#OldProProject provides resources to sex worker artists and advocates to celebrate our shared history. For our inaugural year, #OldProProject worked with city coordinators connected to active decriminalization efforts in five cities. Those city coordinators, in collaboration with their community, proposed art projects to capture and celebrate their local old pro history. We worked with communities in New York, NY, New Orleans, LA, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA and San Francisco, CA.

Madam Fan Jones of Bangor, Maine

Madam Fan Jones of Bangor, Maine

Madam Fan Jones successfully ran Bangor, Maine’s most popular and longest running brothel called the Sky Blue House of Pleasure.

We Organized!

Lakeesha Harris, Old Pro News writer and host, shares with us her thoughts on how sex workers have been laboring for everyone’s rights.

Black Sex Worker Roundtable

On this special episode, host and human rights activist Lakeesha Harris gathers a legendary roundtable of leaders in the Black Sex Worker movement.

Sex Worker Rights and Domestic Violence and Gendered Violence

Sex Worker Rights and Domestic Violence and Gendered Violence Sex worker rights underly foundational rights that are critical for women. Laws that criminalize sex workers and their communities are used to limit women and girl’s freedom of movement, association, and...

Who was Jezebel?

Who was Jezebel?

Who was Jezebel? How did her legacy become synonymous with loose, misfit, morally depraved, wicked women?

Chippendales Are Lobbying Up

Chippendales Are Lobbying Up

This year, for the first time ever, Chippendales is making it their goal to lobby for a pandemic-era program for the live event industry.

Taxation Without Representation

Taxation Without Representation

Lakeesha Harris fills us in on sex work related legislation in Louisiana and Ohio, and why she feels like the government just doesn’t want us to survive!

We Plead The 14th Amendment

We Plead The 14th Amendment

Decriminalization strategies in Rhode Island, dominatrix discrimination from DoorDash, and Geo from Sex Workers Against Criminalization New Orleans.

Strippers Strike Noho Protest Update

Strippers Strike Noho Protest Update

These strippers are protesting for safer work conditions in North Hollywood. Instagram “Mistakenly Removed” the stripper strike Noho account.

We Are All Worthy – with Alexandra Hunt

We Are All Worthy – with Alexandra Hunt

Decriminalization in Belgium, a stripper strike in North Hollywood, and special guest Alexandra Hunt, whose background as a stripper is a proud part of her campaign.

Black Sex Worker Collective

Black Sex Worker Collective

The Black Sex Worker Collective is a philanthropic arts project offering peer support, legal assistance, housing, and more.

North Hollywood Stripper Strike

North Hollywood Stripper Strike

Current and former employees of Star Garden staged a walkout to protest an unsafe work environment in the North Hollywood stripper strike.

Healing is an Act of Liberation

Old Pro News writer and host, Lakeesha Harris welcomes members of Red Canary Song to commemorate the 1 year anniversary of the Atlanta spa shootings.

Mutual Aid Shout Out: Butterfly

Mutual aid shout out to Butterfly, a grassroots organization formed by sex workers, social workers, and legal and health professionals.

Whose Corner Is It Anyway

Whose Corner Is It Anyway is a Western Massachusetts based mutual aid, harm reduction, political education, and organizing group led by stimulant and opioid using low-income, survival, or street-based sex workers.  At each of their peer-led meetings, they provide food...

Intergenerational Sex Work

I want to invite you into a conversation with my daughter, Desiree. It was the second wave feminist movement that coined the phrase, “the personal is political.” For Desiree and I, nothing can be truer to our lives as generational sex workers. But before our...

Unapologetically Generational – with Desi

Unapologetically Generational – with Desi

Apple Podcasts | SpotifyRecent Stories That Matter to the Movement This episode we’ll update you on exciting new pieces of legislation regarding sex worker safety at the state and federal levels, as well as some troubling developments from Russian Only Fans creators....

Third Wave Foundation

Daly Barnett joins Lakeesha Harris on Old Pro News to discuss the return of the EARN IT Act. Yup, here we go again. The first Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act died in Congress back in 2020, due to opposition from many groups,...

Lakeesha Harris on EARN It Act vs. Sex Worker Safety

There are many ways in which we acquiesce to power via surveillance. I mean…Black people have never existed in this country without the gaze of white people critiquing our bodies, overseeing our labor, and watching our finances. So it comes as little to no surprise —...

Updates on the Backpage Trial

Updates on the Backpage Trial

The founders of the website Backpage, Michael Lacey and James Larkin, returned to federal trial on February 22, 2022.

