Melissa Gira Grant and I met on the internet 10 years ago when we were both absorbed in blogging about our sex/work lives, plus figuring out that whole activism thing.
The first time we met IRL was in 2006 on the first birthday of $pread magazine at an art show I curated at the LGBT Center in Manhattan. She got naked on cam in a corner of the very packed room during the show’s opening.
When she moved to NYC I picked her up at the airport. She stayed at my apartment that first night and I welcomed her with a cupcake and some bourbon.
We are neighbors but rarely see each other on account of the extreme busy.
When I read her journalism I am always grateful for her writing, and furthermore, grateful that she is doing that work so I don’t have to. There are a lot of things that need to be done in the sex worker rights movement: sharp journalism is one of them, and I’m so glad she’s doing that.
You should most definitely buy her book Playing the Whore because she is super smart and on point.
Red Umbrella Project has a community organizing opportunity for those who care about sex workers’ rights, human trafficking, and alternatives to incarceration in NYC. We are conducting research on the new Human Trafficking Intervention Courts located in Queens and Brooklyn and need some volunteers to help in recording information (but don’t worry, no knowledge of statistics is required).
Please click here for more info!
Come do organizing with us and let’s figure out together how to provide peer support to people arrested on prostitution charges and processed through the new Human Trafficking Intervention Courts in NYC.
We are currently accepting story pitches for Prose & Lore Issue 4 through February 17! We publish first person, true stories about experiences in the sex trades.
We want to hear your ideas for stories – no need to have a completed piece ready to go, just write briefly about what you want to write. We value interesting stories waaaay more than good grammar and spelling (that’s what editing is for), so tell us about a story you want to get out into the world and we’ll help you develop it. Accepted pitches will get paired with a mentor editor who will support you through the process of writing and revising your piece this spring.
Successful pitches are stories that are true and happened to you. We want stories, not essays about a theme. If there is a particular idea you want to write about, think about an example of this in your life and pitch a story about that.
Issue 4 will be published in print and ebook formats in July, with launch events/readings in NYC.
And if you’re in NYC and want to participate in our free, in person writing workshops, the deadline is the same. Info here.
I edit this journal and I would love to see your story ideas! I’m working hard to make the process of writing, revising, being edited and published as accessible as possible (because let’s be real, that shit is daunting). We’re in the pitch phase through Feb 17, which means you just have to send an idea for a piece. If you get accepted, I will pair you with someone who has been through the RedUP program in NYC and they will be a mentor/editor/accountability buddy for you for the next two months as you work on your story. Please reblog and tell any and all sex workers you know! Also if you know folks who don’t have frequent access to the internet but might want to write something, they can call us at 347-927-3867 and we will work it out.
Phoenix, Arizona has some of the most severe prostitution laws in the United States.
According to a municipal statute titled ‘manifestation’, an intent to commit prostitution includes activities like waving at cars, talking to passers-bys, and inquiring if someone is a police officer. Mandatory minimum sentencing and felony upgrades make it highly probable that workers are funneled into the prison system for sex work related offenses. Alongside Arizona’s already brutal racial profiling laws, these anti-prostitution statutes enable police to profile and harass people of color, immigrants, people in poverty, and LGBTQ people.
Read an excerpt of Dynasty’s (W)Rex’s piece “Crippled Pleaser,” about stripping and managing chronic pain, on Tits & Sass. Buy Issue 3 of Prose & Lore and read the full piece and 26 other stories.