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Andrew Hunter will be remembered

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On December 26, 2013 the President of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) Andrew Hunter died unexpectedly. Andrew was a founding member of the NSWP and the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Work Projects (APNSW). A gathering in Bangkok is planned to remember Andrew on January 18, 2014. Those who are unable to travel to Thailand are invited to donate towards the cost of the ceremony. We at A KISS FOR GABRIELA knew Andrew for well over 15 years …

A Kiss for Gabriela announced today as part of the line-up at Athena Film Festival!

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We are thrilled to be a part of the Athena Film Festival, to be held in New York City from February 6th-9th. The Festival honors and showcases films about women leaders – both documentary and fiction. Needless to say, Gabriela will be in very good company and we are so pleased to be part of a festival that celebrates women who rock and rule! Check out the entire line-up here – A KISS FOR GABRIELA will be shown on February 8th …

Nine ladies dancing, eight maids a milking and 100 kisses for Gabi!

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  Our twist on the 12 days of Christmas brings the largest kiss in the history of A Kiss for Gabriela! After a December 6th screening of the film at the Sub-Secretariat for Women’s Policies in Rio de Janeiro (SPMulheres, CEDIM), the audience sent Gabriela hundreds of kisses.  We share them here with you, along with our wishes for a 2014 full of kisses, happiness, light, peace, pleasure, and inspiration!   YouTube

Embracing the “opinionated whore”: Gabriela on December 17

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The following toast to Gabriela–written by Penelope Saunders–was read by SWOP-NYC member Leigh at the NYC event honoring the Eleventh Annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex workers. The beautiful photograph of the altar at the event comes to us courtesy of Kate D’Adamo, an organizer at SWOP-NYC. Gabriela Leite the founder of the Brazilian sex worker rights movement died this year in mid-October. Her friends, family and comrades in the Brazilian whore revolution said on her passing that: “Gabriela inaugurated …

Remembering Gabriela: dressing in Daspu in Montreal

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As we approach the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers–our first December 17 without Gabriela–we turn our thoughts to how she has inspired activists all around the world to fight for the rights of sex workers. Jenn Clamen, an activist who calls both the sex worker rights organization Stella and the sex worker rights community in Montreal (Canada) home, has provided her reflections about connections between Gabriela’s work, Davida (the Rio-based organization founded by Gabriela in 1992) and Canadian activism. Jenn has been …

Remembering the losses this December 17

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Sex worker communities around the world are coming together celebrate the eleventh annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Representatives of A Kiss for Gabriela have been invited to remember Gabriela Leite during the event In Memory We Live On: The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on Tuesday, December 17, 7:30pm at Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan in NYC. NYC organizations including SWOP-NYC and SWANK invite sex work communities, allies, advocates, friends and family to celebrate the memories …

Dossier Gabriela Leite

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  [Reposting this fantastic dossier with all that was published about Gabriela put together by Sexuality Policy Watch: http://www.sxpolitics.org/?p=8682.  Image above from ABIA.] Dossier Gabriela Leite The death of Gabriela Leite, on October 10, meant a great loss for the struggle for the rights of prostitutes, and sexual rights brodaly speaking, in Brazil. Throughout her life Gabriela embodied the struggle for freedom, non discrimination  and the right to pleasure and happinness. As a tribute to Gabriela, SPW gathered articles and notes …

Audience enthusiastic at the Margaret Mead Film Festival

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A Kiss for Gabriela played to a packed house at the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the Museum of Natural History during the afternoon of October 19, 2013. The documentary was shown as part of the Emerging Visual Anthropologists Showcase. Ram Devineni of Rattapallax and Rafa Silva, Gabriela’s stepson, responded to audience questions after the screening that ranged from how the documentary was filmed to the details of Gabriela’s organizing for sex worker rights. Many in the audience hoped to one day see …

Wake and Burial in Rio de Janeiro

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Tomorrow,  for those in Rio de Janeiro who would like to pay tribute to Gabriela can do so at the Catumbi Cemetery, Chapel. The ceremony will be at 8:30 am and burial at 9:30am.

Farewell to Gabriela Leite: Daughter, Mother, Grandmother, Whore Revolutionary and Dear Friend

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Gabriela Leite passed away yesterday October 10, 2013. She died as she had lived, surrounded by loved ones, strong and clear, always Gabriela. We ask you to remember her, the amazing and inspiring person she was, by hearing her words and going out into the world to fight for justice. Don’t stop until we have justice for all, for prostitutes, for sex workers. “Every decision I’ve ever made, including the decision to be a prostitute, is linked to a desire to …