Friday, November 28, 2014

VANCOUVER: DEC 17 Intn'l Day to End Violence

Here's the Facebook event page!

And here's the bitly version:

Please share widely!

Research Participants Needed: Transgender Sex Workers

Thompson Rivers University
900 McGill Road
Box 3010
Kamloops, BC
V2C 0C8

Do you self-identify as a transgender individual? Are you currently working as a sex worker in British Columbia, or have you done so in the last five years?

If so, we would love to hear some of your opinions of and experiences in the health care system in British Columbia. We are two nursing students completing our Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops and have a heavy interest in human rights, and we are interested in hearing what you have to say.

Purpose: Often, poor treatment of Transgender Sex Worker (TSW) clients comes from a lack of understanding. The purpose of this study is to find out the positives and the negatives of your health care experiences in British Columbia, and share the information with other health care workers in order to increase the quality of care and support that they can offer for transgender sex worker patients/clients. If we can help other healthcare workers to better understand their clients’ needs, we can help them understand how to meet them.

Potential risks and benefits: The risks involved in this project are minimal, but it is possible that discussing personal experiences may be upsetting to you. If you feel upset after the interview and would like someone to talk to, we can connect you with various free short-term counseling services.

The benefits are that you have the opportunity to be a leading voice for change. Through sharing your experiences, you can help pave the way for a better health care system that understands your unique needs.

If you choose to participate, you have the right to refuse to answer any questions, and you have the right to withdraw from the study at any point. Your name will not be used in any documentation to guarantee confidentiality. The interview will take about an hour of your time and will be conducted at a location that is mutually acceptable.

Requirements to participate are as follows. You must:

  • Self-identify as transgender and are aged 18 or older 
  • Currently work in sex work or have worked in sex work in British Columbia within the past five years 
  • Have accessed the health care system in British Columbia within the past five years (ie: clinic, physician office, emergency room, hospital, mental health clinic, ambulance, or other health care services) 

An honorarium will be provided that can go toward the cost of travel.

If you fit the requirements, and you feel that you have experiences to share, please contact:

Rachel LePage

Thank you for your time and commitment to a better healthcare system.

Research Participants Needed: Women of Colour in the Indoor Sex Industry

Research Participants Needed
Women of Colour in the indoor the sex industry
June 2014 - April 2015

Do you self-identify as a woman? Do you identify as a visible minority? Do you work independent incall or outcall or for an escort agency or in massage parlours? Do you want to share your experience, stories and perspectives as a woman of colour working in the indoor sex industry?

I would like to invite you to participate in a study that is part of my PhD thesis in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University under the co-supervision of Professors Diana Young and Lara Karaian.

Interviews will be conducted in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. I will also conduct interviews via Skype. All interviews are confidential. I do not want your name or the names of the agencies that you work for. You will receive a honorarium of $75.00 for your time and knowledge.

To participate in this study please:

Call or text Menaka Raguparan at: 613-304-3697  or,


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

TEDxSFU: Maggie DeVries' Moving Appeal for Allies of Decriminalization

The Red Umbrella: Sex Work, Stigma, and the Law | Maggie de Vries | TEDxSFU

Please watch and share this Tedx video of Maggie DeVries talking some common sense. Moving and authentic, this video will expand minds and most especially draw allies into our movement for sex worker rights.

The Naked Truth dedicates this post to the families of missing sex workers, in loving memory of Sarah DeVries. <3

Sex Work Q&A: Know Your Rights (Vancouver)

By, With & For Sex Workers Since 1994"

If you work in or with people in the Sex Industry, new federal legislation is coming into effect on Dec 6th that might impact you. The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36) makes it a crime to purchase sex and to communicate for the purpose of providing sexual services for consideration in some contexts. We are deeply concerned about the impacts that Bill C-36 will have on people in our community.

PACE Society will be hosting a free Q & A session to answer your questions about the new legislation and how it might affect you or the people you work with. Sarah Leamon, PACE Society’s Board Chair and a criminal lawyer with Acumen Law, will be available to answer your questions.

When: Tuesday December 2nd, 2014

Where: PACE Society - 49 W Cordova St. Vancouver,BC V6B 1C8

Time: Doors open @ 6pm ~ Q & A starts 6:30pm – 8:00pm

We encourage you to email us your questions in advance, so that we can make sure that we can address them. Space is limited so please RSVP. We look forward to you joining us.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Bill C36 Will Become Law This Thursday

Sex Professionals of Canada made this statement today:

With sadness we inform you that Bill C-36, the anti-sex work laws, passed third reading in the Senate on November 4, 2014, with no amendments. Once it receives Royal Assent, which we believe could be as soon as in the next few days, it will be law across the country.

This new set of laws will ensure violence against us. Keeping criminalization in place will continue the stigma and social exclusion of sex workers.

Bringing forth the Bedford, Lebovitch, Scott challenge was right!

What the Supreme Court of Canada did was just!

What the Harper government is doing is a travesty!

Know this: we live to fight another day! In all of human history, no government, no army, no religion has ever stopped sex work, nor will they be able to stop what is now a global sex workers rights movement.
This isn’t over!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Re-Framing Porn Screening Night


Re-Framing Porn Screening Night

TORONTO - Tired of porn that gives lip-service to diversity? The University of Toronto Sexual Education Centre and internationally renowned sexuality centre Good For Her have partnered to present a curated night of hot films that will show that diversity is sexy and inspire people to make their own porn. We’ve chosen our favourite clips from Feminist Porn Award submissions over the last ten years.

For the first time in this city, Torontonians will have the opportunity to see films where people of colour, people with disabilities, indigenous and/or trans people are prominently featured.   “This type of diversity is being showcased in a climate that is not taken seriously anywhere else,” said Carlyle Jansen, founder of Good For Her and the Feminist Porn Awards.  “There is a definite appetite among the porn viewing public to see sexy films that represent the diverse, mainstream society in which we live.”

WHAT: Re-Framing Porn Screening:
WHEN: Friday, Oct. 17,  8:00pm
WHERE: OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St W
$12 advance, $15 door (sliding scale available)
UofT Students free with ID

This event is open to everyone and the venue and washrooms are wheelchair accessible.

Carlyle Jansen, Good for Her and the Feminist Porn Awards,  cell (416)899-4003