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Accomplishments in 2014

What we accomplished in 2014

  1. Held official meetings about once monthly.
  2. Held several unofficial, often impromptu meetings throughout the year.
  3. Offered our input via our responses to an Amnesty International-distributed questionnaire about experiences of sex workers. This questionnaire was part of an attempt by Amnesty International to listen to sex workers themselves before making an official decision regarding their position on the decriminalization of sex work.
  4. Sponsored a FREE film screening for International Sex Workers Rights Day 2014
  5. Participated in the NOLA Pride Parade (see June update)
  6. Started on list of Legal resources for sex workers
  7. Added to the existing list of Sex Worker-friendly healthcare providers/counselors
  8. Provided a FREE Sex-workers-only self-defense workshop at NOLA Shaolin-Do
  9. Co-sponsored (with Patois New Orleans International Human Rights Film Fest) screening of Lizzie Borden’s “Working Girls” at the Zeitgeist
  10. Supported (via donation, promotion, and attendance) BreakOut’s TDOR Kiki for a Cause – Benefit Show for BreakOut! at Lucky Pierre’s
  11. Held IDEVASW (International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers) 2014 event in NOLA. Marched through French Quarter, engaged with the public, distributed ~600 promo packs of safer sex materials, instructions for use, and SWOP-NOLA promo flyers
  12. Updated and reorganized general info related to the safety of sex workers.
  13. Maintained various info and resources about safety issues specific to NOLA and the places local sex workers work, made that info available to verified sex workers. Facilitated exchange of safety info among local sex workers.
  14. Overdose prevention (can’t get too specific with this, but look up “opioid overdose prevention”): distributed supplies and instructions
  15. Helped local sex workers (at their request) transition from criminalized to non-criminalized form of sex work
  16. Social support of local sex workers
  17. Public outreach through flyering, social media, etc.
  18. Recruitment of local sex workers through word-of-mouth
  19. Educated local sex workers about lesser-known aspects of Louisiana law as it relates to sex workers.
  20. Assisted local sex worker in choosing and enrolling in inpatient rehab program.
  21. Directed local current and former sex workers seeking help we don’t/can’t provide to other organizations or programs that could provide the help they needed.
  22. Whorecast!
  23. Drove over and hand-delivered condoms and lube to sex workers taking last-minute appointments 😉

Naughty New Orleans Network

Social meetups for local providers, dancers, escorts, anyone in the biz, etc. Anyone working in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or the rest of Louisiana (or even along the Gulf Coast, if you want to drive that far) is welcome. No clients, no outsiders (unless otherwise stated).

On hiatus, because we’re all super busy and planning stuff is hard.

If you want to take this on, awesome! Let us know.

We can help with funding and refreshments, etc. For a lot of us, paying for stuff is easier than planning it. We are hoping and praying that’s not true for all sex workers in New Orleans, because we would love it if someone came along who really, really likes planning stuff

Naughty New Orleans Network Site and Blog




Self Defense, NSWP, Working Girls – Update 10/14/2014

SWOP-NOLA Update 10/14/2014

  1. Self Defense Workshop for Providers Only!

  2. NSWP Rep

  3. Safe Sex Kits Yay!

  4. New Orleans Family Justice Center Tours

  5. Screening of Lizzie Borden’s Working Girls

  6. Donate to Funeral Expenses for Tjhisha Ball and Angela Mangum

  7. News & Important Stuff that’s Happening in the World of SexyJobs

  8. Upcoming Events:  TDOR and IDEVASW

  9. Meeting this Saturday

  10. Providers-Only Get-together


  1. Self Defense Workshop for Providers Only!

  2. The owner of NOLA Shaolin Do has offered to do a private self-defense workshop for us.  This will be completely FREEEEE!!! Woohoo!  But I need to give him an estimate of how many of us will be there, and we need to pick a date.  The best days for him are Mon/Wed/Fri before 5pm.  Please reply to this email ASAP with your preferred day/date if you’re interested.

  3. NSWP Rep

  4. NSWP is holding elections for sub-regional representatives.  Sex worker-led member organizations are allowed to vote for a representative for their sub-region.  The candidates for North America were Andrew Sorfleet (Triple-X Workers’ Solidarity Association of British Columbia, Canada): Nominated by Triple-X (Canada) and seconded byProviding Alternatives Counseling and Education Society (Canada), and Serpent Libertine (Sex Workers Outreach Project-Chicago, USA): Nominated by PONY (USA) and seconded by HOOK (USA).There hasn’t been a rep from the US in about 10 years.  We’re a member organization with voting rights in NSWP.  A couple of us know Serpent, who is/was the directer of SWOP-Chicago, a pretty successful SWOP chapter.  Our vote went to Serpent, because duh.  If anyone has an objection to that, let us know and we’ll review that decision.

