Speakers List

The following people are available to hire as guest speakers for your classroom, event, or other relevant endeavor. Ideally, you should pay for their expertise and time, as well as any travel expenses they may incur. However, most speakers are willing to negotiate because they are passionate about sex worker rights. Do not be afraid to reach out and contact a speaker on this list.

Joyce Arthur, Vancouver BC, Canada
Contact: joycearthur[at]shaw.ca
Joyce Arthur
Joyce Arthur is a co-founder and spokesperson for FIRST (www.firstadvocates.org), a feminist advocacy group for sex worker rights and the full decriminalization of prostitution in Canada. Joyce is an active member of FIRST’s organizing/planning committee, moderates the popular FIRST listserv and Facebook page, writes on sex worker issues, and does media communications for FIRST. She is a former topless dancer, and now works as a technical writer and pro-choice activist. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, a national pro-choice group in Canada. Joyce is a sex-positive feminist who sees strong parallels between the issues of sex work and abortion, in terms of “choice”, the right to control one’s own body, and women’s autonomy and equality. She believes sex work must be fully decriminalized before we can ensure the safety, dignity, and human rights of sex workers.

Kerry Porth, Vancouver BC
Topics: Sex Work & the Law; Sex Work Activism; Sex Work Stigma, Choice & Intersectionality
Contact: kerrylporth@gmail.com or 604 780-2536
LinkedIn profile

Kerry Porth was born in Vancouver and completed an undergraduate degree at SFU in 1986. After
Kerry Porth
years working in university administration, Kerry worked in the sex trade for four years leaving her with a lasting passion for improving the human rights of sex workers. After exiting the sex trade in 2004 and embarking on recovery from substance dependence, Kerry was the Executive Director for PACE (Providing Alternatives, Counselling & Education) Society in Vancouver's down town east side from 2006 to 2012. A passionate human rights activist, Kerry is a well-respected educator who regularly lectures at colleges and universities about the sex trade. Currently, Kerry currently works as a community developer with Living in Community, a project that addresses issues related to sex work in Vancouver and is lead researcher on an SFU project on sex work governance. She is also the chair of the board for Pivot Legal Society.

PIECE Edmonton
Contact Monica: PieceEdmonton@aol.com
Prostitutes Involved, Empowered, Cogent Edmonton - PIECE has been established for sex workers by sex workers to advocate for rights. Edmonton-based, members of PIECE have been involved and advocating for more than 20 years.

Annie Temple
Annie Temple, Surrey BC, Canada (AnnieTemple.com)
Contact: annie@nakedtruth.ca

Annie Temple has over 20 years experience in the sex industry and over 15 years as a sex worker rights activist, but she's been a rebel all her life. In 2000, she founded NakedTruth.ca to support other entertainers by reducing isolation, educating about health and safety, sharing information about gigs, challenging stereotypes, teaching etiquette to customers, and organizing in-person events for charity and to promote ethical businesses in the industry. Annie is a mom of three, a lover of writing, motorcycle riding, and dancing. Currently she continues to run NakedTruth.ca.

"As a guest lecturer, Annie delivers accurate and nuanced information and creates non-judgmental, friendly and compassionate spaces for students to discuss serious and contentious social justice issues. As a researcher and organizer, Annie pays careful attention to ethics, voice, and inclusion. As an activist, Annie is formidable; this is where all of the skills needed for her various roles come together.” -Tamara O’Doherty, Criminology Instructor

Velvet Steele, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Velvet is a woman who is a transsexual activist and sexual health advocate. She recently finished working with the City of Vancouver Task Force on Sex Work in an advisory position, and as a sensitivity facilitator with Living In Community. She sits on the advisory of the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform and is an active member of the BCCEC (British Columbia Coalition of Experiential Communities). It’s her life as a Domina that has led her to advocacy and sexual activism helping to assure the rights of individuals directly involved in the sex work community and those associated. It is from this community that she further strives to bring an awareness and understanding to those not familiar, through public speaking engagements and advisory positions within non-profits and government agencies. She is also an impassioned advocate and educator of the sex toy industry providing discussion on the good, the bad, and downright ugly of “toys” in a largely unregulated industry. Her re-released website at www.velvetsteele.com presents all her current and future bodies of work to the public in one location.

If you would like to be added to our speakers list, please send your name, photo (optional), bio, and contact information including website to trina@nakedtruth.ca