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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.”

Thursday, April 17 meeting notes

Feel free to add anything I forgot (just post in the comments section).

This is an abbreviated version of a more detailed record available to members of the SWOP-NOLA Google Group.  That version contains some sensitive information (email addresses, first names, etc.).  The SWOP-NOLA Google Group contains detailed updates including specific meeting locations, information on current projects, etc.  If you’d like to access the group, please request membership here.

  1. NSWP

  2. Amnesty International

  3. Smoke and Apple Films Documentary

  4. Big Ol’ Sex-Worker-Friendly Healthcare Resources Project

  5. Legal Resources

  6. Monica Jones

  1. NSWP

    I applied for membership to NSWP, we were approved, and as of April 17th 2014, we are full members.  Nifty pdf saying so here:  CERTIFICATE OF MEMBERSHIP – Global Network of Sex Work Projects

  2. Amnesty International

    Decriminalization of sex work was a topic at Amnesty International’s 2014 Human Rights Conference a few days ago.  In a document they sent out (which is no longer available for distribution), they said:

    “While the organization does not currently have a policy on sex work, it decided to initiate this consultation after considering evidence which suggests that the criminalisation of sex work leads to social marginalisation and an increased risk of human rights abuses against sex workers. The evidence also suggests that decriminalisation could be the best means to protect the rights of sex workers and to ensure that individuals involved in sex work receive adequate medical care, legal assistance, and police protection.”

    They are requesting that sex workers fill out a questionnaire/survey so that they can better understand our experience in this type of work and our priorities regarding sex workers’ rights.  However, in order for the answers to be useful, and in order to assure it doesn’t fall into the hands of prohibitionist groups, they’ve asked that we only distribute the survey to absolutely, positively, for-real sex workers.  Contact us at swop.nola@gmail.com if you’re interested in submitting your responses.

  3. Smoke and Apple Films Documentary

    Katie Green of Smoke and Apple Films contacted us requesting participants for a documentary they’re making.  They intend to portray sex work in a positive light.  If I’m understanding her correctly, they’re getting around the whole anonymity thing by making it animated (with audio from the interviews).  We talked on the phone and she seemed legit, so I asked her to write up a brief informative pitch for y’all, and I told her that anyone who was interested in participating would contact her.  Here it is:  Call for Interviewees for a documentary film: The Sex Workers Project (working title)

  4. Big ol’ healthcare project

    • The easiest way for you to help with this project is to either:
      1. Share a link to our SWOP-NOLA Sex Worker-Friendly Healthcare Resources Survey ( https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NZP7CLH ) on Facebook, Twitter, etc., or in a post on your website or blog, or
      2. Send the link ( https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NZP7CLH ) to any healthcare professionals or resources you know who might be interested in participating (being listed in our directory of Sex Wroker-Friendly Healthcare Resources)

    • One of our members, who has access to the world of everything medical (well, way more than most of us do), has the opportunity to work with the director of community health at Tulane in June.  We talked about the possibility of her going to clinics on a sort of educational crusade re: how to be nonjudgmental, respectful of sex workers, understanding of some of our concerns, etc.
    • Another member has experience doing stuff like this and creating materials.  She has contacts at Breakout! and WWAV and other orgs that may want to collaborate, and she may have access to materials that might be helpful/useful.
    • Everyone interested in this should familiarize themselves with the PERSIST Health Project in NY, which is basically what I envisioned this being (sooner or later) in like 2012 when I first realized there was a need for it.  If you’d like to be put in contact with the members working on this project, contact us.
    • Z suggested that we pin down what we’re looking for from this project, etc. because that might help guide us in the development of it.
    • Here’s mine:  I’ve been a full-service sex worker for a few years.   A couple years back, I noticed that, at least in online spaces for local clients and escorts/fbsm providers, there’s a general naivete and lack of knowledge (re: medical stuff like safe sex, signs and symptoms–or lack thereof–of STIs, myths about how HIV and other STIs are spread, etc.,) and a general distrust of healthcare providers.  Some clients took advantage of providers’ lack of knowledge by convincing them to engage in high-risk behavior.

