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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.
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Traveling fearlessly across the American West during the Great Depression and World War II, Carol Erwin was one of the many madams who helped settle the west.
Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers with The Oldest Profession Podcast.
Accused: Mike Bickle, Founder of Exodus Cry & Tim Ballard, Founder of Operation Underground Railroad
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This article is an excellent overview of the history and recent efforts to decriminalize sex work in Rhode Island. A new report from the Rhode Island study commission found that criminalizing adult consensual sex work has only increased violence, exploitation, and STI...
The American Plan was a government program targeting promiscuity and prostitution in the United States from 1917 into the 1970s.
Our friends at the Woodhull Freedom Foundation have created an easy to use tool to let your representatives know that you do not support the (well intentioned but) dangerous Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA). From Woodhull Freedom Foundation: The stated goal of the bill...
The Cato Institute has published a research brief confirming that decriminalizing or legalizing prostitution decreases rape. Prohibiting sex work, either through direct criminalization or end demand laws, significantly increases reported rapes. The brief is based on...
Sex workers in India have been fighting for their rights for decades and are an example of the incredible power of community organizing and advocacy. In 2001, over 25,000 sex workers gathered for a festival despite prohibitionist pushback. Their defiance is celebrated...
Join us on The Oldest Profession Podcast as we pay tribute to the life and legacy of Margo St. James, founder of COYOTE.
Freedom of expression on the internet — Lux Alptraum wrote an excellent piece for New York Magazine about age verification laws, the war on p*rn, and the ongoing fight for freedom of expression on the internet. Legislators are vulnerable to moral panics, but we will...
UN Working Group on the discrimination against women and girls reaffirms that fully decriminalizing sex work is the only policy that reduces violence and supports human rights.
Examine the Mann Act and its ongoing impact on sex workers and other marginalized communities.
Susanna Gibson, a Democratic nominee for a competitive seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, isn’t taking the whorphobic attacks made against her quietly.
In this episode of The Oldest Profession Podcast, we pay tribute to Carol Leigh, a hero of the sex worker rights movement.
Sex Worker Pride extends to all communities marginalized by criminalization, discrimination, and stigma across the sex worker movement.
Learn about how the Comstock Act deprived generations of women access to contraception and why that matters today.
Explore the evolving relationship between cryptocurrency and sex workers.
Learn about Mayor Eric Adams’ approach in NYC and the need for supportive resources instead of criminalizing sex work.
Discover the positive change as Dallas repeals its loitering law, taking a step towards justice and inclusivity. This milestone reflects a broader movement to eliminate discriminatory legislation and embrace progress.
Explore the adverse impact of freezing bank accounts on sex workers, as more individuals in this community face financial insecurity.
Explore the life and legacy of James Larkin, co-founder of Backpage and a fervent advocate for free speech.
Learn about the concerning bad bills like KOSA and vigilantism targeting sex workers, and join us in opposing these harmful legislations to safeguard the rights and privacy of vulnerable groups.
Discover the fascinating history of Lillie, the fictional German courtesan who served as the original muse for the iconic Barbie doll.
Sound of Freedom explores the damaging effects of conspiracy theories and white savior films on real victims. Do not go see this movie.
Woodhull Freedom Foundation’s fight against FOSTA: Upholding free speech and sex worker rights in court.
Significant win for sex worker rights as Canadian SWer triumphs against non-paying client. Legal implications and industry challenges.
Maine passes bill partially decriminalizing sex work, endangering sex workers. Full decriminalization is essential for their safety.
Louisiana’s anti-porn law raises privacy concerns and restricts access to adult content. Advocate fights for repeal.
Discover the powerful documentary, “The Stroll,” highlighting the history of Black trans sex workers in NYC and their crucial role in the LGBTQ Rights Movement. Explore their stories, resilience, and the importance of honoring their legacy during Pride.
Explore the disturbing incident of online misogyny and targeting of sex workers as a Home Depot employee’s viral ordeal highlights the risks women face.
