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Update: Screening Tips from a New Orleans Provider, New Resource, Meeting, Louisiana Queer Conference

In this update:

Screening Tips from a New Orleans Provider

SafeOffice.com: Blacklist, Hotel Reviews, Provider Resources

SWOP-NOLA Google Group

Meeting this Week

Desiree Alliance Proposal Deadline Extended

Louisiana Queer Conference

New Orleans Abortion Fund Game-a-Thon

Southern Harm Reduction Conference in New Orleans

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International Sex Workers’ Rights Day in New Orleans: 2pm Sunday, March 3rd at Washington Square Park!

This Sunday, March 3rd

SWOP-NOLA invites YOU to celebrate

2013 International Sex Workers’ Rights Day in New Orleans!!

Bring your friends! Bring your dogs! Bring your kids!

2pm on Sunday, March 3rd at Washington Square park in the Marigny

For International Sex Workers’ Rights Day 2013, SWOP-NOLA invites local and visiting sex workers (anyone working in the adult industry), allies, and friends to meet for an informal potluck/picnic/get-together in Washington Square Park (weather permitting).

If the weather’s no good, we’ll get coffee and/or daydrink instead.

This is intended to be a no-pressure, laid-back event where we can meet new people and chat about anything and everything
(or nothing) that affects the sex worker community on New Orleans. Feel free to bring your questions, ideas, and suggestions re: SWOP-NOLA’s purpose and goals.

I will be bringing Easter candy, because Cadbury Creme Eggs rock, and I can only get them this time of year. Also, they are both wholesome and kinda suggestive, which both amuses me and makes me a little uncomfortable.

You can bring whatever you want. It would be cool if people brought food (or hell, more candy), but don’t feel like it’s a requirement–I usually opt out of potlucks because I wait till the last minute and then I don’t have time to make/get anything and I feel guilty. Don’t let the guilt of arriving emptyhanded stop you from attending, or you’ll miss out on free candy, great company, free candy, and people who will gladly answer any questions you have about the sex workers’ rights movement. And free candy.

If you play an instrument, do spoken word, or you really rock at mime-ing, or you’ve turned crochet into a performance art, feel free to do your thing and be entertaining. We welcome whatever you want to contribute, as long as it at isn’t going to be especially disturbing to the other people in the park (i.e., no live porn, sorry).

Come for the free candy; stay for the list of reasons why decriminalization is the best approach to sex work policy.

See you there!

click here for the 2013 International Sex Workers’ Rights Day in New Orleans! event page on Facebook

Visit sexworkerfest.com/trouble for Sex Worker Pride Music Video

Read About the History of March 3, International Sex Worker Rights Day!

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

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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

ONLY RIGHTS CAN STOP THE WRONGS!

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.

Lecture: History of Prostitution in New Orleans


The History of Prostitution in New Orleans: A lecture by Pamela Arceneaux of The Historic New Orleans Collection.


August 24
6 p.m.
Nix Branch of the New Orleans Public Library
1401 S. Carrollton Ave. NOLA 70118 596-2630

Who wants to go with me to this? I’ll treat!! (It’s free.)

STD Testing in New Orleans

There are many options for low-cost (or free!) STD testing in New Orleans. If you know of one that isn’t on the list, please let us know!

  • Delgado STD Clinic — FREE STD testing

  • Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health
    504-658-2540
    517 N Rampart St
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, Rapid Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing, Free HIV Testing Services
    Languages: English, Spanish
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8am-4pm (You can walk in between 7:30 and 3)
    Map of Delgado STD Clinic at 517 Rampart

  • Orleans Women’s Health Clinic

  • 504-561-1183
    2111 Banks St
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Services available to women only. Sliding scale pricing.
    Hours: Tues.-Fri., 9am-1pm
    Traductor disponible.

  • Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office for Addictive Disorders, Metropolitan Human Services

  • 504-568-2692
    2025 Canal St Ste 300
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, Conventional Oral HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Languages: English, Spanish
    Must be Orleans Parish resident.
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8am-4:30pm. Clinic: Mon.-Thurs., 8am-7:30pm; Fri., 8am-4:30pm

  • Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, AIDS Drug Reimbursement Program

  • 504-568-7474
    234 Loyola Ave 5th Fl
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
    Public Health Department/Social Services Department
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Must meet income eligibility requirements. Additional email: tafi@wonder.em.cdc.gov.
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8am-4:30pm

  • Metropolitan Treatment Center

  • 504-486-6277
    3604 Tulane Ave
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
    Conventional Oral HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 6am-2pm; Sat., 8am-12noon

  • Lower Ninth Ward Health Clinic

  • 504-309-0918
    5228 St Claude Ave
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70117
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Services not denied because of inability to pay.
    Hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs., Fri., 8am-4:30pm; Tues., 10am-6pm

  • Planned Parenthood New Orleans

  • 4018 Magazine Street
    New Orleans, LA 70115
    p: 504.897.9200 | f: 504.897.9234 Toll Free Phone #:800-230-7526

    Languages: English, Russian, Spanish

    STD Testing, Treatment & Vaccines. STD testing, diagnosis and treatment, including:
    bacterial vaginosis (BV)
    chlamydia
    genital warts
    gonorrhea
    herpes
    HIV (testing and diagnosis only)
    syphilis
    trichomoniasis (trich)
    Other STD testing, diagnosis and treatment services are also available. Please ask our staff for more information
    Hours: Mon., 11am-6:30pm; Tues.-Fri., 9am-4:30pm; Sat., 9am-1:30pm

  • Midtown Medical Women’s Clinic

  • 3500 St. Charles Ave
    New Orleans LA 70115
    (504) 895-0990
    Mon – Thu: 9:00 am – 5:00 am
    Fri – Sat: 9:00 am – 2:00 am
    Walk-in or appointment. Initial visit $125.
    Se habla español.

  • Memorial Medical Center, Baptist Campus

  • 504-899-9311
    2700 Napoleon Ave
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70115
    Hospital
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Hours: 24 hrs.

  • US Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Veterans Integrated Service Network

  • 504-412-3700 Toll Free Phone #:800-935-8387
    1601 Perdido St
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70146
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Services available to eligible veterans only.
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 7:30am-4pm

  • Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Ochsner Clinic New Orleans

  • 1514 Jefferson Hwy
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70121
    504-842-3000 Toll Free Phone #:800-835-3989
    Conventional Blood HIV-Antibody Testing, STD Testing
    Languages: English, Spanish
    Hours: Mon.-Fri., 8am-5pm