Porn Stars Rejoice as California Trashes Condoms, Prop 60

“I feel powerful and strong,” performer Tasha Reign tells TheWrap

Last Updated: November 9, 2016 @ 8:31 AM

The Republican wave of this year’s election didn’t extend to liberal California, which overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris (in a race with two Democrats) and ballot measures that brought the state legal weed and background checks on ammo purchases.

California also rejected Proposition 60, which would have mandated the use of condoms on porn shoots in the state. The adult industry rallied in opposition to the law, and rejoiced as the ballot measure headed toward defeat.

“I’m extremely proud of our industry tonight,” Tony Rios, the chief executive officer of AVN, the industry’s trade journal, said in an email to TheWrap. “We fought a very tough battle. The odds were against us. [The AIDS Healthcare Foundation] outspent us 10-to-1 but we came together to become unified in a way that I have never seen before. We reached out to every news outlet. We went to schools, malls. We really got involved with the community. We knew that if California residents could only hear all the facts they would make the right choice. They would make the choice against harassment and the safety and well-being of the talent in our industry.”

“Well, well, well, Prop 60 didn’t pass,” Tasha Reign, an adult performer, told TheWrap in an email. “I feel powerful and strong. Like my voice and the voices of my industry were actually heard. I have a newfound belief in myself and our marginalized group of sex workers. Although we have so much more to accomplish and achieve, I’m proud to have been part of this campaign. I’m proud of my fellow performers. It really drained me and I want nothing to do with politics after this election. Side note: we have a racist rapist as president of the United States and we just went back 50 years in time, all because we can’t just admit we are not ready for a female president.”