We know that the health and economic fallout from COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating, and its effects likely to last even after businesses reopen and production resumes. Below is a selection of resources that may be helpful to those working in the adult industry. We’ve compiled information on the virus itself, on mental health services, on unemployment and small business loans, on food assistance, and on local resources for those near our production hubs. We hope this will help our workers navigate one of the most challenging times in our industry’s history. If you have any questions — or a resource you think would be valuable for us to add — please contact email@example.com. We are, as always, here to help.
- CDC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the leading, national public health institute of the United States. It has the most up-to-date information about COVID-19.
- WHO Advice for the Public
The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. This page is regularly updated based on new scientific findings as the epidemic evolves.
- NYC’s Safer Sex and COVID-19 Factsheet (PDF)
The NYC Dept of Health has some advice for lowering your risk of contracting COVID-19 from a sex partner.
- FSC Preliminary Health and Safety Guidelines for Adult Film Production
The guidance provided is a compilation of the latest available information and best practices from health agencies, governmental agencies, industry, and technical professional opinion as of the date this document was issued. [12 June 2020]
- Risk Reduction on Set Infographic
If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services, 211 can help you find local resources
Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic
- National Domestic Violence Hotline
For anyone affected by abuse and needing support, call 1-800-799-7233. If you’re unable to speak safely, you can text LOVEIS to 22522. You are not alone.
- Pineapple Support
Pineapple Support provides 24/7 online, emotional support as well as free and subsidized professional therapy and advice to all performers and producers who have been active in the adult online industry within the past 6 months.
- Crisis Text Line
Social distancing may be lonely, but you’re not alone. Text HOME to 741741 for free, 24/7 crisis counseling. They’re here to help.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255 or chat with someone using the website. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- FSC Emergency Fund
Due to the production hold associated with coronavirus, Free Speech Coalition is activating emergency funds to help talent and crew with their living expenses while they are unable to work. As a member-based trade association, our mission is to protect the rights and freedoms of the adult industry so that we all continue to prosper.
- Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus Crisis
If your income has fallen or been cut off completely, this guide will connect you to the basic information you’ll need to get through this, including on government benefits, free services and financial strategies.
- IRS: Get Your Stimulus Payment
Find out if you’re eligible for a US government stimulus payment, how to receive yours if you haven’t yet, and more.
- CFPB: Protect yourself financially from the impact of the coronavirus
Advice for navigating bills, loans, credit cards and other financial obligations if you’ve experienced a loss of income.
- Unemployment Guide for all 50 States
Unemployment is very common right now and this resource is state by state list of guides and tips on how to apply.
- Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Program – An Explanation
This program offers help to workers who have lost their job but aren’t typically eligible for unemployment benefits, including freelancers, gig workers and self-employed individuals. There are some specific guidelines to know about who qualifies, what it covers and how to apply.
- Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program is an SBA loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan
Low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.
- Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance
This loan advance will provide up to $10,000 of economic relief to businesses that are currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
- Find Your Local Film Commission
The Association of Film Commissioners International’s directory can help you locate film commissions from around the globe.
- Find a Food Pantry Near You
If you are in need of food assistance, this site can help you find a local food pantry.
- WhyHunger Food Database
Find community-based organizations and emergency food providers.
- How to Get Food Help
The US Dept of Agriculture has many programs to help people get food. This booklet can help you find these programs (PDF).
- California State COVID-19 Website
News and information about COVID-19 in California
- Find a COVID-19 Testing Site in California
This website allows you to search for a COVID-19 testing site near you.
- California Department of Public Health
News, alerts, data and information about COVID-19 in California
- California Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
This program offers help to workers who have lost their job but aren’t typically eligible for unemployment benefits, including freelancers, gig workers and self-employed individuals.
- Where to Buy Locally-Made PPE
A directory of California non-medical grade PPE, such as face masks, face shields, gowns, gloves, sanitizer, and wipes.
- Offers, Resources and Tools for Small Business
Industry leaders, network partners, and California state agencies offer ALL California small businesses special discounts, programs, trainings, tools and resources to support pivoting and adapting to the current times and new online marketplaces.
Los Angeles Area
- LA County Public Health Dept.
News, alerts, data and information about COVID-19 in Los Angeles County
- LA County 211
211 LA is the central source for providing information and referrals for all health and human services in LA County. Our 2-1-1 phone line is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, with trained Community Resource Advisors prepared to offer help with any situation, any time.
- One Degree COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Guide
A comprehensive, updated and accurate guide to LA County community resources.
- Florida Department of Public Health
News, alerts, data and information about COVID-19 in Florida
- JCS Helpline
Your 24/7 source for information and resources for all health and human services in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties.
- Heart of Florida United Way
If you need assistance finding food, paying housing bills, or other essential services, United Way can help you find local resources