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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.

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

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay 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.

Is Sex Work Empowering Or Enslaving?

Ravishly | Posted 12.18.2014 | Women

Women working in the sex work industry -- be it pornography, stripping or prostitution -- sit in the cross-hairs of an enduring controversy, surfacing questions surrounding everything from sexuality and health to economics and morality. Is female sex work empowering, enslaving... or a lot more complicated than either?

An Insider's Look At The Queer Sex Worker Industry

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 10.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Why do individuals make the decision to engage in sex work? There are a million answers to this question, and we don't see authentic portrayals of ...

Surviving Dangerous Work Through 'Soul Space'

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 12.10.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

What if, every day that you are at work, you face serious injury or death? Such work has many challenges, but often unexamined are the spiritual crises that dangerous work entails. It doesn't just threaten the body; it also threatens the soul.

Carly Schwartz

California Quietly Adopts Landmark Condom Law To Protect Sex Workers | Carly Schwartz | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

Last week, without fanfare or media attention, California became the first state in the nation to adopt a law aiming to protect sex workers from being...

Carly Schwartz

California Quietly Adopts Landmark Condom Law To Protect Sex Workers | Carly Schwartz | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics

Last week, without fanfare or media attention, California became the first state in the nation to adopt a law aiming to protect sex workers from being...

A Look At The Male Sex Worker Throughout History

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.07.2014 | Gay Voices

A compelling new book this week that examines the practice of sex work by men from both a modern day and a historical perspective hit the shelves. ...

Drive-In Brothels Could Reshape Standards For Sex Worker Safety

The Huffington Post | Emily Thomas | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women

It's been a year since Zurich, Switzerland, installed drive-in "sex-boxes" to improve safety for sex workers, and now authorities are hailing the prog...

6 Myths About Sex Workers Busted | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business

Sex work is not a real job? False....

Can Sex Work Make More Sense Than Working At Walmart? Hell, Yes

Lara Michelle | Posted 09.28.2014 | Women
Lara Michelle

I understand that there are women who are indeed coerced into sex work, who are abused by pimps, mistreated by johns, raped and bullied by men on the streets. But that simply was not my story. I made a conscious decision to enter the sex industry. When I wanted to quit, I did. So yes, for me, a job in the sex industry certainly made more sense than a job at Walmart.

Sex Website Seizure Spurs City's Bid To Decriminalize Prostitution

Reuters | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics

By Mary Papenfuss SAN FRANCISCO, July 29 (Reuters) - The head of San Francisco's Erotic Service Providers Union has been a sex worker ...

A Second Chance to Do It Right

Marshall Stowell | Posted 09.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Marshall Stowell

No doubt the topic of conversation at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, will be "key populations." In other words, how do we reach those at greatest risk for infection -- men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and sex workers.

Why I Support Canada's Proposed Prostitution Laws

Georgialee Lang | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Georgialee Lang

The view that prostitution subordinates and victimizes women and girls is not particularly popular, but I have seen it first-hand when I lived on Granville Street in the early 1970's and in Vancouver's west end in the 80's. The image of a "happy hooker" is a Madison Avenue gimmick that has no basis in reality. When my husband, Doug, ran the Vancouver Vice Squad, I saw again the squalor and exploitation of young, addicted woman, both tragic and poignant.