Here Are The Gay Porn Studios That Could Be Affected By California’s Prop. 60

Posted October 6, 2016 by with 42 comments

76929Next month, Californians will vote on Proposition 60, the so-called “condom law” that would make condoms mandatory in porn scenes featuring anal and/or vaginal penetration. While the state of California already requires studios to protect performers against sexually transmitted diseases, current regulations don’t specify that condoms must be used. Prop. 60 would make that specification the law, and it would give California citizens the right to sue a studio or a producer of a porn scene that doesn’t use condoms. That absurd lawsuit aspect of the legislation is what has opponents of Prop. 60 most concerned, as it’ll likely force most small time producers (who are also often the performers in the scenes) out of business or underground, making performers less safe. (Full text of Prop. 60 here.)

As detestable as he is, AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Michael Weinstein (the architect of Prop. 60) was smart to put the lawsuit language into Prop. 60, because the threat of being sued is pretty much the only thing studios and producers are afraid of, and it’s the only way the law might be successfully enforced. Just look at what happened in L.A. county after voters approved a mandatory condom law there (which did not give citizens the right to sue) in 2012: Nothing. State and county officials didn’t and don’t have the resources to enforce the law, and producers simply stopped applying for filming permits, or they left the county.

While Prop. 60 does have one positive component requiring producers to pay for performer vaccinations, testing, and medical examinations related to STDs, it’s ultimately a dangerous and worthless piece of legislation that will do nothing to prevent the spread of diseases, drive jobs out of California (if not eliminate jobs altogether), slash state tax revenues, and worst of all, put performers at risk of being sued and harassed by “porn vigilantes.” Speaking of which, Prop 60. was crafted and is being funded by a power hungry anti-porn zealot (Weinstein) with a well-documented financial and personal agenda against the adult industry. Every major California political party, newspaper, and health care group has come out in opposition to Prop. 60, and Str8UpGayPorn joins in that opposition. California residents should vote “No” on Prop. 60 on November 8th.

Prop. 60 will affect the straight porn industry much more than it will the handful of gay porn studios filming in California. If, however, Prop. 60 does pass, here are the gay porn studios that could be affected. (This list obviously does not include the hundreds if not thousands of individual gay webcam performers and smaller studios that shoot bareback in California, although all of them could absolutely be targeted with lawsuits, too.)

nsv043_sc1_camerondiggs_jedathens_affilh_1bNakedSword
While NakedSword only shoots content with condoms in and around San Francisco, they do not provide testing, vaccinations, or medical examinations for performers. It’s not clear how, if at all, they’d be forced to do that under Prop. 60.

64301_wild_weekend_part_1_front_400x625Raging Stallion/Hot House/Falcon
For the last two years, Raging Hot Falcon’s content was shot mostly in Las Vegas, but they’ve recently been shooting back in California, which would make them subject to Prop. 60. Like sister studio NakedSword (all of these studios are owned by North Carolina-based conglomerate AEBN), Raging Hot Falcon only shoots content with condoms, but they do not provide testing, vaccinations, or medical examinations for performers. It’s not clear how, if at all, they’d be forced to do that under Prop. 60.

img_9149Kink, Titan, Icon Male, Men.com
Kink and Titan shoot in San Francisco (Titan also shoots in Palm Springs, as seen above), while Icon and Men.com shoot in L.A, and all of these studios use condoms for their gay productions. Men.com is the only one that usually requires testing for its performers, while the others do not. It’s not clear how, if at all, they’d be forced to do that under Prop. 60. (Men.com could easily just stop shooting in L.A. regardless, as they already have production crews in New York City and Atlanta.)

4-2Sean Cody/Bromo/DickDorm
These studios all shoot bareback content in the San Diego area. While they do provide testing for performers, they would definitely be subject to lawsuits under Prop. 60 for shooting bareback content. They’re all owned by the same large conglomerate (Mindgeek), and will likely move out of California if Prop 60. passes.

lifeguards2Helix Studios
Helix shoots mostly bareback content in and around San Diego. While they do provide testing for performers, they would definitely be subject to lawsuits under Prop. 60 for shooting bareback content. Unlike Sean Cody/Bromo/DickDorm, Helix is an independently owned studio that may not have the resources to move production out of state.

