Archive for June, 2010

Red Umbrella Diaries on July 1 – Coworkers and Co-conspirators

June 24th, 2010 at 11:49 am

Hosted by Audacia Ray Happy Ending, 302 Broome Street between Forsyth and Eldridge, in New York City Thursday, July 1. Doors at 7 pm, reading from 8-10 21 and up – FREE 15% of the bar tab supports PROS Network (Providers and Resources Offering Services to sex workers) Starring: Damien Luxe is a multi-media performer […]

Audacia Ray’s Video Keynote: A Rights-Based Perspective on Improving the Lives of People in the Sex Industry

June 23rd, 2010 at 6:46 am

This is a video keynote speech I produced to be shown at the LOVER magazine conversation on sex work in Utrecht, Holland on June 23, 2010. Though the bulk of the conversation at the event is about local prostitution law, I was asked to provide a rights-based perspective to get the conversation started. Thanks to […]

The Reason I Left School: Children of India Sex Workers Speak Out

June 22nd, 2010 at 6:36 pm

This post was originally published on the International Women’s Health Coalition blog, Akimbo. Last fall, when I took a trip to India, visited with SANGRAM in Sangli district and shot a lot of video, I got to see the beginnings of a video project that was giving people in the community the skills to produce […]

New York State Allows Trafficking Survivors to Vacate Prostitution Convictions

June 17th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

On June 15, 2010 the New York State senate passed a bill that, effective as soon as Governor Paterson signs it, enables survivors of human trafficking to vacate their convictions for prostitution-related offenses. This amendment to New York State Criminal Procedure Law grants those who were trafficked into commercial sex the opportunity to start over […]

Sexual Assault and Sex Workers: Some Things to Chew On

June 17th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

Chloe Angyal interviewed me for a piece in the Christian Science Monitor called: What would you do if you saw a woman being abused? Would it matter if she were a prostitute? No matter what a woman wears or how she acts, she deserves to be treated humanely. My quote is one sentence on the […]

Blog Carnival: Coworkers and Co-conspirators

June 16th, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Welcome to the first Red Umbrella Diaries Blog Carnival! I haven’t decided yet which one I’ll read, but I’m going to perform and record one of the following stories at the July 1st event. Stay tuned for the line-up of the the live Coworkers and Co-conspirators event happening in NYC on July 1! The relationship […]

Red Umbrella Diaries Blog Carnival Call for Posts: Coworkers and Co-conspirators

June 10th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Behold, new project roll out number one! Since I started doing the Sex Worker Literati events a year ago, lots of people have been bummed out that they aren’t in NYC and able to attend. And now I have an answer. The Red Umbrella Diaries Blog Carnival is a way for sex workers and their […]

Picking Your Battles, Going the Distance: Pro-porn and Anti-porn Feminisms

June 8th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

There’s an annual conference happening in Massachusetts this coming weekend called Stop Porn Culture – the aim of the meeting is in the name. The conference is organized by notorious anti-porn feminists and women’s studies professors Gail Dines and Donna Hughes (there’s plenty about them online, google to find it because I don’t want to […]

Sex Worker Culture: NYC and Vegas

June 2nd, 2010 at 11:33 pm

It’s amazing and inspiring to me that there is so much sex worker culture being produced. Three things below: the last Sex Worker Literati before I start doing my solo-hosted Red Umbrella Diaries is tomorrow, the Sex Worker Cabaret extravanganza happening this Sunday evening at the Slipper Room in NYC, and a call for Kickstarter […]