Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 4pm
December 17, 2014 4:00 pm
Canal St. at Bourbon
New Orleans, Louisiana
Social meetups for local providers, dancers, escorts, anyone in the biz, etc. Anyone working in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or the rest of Louisiana (or even along the Gulf Coast, if you want to drive that far) is welcome. No clients, no outsiders (unless otherwise stated).
On hiatus, because we’re all super busy and planning stuff is hard.
If you want to take this on, awesome! Let us know.
We can help with funding and refreshments, etc. For a lot of us, paying for stuff is easier than planning it. We are hoping and praying that’s not true for all sex workers in New Orleans, because we would love it if someone came along who really, really likes planning stuff
The owner of NOLA Shaolin Do has offered to do a private self-defense workshop for us. This will be completely FREEEEE!!! Woohoo! But I need to give him an estimate of how many of us will be there, and we need to pick a date. The best days for him are Mon/Wed/Fri before 5pm. Please reply to this email ASAP with your preferred day/date if you’re interested.
NSWP is holding elections for sub-regional representatives. Sex worker-led member organizations are allowed to vote for a representative for their sub-region. The candidates for North America were Andrew Sorfleet (Triple-X Workers’ Solidarity Association of British Columbia, Canada): Nominated by Triple-X (Canada) and seconded byProviding Alternatives Counseling and Education Society (Canada), and Serpent Libertine (Sex Workers Outreach Project-Chicago, USA): Nominated by PONY (USA) and seconded by HOOK (USA).There hasn’t been a rep from the US in about 10 years. We’re a member organization with voting rights in NSWP. A couple of us know Serpent, who is/was the directer of SWOP-Chicago, a pretty successful SWOP chapter. Our vote went to Serpent, because duh. If anyone has an objection to that, let us know and we’ll review that decision.
We’ve acquired a bunch of safer sex kits (containing unlubricated condoms, non-latex gloves, instructions re: condom use w/toys, etc.) from Dykeadance. We have some lube packets and SWOP printed materials and stickers and stuff left over from last year. Anybody want to assemble these? Anyone want to distribute them? If you want some, they’re yours.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so the New Orleans Family Justice Center is giving tours to orgs who serve survivors of domestic violence. I guess we’re tangentially related to that…Here’s the email:
The New Orleans Family Justice Center, an umbrella organization serving survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking would like to invite you to tour our office to learn more about our services and resources for LGBTQ survivors. We want to get the word out there that we offer completely free counseling, legal, and educational services to all people affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. As organizations and individuals in direct contact with LGBTQ survivors, you are a key party in getting people through our doors and to the help they need. The tour will be held at our office at 701 Loyola on Friday, October 24th at 11:00 AM, directly after the New Orleans Sexual Assault Response Team meeting at 9:30, which all are also welcome to attend. There is ample parking outside the building. The NOFJC Website The NOLA SART Website
Jessica Callahan, the directer of PATOIS: The New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival contacted us to ask if we would be a community partner for the November 15th screening of Lizzie Borden’s Working Girls at the Zeitgeist. We’re not necessarily endorsing the movie, but promoting a viewing of the film and encouraging discussion afterwards. I told her we’re on board. All it entails is that we help promote the event via social media, etc., and allow our name to be listed on all advertisements as a community partner. She also said that we can be part of the planning of the event as much as we’d like, and that “if there are specific measures that you’d like to be taken in order to ensure that this event is a safe space, please don’t hesitate to talk to me about anything.” Anyone have any input on this?
If you have a few extra bucks right now, you might consider donating to the funeral expenses of Tjhisha Ball and Angelia Mangum, two teenage girls from Florida who were killed and left on the side of the road last month. The local media has been really shitty about this, either ignoring their murders or focusing on their criminal records and the fact that at least one of them was working as an exotic dancer.
All kindsa stuff has been happening in the world of sex work–strippers winning multi-million dollar lawsuits against the clubs, Canadian pro-dommes threatening to “out” their politician clients if they support anti-sexwork laws, one of the W Hotels is being accused of allowing and/or encouraging providers to stay there while working (they report it like it’s a bad thing lol), cool comics about sex work, etc. etc. We are pretty good about posting relevant links to the Facebook page. Check it out sometime.
Transgender Day Of Remembrance is November 20th There are events planned in a few cities, but nothing in NOLA yet (to my knowledge). We’re reaching out to Louisiana Trans Advocates, WWAV, and BreakOut to see if they’re doing anything. and International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is December 17th. Here’s a summary of what we did last here: IDEVASW-2013. We need to start making plans for this! Let us know if you’re interested in helping out.
Meeting this Saturday at 1pm. Contact us for location.
We’ll be having a no-business, no-activism, no-structure get-together for providers the week before Thanksgiving. If you want to help plan this, let us know.
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.
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.”
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!