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The most important thing to know about Gabriela Leite

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What should you know about Gabriela Leite to understand the documentary? Here, Gabriela herself responds to this question in an interview conducted with her in April of 2013: YouTube

“The gift that kept on giving”? Sex workers speak for themselves Sudhir Venkatesh

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With permission from our colleagues at SWOP-NYC and SWANK we are pleased to re-post the commentary below about research ethics and sex worker rights in New York city. Sudhir Venkatesh has already had more than his allotted 15 minutes, but his most recent appropriation of sex workers’ lives gives us—sex workers, people in the sex trade, and allies—a moment to reflect on unethical researchers who have not yet realized that they are as much under the microscope as we are. …

“there is no denying us our rights”: A conversation with Cris Sardina of Desiree Alliance

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Cris Sardina is a co-coordinator of the Desiree Alliance along with Sharmus Outlaw. She had just had a chance to watch A Kiss for Gabriela this week at her current home base in Tucson, Arizona and was most inspired by Gabi’s contention that “we cannot build a movement hiding under the table.” Cris first got involved in sex worker rights organizing in 2006 after attending the very first Desiree Conference. She has worked her way from the community’s grassroots to …

highlights from Desiree 2013 (Viva Las Vegas)

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In light of recent debates in Brazil over the rights of sex workers to keep “rights in health” campaigns, spending July 14 to 19, 2013 at the 5th Desiree Alliance conference was inspirational. The conference focused in on health rights reclaiming and claiming the “audacity of health” through “sex work, health and politics.” During the week conference participants spontaneously organized a demonstration on the Las Vegas strip publicly protesting violence against sex workers in the name of Petite Jasmine (a …

Audacious sex workers arrive in Las Vegas

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Members of the Kiss for Gabriela team are packing their bags and heading to Las Vegas this week for the 5th Desiree Alliance conference, the Audacity of Health: Sex Work, Health and Politics. A Kiss for Gabriela will be screening on Wednesday July 17 at 5.30 pm, and we will be collecting a whole bunch of new kisses for Gabi at the screening. There is still time to register for the conference, but hurry, you don’t want to miss the …

“we never gave up our power”: a conversation with Naomi Sayers

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Naomi Sayers is an Indigenous feminist from the Garden River First Nations, just east of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, who has also worked as a sex worker in the north of Canada. Naomi shared with A Kiss for Gabriela that some of her current work advocating for the rights of Indigenous people in the sex trade springs from a 2012 workshop organized by the sex worker organization Maggie’s in Toronto on public education and challenging stigma. After attending the workshop, Naomi started …

Whore Logic tonight (in the District of Columbia)

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Is it possible for a whore to be a happy self respecting intellectual? This question will be answered tonight as our good friend The Incredible, Edible, Akynos presents “Whore Logic” at the Art Center in Washington D.C. (1231 Good Hope Road SE)  as part of the DC Black Theater Festival. The burlesque performance, incorporating spoken-word pieces, is a semi-autobiographical tale about being a woman at the mercy of society’s narrow views about the expression of female sexuality, how it pertains to intelligence and happiness, and …

Two Victories for Sex Workers’ Rights: The anti-prostitution pledge declared unconstitutional and condoms can no longer be used as evidence of prostitution in New York

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This past Friday, June 20th , was a historic day for sex workers’ rights. The Supreme Court of the United States, in a decision of 6-2, ruled that the anti-prostitution pledge, or anti-prostitution loyalty oath, violated the First Amendment of the United States constitution. On the same day, the “No Condoms as Evidence” bill passed in the New York State Assembly, meaning that condoms can no longer be used as evidence of prostitution-related offenses. Both of these decisions are an …

Support the actions of Brazilian sex workers from anywhere in the world

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There are many ways to support sex workers in Brazil who are fighting the Brazilian government’s decision in early June 2013 to first veto and then drastically alter an HIV prevention campaign that had been developed by the Department of STD/AIDS/Ministry of Health in partnership with sex workers earlier this year. After abruptly ordering the rights based materials to be taken offline the government relaunched the campaign with sanitized and adulterated materials several days later. The government  removed slogans about rights, …

Protest Campaigns Made by Brazilian Prostitutes in Response to Censorship

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