      So, I wanted to have a list of healthcare providers with whom full-service sex workers could speak frankly and visit for medical concerns without the fear of being sold out to the cops, judged, lectured, shamed, etc.  Later I thought about how it would be cool to have a counselor who wouldn’t blame all my problems on my work.  And then I saw Louisiana Trans Advocates’ list of medical resources.  Once we started working on the list of sex worker-friendly healthcare providers, and we realized that most people we contacted had no idea what “harm reduction” or “sex worker” or even “non judgemental” meant, we realized that this was a beast and we’d have to inform/educate/etc. before we expected healthcare providers to decide whether they were cool with treating us without judgement.  Then I met Sarah from PERSIST last year and I was like, holy hell, that’s exactly what we need!

      The more people who have gotten involved, the more complicated this project has become, which is actually good–this project seemed simple at first, but there’s a ton of shit I was overloooking.  Then we lost some people, and others no longer had the time/energy (everyone assures me this is normal with SW-led orgs, but it still sucks).  Then a good friend of mine (full-service sw) in NY had a terrible experience a few months ago with a doctor, and when she told me the story of the whole ordeal and how she was treated, this project became a priority in my mind again.  So here we are.

    • Here’s the list we have so far. Feel free to add to it! All of you should be able to edit it. If you can’t, let me know. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhkPsuOfq6wDdDZYd3RwOXprZ3ZiUWZYRWJZYXVaWnc&usp=sharing 

      They have all been sent this info flyer:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxkPsuOfq6wDNTZGcWU4UzBtdlU/edit?usp=sharing

  5. Legal Resources

    • G suggested we do a similar project for legal resources (specifically, a directory of sex-worker-friendly attorneys and other law-ish stuff.).  I wanted this to exist, but I only know of like one lawyer who is sw-friendly. This would be awesome, and according to G it’s entirely possible, as she has some connections she can talk to about it.
    • Also, Z will contact people he knows at Resurrection After Exoneration (I think?), which looks pretty badass.
  6. Monica Jones

    What can we do for Monica? Fundraising?  Publicity?  On the individual level, we can each donate to SWOP-PHOENIX because (if I understand correctly), they’re paying her legal fees, etc.  Z will print out flyers and hand them out during the anti-Easter Easter Parade (sorry, I forgot what it’s called). 

    More about Monica Jones:

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.

Meeting 1/23/14 – What Happened

  1. Future Regularly-Scheduled Meetings

  2. Regularly-Scheduled Social Meetups

  3. Project with Women With a Vision

  4. March 3rd is International Sex Workers Rights Day

  5. Money Issues

  6. Clinic List Project

  7. Screen printing T-shirts and stuff

  8. Call for Submissions: essays and artwork

  9. Read the Updates under “News,” y’all

  1. Future Regularly-Scheduled Meetings:

  2. Meetings will take place once monthly: 6pm on the third Thursday of each month.

  3. Regularly-Scheduled Social Meetups:

  4. An overwhelming majority of SWOP-NOLA members (past and present) and local sex workers have said that they are mainly seeking camaraderie, support, info exchange (for safety and health reasons), and just having the opportunity to hang out with people with whom we can speak openly and honestly about our jobs without fear of judgement, we aim to fill that need this year with a once-monthly social meetup. This is what our community wants and needs, so someone’s gotta offer it, otherwise we’re just paying lip-service (lol that sounds dirty) to our goals.

    These aren’t SWOP-NOLA meetings, and they don’t have anything to do with SWOP-NOLA other than the fact that some SWOP-NOLA members might attend, and SWOP-NOLA members are starting it (someone had to). The idea is for this to be a separate project: monthly laid-back come-as-you-are get-togethers for local dancers/strippers, escorts, fbsm providers, cam-girls and -boys, etc.

    Sooooo….we’re gonna need to do some publicity for these things. Maybe a Facebook page? Facebook event invites? Someone with access to Stripperweb should post about it there, and someone with access to Eccie should do the same there. We should also print up some flyers and drop them off at the clubs on Bourbon, etc.

    As the newly-minted Social Director, T is in charge of this. It would probably be good to have a couple people working together to make these things happen each month, though, because organizing this shit, publicizing it, and making it all happen is a lot of work. If you’d like to help her out, or partner up with her to make this happen, contact her (or contact swop.nola@gmail.com and I’ll have her contact you).

    The first social meet-up will be this Sunday (February 2nd) at 11am. Location TBA in whatever way T decides is appropriate.

  5. Project with Women With a Vision:

  6. (We’ve talked about this several times in the past)
    Women With A Vision is working on print materials to introduce a different image of sex work in the community. The goal is to educate the public re:

    • Trafficking vs. Sex Work (i.e., they are not one in the same)
    • The harmfulness of the stigma surrounding sex work and those who participate in it
    • 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.

    So, 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 can submit it at a meeting, through email (swop.nola@gmail.com), or use the comments section of this page: http://swop-nola.org/why to submit your answer anonymously.

  7. March 3rd is International Sex Workers Rights Day

  8. It sure is! Since 2001, sex workers the world over have celebrated International Sex Workers Rights Day on March 3rd.

    And we would, too….except for the fact that Mardi Gras is on March 4th this year, which means Lundi Gras is March 3rd, which means HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAAH LOL yeah right. We ain’t organizing shit that day.

    So, we’re going to celebrate ISWRD sometime the week after. Our tentative plan is to have a film viewing: something fun and sex-work themed that people actually WANT to get their butts off the couch to come out and see, and once we’ve got em there, we can throw in little snippets of (also fun) sex-are-awesome-and-stop-treating-us-like-subhuman-filth videos (you can find some of my favorites here.). Anyone have suggestions for a longer, more mainstream-ish movie to be the main draw? I know there are lots of movie reviews/critiques on titsandsass.com

    We’ll have a keg and some food. It will be crawfish season by that time, so that’s an idea…Suggestions? Ideas? Anyone have a setup for that? I’m betting one of us could probably borrow a pot, etc. from family or friends.

    Anyway, if you want in on the planning of this event, contact swop.nola@gmail.com and we’ll put everyone in touch. A few of you volunteered at the meeting; if you’re not in touch with each other yet, let me know.

  9. Money Issues

  10. Someone needs to be in charge of money. For example, we have a little money left over from the Dec 17th event, but it’s sitting in my bank account. For now, I’m going to transfer it to the swop-nola paypal account, but we need to have a plan for how money is managed. J and D volunteered to be in charge of this.

  11. Clinic List Project

  12. I cannot wait til we conquer this beast of a project. We’ve sent out info flyers on who we are/what we’re doing/why. We have an online survey. We need people to call these places, or show up and talk to them.

    EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS PROJECT is in the posts linked here: Sex Worker-Friendly Healthcare/Clinic List Project.

    If you have any info about healthcare providers, etc. you know are sex-worker friendly, PLEASE let us know! Just send that info to swop.nola@gmail.com.

  13. Screen printing T-shirts and stuff

  14. We want to wear stuff. We want to make stuff. Help us out. D said she has a lead on that. Anyone else who does should contact us!!

  15. Call for Submissions: essays and artwork

  16. From redlighttherapycollection.com:

    “We all know that sex workers are healers, and many experiences in our work are profoundly therapeutic for our clients and for ourselves. An anthology entitled ‘Red Light Therapy: Portraits of Healing In Sex Work’ is in the works, and the editor would love to hear from you! Please send abstracts & questions to Redlighttherapycollection@gmail.com, and check out www.redlighttherapycollection.com for more information.”

    Call for performers: See this facebook link

  17. Read the Updates under “News,” y’all

  18. For real. If you missed a meeting, or you have a question, please look through there. It’s not that I dislike having a shitload of questions about specific shit we’ve gone over and over (but I haven’t necessarily committed word-for-word and number-for-number to memory) thrown at me during meetings–I love that! It keeps me on my toes! 🙂 🙂 🙂 But you’re more likely to get the answers you need by reading these long-ass things I type up and post on Facebook, Twitter, WP, our own website, and send out through email after each meeting.