International Aids Conference, Pre Conference for Sex Workers.

It’s the first evening and Welcome Reception for the Universal Action for the Sex Work Inclusion Pre-Conference meeting about Sex Work, which is an Official Affiliated Event of the International Aids Society. which is part of the International Aids Conference in Mexico City.

For me this is HUGE. This is my first time with the International Sex Worker Movement. About 170 Sex Workers had dinner together, and it was awesome! I’m feeling very overwhelmed, crowds of people always do that to me though. But how amazing is it for 170 International Sex Workers to come together and talk about rights for Sex Workers! I’m awed, the whole thing is paid for, free to all of us, including Hotel Rooms, Food, everything! It’s VERY awesome! Everyone has been really nice so far, and there was a whole table full of Transgendered people, and another great table or two of Men. So there is some representation from us “others” in the movement. The entire contingent of US Sex Workers is not all here yet, but we are growing in numbers.. 3 so far with more to come!

Great Energy, wonderfully well put on so far. They’ve JAM PACKED the schedule however with Breakfast starting @ 7:30 AM, and running until 8 or 9 PM! Very Long days ahead!! The last day of the conference ends in a March against Homophobia! Robyn and I are very excited as well as the Cambodian Male Sex Workers! So much more to report, but I’m sleepy sleepy, long days ahead, and I didn’t get to fully recuperate from the DA conference. I’m going to try and not work so hard this conference, just take it all in and stay quite. That’s my plan. I’m hoping after the march to go visit the Basilica Of Guadalupe. I’m not a catholic, but my best friend is enamored with the Virgin of Guadalupe, and has gotten me intrigued and interested. I wish my friend could be here to visit with me!

SWOP-LA @ ADULTCON…can u say dental..DAAAAAMMM?

the_adultcon_logo.jpgpneadultcongroupshot.jpgMariko Passion, Courtney, volunteer Jamez and the kind folks at Extenz and Explosion male herbal enhancement products let us use their stage and mic to do some safe sex work demos with dental dams and flavored condoms. The crowd loved it. Adultcon was the entire weekend of 9/22-24 and it was an exhaustive outreach effort selling t-shirts, performing demos and shouting at people to make donations. It was a good outreach effort, truly a non profit effort as the booth was not donated to us, but at least we did not LOSE any money. We garnered support from the hetero porn watchers, AND most importantly garnered support form a few key PORN STARS who have tried or currently do try their hands at being whores/escorts themselves. They were not only supportive, but willing to do content trades to do safe sex work porn with me/us in the future!!

SWOP-LA has made an important PARTNERSHIP with WOMEN ALIVE, an HIV/AIDS non profit that is the reason that we have the safe sex tools to give away to other sex workers and clients at events like adultcon. Alma, from Women Alive was a member of SWOP-LAS VEGAS last year and has since moved to LA and already helped SWOP-LA in amazing ways. We are returning to Venice Beach to do a safer sex work outreach demo TOMORROW, 9/29/07. come find the action if you live nearby!

View HOT FOOTAGE FROM ADULTCON NOW!!courtneymariko.jpg