Working in Internet porn opened many doors for me. I made meaningful connections with such fantastic people and organizations in all sorts of fields, but in particular with those who work in sexual education, sex worker activism, and youth empowerment. These I discovered are some of my passion projects and it feels so good to do what I can to help make a difference. The staff and clients of these organizations are so amazing. They are my inspiration!
Since 1970, Head & Hands has provided medical, legal and social services to Montreal youth. Today, their services include free weekly drop-in medical clinics, legal information and consultations, counselling, a young parents’ program, youth drop-in, tutoring, street workers, and the Sense Project peer-based sex ed in high schools. Their approach is preventative, inclusive, non-judgmental, and holistic. They facilitate social change and the empowerment of youth based on their current needs within our community and society at large.
I was on the Board of Directors for this amazing organization from 2011 to 2013. In the past I was a client of theirs and I experienced first hand how their approach and their services make a true difference in young people’s lives.
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Created in 1995 through the initiative of a handful of sex-workers, public-health researchers and sympathisers, Chez Stella is an organization that offers resources and support to female identified sex workers in all fields. Stella’s goals are
1) to provide support and information to sex-workers so that they may live in safety and with dignity;
2) to sensitize and educate the public about sex work and the realities faced by sex workers;
3) to fight discrimination against sex workers;
4) to promote the decriminalisation of sex work.
I have taken part in a variety of demonstrations and actions to support this cause. Violence and stigma is rampant and only through rethinking our laws, working conditions and educating the public about the realities of sex work and the sex industry can real change occur.
Run by my dear friend Heather Corinna, Scarleteen is an independent, grassroots sexuality education and support organization and website. Founded in 1998, Scarleteen is visited by around three-quarters of a million diverse people each month worldwide, most between the ages of 15 and 25. It is the highest-ranked website for sex education and sexuality advice online and has held that rank through most of its tenure.
For a number of years I was a volunteer at Scarleteen and offered support via the very active message boards and writing the occasional article. I just adore Heather and the work she does. So inspiring and so important!
I speak regularly at the Sexual Attitude Reassessment Seminars that are organized by my friends at Sexpressions. I give a presentation to health care professionals, social workers and other participants about my personal experiences as a sex worker as well as the general issues of labour, stigma and criminalization of those involved in the sex industry. It’s an amazing course and I have received such positive feedback from people who have taken the course. It really has made a difference in their professional approach towards their clients who come from all walks of life. In fact, the nurse practitioner I deal with where I get my STI testing took the course!