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The Old Pro Project: Portland

Local PDX artists BOUD and Bad will be creating a mural in honor of Ashley Moody, a trans sex worker of color who was a beloved member of the sex work community in Portland. Cat Hollis of Haymarket Pole Collective is interviewing Ashley Moody’s friends and family to learn more about Ashley’s life, and to help tell her story. The making of the mural will be documented through photography and videography by local artist Valentine, resulting in a film reel that includes interviews of the artists involved in the project, as well as the people who knew Ashley.

Ashley was an erotic adult service provider living and working in Portland. While outwardly vivacious and playful, Ashley was deeply impacted by struggles with mental health.

Ashley’s died from a lack of health and mental wellness resources, by suicide — an injustice we see far too often in our communities. Access to mental health resources are both vital and lacking in our society. Sadly, but unsurprisingly, these resources are particularly difficult for the most vulnerable among us to obtain.

Society needs to extend increased access to wellness resources, particularly for sex workers and people of color. Ashley’s community believes that with increased access to health and mental health resources, Ashley would still be with us today.

With this project, we hope to honor Ashley Moody and the impact she had on our community. We also aim to destigmatize mental health — specifically within the sex work community — to raise awareness about the ways in which racism, transphobia, and criminalization lead to the neglect and mistreatment of trans sex workers of color, and ultimately to connect the sex workers with resources that will keep them well and safe.

The Old Pro Project Happenings in Portland

Why January 25th Still Matters Today

Why January 25th Still Matters Today

On January 25th, 1917, 300 sex workers stormed the Central Methodist Church in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district to protest the closure of their brothels.

Old Pros Show – November 30, 2022

Old Pros Show – November 30, 2022

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The Maimie Papers with Ruth Rosen

The Maimie Papers with Ruth Rosen

The Maimie Papers was written by historian Ruth Rosen, an award-winning journalist and Professor Emerita at University of California Davis.

Mae West: Unapologetic Sex Symbol

Mae West: Unapologetic Sex Symbol

Mae West was an actress, writer, and unapologetic sex symbol. She enchanted the American stage with unabashed humor and demand for social change.

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, Domestic Violence & Gendered ViolenceDownload a PDF of this information to print as double sided 4 x 6″ cards. Part 1 and Part 2.Sex worker rights underly foundational rights that are critical for women. Laws that criminalize sex workers and...

Who was Jezebel?

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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

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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

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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

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Intergenerational Sex Work

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Unapologetically Generational – with Desi

Unapologetically Generational – with Desi

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Third Wave Fund

Third Wave Fund

Third Wave Fund supports youth-led, intersectional, gender justice activism. They specifically resource grassroots movements that are multi-issue, community-led, and unapologetically queer, trans, intersex, and sex worker-led. At a time of mounting political attacks...

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

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Taxation Without Representation

Old Pro News Trailer

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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.

Tina Horn on SfSx & We Too

Tina Horn on SfSx & We Too

Tina Horn is the creator and writer of the sci-fi sex-rebel comic book series SfSx and the co-editor of the feminist essay collection We Too.

Jack the Ripper’s Victims

Jack the Ripper’s Victims

Stories of five of Jack the Ripper’s Victims: Polly, Annie, Elisabeth, Kate, and Mary Jane. Whatever you do, don’t just Google “Jack the Ripper’s victims” — trust us on this, that search leads to dark places.

Savannah Sly – National Co-Coordinator

Savannah Sly – National Co-Coordinator

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Mx. Pucks A’Plenty – National & Seattle Coordinator

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TS Candii – New York City Coordinator

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Vanessa Warri – San Francisco

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Samantha Jo-Dato – San Francisco Consultant

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Danyell – City Coordinator for New Orleans

Danyell – City Coordinator for New Orleans

Danyell New Orleans City Coordinator Danyell (she/they) is a queer femme born and 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 theater...

#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...

Brodin Petrichor – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

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...

Sierra Cirque – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

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.

Vandell – San Francisco

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,...

Lessa Millet – San Francisco

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...

Jacqueline Hyde – Seattle Contributor

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...

COVID-19, Masks & Burlesque in Seattle

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

LilithApple Podcasts | 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, Lilith,...

Katherine – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

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 | 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...

Mistress M – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

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,...

Tiffany Diane Tso – New York

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...

Kate Zen – New York

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.

