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SWOP-NOLA Safer Sex Kits

SWOP-NOLA Safer Sex Kit Recipe

XR Brands PASSION Lube SWOP-NOLA Safer Sex Kit

SWOP-NOLA Safer Sex kit with Passion Lube

SWOP-NOLA safe sex kits for promo

SWOP-NOLA safer sex kit with Astroglide

What’s in our SWOP-NOLA safer-sex kits?

  • condom
  • nitrile glove
  • instructions on how to use condoms and gloves effectively for various types of sexual activities (i.e., not just hetero penis-in-vagina sex), including how to to make a dental dam out of a glove or condom)
  • individual-use packets lube* (“personal lubricant,” if you want to be technical)
  • small flyer promoting SWOP-NOLA: SWOP-NOLA mini-flyer
  • snack-size ziplock bag (or similar)

Optional:

  • Female condoms
  • SWOP-NOLA sticker

*Thanks to XR brands for the generous donation of hundreds of packets of Passion Lube for our 2013 International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers event!

We recently bought a couple hundred single-use packets of Wet brand lube, but now we’re out.

Note to manufacturers, distributors, vendors, etc. of safer-sex products and adult novelties:

We’re always looking for donations from awesome companies with awesome products!! Our SWOP-NOLA safer-sex kits are distributed FREE to the public by confident, open-minded, and friendly (not to mention sexy!) SWOP-NOLA members at our events and on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This means:

  • the company’s brand gets exposure to the target market,
  • the brand benefits from what is essentially a group of promo models directly interacting with potential consumers, and
  • a donation of products to SWOP-NOLA shows that the company supports our mission: to end violence against those working in the adult industry, and to promote healthier, pleasurable, safer sex between consenting adults.
SWOP-NOLA safer sex kit with XR Brands Passion Lube

SWOP-NOLA safer sex kit with XR Brands Passion Lube

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2014

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2014

SWOP-NOLA Banner on Bourbon St. Dec 17 2013

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2013

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2014

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers 2014

International Sex Workers’ Rights Day 2015 in NOLA!

Well, because we like to do our own thing, we at SWOP-NOLA decided that, instead of celebrating International Sex Workers’ Rights Day with the rest of the world today (March 3rd), we’re gonna celebrate this Saturday, March 7th.

At 3pm, to be exact. At City Park. Email swop.nola@gmail.com for the exact location.

Free Crawfish/Potluck/Clothing Swap!!

There will also be other food. It’s a potluck, but you’re not required to bring shit (other than your sexy little/big self, you!).

Bring clothes you don’t want anymore. One harlot’s trash is another’s treasure. We should have a variety of sizes, from petite to voluptuous.

Facebook event:

MAR 07
SWOP SWAP and CRAWFISH POTLUCK in the PARK EXTRAVAGANZA

International Sex Workers’ Rights Day 2015 in NOLA!

International Sex Workers’ Rights Day 2015 in NOLA!


From the Facebook event:

“Hi everyone, It’s that time again. We are having our annual meet and greet for sex workers and allies in the park.

The weather is supposed to be beautiful this weekend so feel free to bring a dish or a beverage or just bring yourselves!

Since Lent is our ‘official’ New Year here in NOLA we figured now would be a good time to clean out the closets, bring the clothes or costumes you no longer need and maybe find a new treasure.

We will be meeting in City Park. PM or email us for the location (swop.nola@gmail.com), and for screening purposes, please include a sentence or two about yourself. Hope to see you there!”

Also SWOP-Shreveport/Bossier City is having its first meeting tonight. Here’s the Facebook event:

International Sex Workers’ Rights Day and SWOP-Shreveport/Bossier City Inaugural meeting – March 3 2015

“We’ll have the inaugural meeting of our chapter, with some take-away projects and committee assignments. Can follow meeting a sex worker film screening or social after the meeting.”

Happy International Sex Workers’ Rights Day 2015!!

 

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 😉

Tonight in NOLA! Movie Night to Celebrate Sex Workers’ Rights!

Come to the Burgundy Picture House – 4117 Burgundy (in the Bywater) this Wednesday, March 19 to celebrate the Sex Workers’ Rights movement with a film screening, keg o’ beer, and nachos!

International Sex Workers’ Rights Day was March 3rd, but that was Lundi Gras, so we’re celebrating NOW!

The main attraction: Live Nude Girls Unite!

We’ll also be showing various and sundry short sex-work themed and/or sex-worker made videos.

See you there!

Facebook Event Page – Tonight in New Orleans: Movie Night to Celebrate Sex Workers’ Rights!

Movie Night to Celebrate Sex Workers Rights in New Orleans March 19 2013

What is Sex Work? (For Friends, Family, and Allies of Sex Workers)

The first step to understanding and accepting a friend or loved one’s choice to be a sex worker is to learn about sex work and to listen with suspended judgment to sex workers themselves. The articles and videos below (many of which are from the perspectives of sex workers themselves) provide some background on sex work and the harm reduction model.

Sex workers are a diverse group. We vary in race, gender, age, nationality, socioeconomic status, and by the type of sex work that we do. But most of us agree that it is only by listening to sex workers that our friends, family members, lovers, and allies can begin to re-examine, question, and hopefully work through the prejudices, stereotypes, and cultural stigma surrounding the work we do.

(Skip to Videos about Sex Work)

 

Articles about Sex Work: