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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.”

8/22/13 Meeting: What happened

Meeting 6pm August 22nd 2013

Stuff we discussed:

  • Logos and slogans
  • Progress on the clinic list/guide
  • Flyers and materials: Sex Worker Myth vs Fact, Decriminalization vs. Legalization, What is a Sex Worker?
  • Other stuff

Logos and Slogans

Progress: Laurie brainstormed quite a few. Among them:

  • “The pleasure is all yours; the payment is all mine.”
  • “Pay for play; it’s the American way”
  • “If both consent, why the dissent?”
  • “It’s only civilized when it’s decriminalized”
  • “Free Enterprise for Negotiable Affections”
  • various logo ideas that she thought up and explained to us, but now I don’t really remember well enough to explain them. I’ll let her do that.

If you want to give feedback, or if you have some slogan and/or logo ideas of your own, please share!

Clinic list/guide

Some of the places we’ve contacted have been a bit wary of us because they don’t quite understand what we’re doing. So, we’re going with a new approach: we’re going to write up a basic info sheet on who we are, what we’re doing, what “sex work” is, etc. and the questions we want answers to. We’ll send it out to clinics (or bring it to them, whatever) prior to contacting them.

Tabling materials

Here are the materials we have (and don’t have yet) for tabling at events. Obviously, some of these would also be useful for other purposes (info for clinics, etc.):

Other stuff we covered

  • Only one person contacted me with interest in a skillshare so far, but now she’s got a better grasp of things. So that might be postponed for now.
  • We have a couple of new contacts in the healthcare field. The one that attended today’s meeting is an RN in the process of becoming a sexual assault patient advocate.

Next meeting: 5pm on the first Sunday of September, which is September 1st! See you then.

News: Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Dec 17th event, CANS Law, Fundraiser, Google Group

In this Update:

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Monday, December 17 2012 7pm-9pm
at the Mudlark Public Theater
in New Orleans
Facebook Event Page for IDEVASW in New Orleans

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers event New Orleans

Flyer for event: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers in New Orleans


Come for an evening of paying respect to life by honoring those who have fallen victim to the institutional and physical violence committed against sex workers worldwide.

This will be a candlelight vigil and open mic speak out so bring yourself, bring a friend, bring solidarity, and please bring any words/music/dance you’d like to share as part of the speak out, as well as an item of veneration to add to our community altar.

Refreshments by donation. Snacks provided.

Fill the Court For Oral Arguments In the Case To Overturn Louisiana’s Crime Against Nature Law! Weds, Dec 19th at 10am

From the Facebook event page:

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012
10:00 a.m
Federal District Court, 500 Poydras Street
Judge Feldman’s Court—Room C551

Please help us fill the courthouse for oral argument!

Doe, et al. v. Caldwell, et al. is a federal class action lawsuit seeking to remove from the sex offender registry the hundreds of people who are still forced to register solely as a result of a CANS (Crimes Against Nature by Solicitation) conviction.

On March 29, 2012, the Court unambiguously ruled that it is unconstitutional to require someone to register as a sex offender solely because of a CANS conviction. Yet almost 500 people remain on the registry. So we’ve sued the state again, and we need your support.

In Louisiana, people accused of soliciting sex for a fee can be criminally charged in two ways: either under the prostitution statute, or under the solicitation provision of the Crime Against Nature statute. This archaic statute, adopted in 1805, outlaws “unnatural carnal copulation,” which has been defined by Louisiana courts as oral and anal (but not vaginal) sex. Individuals convicted of a Crime Against Nature are forced to register as sex offenders.

Those on the sex offender registry must carry a state driver’s license or non-drivers’ identification document which brands them as a sex offender in bright orange capital letters. They must disclose the fact that they are registered as a sex offender to neighbors, landlords, employers, schools, parks, community centers, and churches. Their names, address, and photographs appear on the internet.

Many have been unable to secure work or housing as a result of their registration as sex offenders. Several have been barred from homeless shelters. One has been physically threatened by neighbors. And another has been refused residential substance abuse treatment because the facility does not accept sex offenders.

Almost 40 percent of registered sex offenders in Orleans Parish are on the registry as a result of such a conviction. 76 percent of these individuals are women, and 80 percent of them are African American.

Being forced to register as a sex offender because of a Crime Against Nature conviction serves no legitimate purpose whatsoever. It is unjustifiable and unconstitutional. The only reason our clients are registered sex offenders is that they were convicted under the provisions of a 200-year-old statute that condemns non-procreative sex acts and sex acts traditionally associated with homosexuality, solely on grounds of moral disapproval.

More info: http://ccrjustice.org/crime-against-nature
Please join us!

Fundraiser Party

We’re currently in the early planning stages of a super awesome fundraiser event party to raise money so we can apply for 501(c)(3) status. Once we’ve met that goal, we’d like to fund resources for local sex workers–legal guidance for those who need it; a fund to pay for sex-worker friendly healthcare for those who otherwise would have to deal with Dr. Judgey McJudgerson; badass superhero costumes; the possibilities are endless! But first we need to party. Stay tuned, and let us know if you’d like to help plan.

Google Group

We’ve set up a Google Group for those of you who would like to be more involved in decision-making/planning/ideas/etc., or who would just like to lurk and see what we’re about. Let us know you’d like access (email us, or contact us through this form) and we’ll give you access. I have the member list set to invisible, so no one will be able to see your name/email address when you join. Current conversation topics: new name, fundraiser party, last-minute Dec 17th event planning.

SWOP-NOLA Flyer – We’re In Good Company – Bellocq Storyville Prostitute

SWOP-NOLA Flyer – We’re In Good Company

Image is a Bellocq photo of a Storyville prostitute, circa 1912. Text: We’re in Good Company. WWW.SWOP-NOLA.ORG Sex Workers Outreach Project – New Orleans.

Print it out, post it on stuff, hand it out to random people. Or, post it as an image link on your site (how to). Use this image all you want, but please link back to www.swop-nola.org

UPDATE: Double-sided version

We now have a bunch of these with the “What is a Sex Worker” flyer on the back.

Storyville Prostitute Photo by E. J. Bellocq - Sex Workers Outreach Project NOLA

Storyville Prostitute – circa 1912