Synamin Vixen – Artist in New Orleans

Synamin Vixen – Artist in New Orleans

Synamin Vixen | Artist in New Orleans Synamin Vixen is “skinny with plenty and tall with it all!” This tall tree has been stimulating the moistening reflexes of audiences for a little over two years, and has been circulating through the dance world for over...

Mae West’s Sex – Play Your Part Seattle

Mae West’s Sex – Play Your Part Seattle

May West's Sex | Play Your Part Seattle We’re partnering with Play Your Part Seattle for their upcoming production of Mae West's Sex, a play with music that explores the lives of sex workers in the 1920s. Originally shut down for obscenity after its successful 1926...

COVID-19, Masks & Burlesque in Seattle

PDX Stripper Strike – Haymarket Pole Collective

Haymarket Pole Collective Cat Hollis — a member of the team working on #OldProProject in Portland — is involved with an incredible COVID-19 relief grant being distributed by Haymarket Pole Collective in Portland, Oregon. The Oregon Health Authority recently awarded a...

Joaquin Remora – San Francisco City Coordinator

Joaquin Remora – San Francisco City Coordinator

Joaquin Remora | San Francisco Joaquin Remora is a friend of sex workers and the trans community, in the fight for black and indigenous liberations. Joaquin Remora worked with #OldProProject in San Francisco.

Janetta Louise Johnson – San Francisco

Janetta Louise Johnson – San Francisco

Janetta Louise Johnson Janetta Louise Johnson is the Executive Director at at Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project. She is a formerly incarcerated Black transgender woman and has been an activist and advocate in the transgender communities since...

Stephany Ashley – San Francisco

Stephany Ashley – San Francisco

Stephany Ashley Stephany Ashley (she/her) is a housing, homelessness, and sex worker advocate who is currently working at Brilliant Corners to expand access to affordable housing and emergency beds for folks experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. She was the ED...

Sam Skrimpz – Mural Artist in New Orleans

Sam Skrimpz – Mural Artist in New Orleans

Sam Skrimpz | Mural Artist in New Orleans I am a queer, non-binary, painter and muralist born and bred in Louisiana, currently living in New Orleans. I am endlessly inspired by the flora and fauna within landscapes and ecosystems, in particular that of my home state....

Ms. Briq House – Burlesque Goddess in Seattle

Ms. Briq House – Burlesque Goddess in Seattle

Ms. Briq House | Burlesque Goddess in Seattle As seen in 21st Century Burlesque Magazine's 2018 Top 50, Autostraddle‘s 23 Black Queer & Trans Femmes to Follow as well as: The House of Knyle, Seattle Times, Time Magazine, and the cover of The Stranger Seattle....

Cat Hollis – Artist in Portland

Cat Hollis – Artist in Portland

Cat | Artist in Portland Cat Hollis is a lightskinned Black Sexworker based out of Portland, Oregon. As the founder of Haymarket Pole Collective, she has been fostering a grassroots movement towards safer and more equitable workspaces for sex workers of color.

BOUD – Mural Artist in Portland

BOUD – Mural Artist in Portland

BOUD | Mural Artist in Portland Kathleen Mae Boudwin is a Portland-based artist from Seattle. They’ve been painting locally for the past five years and have had work shown with STROLL at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. Their vibrant, queer, psychedelic art...

Bad – Mural Artist in Portland

Bad – Mural Artist in Portland

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Valentine – Photographer & Filmmaker in Portland

Valentine – Photographer & Filmmaker in Portland

Valentine | Photographer & Filmmaker in Portland Valentine is a 12 yr Black / Biracial sex worker who works as a photographer and networker while advocating for queer Black representation within the adult industry. Valentine is collaborating on #OldProProject in...

D’Monica Leone – Choreographer in Seattle

D’Monica Leone – Choreographer in Seattle

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Adra Boo – Songwriter & Singer in Seattle

Adra Boo – Songwriter & Singer in Seattle

Adra Boo | Songwriter & Singer in Seattle Seattle soul singer, emcee, teacher, Rain City Rock Camp Ladies Rock Camp Director, “Westminster Daddy” and auntie, Adra Boo, walks through walls. While some in the age look to construct boxes for others, Boo flouts these...

