Whore-A-Palooza 2009 Sex Worker Film and Art Festival

Until last summer I didn’t know any other sex workers…

I’d been an activist and organizer in the LA social justice “scene” for years but aside from the  partners I was doing sex work with, I had never been exposed to a group of individuals who thought about labor or the rights of sex workers. Don’t get me wrong, I had seen and been titillated by old flyers for The Sex Workers Art Show at the private college where all the middle class white people I dated went.

But… I still had no idea where could I find these feminist sex workers!                    I’d read about $pread Magazine in Bitch and then forgotten all about it until I was in Mexico City last summer. My crazy activist partner and I  signed us up to volunteer for three days at the World AIDS Conference.

Visual Artist, Sex Workers Rights Activist & Performance Artist Mariko Passion

That’s where I met Mariko Passion and found out about the Sex Workers Outreach Project and that there was a chapter in my own city of Los Angeles!  After I became involved in SWOP LA I began to come out slowly to my queer friends in an attempt to find out if there were any other closeted folks that I already knew. It was through this coming out among my peers that I was able to find out that four or five friends and peers were already doing sex work and were just as closeted as I was.

The stigma around people who do sex work in Los Angeles is a lot stronger than in SF or  perhaps it just the way it seems  on account of beautiful and safe feeling environment that was created this week at Sex Worker Art and Film Festival by all the beautiful performers and organizers.  annieportrait

This summer I had the opportunity to befriend and perform with the woman I want to be when I grow up, Carol Leigh (AKA The Scarlot Harlot) not once but twice! Together we MCed  “Whore-A-Palooza” as well as the “Queer Porn Midnight Matinee“. It was an incredibley uplifting and validating experience meeting hundreds of beautiful, talented, creative and kinky sex workers. It seems every queer person here has loved someone who was a sex worker and couldn’t help but think “How could someone not want to be a part of this beautiful city?”

With BIG Whore Love From San Francisco,

Mommy Fiercest

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Feminist Pornographer Country Trouble of Nofauxxx.com and Carol Leigh team up together to create an awesome “Sex Worker Anthem” music video.

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