My friend Meg Vallee and I did a thing at Wild Goose 2019. Here’s what we said. Meg speaks:  So, hi to everyone who chose to join us after lunch, when you really want to nap. Thank you! Welcome to Underground Economies, Radical Politics, and Unconventional Loves. When Lia and I started talking about doing this, we didn’t want to do a typical “you should love and respect sex workers” sort of thing. We think you’re probably already there, right? Instead, we wanted to break down the things we see in sex worker life–the life skills, the advocacy, the resilience, and the community, and seeRead More →

I miss writing. Well, more specifically, I miss blogging. I’m still writing sermons, although they feel more raw, more private, and even more confidential than before. So I’m not posting them anymore. But I haven’t written here since I really got going on my new job. Maybe it’s because I’m learning so much new stuff. Maybe it’s because I’m spending 15-18 hours a week on the road. Maybe it’s because I thought my head would implode with all this new information. Whatever it is, I’d like it to stop. I want to write. I want to write about the interesting (read that batty) person whoRead More →

Nine women have disappeared in a community called Rocky Mount, N.C. Six have been found. Dead. So decomposed, that investigators cannot identify how they were killed. You can read about it here. They were sex workers. I’m heartsick. This is why I favor decriminalization of sex work. On December 17, 2008, I joined nearly a hundred sex workers in a march in Washington, D.C. The march highlights the violence done to people in sex work. I heard stories. One woman talked of having been beaten and raped by a client. Other sex workers saw what was happening. The police were called. The sex worker wasRead More →

Yeah, I know, I didn’t really LEAVE sex work, since I wasn’t exactly in sex work. But in some ways, I was… I announced that I was leaving Star Light in the end of December, although I actually resigned from my position in late October. So now I’m technically 6 months out of it. I wish that leaving sex work was linear and that I could name for you all the process that you go through, but it’s just not that easy. But there are a few things that I’ve gone through that seem to be similar to leaving sex work. These are the thingsRead More →

This is from SWOP, the Sex Workers Outreach Project-Chicago, a Chicago community of sex workers. For those of you in professional ministry, this is a great list of “How-To’s” for any community. 1. Don’t Assume. Don’t assume you know why a person is in the sex industry. We’re not all trafficked or victims of abuse. Some people make a choice to enter this industry because they enjoy it, others may be struggling for money and have less of a choice. 2. Be Discreet and Respect Personal Boundaries. If you know a sex worker, it’s OK to engage in conversation in dialogue with them in private,Read More →