Saira Barbaric – Casting Coordinator in Seattle

Saira Barbaric – Casting Coordinator in Seattle

Saira Barbaric | Casting Coordinator in Seattle Saira Barbaric is a surrealist slut monster, a homegrown sex witch and a nonstop creator. They/he/she/ze strives to blend genders and bend genres with their creations to enable his/their audience to envision a future...

The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot – Film Proposal

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »The Compton's Cafeteria Riot –San Francisco Film Proposal A creative team in the Bay Area will be making a short film with the goal of bringing attention to The Compton’s Cafeteria riot of 1966 — a lesser known historical event...

Melania Trump

Melania Trump

Born to tax evaders in Slovenia, Melania Trump is the 45th First Lady of the United States, model, and an old pro.

Victoria Woodhull

Victoria Woodhull

Soothsayer, suffragette, stockbroker, sex worker, and candidate for US President, Victoria Woodhull lived a vibrant, controversial life.

Zola Z. Bruce

Zola Z. Bruce

Zola Z. Bruce, MSSW | New York Zola is a social worker, activist and artist who focuses on helping people to create the life they want in all aspects of their career. Originally from Dallas, TX, they moved to New York to attend Sarah Lawrence College to study...

The Joy of Allena Gabosch

The Joy of Allena Gabosch

Seattle's #OldProProject music video for “Been Around (Since the Old Days)” is dedicated to Allena Gabosch. The Joy of Allena Gabosch March 25, 1953 - November 25, 2020 Allena Gabosch was a powerful force in creating and fostering sex positive culture in the Pacific...

Sophia Sky

Sophia Sky

Sophia Sky As 2014 came to a close, Allena Gabosch designated Sophia Sky as her heir to the role of Executive Director to the Pan Eros Foundation. She said that she could think of no better hands to pass the organization into upon her retirement. Since then, Sophia...

Sarah – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

Sarah – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

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Zoe Colmenares – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

Zoe Colmenares – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

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Lou Graham

Lou Graham

Madam Lou Graham was so rich that she served as an alternative to banks, giving loans to business propositions deemed too risky by bankers.

Cardi B

Cardi B

The most famous sex worker of today’s music industry, Cardi B unabashedly flaunts her past as a stripper in her songs, videos, and social media.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Best known for his paintings of the moulin rouge, French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was also a john who (literally) lived in brothels.

Ching Shih

Ching Shih

Ching Shih went from working as a full service sex worker to becoming the one of the most successful pirate captains in the history of the world.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe’s undeniable charisma, comedic genius, and iconic sensuality enchant and resonate with old pros and civilians alike.

Anais Nin

Anais Nin

Anaïs Nin was one of the first prominent modern western women known to explore and take part in erotic writing.

Tlazōlteōtl

Tlazōlteōtl

Mesoamerican Goddess, Tlazōlteōtl, symbolically pardoned her followers’ sin in a never ending circle of life, sex, and death.

Aileen Wuornos

Aileen Wuornos

Infamous misandrist and queer icon Aileen Wuornos killed seven men while working as a hitch hiking sex worker in Florida.

Stormy Daniels

Stormy Daniels

Stormy Daniels is an incredible self made woman and sex worker who had the audacity to tell her own story.

Big Nosed Kate

Big Nosed Kate

Big Nosed Kate worked as a full service sex worker and eventually became the wife and companion of Old West gunfighter Doc Holiday.

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone

Unbeknownst to most, six years before writing and starring in Rocky, Sylvester Stallone was the lead in a soft core porn film.

Bettie Page

Bettie Page

Bettie Page, iconic pin-up and bondage model of the 20th century, had an on-and-off again relationship with Evangelical Christianity.

Linda Lovelace and Andrea Dworkin

Linda Lovelace and Andrea Dworkin

Powerhouses of the “Porn Wars”; Linda Lovelace (star of Deep Throat) who later in life joined Andrea Dworkin in the campaign against porn.

Congressional Election Blues

Congressional Election Blues

In this special episode, Kaytlin talks about losing the NY12 Democratic Primary and next steps in the fight for sex worker rights.

Julie D’Aubigny

Julie D’Aubigny

In 17th century France, Julie D’Aubigny seduced aristocratic men and women, did some grave robbing, and burned a nunnery. A bisexual legend.

Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy Rose Lee

Special guest Jacq the Stripper joins Kaytlin Bailey to talk about American icon and patron saint of strippers, Gypsy Rose Lee.