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Active Duty shoots bareback content in and around San Diego, which would make them subject to lawsuits under Prop. 60. As of this posting, their testing policy is unknown. Because they’re owned and operated by Las Vegas-based NextDoorStudios, ActiveDuty could just end up moving production there if Prop. 60 passes. (Side note: Several gay porn studios are already filming bareback content in Las Vegas, including GuysInSweatpants, RawCastings, Corbin Fisher, FraternityX, and Sketchy Sex.)

pozTreasure Island Media
Treasure Island Media only shoots bareback content, and it quite brazenly and very obviously does not provide testing, vaccinations, or medical examinations for any of its performers. If Prop. 60 does pass, I would actually be fine with Treasure Island Media being sued out of existence. In fact, I’d probably be one of the first California citizens to file a lawsuit against them.

 

  • Andrew Simpson

    Interesting article I think the law might pass because people are hypocritical they watch porn in real life yet are anti porn. Just bizarre. I wish the law was less complicated. I agree with testing and shocked falcon studios does not test models. I sincerely hope these pork models are on prep or something.

  • GayhawkAZ

    I’m with you, Zach. Treasure Island is horrific. I know there are people that enjoy their content, but I find it incredibly violent, mean, cruel and thoroughly disgusting.

    • BlogZilla

      None of you people explain yourselves when you state how you feel about T.I.M. Violent how?

  • Brunneous

    So Prop. 60 was what all the straight porn models I follow on twitter who had “NO ON 60” as there avatars were referring to. ..

  • Harry Bush

    You sound just like the religious right and if I don’t think it’s right, nobody else can do it. Why the beef with TIM? If you don’t like it, don’t watch it. Don’t sue them out if righteous indignation, just watch what you like. We aren’t dealing with vulnerable adults here. These guys know what’s up regarding porn and STDs. Lighten up!

    • Pinko of the Grange

      Bug chasing videos are just wrong.

      • Dot Beech

        Which performer in a Treasure Island video doesn’t already have all the bugs that are out there? Almost all of the performers already look like death warmed over and the ones that don’t, yet, are surely on their way. Those guys don’t need to be protected. That ship left the dock long ago. To understand the risks associated with barebacking and STD’s, (as well as drug abuse and alcoholism,) all you have to do is see one Treasure Island video. The damned things are almost a public service announcement for abstinence. Any kind of abstinence. All kinds.

        The bareback vids that bother me are the ones where everyone is presented as young, hot and financially well off. Those are the films that call out, “Just bareback. Everything is good!”

        But this law is shitty. I hope it goes down in flames. And Parker Lewis, above, has it right. That referendum system in California is a disaster. For everyone except radio and television stations with time to sell to political advertising agencies.

        • Pinko of the Grange

          and..?

          My comment was relevant to Harry and TIM not the proposition, which is just wrong.

          Yes the ability to buy, through paid signature gatherers, a position on the ballot was never the intent of CA’s peoples proposition process. We need change: maybe 2/3 vote to enact; two ballots; or..?

        • Goodboy

          This a repair for something that was never broke. People getting hiv from porn was so low it wasn’t even relevant. It’s more about one persons (Weinstein) inflated ego. Porn is easy to attack too.

        • moondoggy

          “Which performer in a Treasure Island video doesn’t already have all the bugs that are out there?”

          … Said their board of directors at the company retreat.

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    • Thomaz
      • Goodboy

        Dumb.

    • Maximus

      It’s a matter of public health, not personal taste. TIM glorifies, romanticizes, and actively encourages the transmission of HIV (and implicitly encourages the transmission of other STIs). That is completely reckless and immoral.

