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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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

Queering Winter Holidays: Reclaiming Hanukkah and Christmas to Build LGBTQIA Unity

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

Queering the winter holidays, let's celebrate our uniquely inclusive community where deep and real friendships cross every boundary -- without judgment or fear between us.

Helping Women Off the Streets Get Back on Track

Shaaron Funderburk | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Shaaron Funderburk

How many of you know of a woman who woke up one day and decided that they wanted to be a drug addict, alcoholic or prostitute? My guess? None of you!

Human Rights and the Fight Against Trafficking

Juhu Thukral | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Trafficking in persons clearly involves human rights concerns, based on the coercion, threats, or violence victims and survivors face. But the ways we as a community respond to human trafficking also involve very important human rights issues.

Smarter U.S. Prostitution Laws Would Help AIDS Fight

Noël Busch-Armendariz | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Noël Busch-Armendariz

Health care providers, human rights advocates, social workers and politicians should join forces with sex worker rights groups to create legislation and a movement to repeal laws that criminalize people engaged in sex work.

Gloria Steinem vs. Prostitution in India

American Anthropological Association | Posted 01.28.2015 | World
American Anthropological Association

The NYT series gives a glimpse of how the anti-trafficking message is being put together, with creative uses of both the age-old idea of Indian women being fundamentally oppressed, as well as a newer idea that there is a feminist movement there positioned to resolve sexism, in part by abolishing prostitution.

The Hidden HIV Harms of Indonesia's Brothel Crackdowns

Kyle Knight | Posted 01.02.2015 | World
Kyle Knight

In 2013 Surabaya's firebrand mayor closed two of the city's six red light districts. But while she is running the campaign in the name of public morality, research shows closing brothels puts sex workers at increased risk, and HIV interventions must adjust.

Highways, HIV And Health Care In Uganda

Savannah Russo | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Savannah Russo

The inconvenient truth is that highways that carry the materials and goods we all depend on also transport the high impact diseases that are decimating African communities and economies.