The San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival

 15 May
 San Francisco Bay Area
  - 95070 - San Francisco - United States
 San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Fest
The San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film & Arts Festival provides a forum for the accomplishments of sex worker performers, artists and video makers from San Francisco and around the world. Festival founder, Carol Leigh AKA Scarlot Harlot says, "Sex workers have an excellent vantage point from which to view social hypocrisy, expressed in many contexts--by the lawmakers who use sex workers' services, then sponsor policies which further criminalize us, to the wanna-be saviors who claim to 'rescue' but only increase our vulnerability. This whores-eye-view of society is reflected in this body of work by sex workers." You can donate to the festival and our new Beyond NOTAFLOF policy here: Visit our schedule and our website for all the details The 2015 Festival features long running events including "The Institute of Sexworkology” and "Whores Bath" (the magical healing spa for sex workers). New events include a free solo performance workshop for sex workers by Sangria Red. This year Gina Gold kicks off the Festival with "Sex Worker Diaries,” in conjunction with her ongoing series, TMI Storytelling. Mariko Passion returns with classic performance art at the Center for Sex & Culture. Back by popular demand is The Incredible Edible Akynos. Bay Area activist and well known producer/musician, Juba Kalamka hosts a reading featuring the newly launched $pread anthology, based on the magazine by that name. Anthology readers include Scarlot Harlot, Erica Elena and special guest, Professor Mireille Miller-Young. Community events include “Sex WorkTrafficking,” a community discussion and screening about the increasing scapegoating of sex workers and other communities under the guise of anti-trafficking. SWAG joins the Festival this year to present "Human & Here: A Community Event Against Violence” at the Center for Sex & Culture. We come together to remember, to nourish ourselves and to talk, about violence, resourcefulness, resistance addressing conditions surrounding violence against sex workers and transgender people from evictions to profiling to physical attacks and more. Movies play throughout the week at various venues including a marathon sex worker screening, day and night at the Roxie Theater on Saturday May 23rd. Plus we will present new works in our online theater sponsored by Film Curator Laure McElroy, writer and long time activist with Poor Magazine, provides funny and insightful commentary to audiences around the world who share these festival selections with universty classes and at other international sex worker cultural festivals. Intersectionality and the Mission of the Sex Worker Fest The Sex Worker Fest is anti race, class, gender, age, ability, size and sexual identity oppression. We strive to increase the involvement of politically underrepresented sex worker communities such as trans folk, street based workers, workers of color and workers who transcend the racist, sexist, heterosexist, white-supremacist norms and standards of mainstream beauty.We push the margins of the movement into the center, working to shift paradigms in joint struggle, we cultivate leadership of sex workers that are marginalized within the sex workers movement. We highlight the artistic endeavors of workers in all aspects of the sex industry because whore culture is real, present and on a corner, in a bar, in a hotel or in a bedroom community near YOU. The Sex Worker Festival is proud to include sponsors: the East Bay Express; the San Francisco Bay Times (; the National Queer Arts Festival (, the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival; the Center for Sex & Culture (; Rainbow Food Coop (; Media Alliance (; Sex Worker Media Library (; International Sex Worker Foundation for Art Culture and Education (, Sex Workers Outreach Project; Desiree Alliance; the St. James Infirmary (www.stjamesinfirmary.or); the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Inc. and more. Community business sponsors including Rentboy (, Slixa (, Cuties Tools (, Good Vibrations (, Bondassage ( and many more coming soon! Visit our schedule and our website for all the details

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