Hey everyone!! You’re receiving this email for one of two reasons. Either:
1) You’ve expressed interest in Sex Workers Outreach Project – New Orleans (SWOP-NOLA), or
2) You’re a local provider who I thought might be interested in a group run by sex workers(escorts and otherwise) working to end the violence, discrimination, criminalization, and social stigma surrounding the work that we do.
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In this Update:
- Meetup Next Monday (Nov 12)
- Name Change
- International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
- Business Stuff
- NOLAW fundraiser for Rape Crisis Center at One Eyed Jacks on Sat 11/10
- For Boys: Free STD screening, treatment every Wednesday
Meetup Next Monday (Nov 12)
EDIT: We’ll be meeting at the same time and place as last Monday. See the event page here.
Thanks to everyone who came to the meetup this past Monday (11/5). If you couldn’t make it, you’re in luck! We’re getting together again this coming Monday (11/12). 7pm seemed to work last time, and we met at Cafe Envie on Decatur and Barracks in the quarter. Suggestions for this Monday? Comment at the bottom of this post, and I’ll send out the final time/location info later this week.
At this point, it seems like everyone’s cool with informal meetups just to talk, share ideas, etc., and that’s awesome. However, just in case we run out of things to say and everyone sits there in awkward silence, it might be cool to revisit the following issues we talked about on 11/5:
What methods do you use? If you can, please describe (or better yet, email me or post it here) the process you go through when checking if a client is safe to meet with.
Name Change / Modification
Though I love love love what SWOP stands for (both the acronym and the mission), the term “sex worker” can be a bit off-putting for some providers (and others working in the sex industry), especially in New Orleans, where the term isn’t as widely used. In the interest of not alienating those who may be a bit wary of a “sex worker” organization, it might be good to come up with another name (while remaining a SWOP chapter). We wouldn’t be the first to do this–SWOP-Las Vegas is also SCAPA (Sin City Alternative Professionals Association). And SWOP-Chicago also goes by “Red Light Chicago” (check out the URL). And SWAN-Colorado (Sex Worker Alliance and Networking), is a SWOP chapter as well.
I was trying to think of something the other day, and I know some of us were gravitating towards “Adult Industry Professionals,” and I was trying to make that work with a cool acronym like NOLA-PAID (or CC (crescent city)-PAID or GC (gulf coast)-PAID, etc.), but I got stuck on the D. Professionals in the Adult Industry D…..rinking? ….for Decriminalization? Professionals in the Adult Industry, Dammit?
Anyway, brainstorm some names, yall.
Transgender Day of Remembrance is Tuesday, November 20th.
According to the Transgender Day of Remembrance website, there are 2 TDOR events going on in NOLA: one on Tuesday, November 13th at Tulane University, and one on Sunday, November 18th at the LGBT Community Center.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Will hold a Transgender Day of Remembrance event
on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm
We’ll have a parade/second line from the LGBT Community Center at 2114
Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70116 beginning at 3:30 pm.
Following the parade, we will have food and refreshments and a short memorial
service for all those lost to anti-transgender hatred and violence.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Tulane University will host a Transgender Day of Remembrance event
on Tuesday, November 13, 2012
We will be having a candlelight vigil at 5pm and a screening of the
film “Girl Inside” at 6pm. It is going to be held outside of McAlister
Auditorium at Tulane University- 6823 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Please visit our Facebook page for more info. http://www.facebook.com/events/493610867345899/?fref=ts
The Queer-Feminist Collective and the New Orleans Human Trafficking Working Group contacted us to ask what we’re planning for the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17th, and to say that they would like to show their solidarity and support. So now all we need to do is decide what we’re going to do on December 17th, lol.
Do you have a lawyer? An accountant? An LLC? Let’s talk about what you do “on paper”–taxes, savings, etc. If you have any advice, please share.
Also: The owner of Copybyte.com (and the blog Plagiarism Today has contacted us to offer his services. He is interested in helping the local community, and says: “One of the things I do is help sex workers control the use of their images/videos online, including content that is leaked or misused for commercial purpose. I often do this as a public service or at a deeply discounted rate as necessary.” So, you may want to check that out, if you’re having problems with stolen content…
NO LAW (New Orleans Ladies’ Arm Wrestling) to host “First Ladies Brawl” to Benefit Rape Crisis Center
From the Facebook event page: This brawl benefits the rape crisis center as part of the New Orleans Family Justice Center. Dollars raised will help support their Medical Advocacy program as well as provide much needed services to survivors of rape.
Free STD Screenings and Treatment for Gay & Bisexual Men every Wednesday
Today(and Every Wednesday) we will be doing FREE STD Screenings for Gay and Bisexual Men at the CAN Office (507 Frenchmen St. at Decatur) from Noon – 8pm. Stop by and get screened or call Alex Leigh to make an appt. 504-945-4000 x202
Louisiana has some of the highest national rates for Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. And remember the most common symptom is no symptom at all. We provide FREE treatment as well if any of the STD tests come back positive.
And that’s all for now. See yall Monday.