Red Light Reader is a book club that seeks to create a safe space for sex workers and allies. We seek to facilitate dialogue about sex worker rights, and its intersections with technology, race, migration, labor, LGBTQ+ and women’s rights.
June’s event (discussion, book signing & burlesque workshop) with:
Jo Weldon, Headmistress of The New York School of Burlesque and Author of The Burlesque Handbook and Fierce: The History of Leopard Print, meets with the audience to share her personal history of sex work and sex workers’ rights activism. She began her work as an anti-censorship activist in high school, and this experience served her after she entered the sex industry when the discourse around pornography was focused on controlling adult media. She came out as a sex worker with the publication of Dancing Naked in the Material World (1994). In her early public activism she did presentations at conferences including the World Pornography Conference in 1997 and lobbied at The Bejing +5 Special Session at the UN in 2000. Her work has been personally denounced by Jerry Falwell, Bill O’Reilly, and Janice Raymond.