APAG Town Hall: Ending Racism in the Industry
APAG meeting offers safe space to discuss performer experiences of racism
The Adult Performers Actors Guild (APAG) hosted a town hall style meeting on Sunday, June 7, 2020 to discuss ending racism in the adult entertainment industry. Chaired by APAG board member India Morel, the meeting was open to all performers and, as no recording of any type was permitted, the meeting was promised to be a safe space to share performer stories and experiences of racism in the adult industry.
The meeting, which clocked in at just over 2 hours, was well-attended, with an interesting mix of performers. The meeting started with a list of the black victims of police brutality, followed by a moment of silence. There was no formal agenda, and the floor was open for performers to share their stories and discuss the different ways that racism manifests in the industry. From special IR (interracial) rates to awards show categories, the discussion was wide-ranging and thought-provoking.
APAG has promised to release a summary of the changes that performers mentioned, and a list of best practices for the industry to follow when it comes to inclusion, diversity, and cultural sensitivity.