Get the latest update on the Backpage trial as prosecutors make alarming requests for the upcoming court date in August. Discover how they are seeking to restrict mentions of the First Amendment and free speech, raising questions about due process. Stay informed as this story unfolds.
Discover the latest setback in decriminalizing sex work in South Africa. Find out the challenges faced and the impact on the journey towards safer and more equitable conditions for sex workers.
Discover the impact of sex worker discrimination as they are banned from banking and payment apps. Explore the consequences of this exclusionary practice, its effects on legal and online sex workers, and the barriers it creates.
Discover Maine’s strides towards decriminalizing sex work as the state moves closer to ending criminal charges. Explore the concerns raised by sex workers regarding the “end demand” approach and its potential harm.
International Whores’ Day: Celebrating sex worker empowerment, history, and rights. Happy IWDay!
Explore the implications of confining sex workers to isolated areas in public spaces in Mumbai, India, and the issues surrounding their criminalization.
Watch via Playback from Anywhere! Join us online for a playback of this unforgettable evening of comedy and burlesque, all to support our work at Old Pros, where we are creating conditions to change the status of sex workers in society.The show is hosted by our...
Caveat, 21 A Clinton St, New York, NY Join us for an unforgettable evening of comedy and burlesque, all to support our work at Old Pros, where we are creating conditions to change the status of sex workers in society.9pm: Doors open. Come laugh, cheer, and bask in the...
Los Angeles strippers achieve historic unionization, empowering workers and setting a precedent for the industry.
Indiana Legislators vote to defund Kinsey Institute, jeopardizing sexual freedom and education. Learn more about the implications.
Bad policy alert! Legislators are once again pushing a law that would be horrible for SWers and the American public at large.
Learn about the progress of decriminalization sex work in Australia. Discover laws and models in each territory.
Old Pros reading recommendations for sex workers, friends, chosen family, and allies.
AI cannot replace sex workers. Sex workers say most customers seek a genuine connection. Authenticity remains key in the adult content market.
The new verification process at META is requiring sex workers to display their full legal names, raising concerns about their safety and privacy.
Kaytlin Bailey advocates for sex work decriminalization in Washington Blade article.
Kaytlin Bailey wrote an article for the Daily Beast that explores the impact of Stormy Daniels on Trump’s downfall.
Reason Magazine’s recent report on the ongoing impact of the Backpage shutdown on sex workers and free speech.
Amsterdam plans to relocate iconic red light district. Sex workers protest as city planners fail to consult those affected.
Gig workers in Britain seek inspiration and guidance from sex workers for labor rights.
Stormy Daniels: American hero who took down Trump despite unfair emphasis on her past as a porn star.
Read about the importance of fighting for sex worker rights and reproductive justice together to ensure everyone has access to safe and supportive care.
Pornhub’s new owner vows to listen to sex workers and improve site’s practices, including content control and screening.
Bella Robinson fights for sex workers’ rights in new interview.
Advocates in Vermont push for decriminalization of sex work, aiming to give sex workers more agency and protection.
Sex work has been decriminalized in New Zealand for 20 years, and things have been going really well there since then. Wow, can’t believe lived experience from SWers that supports the push for decriminalization has turned out to be true!
That’s why SWers and advocates are pushing for a decriminalization bill in New York to fully stop police from arresting and harassing SWers.
Thanks to the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, March 3rd has been deemed International Sex Worker Rights Day.
Stripper Web no longer exists and it feels like the end of an era for sex workers. The loss of safe and supportive spaces for sex workers has damaging effects.
Online sex worker denied entry into the US because of their occupation, despite never meeting clients in person.
Anti-human trafficking sting in San Diego and National City resulted in 48 arrests, according to NBC San Diego. While the intention of the sting was to catch those involved in human trafficking, some SWers were also caught up in the operation.
Supervisor Hillary Ronen has formally asked State Delegation to introduce a bill that would either decriminalize or legalize sex work.
