Grind the Vote D.C. 2008: Sex Workers From Pole to Poll!

From Sin City to the Big Apple, sex workers are organizing for political and economic justice. Now in the Nation’s Capital we are capitalizing on the sex worker electorate to Grind the Vote! The sex workers of $pread Magazine, Different Avenues and Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS), are proud to host their first voter registration event and dance-party this July 30th.

Grind the Vote 2008 in D.C. will register voters and create awareness around the issues concerning sex workers throughout the country. Please forward this information to Beltway contacts!


9PM-2AM, Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Be Bar’s “be:xx” night
1318 9th St NW
Washington, D.C.

Join us for politically-inspired performances and a rockin’ mid-week dance party featuring strip-tease, drag acts, raffle, DJs Bent & Kofi, burlesque, voter guides. Also featured will be updates from Different Avenues and HIPS on the policing of sex work in D.C., Prostitution Free Zones (PFZs) and the political entrepreneurs of Washington, D.C. For the first time in D.C. history, candidates running for election in the district will be asked about their positions on the criminalization approach to sex work in the city by an established political advocacy group, the non-partisan Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance.

“Grind the Vote is the first-ever national voter awareness and registration event for sex workers and their allies in the United States,” said Carol Leigh of Bay Area Sex Worker Advocacy Network (BAYSWAN). “Our fast growing movement has learned much about the political process and how crucial our political participation is. This day is a milestone in the history of political participation and
self-representation in the USA.”

William Rockwell, $pread Magazine, 917.345.0404, will@spreadmagazine.org

Darby Hickey, Different Avenues, 202.829.2103, darby@differentavenues.org

Cyndee Clay, Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS), 202.232.8150, cyndeeclay@hips.org

2 Responses

  1. Gah, dammit! I’ll be in FL!

    I hope it’s a great event!

  2. this was such a great party!!!!

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