All Gay Guide support to APAG – Adult Performance Artists Guild – Social Justice for All
World is changing rapidly and it is important that everyone enjoys benefits of these changes. Gay adult industry just as adult industry in general has seen some big changes. Most (if not all) gay adult performers were employed by limited number of agencies. These agencies could be controlled easily and their employees enjoyed some sort of protection.
However, with advance of technology and appearance of some Internet sites, things changed dramatically. These days there is probably more independent adult performers than those working for agencies. Actually, some performers work for agencies and also for themselves. That means more freedom for adult performers. However, that also means that some business activities as marketing and advertising have to be done by performers.
It seems that not all performers have equal access to advertising on all social platforms. The only way to effectively deal with any legal issues is to be organised. That is where Adult Performance Artists Guild comes to the play. It is true that they represent all adult performers and not only LGBTQ performers. Does it matter? Of course it does not matter. People working for the same industry must be supportive of each other. And, after all, gay adult performers make at least 50% of people employed by the industry.
Here is the statement from APAG:
Recently, we began our steps toward arbitration with Instagram, filing an initial case to test the process and begin the legal fight. While the negotiation process was happening between our lawyer and Instagram’s lawyer, the Bella Thorne issue with Onlyfans had occurred. It is giving our lawyer the opportunity to address the concern over celebrity privilege versus the average citizen. The entire world watched has Bella bragged over earning more than two million dollars on Onlyfans. Doing it while openly using Instagram as her only means of advertising. For the first time, we had an opportunity to put a dollar amount on the potential losses performers are experiencing by not being given the same advertising abilities as celebrities on Instagram.
Over the last year and a half, the evidence has grown into a mountain of naked images and Onlyfans ads posted by celebrities. All that while performers have been deleted and banned for far less. In this short time, we have collected over 2,000 different workers wrongfully removed from Instagram. Therefore, it is time to move this army forward!
Our next step in this plan of action is to create an arbitration claim for each worker. A legal claim against Instagram for wrongfully deleting our workers! To join the action and move forward, we ask that you complete the form at the link below. This information will be used to acknowledge your request for arbitration and that you are giving our legal team permission to move forward with a complaint on your behalf. As each case is accepted, you will be notified.
A clause in Instagram’s TOS that you agree to when signing up for their services is that you will agree to resolve any legal issues with them via arbitration that THEY PAY FOR!
HOW DOES ARBITRATION WORK?
Once your claim is filed, Instagram will have to pay for the arbitration process. This means an arbiter ( outside legal party ) will examine the case, hear from both sides, and make a decision. Instagram is legally required to pay for the arbiter, and any travel needed to appear for the case etc.
CAN WE SUE?
The reason we are moving forward with arbitration is because it is a forced process step. Thanks to Instagram’s TOS (Terms of Service). We will be filing over 2,000 arbitration cases at once. It is potentially forcing Instagram into court to handle all 2,000 cases at once. This is how we fight for our right to sue.
“INSTAGRAM IS A PRIVATE COMPANY, THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT”
This is not correct. In California, we have what is called the Unruh Act. It is a civil rights act that prevents a company/business from being able to discriminate against someone based on their race, color, religion, sex, or age. This particular law makes it so that you do not have to be an actual customer to establish discrimination. A recent CA Supreme Court ruling stated this law also applies to online businesses. While occupation is not technically listed as a discriminatory factor, recent legal cases have established occupational discrimination is just as protected as the items listed.
WHAT DO YOU DO NOW?
Complete the form at the link below, and give us time to draft the complaints. There are more than two thousand of you that are part of this and we will have to work through each application. With that said, we appreciate your patience, and we thank you for being part of this fight for our rights!
As I said above, All Gay Guide is fully supporting this fight for equal rights. I would also like to urge all adult performance artists who work independently to consider joining this organisation.
If you want to join this action please follow this link and fill the form on APAG site.