Louisiana is home to a bizarre law called CANS that criminalizes oral and anal sex, but not vaginal sex. This homophobic and transphobic law is known as “Crimes Against Nature by Solicitation”.
Red light district proposed in San Francisco, but decriminalization is the best solution. Advocates call for resources for vulnerable people.
Sex workers are feeling the financial pain of an economic downturn, and it’s affecting all areas of the industry. From high-end escorts to street-based sex workers, many are reporting a decrease in demand and earnings.
Super Bowl trafficking myths have been debunked thanks to researchers at the University of Texas, Austin and the University of Minnesota.
Senate Bill 357 decriminalizes loitering for sex work. Kaytlin Bailey, advocates for ending arrests to reduce exploitation and violence in the industry. Check out her op-ed appearing in 11 syndicated newspapers throughout CA.
Spain debates a dangerous sex work law, and advocates hope it will be rejected by lawmakers. The proposed sex work law has sparked outrage and concern among human rights advocates.
South Africa is making strides in decriminalizing sex work, which is a huge win for sex worker rights and safety. The country’s parliament is set to review and potentially repeal legislation that criminalizes consensual adult sex work.
Sex work is decriminalized in some parts of Australia, which has led to a decrease in trafficking statistics there, but there’s still room for improvement.
A jury rejects woman’s claims against four police officers in Virginia who protected an abusive prostitution trafficking ring. People love to lift up the trafficking narrative until it’s cops who are being accused of the trafficking.
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.
On January 25, 1917, over 300 sex workers in San Francisco marched to protest the imminent closure of their brothels. This was the first sex worker led protest in the United States.
The fight against FOSTA continues as our friends at Woodhull Freedom Foundation went to the Court of Appeals this week.
Sex workers in Thailand, and their advocates, are working on a bill that would legalize sex work, but it is likely to receive a lot of pushback from the conservative government.
Lizzie Lape was a prolific businesswoman and Madam in the Midwest during the 19th century. She owned numerous brothels and saloons throughout Ohio.
The Maimie Papers was written by historian Ruth Rosen, an award-winning journalist and Professor Emerita at University of California Davis.
Mae West was an actress, writer, and unapologetic sex symbol. She enchanted the American stage with unabashed humor and demand for social change.
Based on her thesis research, Madison Phillips contributed to this episode about the history of sex work in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The infamous madams of Water Street in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, were dear friends and colleagues, Mary Baker (1859-1930) and Alta Roberts (1855-1940).
Lulu White was one of the most notorious and financially successful madams of Storyville, New Orleans, and known as the Diamond Queen of the Demi–Monde.
Madam Fan Jones successfully ran Bangor, Maine’s most popular and longest running brothel called the Sky Blue House of Pleasure.
In this final episode of Old Pro News, host and human rights activist Lakeesha Harris gives a raw and righteous farewell to Old Pro News.
Lakeesha Harris, Old Pro News writer and host, shares with us her thoughts on how sex workers have been laboring for everyone’s rights.
On this special episode, human rights activist Lakeesha Harris gathers a legendary roundtable of leaders in the Black Sex Worker movement.
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? How did her legacy become synonymous with loose, misfit, morally depraved, wicked women?
The Everleigh Sisters successfully ran the best brothel Chicago had ever seen from 1900 to 1911. Why did the mayor force them to shut down?
This week on Old Pro News, we have an interview with Zola Z. Bruce and Mariah Grant from the Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center in NYC.
Stella Darby, beloved madam of Pendelton, Oregon, had a heart of gold. She is now remembered with a bronze statue and Underground Pendleton Tours.
Old Pro News writer and host, Lakeesha Harris, welcomes Tamika Spellman, the Advocacy Manager of the harm reduction organization HIPS DC.
Mutual aid shout out to the grassroots organization with one of the all-time greatest acronyms: C-O-Y-O-T-E, or Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics.
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.
Quick update on the North Hollywood Strippers Strike, which as of today is entering its seventh consecutive week.
