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The RentBoy Raid: This Video Will Change The Way You Think About Sex Work

Jake Jaxson | Posted 08.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Jake Jaxson

There has been much speculation over why the raid at RentBoy occurred, considering they have operated openly for the past 20 years. My belief, sadly, is that they were targeted and brought down because of PRIDE. And in the spirt of that pride, today I am releasing part of a film that we had been working on months before the raid of RentBoy.

Je Suis Rentboy.com

Matthew Ebert | Posted 08.28.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

I join Lambda Legal Defense, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and activists like Justin Vivian Bond and Peter Staley who all support Rentboy.com. Mostly, I support the rent boys themselves--I stand with sex worker.

Rentboy: For What It's Worth

Dale Cooper | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Dale Cooper

The message from the federal government has largely been a threat to the lives and livelihood of US citizens, who are, it must be said, under the law, criminals.

Feds Raid Rentboy.com -- Are We Any Safer?

Matt Baume | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

The story that we tell ourselves is that sex work is banned in order to protect victims of trafficking and exploitation. And while that's a worthwhile goal, there's just one problem: Arresting people who exchange money for sex may not stop exploitation, and in fact might make things worse.

In Alaska, Not All 'Sex Traffickers' Are Sex Traffickers

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics

An Alaskan researcher and former sex worker is spearheading an effort to fight the state's anti-sex trafficking law that she and others arg...

Trafficking and the State of the German Sex Trade

Katherine Koster | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Katherine Koster

Ultimately, there are problems with Germany's sex trade...but not the problems getting media buzz. And as irritating as this discourse is for sex worker advocates, the harm of these myths is not only discursive.

The Feds' RentBoy Raid Is an Attack on LGBTs and Sex Workers

Chris Sosa | Posted 08.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Sosa

Sex workers shouldn't be forced to live in the shadows, facing violence alone and without access to the basic health and human services those in non-criminalized professions take for granted.

Daughters of the Red Light

Shanoor Seervai | Posted 08.24.2015 | World
Shanoor Seervai

When I told my friends I would be volunteering in Kamathipura, the city's largest red-light district, the first question they asked was, "Is that safe?" At the time, the question seemed prejudiced. At 20, I thought I was too worldly for such small-minded fears.

Why Divorce Can Be Good for Your Health: New Evidence

Douglas LaBier | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Douglas LaBier

The study examined the health outcomes of people who are divorced, as well as unmarried, cohabiting couples. Published in the American Journal of Public Health, the research has implications for younger generations, as more people pursue unconventional relationships and divorce continues to be an option.

Cash4Class: How Male Escort Site Rentboy.com Is Funding Higher Education

Kitty Stryker | Posted 08.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Kitty Stryker

When being a member of the site gives you potential benefits like this, why advertise somewhere else? It's a strategy many companies have taken up, and it's kind of exciting to see sex work following suit.

Hiring A Sex Worker Is Not 'Buying' A Person

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact

When talking about sex work, words matter. Amnesty International voted Tuesday to develop a policy supporting sex workers' rights. The new resolu...

I Asked 3 Women to Talk About Sex Work & Trafficking in the U.S.

Debra Carpenter | Posted 08.06.2015 | Women
Debra Carpenter

Are sex work and sex trafficking two separate issues? Should sex work be legal? It really depends on who you ask.

All Women, All Rights - Sex Workers Included

Serra Sippel | Posted 08.05.2015 | World
Serra Sippel

Criminalization creates an environment of stigma, discrimination and systematic exclusion that prevents sex workers from accessing health and support services and increases their risk of violence and abuse.

Here's What Amnesty International's Sex Work Proposal Really Means

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 08.04.2015 | World

Amnesty International will vote this month on whether to advocate worldwide decriminalization of sex work. If the policy is adopted, the hum...

8 Things To Know About Amnesty's Draft Proposal On Sex Work

Katherine Koster | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

Confused about the Amnesty International draft proposal? Here are some of the major points, broken down. The safety and human rights of sex workers, not the interest of clients and third parties, drive the call to end indirect criminalization of sex work.

Tangerine: Taking Juice From the Pulp, Movie Review

Veronica Vera | Posted 07.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Veronica Vera

Mya and Kiki agreed they would get involved only if he gave his word the movie would give unvarnished truth and would be funny. He kept his commitment, for the most part. It wasn't what was in the story that made me uncomfortable, it was what was left out.

An Interview With Award-Winning Trans Escort Viktor Belmont

Michael Podell | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Podell

Viktor isn't just a trans man, he's a trans gay male escort. It's a whole extra layer of stigma to deal with, and one that Viktor handles with aplomb.

Why Couples Should Consider Booking Pros for Threesomes

Kitty Stryker | Posted 06.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Kitty Stryker

If you're looking to experiment with extracurricular sexytimes, booking a male escort may be one way to increase the odds of success and comfort. If you think it might be for you, learn how to be a great client, tip generously, and communicate well!

Reaching and Respecting Those Most at Risk

Savannah Russo | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Savannah Russo

To combat HIV in the places of highest prevalence, health workers in southwest Uganda are joining forces with displaced tribal members, migrant workers and other most at risk populations.

Here Are Some Of The 'Obnoxious' Questions That Sex Workers Are Tired Of Hearing

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.22.2015 | Gay Voices

In Love Not Given Lightly, author Tina Horn chronicles the lives of those she encountered throughout her own experience within sexual counter cultures...

Why 'Philanthropy Needs To Go Where Government Won't' To Protect Sex Workers

Inside Philanthropy | Kiersten Marek | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact

The health and safety of sex workers: It's not an issue most of us tend to think about every day, but it's yet another example of how marginalized pop...

This A&E Reality Show Promised To Help Sex Workers. It Just Made Their Lives Worse.

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 05.06.2015 | Media

A&E's dramatic reality TV show "8 Minutes" claims to rescue sex workers from lives of danger and abuse. But several women who appeared on the show cla...

Celebrating 21st-Century Feminism and Why It Matters

Emmanuelle Herman | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Emmanuelle Herman

In a room full of feminists the other day, someone asked 'What have we achieved over the past 10 years?' To my surprise, the room fell silent. Is it really that hard to name a couple of recent successes?

Owning the Big "O": Persons With Disabilities and Sex Work, a "Deliciously Different" Kind of "Session"

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 04.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

By only focusing on the above mentioned models of sex and disability, and glorifying the sex worker as a saint of sorts for providing such an invaluable experience, we are again placing people with disabilities at a disadvantage.

In Counting the Homeless This Week, Let's Count Youth Who Exchange Sex for Shelter

Ariel Zwang | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Ariel Zwang

Youth who are homeless will hang out in places where they've never been counted before and where you'd never recognize them. But those youth who are couch surfing, or worse, trading sex for a safe place to sleep (survival sex), will be left out.