Super Bowl 2022 Arrests

Super Bowl 2022 Arrests

214 Super bowl 2022 arrests for allegedly selling sex which, to be crystal clear, is not the same as charging people with human trafficking.

EARN IT V. Sex Worker Safety

EARN IT V. Sex Worker Safety

Apple Podcasts | SpotifyRecent Stories That Matter to the Movement This week, on Old Pro News, we’ll update you on a former stripper who is running for Congress, an exciting new exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, and positive news from Victoria,...

Maya Angelou Appearing on the New U.S. Quarter

Maya Angelou Appearing on the New U.S. Quarter

Lakeesha Harris, host of Old Pro News, shares this: To stigmatize someone means that you withhold power from them, denying them access to reach their full human potential and restricting their ability to thrive and live. Recently the U.S. Department of Mint embossed...

Destigmatize It! Breaking Down Sex Work Myths

Destigmatize It! Breaking Down Sex Work Myths

Apple Podcasts | SpotifyWelcome to Old Pro News! This week on Old Pro News, we’re debunking Super Bowl myths, reporting on late night in Dallas, TX, and updating you on some exciting policy reform in New York City. We’re joined by Mandie Landry, State Representative...

Taxation Without Representation

Old Pro News Trailer

Apple Podcasts | Spotify Old Pro News: Hear what’s new in the hottest movement! Turn us on and stay tuned in. Hosted by longtime human rights activist and former sex worker Lakeesha Harris, Old Pro News is a biweekly podcast that reports on and contextualizes current...

Sex Work Coming Out Stories

Sex Work Coming Out Stories

Sharing sex work coming out stories; some are funny, some are sad, and they all remind us this holiday season that we are never alone.

thotscholar & The Scarlot Harlot: Perspectives on Language

thotscholar & The Scarlot Harlot: Perspectives on Language

thotscholar & The Scarlot Harlot: Perspectives on LanguageiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify What is gained or lost by the language we use to define ourselves and our community? Where does this language come from and who gets to use it? In this thought-provoking...

A Special Tribute to Margo St. James

A Special Tribute to Margo St. James

A Special Tribute to Margo St. JamesiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Margo St. James, who founded the prostitutes’ rights organization COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) and later the St. James Infirmary, passed away on January 11, 2021. As a tribute to Margo, we have...

Tina Horn on SfSx & We Too

Tina Horn on SfSx & We Too

Tina Horn on SfSx & We Too iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Tina Horn is a writer, teacher, and media-maker. She hosts and produces the long-running kink podcast Why Are People Into That?!. Her reporting on sexual subcultures and politics has appeared in Rolling Stone,...

Jack the Ripper’s Victims

Jack the Ripper’s Victims

Jack the Ripper's VictimsiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Late in the summer of 1888, a serial killer murdered at least five women in London's East End. The press at the time was quick to paint his victims as prostitutes, punished for their promiscuity. This series tells...

Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens: Remembering Margo St. James

Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens: Remembering Margo St. James

Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens: Remembering Margo St. James  iTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Margo St. James, who sparked the sex worker rights movement in the 1970’s, passed on January 11, 2021. James was a visionary who brought global advocates together to...

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Savannah Sly | National Coordinator   Savannah Sly is a career sex worker based in Seattle who embraces the arts as a medium for change. As a long time political advocate for sex workers rights, Sly has collaborated with others to produce panels, performances,...

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Mx. Pucks A’Plenty – Seattle Coordinator

Mx. Pucks A'Plenty City Coordinator for Seattle Mx. Pucks A'Plenty is the Director of Junk in da Trunk, the Michelle Obama of Burlesque, and Seattle's Own Mxtress of Thiccness! Pucks is the founder and co-producer behind What the Funk?! An All POC Burlesque Festival....

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

TS Candii – New York City Coordinator

TS Candii | New York City Coordinator I'm founder of Black Trans Nation leader of Decrimny & Walking While Trans public-speaker, public-figure, pro-politics, organizer, activist, and film-producer working on the documentary POLICING OUR BODIES has given me a...

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Vanessa Warri – San Francisco

Vanessa Warri Vanessa Warri is a Nigerian-American community-based researcher, strategist, and advocate, committed to the liberation, empowerment, and safety of Black transgender women, queer and transgender people of color, and all communities existing at the various...

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Samantha Jo-Dato – San Francisco Consultant

Samantha Jo-Dato | Consultant & Advisor in San Francisco Samantha Jo-Dato’s a humanitarian, author, philanthropist, freedom fighter, and bridge-builder who is originally from Atlantic City, NJ. Sami Jo has found it important to bring with her the voices for all...

