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Porn actors told the Board of Supervisors Tuesday that a condom initiative on the November ballot could lead to harassment, while AIDS activists countered that the measure is intended to keep performers safe.

“It’s not about safety, it’s about harassment,” performer Siouxsie Q said of the California Condoms in Pornographic Films Initiative. “It will enable any California citizen to harass me.”

Q said backers were trying to “trick” voters into thinking the measure was simply the statewide equivalent of Measure B, passed by Los Angeles County voters in 2012.

Measure B mandates the use of condoms on adult film sets and the payment of a permit fee by producers to finance enforcement. The statewide measure has similar provisions but also permits any state resident to enforce violations.

That provision could mean that performers’ real names are disclosed, advocates from the Free Speech Coalition, an adult film industry trade association, told the board.

Actor Ella Nova said she found it “personally terrifying” that her real name might be released.

Both Measure B and the new initiative were backed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

AHF President Michael Weinstein said both measures protect the health and safety of adult film performers.

“It’s only fair that adult film performers be afforded the same safeguards as other Californians in their workplaces,” Weinstein said in a statement advocating for the initiative.

Other performers have backed the initiative, contending that they contracted HIV on set.

The board has no authority to do anything other than act as advocates for or against the measure and had no related matter on today’s agenda.

–City News Service

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