LOS ANGELES—For those outside the adult industry, it’s important to point out that the executives working in the industry are by and large dedicated supporters of the talented people who consistently turn out the most amazing content for the massive worldwide audience of porn fans. The industry sustains itself in part through a circuit of business-focused tradeshows that include the one Pineapple recently attended in Prague.
“It was quite a whirlwind of activity,” explained Pineapple CEO Leya Tanit. “From a full slate of meetings each day with producers, directors and service providers, to the evening award shows and activities throughout the day, I managed to meet with dozens of top quality companies and the amazing people who manage them at every level. Presenting the Pineapple mission is a passion of mine, and I can say that the enthusiasm and receptive remarks we got back in response to what we are doing was extraordinary.”
Pineapple Support is a charitable organization launched in April of 2018 to provide performers and producers within the adult industry with free or subsidized therapy and a 24/7 online emotional support service. The organization received UK charity status in September and anticipates 501(c)(3) status being granted in the USA during Q4 of 2018.
The adult industry is already well aware that the mental, physical and social health of sex workers and performers is a vital part of what makes the industry function. Many of the execs we spoke with are former performers or are very close to a number of performers, which gives them an important amount of perspective on the urgent issues facing some of todays top starlets.
“As one company owner said to me, 'We don’t make cars or widgets like other industries; we are the most intimately human sector and our interest in the heaLth of our performers goes far beyond any financial or commercial limits. We want every consenting adult who participates in our films or watches them from home to know that each actor and actress are cared for to the full extent we can foster on their behalf.'—and that sentiment was echoed by nearly everyone I spoke with during the Prague tradeshow," said Ms. Tanit.
Pineapple will continue to remain very active throughout the year at a variety of shows inside and outside the adult industry, providing a presence and a voice for performers who often choose not to attend. Those who would like more information about Pineapple Support's upcoming schedule, to arrange meetings or to suggest issues to be raised by staff during future events, contact the company today.