A program called Report John has been launched by the Police Department of Vallejo, California. More policing is never the solution.
Ugly Mugs Netherlands provides a free-platform for sex workers to anonymously warn each other about dangerous and aggressive customers.
Following a motion approved by the city council in June 2021, the City of New Westminster is developing a work plan related to sex worker safety.
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!
Two online reporting programs, a new sex worker safety plan in Canada, Chippendales lobbying for a pandemic-era program, and special guest Tamika Spellman.
The stigma of Mary Magdalene has endured throughout biblical times into the current era. How did she become aligned with sex workers?
Geo, an activist from Sex Workers Against Criminalization New Orleans, shares her story of being an undocumented sex worker in the United States.
Mutual aid shout out to New Orleans Mutual Aid Society. NOMAS provides free meals and groceries to neighbors in need.
Lakeesha Harris explains what the 14th Amendment has to do with the personhood of sex workers.
April 11, 2022 marks four years since the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” became federal law.
Dr. Olivia Snow claims DoorDash recently banned her due to a detection of unspecified “abnormal behavior” from her account.
Decriminalization strategies in Rhode Island, dominatrix discrimination from DoorDash, and Geo from Sex Workers Against Criminalization New Orleans.
These strippers are protesting for safer work conditions in North Hollywood. Instagram “Mistakenly Removed” the stripper strike Noho account.
In early April 2022, proposed Rhode Island decriminalization was explored in hearings for two bills.
Thanks to Boston’s “Big Dig,” artifacts from a 19th century brothel were unearthed, shedding light on the life of brothel owner Mrs. Lake.
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.
Belgium is the first country in Europe to decriminalize selling and paying for sex.
To prepare for the OnlyFans IPO push, the company might decide to ban pornography and other adult content again.
Lakeesha Harris connects Alexandra Hunt’s fight for dignity to the worthiness of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
The Black Sex Worker Collective is a philanthropic arts project offering peer support, legal assistance, housing, and more.
Paradise Marketing, which has sold condoms, lube, and other pleasure products since 1978, had its workers’ compensation policy canceled out of nowhere.
Old Pro News writer and host, Lakeesha Harris, welcomes Alexandra Hunt, a Congressional candidate for Pennsylvania’s 3rd district.
Current and former employees of Star Garden staged a walkout to protest an unsafe work environment in the North Hollywood stripper strike.
Ella “Cattle Kate” Watson was a Western trailblazer. An independent and industrious woman, she sought to challenge gender norms to live life her own way.
Colorado lawmakers unanimously approved legislation that allows sex workers to report violent crime without fear of being arrested.
Sex worker health organization St. James Infirmary opens San Francisco’s first shelter dedicated to trans and gender non-conforming communities.
This week on Old Pro News, transgender housing justice, Safe Reporting in Colorado, the dictionary, and Yeonhoo Cho & Esther Kao from Red Canary Song.
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 to Butterfly, a grassroots organization formed by sex workers, social workers, and legal and health professionals.
In January 2022, Dictionary dot com added the term “sex worker” to their website after a widespread growth in awareness of the term.
A wave of anti-trans laws is a disturbing new trend across the USA. We must support trans youth against these heinous laws and the bigotry that enables them.
Evidence of the oldest profession can be traced back to ancient Greece and Rome. Lycoris the Mime is among the oldest and most influential pros in history.
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...
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...
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’s segment on global sex work politics got so much right, even featuring the Deep South Decrim movement.
Sex worker safety legislation developments in Vermont, Oregon, and U.S. Congress, Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden, Ro Khanna, and Barbara Lee.
8Lives Vigil for Atlanta spa shootings, produced in part by Red Canary Song, and Massage License Decriminalization Act introduced in NY.
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....
Hustler Dee Dee Ramone, bassist and founding member of the Ramones, pioneered punk rock and side hustled as a sex worker to pay for his heroin addiction.
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...
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 —...
Daly Barnett and Lakeesha Harris discuss the return of the EARN IT (Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies) Act.
