Welcome to the Judgment Free Health Care Directory!
People within the LGBTQI and alternative sexuality and relationship communities face great difficulty accessing affordable, comprehensive health care. Systemic discrimination and lack of basic cultural competency prevents many people from accessing medically necessary and appropriate health care and social services.
In an attempt to ensure access to safe, respectful and non-discriminatory health care for the LGBTQI and Sex-Positive communities (and the diverse sub-communities within them), the Judgment Free Health Care Provider Directory is a compiled listing of health care providers willing and able to provide quality, culturally competent care to gender and sexual minorities. Unlike existing lists serving the various communities separately, this list allows health care professionals to designate areas of gender and sexuality experience and competence so that patients can select the providers that meet their individual needs!
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.
“…It’s supposed to be common knowledge that I ended up in my job as an escort because, as a child, I suffered some serious emotional damage. But from the inside looking out, it’s clear to me that non-sex workers have plenty of issues all their own. Last week, one of them kept jumping out at me: civilian women’s cavalier clichés about sex workers’ pasts.
I know plenty of men believe that every sex worker has had a screwed up childhood. For me, though, accusations of familial damage cut a lot deeper when they’re thrown around by women, particularly women with otherwise feminist chops (*coughcough* Tina Fey.) We all suffer from slut/whore/man-hater sexism—meaning we’re all vulnerable to the stigma against a woman expressing sexuality in any “deviant” way—so shouldn’t we all reject that misogyny? It’s obvious that the abused sex worker myth is a symptom of our culture’s need to pathologize sexual women, and it should be obvious why the “some adult must have screwed you up when you were little” jab is a mean-spirited, ignorant, and completely trite accusation—but apparently it isn’t.” Read the blog post at TitsandSass.com
Video: Scarlet Alliance’s excellent video, “Every Ho I Know Says So: Advice for Partners, Lovers, Dates, and Sweethearts of Sex Workers”
“We’re all raised with whorephobia about sex workers. From a very young age we’re fed a a lot of concepts about sex workers that are very violent and also very misrepresenting. If you’re lucky enough to be dating a sex worker, you have to understand that being close to a sex worker isn’t going to be enough for you to undo those ideas. You have to actively seek out resources and books and information and other support for you to start undoing the socialized ideas you have about sex workers because it’s not going to happen without you actively doing that work. If you’re close to a sex worker, then doing that work is your responsibility.”
Description: 11 current and former sex workers and/or advocates share their experience with the common goal of raising awareness about and reducing violence perpetrated against sex workers. Sex workers often do not report crimes committed against them because they do not want to incriminate themselves; criminalization of sex work protects the perpetrators. What types of violence do sex workers experience? What can sex workers do to avoid violence? What else can be done to make sex work safer? The North Carolina Bad Date Line, created by the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (nchrc.org,) allows sex workers to anonymously report crime against them to help each other stay safer.