Archive | June, 2009

EROTICA-LA 2009 report

19 Jun

a very diverse crew indeed! photo by Rancy DeTroit

a very diverse crew indeed! photo by Rancy DeTroit

Well, after many hours of gruelling work, we pulled in about $490 after feeding ourselves for 3 days, parking and other basic incidentals.  I was totally stoked after the show closed because lots of vendors were throwing me sex toy and DVD donations and I was getting a good armful of booty to raffle off at future SWOP-LA fundraisers.

BUT SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENED!

A box with all the t-shirts we just ordered, my $350 video camera and my neon open sign was not put into the car and was lost, stolen or forgotten at the LA Convention Center.

we were just at the break even point for the table (the non profit rate was $500) and did okay with the amount of contacts that we made at the show.  About 25 mailing list additions were lost on a clipboard inside that same box..  People who were supporters, as always, are usually pretty passionate about the subject of decriminalization.  Those are the ones that buy the t-shirts.  we average about 6-10 shirts per any event.  The rest of our $$ comes from hustling donations in a jar!  This time however the “Granny Tranny” Adult stars candy and Annie and I were all giving back rubs on a massage table with oil!  $1/minute!

I was extremely proud of our crew and all the work that we put in.  It’s a shame that we lost the most important box..The tradeshow was great experience for Candy and Annie and we met Randy DeTroit who is a long time TS/TG photographer and videographer and is quite connected to the TS/TG activist community that I am already involved in..

Working with Annie, who is 62 years YOUNG was a sheer delight, HoneyBuns candy seems to have a fan following in the adult world as she sold her used and dirty panties for $80 in the adult auction..!  Even if we hadn’t lost that box with everything of value in it, I’m not really sure if it would be worth it to do again unless we had a grant that specifically alotted $500 for us to do this kind of outreach without the pressure of having an overhead to meet…It was excellent leadership and team building experience for all of us.  If some tradeshow would give FREE booths the way they do at the Global Village at the AIDS conferences…(100% profit from your product sales..unbelieveable).

we are all depressed about the loss so if you are reading this and can donate, now would be a great time.  Even donating screenprinting, blank t-shirts, a broadcast quality 3 chip camcorder…wishlist…wishlist…

Whore-A-Palooza Fest featuring SWOP-LA members

17 Jun

Mommy Fiercest and Mariko Passion takin over El Rio SF for Whore a palooza.  Camera work by Honeybuns Candy!

Reflections of the Sex Worker Festival from SF, the City Of Hottie Queer Workers::by Mommy Fiercest

7 Jun

Until last summer I didn’t know any other sex workers…

I’ve been an activist and organizer in the LA queer and trans community for years but aside from the  partners I was doing sex work with I knew of no other workers. I had seen and been titilated by old flyers for the sex workers art show at the private college where all the rich white people I dated went*.

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Where could I find these feminist sex workers? I’d read about $pread in Bitch Magazine and theMommy Undressingn forgotton all about it until I was in Mexico City last summer on my honeymoon. My crazy activist husband signed us up to volunteer for three days at the World AIDS Conference.

That’s where I met Mariko and found out about the Sex Workers Outreach Project and that there exhisted a chapter in LA.  After I became involved in SWOP LA I began to reach out to the queer community to see if anyone I knew was closeted and to invite them to join our meetings. It was through this coming out amoung my peers that I was able to find out that four or five friends

and peers were already doing sex work and were just as closeted as I was.

The stigma around people who do sex work in Los Angeles is a lot stronger than in SF or  perhaps it just the way it seems  on account of beautiful and safe feeling environment that was created this week at Sex Worker Fest by all the beautiful performers and organizers.  annieportrait

This summer I had the opportunity to befriend and perform with the woman I want to be when I grow up, Carol Leigh (aka Scarlot Harlot) MCing “Whore-A-Palooza” and meeting hundreds of beautiful, talented, creative and kinky sex workers. It seems every queer person here has loved someone who was a sex worker and couldn’t help but think “How could someone not want to be a part of this beautiful city?”

From San Francisco,

Mommy Fiercest

http://www.mommyfiercest.wordpress.com


* which is incidentally the same place I heard the word “queer used”.

our booth at Erotica LA

6 Jun

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We have a booth at Erotica LA this weekend…We have about 3 tickets to sell that would help to benefit the organization better than having people work for $8/hr at gay pride..we have 3 former adult stars at our booth doing photos and signings..We did Adultcon in September of 2007, and it is a similar venture.  Mostly adult film stars but LOTS AND LOTS OF MALE CONSUMERS OF SEX WORK.  As well as porn stars who we would like to have join our movement…Will we see you there?