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      • lordgabux

        So it’s drinking and gluttony, and I don’t see any proposition trying to stop alcohol companies and restaurants bombarding us with how cool it is to drink and stuff our faces. WE cannot pick and choose what we think is wrong.
        People still smoke and it is their choice. Let’s accept this is a country of sheep and we do what we see other’s do. The campaigns should be to make you respect yourself and be responsible for your decision and actions. That’s what we need to teach in schools, and let people decide what they want to do with their lives after they have a clear head.
        Just because I like watching people drench in toxic cum doesn’t mean I’m gonna go and do the same. Give people some credit.

        • Maximus

          So many logical fallacies.

      • BlogZilla

        Public health?? LOL!! Your outrage is phony and laughable.

        Treasure Island Media isn’t doing anything other than what many people do in real life. That’s why they are one of the top ranking studios for many years. They should do STD testing, but obviously the morbid actors who work for them don’t care. The fact they don’t test is made clear with every actor that works for that studio. They have contracts and disclaimers they must sign. The skanks that work for that studio don’t want to be tested because they know they wouldn’t pass the testing.

        Many USA people don’t give a shit about health. If they did, I wouldn’t constantly see the disgustingly careless behaviors I keep seeing.

        A matter of public health? Yeah never mind all the junk USA inhabitants love to shove down their throats and into their lungs, making them fat, drunk (when you get the time, look up the synonyms for drunk), diseased, dead. Never mind drunk driving, the proliferation of unhealthy processed foods on our store shelves and lack of easy access to healthy foods and beverages( what other country has a McDonalds on every street corner?)

        There are Ingredients in our food supply that in a sane society would never be allowed (sucralose, GMOs, bleached flour, aspartame, white sugar, propylene glycol, etc.), Not to mention all the drugs people imbibe in, and are so proud to be doing so.

        Nevermind the prescription drugs that the pharmaceutical industry hawks that kill thousands a year? No one is ever prosecuted or goes to jail over such matters in that industry. They just pay a fine they can easily afford.

        • Maximus

          It is a logical fallacy to assume that because there are other more widespread public health issues, there can be no additional ones. It can be true that both obesity and the antibiotic resistant strains of STIs resulting from unsafe sex practices are threats to public health.

          You’re also mistakenly inferring public perception of risk from behavior and then conflating behavior with actual empirical risk.

          Lastly, on what basis are you judging the sincerity of my outrage? You don’t know me, so don’t presume to know the limits of my righteous umbrage.

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          • BlogZilla

            Then why are you picking and choosing? Every time someone is having anal sex without condoms they’re glorifying mysophiliac sex whether it is videographed or not

            You remind me of these people that watch CSI but can’t watch the show Forensic Files. They can’t handle reality. Stupid

          • Maximus

            Um, no. Two people having bareback sex in private doesn’t really encourage others to have unsafe sex. Producing and distributing bug-chaser propaganda does.

            I’m fairly confident that I have seen every episode of Forensic Files. As someone who studied empirical research methodology and violent crime during college and who is entirely secular, I am very well grounded in reality. You have once again made a wildly inaccurate assessment, and now you’re also resorting to ad hominem attacks.

          • BlogZilla

            You are missing the point. Currently they aren’t doing anything illegal. And they don’t do anything many other people in real life aren’t already doing

            The skanks that work for that company all look like they are pos anyhow. If you don’t like it, don’t watch. It’s why I don’t watch those frat house vids, they’re offensive.

  • OverKill

    Treasure Island Media
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    They can just go away. Now IMO the rest of the studios should be able to do what they please (condom or bareback) as long as the studios actively test their performers with a very accurate test like blood/urine/mouth swab/physicals and not a fly by night test.
    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lxrze9sb5J1r9f4eqo1_400.gif

  • Estelle

    For all of the hemming and hawing from talent about this, less than $400k has been donated for the no on 60 campaign. That includes talent, producers and private citizens. For an industry that claims it’s a multi billion dollar a year industry that generates millions in tax revenue that is pretty small for a campaign.

    The 2012 law has had some affect with companies getting fined by calosha. Jake cruise/ekra group, sx video, kink and treasure island have all been hit with hefty fines.

