The Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center Presents

Sex(ual) Healing

9.16.21
The Roxy
NYC

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The Sex Workers Project Presents

Sex(ual) Healing

9.16.21
The Roxy
NYC

Trailer
About
Tickets
Credits

The Sex Workers Project of UJC Presents

Sex(ual) Healing

9.16.21
The Roxy
NYC

Trailer
About
Tickets
Credits

TRAILER

As we approach the Sex Workers Project’s 20th anniversary we are excited to launch a groundbreaking new documentary, Sex(ual) Healing on Sept. 16th, 2021! This is the first of our docuseries that aspires to shift the way we see sex and sexuality in our society through the eyes of sex work experts and educators, highlighting the range of experiences of people in the sex trades.

Through the first episode of this reality-focused and nuanced docuseries we will help millions of individuals better understand the complexity and diversity of sex work, recognize the harmful impact of existing laws, and change the way we talk about criminality, sex and consent.  

We aim to educate, raise awareness, and build an audience we can mobilize to defend the rights of sex workers across the country. 

We’re seeking funding to produce more films in the series focused on topics such as sex work and family, BIPOC specific experiences, sex work and mental health, clients who seek sex work and why, the impacts of criminalization on sex workers and how this work contributes to sex education, to name a few.  

Sponsors

Sponsors

ATTEND THE DEBUT

Thursday, September 16th
6pm-9pm

The Roxy Hotel
2 6th Ave
New York, NY 10013
Lower Level

COVID-19 Precautions: SWP is tracking the pandemic daily and will follow all CDC and NYC Covid protocols that exist at the time of this event, including but not limited to requiring proof of vaccination (card or photo of card) and/or wearing KN95 masks (to be provided at event). Should the event be rescheduled, ticket purchases will be applied to the future event date.

Press inquiries should be directed to Zola Bruce at zbruce@urbanjustice.org 

Funding and sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Harper Zacharias at hzacharias@urbanjustice.org 

$75

With a $75 donation, you can watch the film and attend a panel with the participants from the video with the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the nuances of sexual healing in depth. Enjoy the open bar, appetizers, and opportunity to mingle with SWP staff, Director/Editor/Producer Max Skaff, Sex(ual) Healing interviewees and other attendees. You’ll have the chance to purchase SWP merchandise as well.

$250

Show your commitment to sex workers rights by purchasing the $250 premium entry ticket to the Sex(ual) Healing Debut. This ticket includes a free limited edition SWP t-shirt designed to show the world that sex workers are activists, educators, advocates, experts and healers. The ticket will also come with gifts from our sponsors that will be announced closer to the event.

$500

Show your commitment to sex workers rights by purchasing the $500 VIP ticket to the Sex(ual) Healing Debut.

This ticket includes a free limited edition SWP crewneck sweatshirt designed to show the world that sex workers are activists, educators, advocates, experts and healers as well as a Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is totebag. The ticket will also come with premium gifts from our sponsors that will be announced closer to the event.

Join the Sexual Liberation Giving Circle & receive a free VIP ticket

SEX WORKERS PROJECT

Executive Producer

SWP, Executive Producer

We are a national organization that defends the human rights of sex workers by destigmatizing and decriminalizing people in the sex trades through free legal services, education, research, and policy advocacy. 

zola bruce

Line Producer

Zola Bruce

Zola (ze/they/them) is a social worker, activist and artist who focuses on helping people to create the life they want in all aspects of their career. Combining their experiences in art, activism, and social work, Zola most recently worked as Associate Director of Communications & Impact at the Center for Anti-Violence Education. They continue to create, consult, speak at activist events, acts, teaches BDSM workshops and is a part of the production team for Kink Out.

Esther K.

Consultant

Esther K.

Esther is an active participant in grassroots organizing around Asian American and Pacific Islander issues; specifically, as it relates to sex workers’ rights and anti-gentrification efforts in Chinatowns. She is an organizer with Red Canary Song – an Asian-American sex workers and allies lead group focusing on migrant massage parlor workers outreach. With RCS, she is working on the full decriminalization of sex work in New York, in coalition with Chinatowns across the U.S. to build political lines, and does public education.

MAX SKAFF

Director, Producer, Editor

Max Skaff

Maximus Skaff is a Brooklyn/Puerto Rico based Transmasculine writer, director, cinematographer, & editor who’s visual talents have been featured in New York Magazine, Huffington Post, NPR, New York Times, among others. His films have been screened globally and won awards at festivals such as the Cannes International Film Festival and SIFF. In 2015, he founded his full service production company, 422Luxe. 422Luxe’s work ranges from narrative short films, to documentaries, to branded content, and to music videos. 422Luxe focuses in offering diverse LGBTQ+ and responsible sex industry perspectives through their work.

Meet The Interviewees

YIN Q

they/she

YIN Q

Yin has been a BDSM practitioner for over twenty years. They are a core organizer of Red Canary Song, a grassroots collective that advocates for sex work decriminalization & protective policies and provides resources to the migrant massage parlor workers of Flushing, Queens NY.

As Founder and Creative Director of Kink Out, they have helped bring sex worker and kink positive art and education to museums such as NY Performance Space, The Whitney Museum, Leslie Lohman and were named Artist in Residence at MoMA PS1 for Winter 2019/20.

Their work has been recognized by Spike Lee in his tribute to Jackie Robinson as one of the current Impact Activists.

Cecilia Gentili

she/her

CECILIA GENTILLI

 

Originally from Argentina, Cecilia found her passion for advocacy and community service when she started working as an intern at the LGBT Community Center in New York City. From 2012 to 2016, she managed the Transgender Health Program at the Apicha Community Health Center. Cecilia is also contributor to Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community, and a board member for Transcend Legal and Translatina Network. Throughout her career, Cecilia has trained more than 3,000 individuals on a range of issues that include LGBTQ inclusion, immigration, drug use, sexual health, trans sensitivity, and intersectionality.

ASHLEY PAIGE

she/her

Ashley paige

Ashley Paige is a Professional Dominatrix, Sadistic Black Femdom, Fetish Porn Performer, and BDSM Educator. She explains, “The thing I love most about Kink is that there is literally something for everyone. From Pegging, Power Exchange, and Piss Play to Corporal Punishment, Cuckolding, and everything in between – there’s a way to scratch every itch.”

However, because sex work is criminalized, she says “Me simply existing as who I am is criminalized, which means I can’t move in the world like a normal person would.”

VICTORIA VON BLAQUE

she/her

Victoria Von Blaque


Victoria Von Blaque has navigated life as a trans woman, a college graduate, a sex worker, a case manager, and now, an educator and consultant. She is a small business owner, running Femme Fatale LLC, a consultancy organization that promotes body positivity, and the project manager for A Beautiful Transition, a site documenting the lives of trans activists.
She has spoken on LGBTQ competency to audiences across New York. She provided case management and retention specialist for LGBTQ homeless youth at the Ali Forney Center, protecting youth from the harms of leaselessness and empowering them with the tools they need to live independently.

Mariko

he/him

Mariko

 

Mariko is a client of Yin’s and participated in the documentary on the condition of anonymity.

FRESH MEAT

they/them

FRESH MEAT

 

Fresh Meat started out as a client. They then began working in the industry as well. As they explain in the film, “Sex workers have been really helpful for me in learning that I shouldn’t apologize for who I am or what I want.”