Decriminalised Futures at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London explores the history of sex workers lives and movement struggles.
Let’s get hyped about Congressional candidate Alexandra Hunt’s campaign to represent Pennsylvania’s 3rd district!
The founders of the website Backpage, Michael Lacey and James Larkin, returned to federal trial on February 22, 2022.
Thanks to Vixen Collective and Scarlet Alliance, Victoria, Australia is the fourth jurisdiction in the world to decriminalize sex work.
214 Super bowl 2022 arrests for allegedly selling sex which, to be crystal clear, is not the same as charging people with human trafficking.
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,...
With razor sharp wit and dogged determination, Belle Brezing claimed her space as Lexington, Kentucky’s most successful Madam.
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...
Researchers have found that the evidence, “did not support a causal or correlative link between Super Bowls and sex trafficking.”
Dallas City Council has set a 2am closing time for sexually oriented businesses, including strip clubs, cabarets, and adult book stores.
Alvin Bragg’s NY DA office will no longer prosecute Prostitution and Patronizing a Person for Prostitution.
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...
Mandie Landry is the author of Louisiana House Bill 67, the first ever bill to propose statewide decriminalization in the United States.
The Oldest Profession Podcast: Maya Angelou – sex worker past matters, and to ignore her experience does a disservice to her legacy.
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The Oldest Profession Podcast: Nevada brothels house the only legal prostitution in the US; then why the highest arrest rate per capita? Nevada brothels model doesn’t work.
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.
An intergenerational conversation between thotscholar (Moses) and The Scarlet Harlot (Carol Leigh) exploring language in the sex worker movement.
This episode of The Oldest Profession Podcast about International Whores’ Day (June 2) is hosted by Kaytlin Bailey and Ceyenne Doroshow.
As a tribute to Margo St. James, we have the great pleasure of speaking with living legends of the early sex worker rights movement.
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.
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.
Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens join Kaytlin Bailey and Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher to remember Margo St. James and to discuss the oldest profession.
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COMING OUT AS A SEX WORKER IN COLLABORATION WITH PEEPSHOW MEDIAiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify A collection of coming out stories from sex workers, in celebration of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17th, and in solidarity with all sex...
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...
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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 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...
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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 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...
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 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 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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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...
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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 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 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 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 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 | 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 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 I am a stripper, mother, and artist from Portland, OR. My art generally focuses on using symbolism and occultism to portray abstract ideas centered around my experiences of being a sex worker. I also draw directly from my own experiences...
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 is a zoo of artistry at its finest. As a model, MUA, Femme presenting burlesque performer and drag queen AND as the current reigning Seattle's Queer Monarch, they are dedicated to advocacy and amplifying...
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 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...
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...
The category is… revolutionary love. Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera were the vanguard of the modern LGBTQ Rights Movement.
Born to tax evaders in Slovenia, Melania Trump is the 45th First Lady of the United States, model, and an old pro.
Soothsayer, suffragette, stockbroker, sex worker, and candidate for US President, Victoria Woodhull lived a vibrant, controversial life.
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...
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 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 is an outreach worker for a syringe exchange and has done sex work for her entire adult life. In her free time, she volunteers for a community fridge program and writes letters to incarcerated pen pals. This year, she...
Zoe Colmenares | San Francisco Art Contest Winner My name is Zoe Colmenares and I’m an entertainer/artist who is based out of New Orleans. I’ve been creating since a young age but picked it up seriously in 2011 when I first started taking art classes. I use social...
Madam Lou Graham was so rich that she served as an alternative to banks, giving loans to business propositions deemed too risky by bankers.
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.
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 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’s undeniable charisma, comedic genius, and iconic sensuality enchant and resonate with old pros and civilians alike.
Anaïs Nin was one of the first prominent modern western women known to explore and take part in erotic writing.
Mesoamerican Goddess, Tlazōlteōtl, symbolically pardoned her followers’ sin in a never ending circle of life, sex, and death.
