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Sex Worker Organising

This collection brings together projects and events from our archive related to sex worker organising and the decriminalisation of sex work.

A person sits on a bench in a relaxed position in a dimly lit room. They are wearing a lace bra.
Book

Truth and Lies – An Anthology of Writing and Art by Sex Workers

Lib Lobberson Marin Scarlett Payola E ZuZu Gabrielli Chardonnay Bella Violet Quinn Rab Green Chao-Ying Betty Rao Heather Ashleigh Williams (BABEWORLD) Jet Moon Estella Clarke

The Truth and Lies book project emerges as part of a rising tide of sex worker art and organised struggle to end criminalisation and stigmatisation of sex work.

A projected image reads "decriminalise sex work" on a red banner. Four people are sat underneath the image on a stage talking with an audience.
19 November 2017
Tramway

Sex, Work, Justice

SWARM

The struggle for sex workers’ rights and how we can understand it in the continuum of care work and other forms of invisibilised and precarious work.

Episode 9: Other Worlds Already Exist
People sitting around a table listening and talking
22 October 2016
Tramway

Captive Genders – Criminalisation

Che Gossett English Collective of Prostitutes Eric A Stanley Scot-Pep/ Umbrella Lane Tourmaline

What is happening when systems of repression try to grasp communities’ ways of being, living or surviving, applying laws of sexuality, gender or race to cast them as criminal?

Episode 8: Refuse Powers’ Grasp
Six red umbrellas in a grid shape
19 – 22 April 2017
Strathclyde Uni Kinning Park Complex CCA Terrence Higgins Trust

Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance

A Festival supporting the struggle for Sex Workers’ Rights: share knowledge, discuss, dance and strategise!

six red umbrellas on a white background
4 March 2018
MoMA PS1

Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance NYC

For this day-long festival, sex workers and their allies from New York, the tri-state area, and Europe will gather at MoMA PS1 to debate, perform, dance, strategize & share knowledge.

A line of people in white masks hold a pink banner "Non a la Discrimination"
26 May 2019
Kinning Park Complex

How to Ally with Sex Workers on Decriminalisation of Sex Work

Join Scot-PEP, SWARM and Decrim Now for a day of panel discussions focusing on: sex worker’s labour rights, how decriminalisation can help in the struggle for sex worker safety, sex work & migration with a film screening of Crossings.

Three people hold a banner: "Rights Not Rescue Our Choice"
21 April 2017
Kinning Park Complex

Party & Performances

Marianne Chargois MC Ray St. Ray Sex Workers’ Opera

A party and fundraiser to support Sex Workers’ struggles and LGBT Unity with music and performances from the sex workers’ community and allies, plus DJ’s and dancing.

Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance
Four People sitting in a row, one in red hair talking
20 April 2017
Strathclyde Uni

Supporting Sex Workers

Catriona O’Brien Chamindra Weerawardhana Gracie Mae Bradley Juno Mac Laura Watson Luca Stevenson Nadine Stott Paulina Nicol Sabrina Sánchez Thierry Schaffauser

Three panels offering opportunities to discuss how to build stronger alliances between the sex workers’ rights, migrants rights and reproductive justice movements and how to face, together, an increasingly punitive and reactionary system.

Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance