’t even receive a response from the social media giant. It can be said that some violate Instagram’s terms of service, and since IG is a public company they can do as they choose… well we want to challenge this! We have quickly found that most sex worker accounts, porn star accounts, and adult model accounts are…

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Performer Outreach Committee Meeting

We encourage our members to become involved in our committees and programs. We would like to invite you to participate in our first Performer Outreach Committee meeting Monday April 15, 2019 7pm PST. Our Performer Outreach Committee will focus on education and outreach, so during this meeting we will work together to create a program that will benefit our community. Our meeting will be online making it easy for everyone to access. Joining the meeting is as easy as using the ZOOM app! Meeting invites will be sent out prior to each meeting, as well as reminders. Please RSVP by emailing members@apagunion.com if you would like to join us! Performer Outreach Committee Meeting Monday April 15, 20197pm PST/9pm CMT/10pm ESTOnline Meeting Via ZOOM

APAG Addresses LA Direct Models and Derek Hay

The Officers and Board Members of the Adult Performers Actors Guild would like to address the NBC documentary about LA Direct Models and it’s owner Derek Hay. The current charges and complaints against Mr. Hay echo from years past, as Mr. Hay has been conducting this form of predatory behavior for years.  As a union, we have handled several performer complaints against his agency and have worked to get multiple performers released from his exploitive contracts. To date, the Adult Performers Actors Guild has helped nearly two dozen performers be released from agency contracts, and we plan to continue our efforts to end the contractual exploitation of performers. With the help and tireless efforts of our lawyer, many performers have received legal assistance at no…

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Strippers Protest ‘Independent Contractor’ Bill

From Xbiz.com March 1, 2019 Stephen Yagielowicz SAN DIEGO — Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez was confronted today by several dozen dancers outside of her office in San Diego as they protested a bill that would penalize employers who misclassify workers as “independent contractors” rather than “employees.” It is a topic that has been covered by XBIZ in the past, both specifically for California, and more broadly for adult enterprises.  Stormy Daniels even weighed in on the topic in an L.A. Times op-ed. The protesting dancers, many of whom work at local strip clubs, say they prefer to be classified as independent contractors as it gives them more freedom over their working hours. “I don’t want to be told what to do — when and where to work,” said one…

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Join Your Union Today!

As the union that represents XXX film performers, web cam performers, clip artists, and phone sex operators, we work every day to build a stronger and safer workplace for you. As we continue to grow in membership, your voice and your strength grows as well. We want to encourage you to get involved! Join us for our biweekly meetings, participate in a committee, and get involved in action plans! Your input and creativity is what makes the union a true representation of your interests. Get involved today! If you are a member of our workforce and haven’t yet joined the union, you can apply to join here. To volunteer or join a committee, fill out the form below!

APAG Addresses Recent Performers Arrest

From the Board of Officers of the Adult Performers Actors Guild  Many members of our community/industry are parents, and we are saddened by today’s revelation.  Thus, as a community, we must come together to protect our families and our children, especially. It is our job to keep predators out of this industry, and we fully support the investigation.  Therefore, we ask everyone in our community to do the same. At this time, we need to come together, in solidarity, and support each other, as this investigation continues. The Adult Performers Actors Guild will be offering support services and counseling to those who may need it.  Please, if you believe a child is in danger, we urge you to contact authorities in your area, or at the links listed…

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Talent Testing To Add The Antigen Test At No Cost!

Since November 2017, the board and members of the Adult Performers Actors Guild have been asking for changes and updates to the current testing panel for adult performers. After Free Speech Coalition and APAC announced their support to change HIV laws in California regarding transmission in October 2017, our staff began to research our testing protocols. With the help of our trusted physician Dr. Jason Goldman, we quickly learned that a major flaw or ‘loophole’ existed in our testing panel. Our industry was not using the CDC recommended testing guidelines that included both the antibody and antigen tests. Our panel allowed for HIV+ undetectable performers to “pass” the current required panel of tests via FSC’s PASS system. This became an instant concern because performers would…

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WHY WE ARE WHERE WE ARE

Written by the Vice President of APAG, Ruby- The conflict begins when 2 sides of the same industry decide to take a different approach to eradicating the transmission of the HIV virus. This was the mistake. When Adult Industry Medical was shut down over HIPAA violations, the foremost trade organization that primarily represents the producers of Side 1(the heterosexual, or”straight”),side, created a new testing system in 2011,changing the antibody test that AIM relied on, to a viral load test,a test,that,at the time,had the shortest window period to detect HIV positives that were detectable before entry to the Side 1 system. Other STI tests were also added close to this time. Undetectable status began in 2011. An undetectable test can mean either, not infected, infected but…

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Performer Meeting February 4, 2019 6pm PST/9pm EST

The Adult Performers Actors Guild will be holding a special meeting on Monday, February 4 at 6pm PST/ 9pm EST. The open meeting will be held online via ZOOM, a conferencing app we use to allow performers from across the world to be involved. The app and access is free and very easy to use. There are two options; a call in number with an access code or by logging into the zoom application. As with all of our meetings, we will be following an agenda and protocol. You do not need to be a member to attend this meeting, however, every attendee must RSVP to receive access. Meeting access will be locked by 6:10pm. Anyone who has not RSVP’d but is in attendance will…

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