  5. Safe Sex Kits Yay!

  6. We’ve acquired a bunch of safer sex kits (containing unlubricated condoms, non-latex gloves, instructions re: condom use w/toys, etc.) from Dykeadance.  We have some lube packets and SWOP printed materials and stickers and stuff left over from last year.  Anybody want to assemble these?  Anyone want to distribute them?  If you want some, they’re yours.

  7. New Orleans Family Justice Center Tours

  8. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so the New Orleans Family Justice Center is giving tours to orgs who serve survivors of domestic violence.  I guess we’re tangentially related to that…Here’s the email:

    The New Orleans Family Justice Center, an umbrella organization serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking would like to invite you to tour our office to learn more about our services and resources for LGBTQ survivors. We want to get the word out there that we offer completely free counseling, legal, and educational services to all people affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. As organizations and individuals in direct contact with LGBTQ survivors, you are a key party in getting people through our doors and to the help they need.  The tour will be held at our office at 701 Loyola on Friday, October 24th at 11:00 AM, directly after the New Orleans Sexual Assault Response Team meeting at 9:30, which all are also welcome to attend. There is ample parking outside the building.  The NOFJC Website  The NOLA SART Website

  9. Screening of Lizzie Borden’s Working Girls

  10. Jessica Callahan, the directer of PATOIS: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival contacted us to ask if we would be a community partner for the November 15th screening of Lizzie Borden’s Working Girls at the Zeitgeist.  We’re not necessarily endorsing the movie, but promoting a viewing of the film and encouraging discussion afterwards.  I told her we’re on board.  All it entails is that we help promote the event via social media, etc., and allow our name to be listed on all advertisements as a community partner.  She also said that we can be part of the planning of the event as much as we’d like, and that “if there are specific measures that you’d like to be taken in order to ensure that this event is a safe space, please don’t hesitate to talk to me about anything.”  Anyone have any input on this?

  11. Donate to Funeral Expenses for Tjhisha Ball and Angela Mangum

  12. If you have a few extra bucks right now, you might consider donating to the funeral expenses of Tjhisha Ball and Angelia Mangum, two teenage girls from Florida who were killed and left on the side of the road last month.  The local media has been really shitty about this, either ignoring their murders or focusing on their criminal records and the fact that at least one of them was working as an exotic dancer.

  13. News & Important Stuff that’s Happening in the World of Sex Work

  14. All kindsa stuff has been happening in the world of sex work–strippers winning multi-million dollar lawsuits against the clubs, Canadian pro-dommes threatening to “out” their politician clients if they support anti-sexwork laws, one of the W Hotels is being accused of allowing and/or encouraging providers to stay there while working (they report it like it’s a bad thing lol), cool comics about sex work, etc. etc. We are pretty good about posting relevant links to the Facebook page.  Check it out sometime.

  15. Upcoming Events:  TDOR and IDEVASW

  16. Transgender Day Of Remembrance is November 20th  There are events planned in a few cities, but nothing in NOLA yet (to my knowledge).  We’re reaching out to Louisiana Trans Advocates, WWAV, and BreakOut to see if they’re doing anything. and International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is December 17th.  Here’s a summary of what we did last here: IDEVASW-2013.  We need to start making plans for this!  Let us know if you’re interested in helping out.

  17. Meeting this Saturday

  18. Meeting this Saturday at 1pm. Contact us for location.

  19. Providers-Only Get-together

  20. We’ll be having a no-business, no-activism, no-structure get-together for providers the week before Thanksgiving.  If you want to help plan this, let us know.

NOLA Pride Parade – SWOP-NOLA Supports LGBT Sex Workers!

Join SWOP-NOLA in the New Orleans Pride Parade on Saturday, June 21st, beginning at 7pm. 

Facebook Event Page Here – Join SWOP-NOLA in the NOLA Pride Parade!

It looks like the parade starts at Duncan Plaza, which is the park in front of City Hall (on Loyola Ave, between Perdido and Gravier) and ends at Esplanade and Bourbon.

