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Darklady Joins Free Speech Coalition Board of Directors

PORTLAND, OR — Long-time sex educator, free speech activist, and professional journalist Theresa “Darklady” Reed has joined the 2008 – 2009 board of director’s for the adult entertainment industry’s trade organization, the Free Speech Coalition.

The new board, which met for the first time in Las Vegas, NV between the end of the Adult Entertainment Expo and beginning of Internext Expo, expects to continue to wrestle with the Department of Justice over the constitutionality of 18 USC 2257 regulations and the Utah Child Protection registry, while addressing piracy, industry standards and
practices, and other issues.

“I’m thrilled to have been nominated to the Free Speech Coalition board of directors and have the opportunity to work with so many intelligent and sincere people,” Darklady says of her new position. “I am humbled by the confidence the industry has vested in me and am determined to prove myself worthy of that confidence.”

Other new board members joining Darklady are attorney Eric M. Bernstein, Bijou Video’s Steve Toushin, and XBIZ publisher Tom Hymes. Re-winning seats are board president Jim Everett of Everett Retail Group, treasurer Joy King of Wicked Pictures, and Nellie Symm-Gruender of Passions. Attorneys Jeffrey Douglas and Reed Lee, Evotum’s Mara Epstein,
Topco Sales’ Lynn Swanson, AVN Media Network’s Mark Kernes, and NakedSword/Cubik Media’s Tim Valenti remain on the board.

Darklady, who is editor for, as well as a monthly contributor to AVN and GayVN magazines, and president of Darklady Productions, Inc., based in Portland, OR, believes that the FSC membership and fans of adult entertainment have a right and responsibility to get involved.

“I hope that those with good ideas about ways the FSC can improve the health and safety of the adult entertainment industry, both literally and figuratively, will feel comfortable sharing them with me,” she encourages, “and that more industry professionals and fans will join the FSC and put their money where their mouths are. No matter how hard
or well the FSC board works to defend and nurture the industry, long-lasting and effective change won’t happen without involvement from those who work within it and/or enjoy its fruits.”

The FSC’s website quotes Darklady, who has run for public office twice, as opining that “We must act before the government acts for us.”

For more information about Darklady, visit
To learn more about the Free Speech Coalition, visit


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