The Best Defense
The FSC represents the adult industry in legislative and regulatory processes, and educates the general population to alleviate common misconceptions, build bridges, advocate for our communities and their rights.
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Officially founded in 1991, the Free Speech Coalition (FSC) is the trade association of the adult entertainment industry based in the United States.
Our organization functions as a resource, a leader, and a tool for the communities that we serve. We take pride in fighting to alleviate the social stigma, misinformation, and discriminatory policies that affect those who work in and adjacent to the adult industry.
For more than twenty five years we have been fighting and winning impossible battles, from the Supreme Court to the ballot box and back again. Our industry is almost constantly facing scrutiny and attacks, but we have seen firsthand that when we come together and fight, we win.
Our industry is home to some of the world’s greatest innovators and thought leaders–much of the technology currently used to experience the Internet via streaming video content, subscription pay sites, and on demand downloads were pioneered by the adult industry years before Netflix and Hulu.
Though the adult industry is often used as a scapegoat for society’s ills, our industry is made of workers who deserve the same liberties, freedoms, and opportunities as any other worker or business owner in this country. Despite the stigma we face as an industry, our resilient and powerful communities have been able to survive and thrive even in the face of discrimination and harassment.
When we harness that power, and aim it toward a common goal, we’ve shown we can succeed.
From programs like the Performer Availability Screening Services (PASS) and the Performer Subsidy fund, which enable adult film performers to work safely while maintaining medical privacy and mitigating costs, to the David vs. Goliath battle we successfully waged to defeat California Proposition 60, the FSC has been, and continues to be the foremost organization fighting for the rights of adult industry workers, and we plan to continue doing so in perpetuity, until our industry is given the rights and respect it has been historically denied.