Associated Press (01.17.12) - Thursday, January 19, 2012
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted 9-1 to approve
a measure requiring actors in adult films produced in the city
to wear condoms. The legislation next goes to the mayor for
his signature. Before the ordinance takes effect, the council
ordered police officials, city attorneys, and others to hold
meetings about its enforcement.
Several adult-film representatives criticized the ordinance as
politically correct and unenforceable. Many consumers refuse
to buy films in which condoms are used, they said.
"The only thing that the city could potentially achieve is
losing some film permit money and driving some productions
away, but you can't actually compel an industry to create a
product that the market doesn't want," said Christian Mann,
general manager for Evil Angel Productions.
The industry years ago voluntarily adopted STD testing of
actors every 30 days, a policy that is working well, according
to former adult-film actress Tabitha Stevens and others. AIDS
advocates, however, say STD testing is insufficient, and
requiring condoms adds another level of safety.
"We are not opposed to testing, but testing is not prevention
in the same way that a barrier protection is," said Ged
Kenslea, spokesperson for the Los Angeles-based AIDS
Healthcare Foundation, which for years has campaigned to enact
a condom requirement. Kenslea also claimed the adult-film
industry does not report all STD diagnoses.
With 90 percent of the industry based in the city's San
Fernando Valley, Kenslea dismissed claims that the measure
would drive productions to other locations.