Sex Work Awareness & the Sex Blogger Calendar: Outreach, Fundraising, and Public Education

Producing a calendar, like a group of NYC bloggers has done with the 2009 Sex Bloggers Calendar, for a fundraising project is not a new idea – it’s tried and true, and it conveniently means that there’s an actual product so there’s a tangible answer to “what do I get?,” a question that people getting friendly with a new organization are justified in asking (also, the end of the year is prime giving time). Another justifiable question is, “what will my money be used for?”

The organization that benefits from calendar sales – and at this point in the game is receiving all of the money from each sale through my store, since our costs are covered – is Sex Work Awareness (SWA). Sex Work Awareness is an organization that I co-founded with Eliyanna Kaiser, Kevicha Echols, and Susan Rohwer, and was created around the core belief that all sex workers have a right to self-determination; to choose how they make a living and what they do with their bodies.

SWA plans to use funds from the calendar sales to do our media skills training workshops Speak Up! for sex workers in New York and another city on the east coast. We will use the money to pay the workshop presenters, rent space and provide snacks, as well as provide a small stipend for workshop participants who might not otherwise be able to afford to take time out to take the day long seminar.

SWA will also allocate some funds to the development of a new media project, an alternative audioguide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 19th and 20th century European paintings. The audioguide, Red Light Met, will be available as a podcast on iTunes and will be chock full of information about prostitution and the arts.
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