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Gov. Gavin Newsom Signs “Landmark” Bill To Aid Small Performing Arts Nonprofits

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a “landmark” bill that creates the Performing Arts Equitable Payroll Fund to supply much-needed support grants to small nonprofit performing arts organizations, helping them offset a portion of their payroll costs. Introduced by Senator Anthony Portantino (D – Burbank), Senate Bill 1116 was cosponsored by Actors’ Equity Association and the Theatrical Producers of Southern California.

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LA strippers petition to be represented by Actors’ Equity union
Los Angeles area topless bar where a group of exotic dancers have filed paperwork attempting to unionize.On Thursday, the majority of the 30 strippers employed at Star Garden Topless Dive Bar in North Hollywood, California filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board for a vote to be represented by the Actors’ Equity Association, Deadline reported.If the employees are successful and election results are certified by the board, they would become the first strippers in the United States to be represented by a union, according to Deadline.Actors’ Equity is a national labor union that speaks for more than 51,00 actors and stage managers working in live theater.“Strippers are live entertainers, and while some aspects of their job are unique, they have much in common with other Equity members who dance for a living,” Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle told Deadline.  “In my conversations with them, these dancers reported consistent compensation issues — including significant wage theft — along with health and safety risks and violations. They want health insurance and other benefits, like workers’ compensation.”Shindle added that the dancers “need protection from sexual harassment, discrimination and unjust terminations.”“We applaud their efforts to seize their collective power and unionize, like so many others across the country who are fed up with toxic workplaces,” Shindle said.
Jesse Williams nude Broadway leak branded ‘sexual harassment and appalling breach of consent’
trended on social media earlier this week after footage of him full-frontal nude during a Broadway production of play Take Me Out emerged online.While former Grey’s Anatomy star Williams had previously shrugged off the scene by claiming ‘it’s just a body’, an actors’ organisation has blasted the person who filmed the footage – which went against house rules.The act was also labelled ‘both sexual harassment and an appalling breach of consent.’Much of Take Me Out – written by Richard Greenberg and currently on at the Helen Hayes Theater in New York – is set in the locker room of a professional baseball team, with an all-male cast that explores themes of homophobia, racism, class, and masculinity in sports.Williams plays Darren Lemming, a mixed-race baseball star, who comes out as gay and is confronted with homophobic and racist prejudices off the field.Kate Shindle, president of the Actors’ Equity Association, which is made up of 51,000 members of the theatre industry, said in a statement: ‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms the creation and distribution of photographs and videos of our members during a nude scene.‘As actors, we regularly agree to be vulnerable onstage in order to tell difficult and challenging stories. This does not mean that we agree to have those vulnerable moments widely shared by anyone who feels like sneaking a recording device into the theater.