BIPOC Adult Industry Collective formed to fight industry-wide racism

June 25, 2020 Blog

BIPOC-AIC forms to provide support, training, and advocacy for adult industry members

A diverse group of sex workers has come together to form the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color) Adult Industry Collective (BIPOC-AIC) to advocate for change as the adult industry grapples with issues related to race and representation. BIPOC-AIC released a statement this week outlining their goals and objectives, and provided a specific and detailed list of the changes that the adult industry needs to make in order to move towards correcting the systemic racism that has plagued all parts of the industry for years.

BIPOC-AIC also announced that they will be having bi-weekly Community Member Meetings via Zoom, with the first one taking place on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern Time. They will also be running regular industry training events, and have already scheduled their first session. On July 9, 2020 Wolf Hudson and King Noire will be leading an On-Camera Consent webinar at 5pm Pacific/8pm Eastern Time. The webinar is free, and both performers and crew are encouraged to attend.

To join the collective, learn about their mission, or register for an event, please visit the BIPOC-AIC website.

The BIPOC Adult Industry Collective statement:

Earlier this month, leaders within the adult film industry acknowledged its unfair, historical issues with racism, including disparate wages based on ethnicity, and began the process of formulating strategies to correct these issues. The BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color) Adult Industry Collective (BIPOC-AIC) was formed to answer this call, with the belief that all marginalized communities must be included at the table, in all discussions, when making decisions surrounding repairing harm against impacted communities.

The BIPOC-AIC is a group of performers, directors and producers, spanning a range of jobs within the consensual and commercial sex trades, who are dedicated to working towards bringing changes in order to make the adult industry a safe space for all to work, explore, and thrive, regardless of ethnicity, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Moving forward, the BIPOC-AIC requests the following:

  • An elimination of wage disparity based solely on race.
  • Over the past two weeks, the industry’s main talent agents, several performer coalitions and major trade publications have called for, or stated, that they will support this initiative. We look forward to witnessing progress made in this area over the next few weeks, as production resumes after a lengthy production moratorium due to COVID-19.
  • An increase of BIPOC below-the-line staff in all aspects of production, including makeup artists, grips, gaffers, catering, editors, directors and producers.
  • An industry-funded career development pipeline, to provide performers looking to move behind the camera with the proper education, tools, paid internships and employment opportunities to do so.
  • While we sincerely appreciate the gesture, BIPOC-AIC has concerns regarding the elimination of the terms “IR,” “Interracial,” and “Ethnic” from online search engines, copy and awards shows which may do more harm than good. Our concerns include how this elimination will affect product sales, brand management and the possible deletion of BIPOC from nominations and awards altogether. We instead seek to change the language surrounding marginalized people and ask these terms be expanded to be more inclusive.

Additional ways in which this should proceed:

  • An expansion of “Interracial” and “IR” to include all BIPOC performers with non-BIPOC performers
  • Performer autonomy over how they wish to be identified in terms of ethnicity, age, body type, gender identity and sexual orientation in all copy, regardless of medium.
  • An increase in BIPOC writers, including screenwriters, publicists, journalists, copywriters, marketers, and social media managers in the industry as direct hires or paid internships.
  • Educational/knowledge resources for industry media, as well as public relations and marketing professionals, in regards to language and tone for representing BIPOC.
  • Expanding descriptions of performers beyond ethnicity, to include identifiers such as hair and eye color, body type and other relevant SEO keywords.
  • A rejection of derogatory terms and themes as they relate to race, gender identity and sexual orientation from all forms of media and copy.
  • An end to a mockery of religion, ethnicity, age and body types; we acknowledge that sexual desire and fantasy are fluid and ask the industry to explore ways to cover these themes without using slurs and making fun of the people represented in these communities.
  • All digital spaces that allow consumers to upload commentary and content, or interact with performers, must establish and implement filters which block racially charged language and abusive behavior. The safety and mental health of performers should always come first, and the industry must stand against online violence towards performers.

BIPOC-AIC further envisions the following changes:

  • Paid diversity and intimacy consultants at every company in the commercial sex industry.
  • Diverse staffing at every company to include women, BIPOC, queer and trans people.
  • BIPOC-AIC is additionally calling for a complete reform of booking agents’ and talent managers’ business practices:
    • During the booking process, performers will receive a complete copy of the model release, including studio information, project name and scene title. Companies will provide performers with any title changes for subsequent releases, including compilations and third-party releases, with the option of the performer opting out of inclusion in those releases.
    • Before a booking is confirmed, a conversation between directors or producers and talent must take place to confirm talent is fully aware of the nature of the project, producers are aware of talent’s personal limitations, “no” and “yes” lists and any additional pertinent information regarding the project.
    • BIPOC-AIC is currently discussing what “complete reform” looks like and looks forward to inviting agents and managers to sit down with us to ensure the best interest of talent is at the forefront of changes moving forward.
  • BIPOC-AIC requests an increased presence of BIPOC and LGBTQIA representation in nominations, on stage and on red carpets at awards shows.
  • BIPOC-AIC is thrilled [by] the hosting of Town Halls by media outlets and studios. We look forward to continuing the conversation with all awards show producers and media outlets, and invite them to sit with us to discuss how they, too, can show their dedication to an equitable approach to the upcoming awards season.
  • We at BIPOC-AIC are so happy with the call for a #pornstrike from ally performers, who stand in solidarity with us and want to see an end to racism and sexual violence on set. We are in early talks to form a mutual aid fund, to help performers who cannot risk striking due to financial hardship, and will update as this moves forward.

We stand by our allies and we are hosting an “On-Camera Consent Negotiation” training, taught by King Noire of Royal Fetish Films, and Wolf Hudson. The workshop is structured for male-identified performers, along with directors and producers, regardless of race, to address consent issues in the industry. A formal invitation to this free, donation-based workshop will follow in the coming weeks.

Thank you to our allies, friends and fans who support our efforts to end racism and sexual violence in our industry. In working together, we can create a healthier working environment which ultimately produces a more profitable bottom line.

In closing, BIPOC-AIC urges both industry members, as well as the public, to sign our petition to tell producers and distributors of adult media you support our efforts and do not want, nor need, racist themes in your porn to get off.

BIPOC-AIC will be releasing a video PSA shortly. To view it, as well as keep up-to-date on our ongoing discussions, workshops, resolutions and other news, bookmark this page.

BIPOC performers and directors who wish to join our Collective may email info@BIPOC-collective.org.

Signed,
BIPOC Adult Industry Collective

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