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Support Speak Up! and (Safer) Sex Worker Visibility

January 31st, 2011 at 9:26 am

If you’ve read Waking Vixen or interacted with my other work for any amount of time, you know that I focus a lot of my energies on creating space for sex workers to use their voices, and trying to support sex workers to do this in a way that best suits their circumstances and goals, […]

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2010: NBC Coverage and My Speech

December 17th, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Below is my speech for the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers event in New York. The night had an amazing turn out, site and NBC followed up on a story they did on Thursday (which features me as a former prostitute talking about violence) about the discovery of bodies in Long Island […]

Dear December: Let’s Do This, with Plenty of Activism and Events

December 2nd, 2010 at 12:17 am

This year will be going out with a bang, with a flurry of events and launches. A summary: December 2 is the Red Umbrella Diaries Family Affairs event in NYC, to ring in the holiday season. Featured storytellers include Lily Burana, the author of the memoirs Strip City and I Love a Man in Uniform: […]

December 17: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

December 1st, 2010 at 1:22 am

Join us in NYC for a vigil and community speak out When: Friday, December 17, 2010 at 7:30PM – 9:30PM Where: Metropolitan Community Church of New York, Sanctuary (2nd floor), 446 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018 btw 9th & 10th Aves. < > Who: Current & former sex workers, our allies, friends, […]

Why Scarleteen Matters and What You Should Do About It

October 28th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Good, honest sexuality education is almost impossible to find in the United States. The reasons for this are rooted in our weird system of morals, fear of arming young people with information, and deep discomfort with sexuality. This all manifests in systems of funding. Which is to say, a really good way to control information […]

Indian Sex Workers Fight Back Against Misrepresentation

October 4th, 2010 at 10:55 pm

Last week, VBS TV (the video arm of Vice Magazine) debuted a 30 minute documentary called “Prostitutes of God”, which features some of the members of VAMP, a group that is part of the organization SANGRAM (I visited them last fall on my trip tot India). The representation of the women and their lives in […]

Public Bodies: Fox News, Sex Worker/Teachers, and Privilege

September 29th, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Tonight, I did a segment on Fox 5 News New York, with host Ernie Anastos and guests Councilman Fernando Cabrera and attorney Arthur Aidala, to talk about Melissa Petro, an elementary school art and writing teacher in the Bronx who was outed this week as having a past as a stripper and a prostitute. Melissa […]

Nothing About Us Without Us: The Shared Goals of the Harm Reduction and Sex Worker Rights Movements

August 2nd, 2010 at 9:56 am

The above video and supplementary documents are designed to spark discussion and create inspiration for looking at the ways that peer-led groups providing support and services to sex workers in their communities can collaborate with harm reduction agencies. The materials were developed by a group of sex workers and allies during the Speak Up! media […]

Denial of Service: Sex Workers Confront Dr. Eric Goosby and Protest the Anti-Prostitution Pledge

July 21st, 2010 at 12:51 am

Over the last few months, I’ve been consulting on communications for the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP). Mostly, my team and I have been working on internal communications and strategies for the organization, but since this week is the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, we’ve been working to get NSWP’s messages out to […]

At the New Museum July 10: Projects for a Revolution in New York

July 8th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Projects for a Revolution in New York Experiments in Collective Research and Action: Some Proposals Saturday, July 10, 2010 At the New Museum, 235 Bowery NYC FREE, starts at 12:30 pm – I’ll be speaking between 3:30 and 4:30 pm Organized by Programs for Research and Outreach (PRO) as part of the exhibition “Museum as […]