    Talent is doing all of the work and the producers aren’t really doing shit on this which brings up a hard truth- most producers don’t give a shit about talent or their well being. They didn’t with porn wiki leaks and will continue to care about bottom line over performer safety. Also look at James Deen despite the numerous charges of sexual assault and abuse he continues to work regularly.

    There are many reasons some kind of change in the way performer safety needs to be addressed and the adult industry has done little to address the issue. The ridiculous proposal by FSC (I think) to load talent up with unnecessary antibiotics that might be useless from being overused, the illegal viagra/trimix prescriptions and use, the stories of talent being booked for one kind of scene but bullied into doing more, lack of any kind of workers comp for injuries,etc.

    Their track record of protecting talent is abysmal. This bill may not be the answer, but it’s clear that the porn industry has been horribly negligent.

    • atlas

      well as a producer you can just move your business out of state, for talent doing the same it can come down to moving from their homes/life. there just isnt the same weight applied to the situation should it pass.

  • Pinko of the Grange

    Helix owns their building in SD purchased at the bottom of the market. They can afford to move out of state.
    But all they would have to do is film BB out of state under a wholly owned subsidiary.

    Or “move” Corp HQ to a less restrictive state.
    (edit) and film the bb out of state.

  • Parker Lewis

    California and their stupid referendums .. Next they’ll hold a vote on gay marriage..

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  • Pornstats

    Who is the guy in the first pic ?

  • Maximus

    I am quite ambivalent in regard to voter referendums. They can be a wonderful avenue for progressive social change, and while special interests hold some sway over the outcomes, lobbyists cannot directly influence as many regular citizens as they can legislators. On the other hand, we elect a representative government in part because we recognize that the average voter does not possess the knowledge or experience necessary to make wise public policy decisions. As evidenced by Brexit, the FARC peace deal, and Prop 8, the ignorant masses are apt to vote against the country’s best interests.

    Maybe the Internet is right; maybe we should all just be ruled by Lyanna Mormont.

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  • goosegui
  • Jonny Marzetti

    Several thoughts:

    –Any polls?

    –As internet porn has become more and more mainstream, the chances of a Prop like this passing have no doubt decreased. But whether it has decreased enough to ensure the Prop is defeated is an open question

    –SC just wouldn’t be SC without San Diego beach play.

    –Lucas? Dark Alley?

    –If it passes, the already mushrooming importation of Spanish and Brazilian bareback (and continuing importation of Czech BB) by “American” producers will explode even further. Maybe even more British BB.

  • BLACKjHAMMER

    I hope prop 60 passes maybe at long last these studios will start caring about something other than their pocketbooks

  • Zealot

    I’m trying to wrap my head around why people are losing their minds over something which protects them, and keeps them safer. And why shouldn’t testing be mandatory? Why don’t models want assurances that their scene partners are healthy and not apt to pass an STI on during a scene? Guys will shove needles full of shit into their cocks to stay hard, and yet there is all this fuss about using condoms??? Gays voting for Trump, people fighting to perform in extremely unsafe conditions. This feels like all the hard work done by people who were literally dying for treatments for HIV and opportunistic infections, to get condoms and HIV education into schools; and to force the FDA to put our health needs first…is all just being pissed all over by snot-nosed assholes who only care about themselves and making a few dirty dollars for fucking on film. I’ve about had it. Seriously. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/766c0af147f0391733bba65500746255b1a2c1f94018880077c0f59bb227a683.jpg

    • Ed Woody

      Thank you.

  • Who what where when how…

    why the TIM hate? you can be so very petulant, petty, and vindictive. some of us enjoy their stuff…

  • lordgabux

    I think is ridiculous that a viewer could sue a production company for filming condomless. I don’t think porn is necessarily art but this would create a very dark precedent for other artistic endeavors. Very sad indeed.

  • Travis Dyk

    If this is polling at 55%, that doesn’t bode too well for its passage. How many people are going to tell a pollster they like bareback fucking? How many *Republicans* are going to tell a pollster that they prefer to see porn stars taking it raw?

  • Cosmic

    If this Prop 60 thing passes, what effect would it have on studious using HIV+ performers, at least in CA?