Director and screenwriter Cheyenne Picardo's film "Remedy" is about sex worker burnout, but it's also about everyone who has ever had a bad job. Being a dominatrix, switch, or a submissive professionally isn't that different from terrible jobs; Chris Hall elaborates on the parallels inside...
Arguments to criminalize sex work and to remove sex workers rights always boil down to "Jail 'em for their own good." As ridiculous as that is, it's not enough to get rid of bad laws. We also have to get rid of the stigma that allows sex workers to be treated as disposable, and non-sex workers have a responsibility to speak up.
Ms R., a California sex worker was beaten and raped by a client in her apartment last year. When she applied to the state government for help with medical and mental health expenses, she was told that her status as a sex worker made her ineligible. A year later, she's on the verge of changing that policy.
Given only two weeks warning, the country's only unionized, worker-owned peepshow will close its doors for the last time on September 2. For over thirty years, it's been a landmark for San Francisco, and a focal point for the city's culture of sex work activism. Now, the city and its sex workers look at a future without the iconic Lusty Lady.
Sex workers scored a win this year: after years of repeatedly dying in committee, a bill that would bar police from using condoms as evidence of prostitution passed a vote of the full assembly. It's only a partial victory, but an important one. Will sex worker activists be able to take the bill all the way?
One of the challenges that trans and genderqueer people typically face is getting the government to acknowledge their gender on official identification. This month, the Social Security Administration took a big leap forward by no longer requiring that a person have had surgery to change their official gender on government records.
Money on the Internet has become privatized, and it's not enough to have a legal product and a willing customer; you can only spend or receive money on the Internet if a credit card or billing company says you can. Pandora Blake learned this in detail when her billing company demanded extensive, detailed changes to her indie website, Dreams of Spanking.