Infamous misandrist and queer icon Aileen Wuornos killed seven men while working as a hitch hiking sex worker in Florida.
A very special episode of compiled heartbreaking and heartwarming coming out stories from Coyote Fawn, Allie Oops, and many more.
Commemorating the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17th, Ceyenne Doroshow interviews JyAsia Kylee.
Stormy Daniels is an incredible self made woman and sex worker who had the audacity to tell her own story.
Big Nosed Kate worked as a full service sex worker and eventually became the wife and companion of Old West gunfighter Doc Holiday.
Unbeknownst to most, six years before writing and starring in Rocky, Sylvester Stallone was the lead in a soft core porn film.
Bettie Page, iconic pin-up and bondage model of the 20th century, had an on-and-off again relationship with Evangelical Christianity.
Powerhouses of the “Porn Wars”; Linda Lovelace (star of Deep Throat) who later in life joined Andrea Dworkin in the campaign against porn.
In this special episode, Kaytlin talks about losing the NY12 Democratic Primary and next steps in the fight for sex worker rights.
In 17th century France, Julie D’Aubigny seduced aristocratic men and women, did some grave robbing, and burned a nunnery. A bisexual legend.
Special guest Jacq the Stripper joins Kaytlin Bailey to talk about American icon and patron saint of strippers, Gypsy Rose Lee.
Ceyenne Doroshow co-hosts a discussion of the life and work of an unrepentant hustler, author, and attempted murderer, Valerie Solanas.
French courtesan Marguerite Marie Alibert, otherwise known as Maggie Meller, was the lover of Edward the VII.
As documented in the film Paris Is Burning, Dorian Corey was one of the queens of the New York City Ball Culture.
A 13th Century madame who tricked the system, Elizabeth Moryng serviced the religious clergy under the guise of an embroidery business.
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 was a sex worker in his youth and was later shunned and outcast by his fellow politicians in ancient Greece.
Miss Major Griffin-Gracy participated in the Stonewall Riots and founded the The Griffin-Gracy Educational Retreat & Historical Center.
Arrested over a hundred times, Flawless Sabrina mothered and mentored countless young trans women in the New York City ballroom scene.
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 were introduced as bills to stop sex trafficking, however legislators fail to distinguish adult, consensual sex work.
An absolute legend in the adult film world, Jenna Jameson took her success in the sex industry and started an empire.
Yoshiwara was the infamous red light district in 17th century Edo, current day Tokyo, Japan. The original hoe-topia, if you will.
Der Pranger was a German communist publication by whores for whores, attempting fair treatment and laws for sex workers and their patrons.
While running a brothel in Berlin, Nazis threatened to throw Salon Kitty into a concentration camp unless she cooperated with them.
The US government forced sex workers to administer LSD tests on their unsuspecting clients, a.k.a. Operation Midnight Climax.
Yu Husuan-Chi had a reputation of being sexually adventurous, and is thought to be China’s first openly bisexual historical figure.
Heidi Fleiss ran an upscale prostitution ring based in Los Angeles, California in the 1990s and was known as the “Hollywood Madam.”
You may know him as Santa Claus or Old Saint Nick, but Nicholas of Myra has an untold history of relationships with sex workers.
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.
Are sex worker witch hunts being subtly implemented by law enforcement agencies in an attempt to criminally punish sex workers?
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 was labeled a white trash gold digger throughout her career, all for capitalizing on her sexuality and good looks.
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.
The life of Mary Jones gives us a glimpse into the lives of old pros, transgender, and queer experiences in the early 19th century.
Harriet Hicks worked as a prostitute during inception of the Contagious Diseases Act (CDA) in 19th century England.
Ah Toy was a Chinese American prostitute and madam who dominated the booming sex work industry in San Francisco during the Gold Rush.
Courtesan, poet, and author Veronica Franco endured public shaming during the 16th Century in Venice, Italy.
The goddess of romantic love and fertility, Ishtar was worshipped through the bodies of church-sanctioned prostitutes.