 

SWOP-NOLA (Sex Workers Outreach Project - New Orleans) Pride Parade 2014

March with SWOP-NOLA in the New Orleans Pride Parade 2014
7pm Saturday, June 21st 2014 at Duncan Plaza in New Orleans


For (not much) more info, see the Pride website: Pride New Orleans (warning: autoplay video and audio. turn your speakers off if you’re at work or if you don’t want to startle pets and loved ones with dance-tastic tunes of…some group my Shazam app can’t identify, sorry).

We’ll have red umbrellas** for anyone who wants to carry one. Bring any LGBT-supporitve and/or SW-positive stuff you’d like. And feel free to wear something fun! But keep in mind the parade starts at the location of the “Family Day” event (Delaney & Robb Present The New Orleans Pride Festival 2014 Family Day) so there will likely be kids around, at least at the starting point. 

So, for example, maybe think twice about cosplaying as your favorite character from Behind the Green Door. Or at least bring a cover-up, which you can later remove–in a sexy striptease, of course–to reveal your badass homemade sartorial interpretation of the infamous psychedelic cum-shot. Yyyyeeeaaahhhh.

The parade is apparently officially called the Alpha Graphics/ VIP Magazine Present The New Orleans Pride Parade. See you there!

**from Scarlet Road– The History of the Red Umbrella

“The red umbrella was first used as a symbol for sex worker solidarity in 49th Venice Biennale of Art, Italy, 2001. Italian sex workers marched through the streets of Venice with red umbrellas as part of the “Prostitute Pavilion”and CODE:RED art installation by Slovenian artist Tadej Pogacar. The red umbrella march drew attention to the bad work conditions and human rights abuses they faced. Four years later the red umbrella was adopted by the International Committee on theRights of Sex Workers in Europe where it became the emblem for resistance to discrimination. Since then the red umbrella has become the international icon for sex worker’s rights around the world. It symbolises protection from the abuse and intolerance faced by sex workers everywhere but it is also a symbol of their strength.”

Meeting Notes 2/20/14

  1. Clinic List Stuff

  2. Budget Info

  3. International Sex Workers’ Rights Day Event

  4. Naughty New Orleans Network – Monthly Socials

  5. Media Interest

  6. Playwriting Workshop

  1. Clinic List Stuff

  2. A list of health care providers is available in the Google Group. Several of us will begin contacting them to gauge their positivity towards sex workers, but probably not until after Mardi Gras.

  3. Budget Info

  4. Budget information is also available in the Google Group, including information about requesting funds from SWOP National.

  5. International Sex Workers Rights Day Event

  6. For International Sex Workers Rights Day, we are hosting a movie night/crawfish boil/keg party at the Burgundy Picture House. Tentative date is Tuesday March 11th. All set-up will be provided. We have not yet selected films (although Tits & Sass has a good list, and there are short videos here). For those interested in planning the event, we’ll be having a planning session on Monday the 24th at 8pm in the “New Marigny” / St. Roch neighborhood. Contact us for the address. If you want to help plan, please research potential films, keg suppliers, crawfish prices and set-ups.

  7. Naughty New Orleans Network Monthly Socails

  8. If you would like to attend monthly social events for local adult entertainers, please check out Naughty New Orleans Network for details and contact info.

  9. Media Interest

  10. Several media people have contacted us wanting to interview sex workers. A freelance NYC journalist is seeking to write a positive article about NOLA sex workers. National Geographic also has a show about the drug trade that (for some reason) is seeking interviews with sex workers. Contact swop.nola@gmail.com if you are interested in being interviewed. Also, a professor at LSU has assigned her students a project that involves research on sex workers’ rights organizations. If you’d like to volunteer to talk to any interested students via email, contact swop.nola@gmail.com.

  11. Playwriting Workshop

  12. A local theater artist who is making a feminist play about sexuality and gender relations in historic red-light district Storyville is hosting an all-female playwriting workshop, and has asked SWOP to partner with them and to put the word out for potential participants. Contact swop.nola@gmail.com for more details.

Current or former sex workers: Why did you start doing sex work?

From the meeting on 1/23/14:

Reasons why women (all sex workers, but as their name suggests, WWAV focuses on female-identified people) choose to do sex work. They want a variety of sex workers represented in this project, so they have requested help from us. What they need is brief explanations/quotes from us about why we chose to go into sex work.

If you are or ever have been a sex worker (anyone who works in the sex industry, regardless of the type of work you do or its criminal status), we want to hear from you!

You may submit anything from a short sentence to a story.

You may use the comments section of this page to submit your answer anonymously. Thanks!