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Global payment processor Paxum announced today it is matching donations made through their payment platform to Pineapple Support, a charity which provides a variety of services to adult performers.  During the rest of December and through January, Paxum says it will match donations up to $2000.

“A year ago, shock waves rippled through the adult industry when news spread that beautiful and talented adult performer August Ames had tragically taken her own life as a result of mental illness,” Paxum said in a statement announcing the donation-matching campaign. “The distressing news came quickly after several other adult performer suicides and made a huge impact on the adult industry. Many performers expressed shock, confusion and grief. Some offered themselves to their colleagues for support and comfort should they find themselves in a similar position.”

The company applauded the efforts of Leya Tanit in establishing Pineapple Support, noting the “news of so many performer suicides in just a few short months compelled her to take urgent action to create a positive change for performers mental health worldwide.”

“Through pure determination and dedication, coupled with valuable industry support, just a few months later Leya’s idea is already a concrete reality with… a registered non-profit organization dedicated to provide 24/7 mental health support for all industry performers, with no discrimination, judgment or stigma attached,” Paxum added.

To donate, simply send your donation via Paxum to and Paxum will match donations up to $2,000 USD.


Gene Zorkin has been covering legal and political issues for various adult publications (and under a variety of different pen names) since 2002.