Valerie Solanas

Valerie Solanas

Ceyenne Doroshow co-hosts a discussion of the life and work of an unrepentant hustler, author, and attempted murderer, Valerie Solanas.

Maggie Meller

Maggie Meller

French courtesan Marguerite Marie Alibert, otherwise known as Maggie Meller, was the lover of Edward the VII.

Dorian Corey

Dorian Corey

As documented in the film Paris Is Burning, Dorian Corey was one of the queens of the New York City Ball Culture.

Elizabeth Moryng

Elizabeth Moryng

A 13th Century madame who tricked the system, Elizabeth Moryng serviced the religious clergy under the guise of an embroidery business.

Sharmus Outlaw

Sharmus Outlaw

Sharmus Outlaw’s legacy lives on through harm reduction and outreach efforts of the people who loved and were inspired by her vibrant spirit.

Timarchus

Timarchus

Timarchus was a sex worker in his youth and was later shunned and outcast by his fellow politicians in ancient Greece.

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy

Miss Major Griffin-Gracy participated in the Stonewall Riots and founded the The Griffin-Gracy Educational Retreat & Historical Center.

Flawless Sabrina

Flawless Sabrina

Arrested over a hundred times, Flawless Sabrina mothered and mentored countless young trans women in the New York City ballroom scene.

Georgina Beyer

Georgina Beyer

Georgina Beyer went from survival sex worker to radio host, and ultimately took her place as the first trans politician in New Zealand.

FOSTA / SESTA

FOSTA / SESTA

FOSTA / SESTA were introduced as bills to stop sex trafficking, however legislators fail to distinguish adult, consensual sex work.

Jenna Jameson

Jenna Jameson

An absolute legend in the adult film world, Jenna Jameson took her success in the sex industry and started an empire.

Yoshiwara

Yoshiwara

Yoshiwara was the infamous red light district in 17th century Edo, current day Tokyo, Japan. The original hoe-topia, if you will.

Der Pranger

Der Pranger

Der Pranger was a German communist publication by whores for whores, attempting fair treatment and laws for sex workers and their patrons.

Salon Kitty

Salon Kitty

While running a brothel in Berlin, Nazis threatened to throw Salon Kitty into a concentration camp unless she cooperated with them.

Operation Midnight Climax

Operation Midnight Climax

The US government forced sex workers to administer LSD tests on their unsuspecting clients, a.k.a. Operation Midnight Climax.

Yu Husuan-Chi

Yu Husuan-Chi

Yu Husuan-Chi had a reputation of being sexually adventurous, and is thought to be China’s first openly bisexual historical figure.

Heidi Fleiss

Heidi Fleiss

Heidi Fleiss ran an upscale prostitution ring based in Los Angeles, California in the 1990s and was known as the “Hollywood Madam.”

Santa Claus (Nicholas of Myra)

Santa Claus (Nicholas of Myra)

You may know him as Santa Claus or Old Saint Nick, but Nicholas of Myra has an untold history of relationships with sex workers.

Wu Zeitan

Wu Zeitan

From an impoverished child to the concubine of a powerful Emperor, Wu Zeitan became a powerful Empress who really knew how to run it all.

Sex Worker Witch Hunt

Sex Worker Witch Hunt

Are sex worker witch hunts being subtly implemented by law enforcement agencies in an attempt to criminally punish sex workers?

Joanna of Naples

Joanna of Naples

Queen of Naples, Countess of Provence, and Princess of Achaea… the epic story of Joanna of Naples lives up to the hype of her titles.

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith was labeled a white trash gold digger throughout her career, all for capitalizing on her sexuality and good looks.

Phryne

Phryne

Phryne was a renowned courtesan in Athens at the height of the civilization’s power in ancient Greece, around the 4th century B.C.E.

Mary Jones

Mary Jones

The life of Mary Jones gives us a glimpse into the lives of old pros, transgender, and queer experiences in the early 19th century.

Ah Toy

Ah Toy

Ah Toy was a Chinese American prostitute and madam who dominated the booming sex work industry in San Francisco during the Gold Rush.

Veronica Franco

Veronica Franco

Courtesan, poet, and author Veronica Franco endured public shaming during the 16th Century in Venice, Italy.

Ishtar

Ishtar

The goddess of romantic love and fertility, Ishtar was worshipped through the bodies of church-sanctioned prostitutes.