Danyell – City Coordinator for New Orleans

Danyell | City Coordinator for New Orleans Danyell (she/they) is a queer femme born & raised on the Gulf Coast. In pre-pandemic times, she was known for carrying around tubs of glitter, bringing entire cakes to Mardi Gras parades, and collaborating in backyard...

#OldProProject & Why January 25th Matters

#OldProProject & Why January 25th Matters

#OldProProject & Why January 25th MattersiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify On January 25th, 1917, 300 sex workers in San Francisco marched to protest the imminent closure of their brothels. #OldProProject is an annual event that builds towards this anniversary, and this...

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Brodin Petrichor – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

Brodin Petrichor Brodin Petrichor is a former military officer turned leftist videographer/photographer. He co-runs the Burning Man camp Electric Sheep, which focuses on eccentric performance art. With Sierra Cirque, Brodin Petrichor won first place for...

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Sierra Cirque – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

Sierra Cirque Sierra Cirque is a Seattle-based sex worker and artist/activist, highly motivated by adventures and resisting the kyriarchy. With Brodin Petrichor, Sierra Cirque won first place for #OldProProject's San Francisco Art Contest.

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Vandell – San Francisco

Vandell Vandell is a southern queer and genderqueer organizer who was brought into community resistance and empowerment work in their youth. Their movement roots instilled the love of storytelling and self-discovery as an act of resistance. They center black,...

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Lessa Millet – San Francisco

Lessa Millet Lessa Millet is a filmmaker and animator. Their work is a mix of hand crafted animation and stylized live action. Born in Barcelona, they relocated to New York City in 2006, where they first learned about animation, art and pizza. In 2016, they packed all...

Art Contest – San Francisco

The Old Pro Project Art Contest – San Francisco The Oldest Profession podcast seeks to advance sex workers rights by elevating the stories of amazing sex workers from history. The Oldest Profession Podcast will be hosting an art competition to tell the stories of two...

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Jacqueline Hyde – Seattle Contributor

Jacqueline Hyde | Seattle Contributor Jacqueline Hyde, international entertainer and cosmetologist, has graced stages worldwide since 2005 and formally launched her beauty division in 2020. Jacqueline Hyde Beauty & Barber was born out of her love of Ayurvedic...

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

COVID-19, Masks & Burlesque in Seattle

COVID-19, Masks & Burlesque in Seattle COVID-19 protocol and procedures are a fact of life right now. Making sure we have safety guidelines in place is a huge priority for us as we prepare to start shooting the Seattle project. Part of preparing for filming has...

Storyboard – Seattle

Storyboard | Seattle Stepping out of our comfort zone is part of the magic in the creative process. When taking on the Seattle City Coordinator position I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go in, but I knew it was going to involve dance and movement. I also knew...

Lilith

Lilith

LilithiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify Lilith: The First Woman and First Feminist The story of Eve tempting Adam in the Garden of Eden is a patriarchal fairy tale that most of us learn at an early age. But Eve wasn’t the first wife or the first woman. Her predecessor,...

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Katherine – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

Katherine | Play Your Part Seattle Panelist Katherine, who occasionally prefers the honorific Mistress, is a Professional Dominatrix, Kink Educator, and Relationship Coach, specializing in alternative sexuality, open relationship models, and self acceptance. Like Mae...

Cory – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

Cory | Play Your Part Seattle Panelist Cory is a transmasculine Adventure Consultant, kinky companion, arts worker, and harm reductionist. Cory is a panelist for the Play Your Part Seattle's production of Mae West's Sex, a play with music that explores the lives of...

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Mistress M – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

Melissa Maven (Mistress M) | Play Your Part Seattle Panelist Melissa Maven (Mistress M) is a sensual dominatrix, educator, sex worker activist and digital artist living in Portland, Oregon. She loves riding her bike to find hidden treasures, petting all the cats,...

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Tiffany Diane Tso – New York

Tiffany Diane Tso | New York Tiffany Diane Tso is a journalist and producer based in Brooklyn. She has covered sex work and sex work activism in New York City; her work covering topics surrounding identity, culture, advocacy, and policy has been published in print and...

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Kate Zen – New York

Kate Zen | New York Kate Zen is a sex worker activist and co-founder of Red Light Reader, a sex worker book club, podcast, and online writing workshop, originally hosted at the Bluestockings feminist bookstore in NYC. worked with #OldProProject in New York.

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