Yes, we have some SWOP-LA members that currently will do and have done between 27-300 movies to their name, but now their primary income is through “illegal” sex work that doesn’t include a camera and 10 people watching.  We are at this convention to talk to the consumers of sex work, but also to outreach to those that feel like because they are LEGAL ADULT PERFOMERS that they are NOT sex workers, or because the LAW does not consider porn work as sex work or even prostiution (because of a famous 1971 lawsuit), SWOP-LA does want to bridge the gap between illegal and legal workers and support all of them in the similar issues that we do share regardless of our legal status.  We understand and acknowledge the many adult performers who are marketing themselves SECRETLY as escorts or have a few select clients because their contracts will not allow them to do illegal sex work, so most have to go on a gruelling feature stripclub tour to make the rest of their income while they are NOT shooting videos.  And if they don’t want to strip, can’t dance or are simply not that kind of performer then they are expected to not escort?  I have even met some adult industry people in videos and web think that for some reason (referring to that 1971 Friedman lawsuit) they are “real” sex workers and we are not..(just prostitutes, which they are not).

Candy will be auctioning off her “granny panties” and starting off the auction that they are going to be doing..

If you want to see the debauchery that we got involved with check out the adultcon video on our blip video site:

www.swopla.blip.tv

and look for the adultcon video.

Madness.  Testosterone.  Fundraising and Advocacy. Join us…

DAY 2: postcard to LA from Candy

4 Jun

Hi, This is HoneyBuns Candy

In San Fran feeling bored once i get some pussy and some dick and money ill be OK. This is your bubble butt adult ts star saying the movie was nice, Everyone had fun but little me. I got into my shy 80’s  mood.  If someone would have said,”Lets fire this bowl of kris and gave me so pussy or dick that would be a good thing, but they didn’t..

Oh, Well..This is Candy saying,

“Eat you later, baby!”

Mariko’s TRIP DIARY: Sex Worker Fest DAY 1

2 Jun
Annie Sprinkle, Mariko Passion and our adopted migrant worker doll "Janey"

Annie Sprinkle, Mariko Passion and our adopted Kumjing migrant worker doll "Janey"

If the names Carol Queen and Annie Sprinkle ring a bell for anyone out there, then yesterday’s Belle Bazaar was where you wanted to be.  It was a tabling and craft fair for artists and photographer who wanted to clean out their closets and sell their own or the work of someone else, get in the swing of the festival and donate to CSC.

I performed an emotional monologue and blues set, and so did Ckiara who was a new spoken word artist who read from her book, “Song of Men Slaves.”  Rock band Lipstick Conspiracy was also there, and SWOP-LA was able to represent by selling some shirts.  I sold artwork to one of my mentors in “post porn modernist” artifact making Annie Sprinkle, who I am standing next to.  I sold her a piece from my 2001 collection for a giveaway price of $50!  Indeed, cleaning out the closet and selling artwork for any amount of money is STILL just as satisfying as always, reminding me that I am actually a part of San Francisco’s sex activst culture and that I need to continue making work!   Art is a clear and obvious way to connect social movements and causes where our vocabularies and language barriers cannot do the job..I marched in the May 1-May Day march in downtown LA and wished I had thought to take Janey there…

Janey is my adopted friend from Empower, a harm reduction worker led theatre troupe in Bangkok, Thailand who is one of a series of 100 infant sized migrant worker dolls that will be adopted and installed in new lives and locations of fellow activists that Empower has befriended along the way.  Empower is a sex worker led education group that I had the privilege of finally meeting in the International AIDS conference in Mexico City last year.  I decided to take my Kumjing to San Francisco, and especially to make sure she was able to meet Annie Sprinkle!  My Kumjing has changed her name to Janey, and I will be blogging the adventures of the 3 LA representatives that have made it to this festival.  Candy is an intersex, 55 years old streetworker and adult movie star, and is from our Skid row needle exchange group “Tricks of the Trade.”  She read about the festival in a $pread magazine that I gave the group as an incentive and called me on the 877 line to ask me about it.  I was able to fund her one way ticket to SF using the Tides Grant that was intended to build leadership and motivation for sex workers who are injecting.   This is what SUCCESSFUL OUTREACH looks like!  SWOP-LA and $pread magazine making it happening in that barely funded revolutionary grassroots way that only we know how to do best.  Exposing new activists in the movement and having them want to be a part of the action without you having to push them in the right direction.  She’s very excited about the trip, to say the least.