by: Aurora Watson
Forty-six years ago today, over a 100 sex workers began an 8-day protest against inhumane working conditions and occupied Église Saint-Nizier in Lyon, France. Since then, sex workers and allies across the globe come together to march for their right and commemorate the protest that sparked it all on what is now known as International Whores' Day (IWD).
Since the launch of our Model Program, we've focused on showing support for our Model community and creating a space for sexual freedom of expression.Not only has our site evolved and our support team grown to help our PH Models, but we’ve also partnered up with institutions like Sex Workers Outreach Project who are dedicated to human rights for sex workers, and organizations like Pineapple Support who provide mental health resources for people in the adult industry. However, a lot has changed in the last year and we are still working to help evolve the industry, so stay tuned for upcoming projects.
In the meantime, we’ve put together a list of helpful resources for people in the industry, whether you’re thinking of joining, are new, or have been part of the sex workers community for a long time.
Pineapple Support is a free therapy service dedicated to people working in the online adult industry. They can put you in contact with someone from their team of specialized therapists for face-to-face online sessions to discuss anything from sexuality to mental health to trauma.
There are also videos on their YouTube channel with that focus on different topics from anxiety management to self-care and meditation to healing through kink.
Our Sexual Wellness site has an collection of articles that range from sexual health, relationships, and the latest on sex tech and research written by our contributors who are experts in the field. You can also submit your questions to our SW director Dr. Laurie Betito for her weekly Q&A. No question or concern is too small!
SWOP is a network that is dedicated to advocating for fundamental human rights for sex workers, spreading awareness of the stigma that continues to exist, and promoting equality and open-mindedness through education. On their site, you can find a support help line and useful resources on self-face, policy changes, and sex workers rights.
Free Speech Coalition put together a guide with helpful suggestions, tips and methods from experienced and succesful performers from how to protect yourself from scams to onset protocals to things to consider when going independent.
This resource is focused on supporting the community of BIPOC adult performers and sex workers through education, financial assistance, and coaching through their Wellness program.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.