LOS ANGELES — The Free Speech Coalition has issued a statement on the loss of adult performer August Ames.
FSC’s statement is as follows:
“We mourn with great sadness the passing of August Ames, the loss of whom has left many of us devastated and heartbroken. We echo her family’s call for civility and privacy during a difficult time.
As a community, we face routine bias, stigma, discrimination and near-constant attacks on our character by those outside our industry. Social media has only magnified these issues. Given this environment, it’s even more important that those of us within the industry treat each other with respect and compassion.
We are a highly diverse community of people from all walks of life, but that does not mean we can not stand united. We can recognize our differences without shaming one another. We can disagree without harassment, we can have conversations without bullying and threats, and we can address misconceptions and misunderstandings without yelling past each other.
We need to be able to communicate with each other when we are hurting, we need to be able to listen, and we need to be able to find ways to move forward together.
Words have power. We ask in the wake of August’s passing that we renew our commitment to each other as an industry, and work to engage in supportive, civil discussion about issues that affect the lives of performers.”
For more reactions from the industry regarding Ames’ passing, click here.