Spring 2004 Events
Wednesday, June 23, 2004, 8:00am - 10:00am The White Dog Cafe Philadelphia at 5th Annual Prevention Summit
Breakfast Forum III - Sex Workers and HIV: The Adventures of Scarlot Harlot -$15, reservations. Visit http://www.fight.org/aem/calendar.asp
Thursday, June 24, 2003 8:30-:4:30 Philadelphia Convention Center 5th Annual Prevention Summit- Find out more at http://www.fight.org/aem/calendar.asp
June 12, 2004 with Writers with Drinks (writerswithdrinks.com) The Make-Out Room 3225 22nd. St., San Francisco CA
May 18, 2004 at Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia Street 7:30 PM
May 4th, 2004 at Good Vibrations, 603 Valencia, 8 PM
Friday June 18th at 9 PM in Montreal, Canada at "Soiree Red Light" Cabaret & Party Station C, 1450 rue Ste Catherine Est - corner Plessis, in conjunction with Montreal's Turn Up The Heat! Festival for The Rights of Sex Workers, June 14 -19
Saturday, June 19th at 7 PM (time to be confirmed) at Come As You Are-Venez tels quels ,5427 Boul. St-Laurent, Montreal
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Description of Presentations (individual events vary):
Scarlot Harlot will sing, dance, read and deliver various forms of schtick from her new book Unrepentant Whore: Collected Works of Scarlot Harlot. The evening will also include a discussion on recent activist efforts to decriminalization prostitution and a report on trafficking and sex workers' rights from Leigh's recent trip (returning May 3rd) to a conference "Legal Constraints and Possibilities in Protecting the Rights of Sex Workers", An International Conference on the Sex Industry and Workers' Rights "Co-organised by Ziteng and the Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong. You can buy Leigh's book or a 'Slut's Unite' or 'U.S. Out of My Underwear' T-Shirt. Visit swop-usa.org for more information about the Berkeley Initiative to Decriminalize Prostitution.
Unrepentant Whore: Collected Works of Scarlot Harlot- 240 pages/paperback ISBN 0-86719-584-3, Last Gasp, 777 Florida St. , San Francisco, CA 94110 , www.lastgasp.com
Scarlot Harlot, unrepentant whore, activist, and artist, is a brazen, brainy hooker. Since the late 1970s, Harlot (AKA Carol Leigh) has written, performed and produced work in a variety of genres on women's issues and her experiences in the sex industry. This collection of articles and essays documents over twenty years of prostitute radicalism from a leader of the sex workers' rights movement. Heady, political, and sexy, these autobiographical missives defend sex, queer rights and reproductive freedom and attack fundamentalist feminism, economic injustice and discrimination. Leigh's writings explore a historic cultural and artistic underground from an irreverent point of view, challenging conventions of sexuality, aesthetics, technology and prevailing social mores. Included are photographs of boudoir scenes, nudes and political street theatre by notable photographers including Annie Sprinkle, Ann Marie Rousseau, Jane P. Cleland and Michele Clement.
Carol Leigh has been a sex worker and activist since the late seventies. A writer and performance artist (AKA Scarlot Harlot), she first used the term 'sex worker' in 1978. For several years Leigh volunteered at the HIV Prevention Project (needle exchange) in the women's site mission food program and directed a street outreach program in the Tenderloin. As a founding member of ACT UP, she organized a campaign against mandatory HIV testing of prostitutes. She was seated on the San Francisco Board of Supervisor's Task Force on Prostitution representing San Francisco's Commission on the Status of Women. Leigh currently directs and curates the San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Video Festival. She collaborates with sex worker activists around the world from Sweden to Hong Kong. She toured for the last two years with the Sex Workers Art Show Tour ( http://www.sexworkersartshow.com ). Her video, Blind Eye To Justice: HIV+ Women Incarcerated in California is narrated by Angela Davis. She is a COYOTE and SWOP member and on the advisory board of the St. James Infirmary.