International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2013 in NOLA

Did you see a crowd of red umbrellas on Bourbon St. this past Tuesday? Did someone give you one of these:

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If so, then thanks so much for making our International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2013 a success!

A couple of our members made a huge banner that we can reuse for other events (one side says SWOP-NOLA, and the other says International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers):

SWOP-NOLA Banner on Bourbon St. Dec 17 2013

SWOP-NOLA Banner on Bourbon St. Dec 17 2013
We knew we were off to a good start when, before we even started making our way down Bourbon, some guy slowed his car, unrolled his windows, and cheered us on, yelling “STOP THE VIOLENCE!” and “YEAH, SEX WORKERS!” Thanks, guy in the white car!

We had a lot of fun and talked to a lot of people along Bourbon St. about SWOP-NOLA and December 17th, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Everyone was super cool and supportive.

I took a few pictures, but they’re not very good because I was busy and carrying a bunch of stuff. Other members took better pictures, as did people on the street. When we got to the Oz and the Pub, we met some miniature ponies (!!!!!!) and a photographer from Ambush Magazine.

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Afterwards, we met up at the AllWays Lounge for refreshments, discussion of the significance of December 17th, and of course, good old social drinking.

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If you didn’t see our writeup by Missy Wilkinson in the Gambit online, you can read it here.

If you were there and you took pictures, please email them to swop.nola@gmail.com, or send us a link to them. Thanks!

Our next BIG event will be for International Sex Workers’ Rights Day, which is held annually on March 3rd. This presents a bit of a problem for us, as Mardi Gras is on March 4th this year. But it’s nothing a little brainstorming and rescheduling won’t solve. Stay tuned for more info!

Thanks again to EROS.com, XR Brand Passion Lubes, awesome individuals who made generous donations, AllWays Lounge & Theater, and everyone who came out!