"FSC assumed management of industry testing out of necessity
after the closure of AIM in 2009,” said Michelle L. LeBlanc, CEO of FSC.
“PASS has grown steadily over the past 12 years. We built the database,
determined testing protocols and established the Performer Subsidy
Fund. The challenges of the past year made it clear that the industry
needs an organization focused exclusively on the health and safety of
talent and crew. This will allow PASS to accelerate its growth to better
serve our community.
PASS will oversee the testing database and protocols, work to
improve the health and safety of performers in the adult industry, and
serve as an advocate for the industry protocols in regulatory and
Though a separate entity, PASS will still work alongside FSC on relevant issues and share some administrative resources.
“This past year has highlighted both the value and
vulnerabilities of our health systems,” O’Brien said. “As an independent
organization, PASS can prioritize performer and crew wellbeing and
expand the resources and services we can provide the industry — starting
with the launch of our website and an update to the PASS database.”
PASS’s new board of directors will be specifically tailored to
address issues of health and safety. Performer and porn health
researcher Valerie Webber, who is currently writing her PhD dissertation
on issues of adult performer health, will serve PASS as Board Chair.
“The industry has been shifting for quite some time now, even
more so in the wake of COVID-19,” said Webber. “I’m excited to join PASS
and work to build an organization that creatively meets the needs of
this new porno landscape. As the main trade organization, FSC remains
committed to defending the rights of adult companies and professionals,
and can better focus on the threats facing the industry today, including
government and corporate censorship, discriminatory regulation, and
billing and banking issues. By concentrating its focus, FSC can more
effectively provide the resources and support needed for its members to