i was 19 when i learnt my first pole move, i learnt a back hook spin from a stripper when i
was working as a hostess in
a gentleman’s club. for those of you who don’t know, hostessing is when one person pays
another person for their time,
anything from a conversation over dinner to sex work, and the club gets a cut of the fee. my
lived experience as a very
young woman in these environments has not only informed the strong and formidable woman that
i am today, but also a lot
of my work as a music and visual artist - sometimes even subconsciously.
i feel like now is the time for me to step forward, pay respect, and shine a light on the challenges facing sex workers, especially during these uncertain times. sex workers I know and have met have discipline, craft, talent and work ethic - not only do they deserve better long-term, but their income has been wiped out by the lockdown and many are invisible to the financial aid available to others.
there’s a bigger journey in challenging public attitudes, tackling stigma, and fighting for rights and protections - but today I’m inviting you to join me in helping with cash donations to SWARM, Lysistrata and ELSC. these organisations are providing direct financial support to strippers and sex workers, we’ve kicked off the the fund with £10,000 and you can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/sexworkermutualaidfunds