Sex Workers' Festival of Resistance NYC at MoMA PS1

Sunday, 4 Mar 2018 at 2 PM - 6 PM


For this day-long festival, sex workers and their allies from New York, the tri-state area, and Europe will gather at MoMA PS1 to debate, perform, dance, strategize, and share knowledge. Addressing this pressing global human rights issue, the afternoon seeks to create a communal space in which advocacy groups, sex workers, allies, and guests can work to expand awareness and continue to build crucial alliances.


Emceed by Ceyenne Doroshow, the afternoon is built around two panel discussions, organized with and featuring sex workers, their allies, and participating advocacy groups. The talks will examine how the desires and struggles of sex workers become embodied in everyday acts of creativity and solidarity.

The first panel, Sex work, Migration and Trafficking in New York City, is facilitated by Melissa Ditmore, Ph.D, a consultant specializing in issues of gender, development, health, and human rights, particularly in relation to marginalized populations such as sex workers and migrants. Ditmore is joined by Heidi Hoefinger Ph.D, a visiting scholar in anthropology at John jay college, where she is the lead researcher on ethnographic research into sex work, migration and anti-trafficking efforts in New York City.; Jenna Torres, the project coordinator at the Red Umbrella Project and long-time advocate for sex workers rights and decriminalization, who will speak about her own experiences with the New York Anti-Trafficking Courts; and Shirley McLaren, Secretary of Aprosex (Association of Sex Professionals) Barcelona, Co-Convenor of International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE), and co-host of the radio show "El Puticlub”.

The second panel, Hoes in Different Area Codes: A Panel of Diversity in Sex Work, focuses on the variety of occupations within the sex work industry and the possibilities for solidarity. Facilitated by Melissa Sontag Broudo, Co-Director of SOAR Institute and long-time participant in the sex workers' rights and harm reduction movements, the panel will feature Mistress Leigh, a professional dominatrix and fetish wrestler; RJ Thompson, Director of the Sex Workers Project; Ceyenne Doroshow, the Director of GLITS and a former sex worker; Gizelle Marie, a dancer and lead organizer of the New York City Stripper Strike; and Shirley McLaren.

Alongside the panels, The Incredible, Edible, (MF) Akynos a New York-raised stripper and performance artist and founder of the Black Sex Workers Collective will present a specially conceived new film and dance performance She's A Bitch: On the gaze of sex workers in modern society and forming a #himtoo movement. Additionally, Jheanelle Garriques, poet, dancer, Black feminist, and the Executive Director of the Naked Narratives International Narrative Therapy Project, presents a new performance entitled Queer Gaze.

The program will also feature two presentations of short films and key scenes that highlight sex workers’ struggles from around the world and will be presented in a two-part program coordinated by PJ Starr from Moral High Ground Productions and featuring contributions from J. Leigh Brantly, Ceyenne Doroshow (GLITS), Carol Leigh (San Francisco Bay Area Film and Art Festival), Laure McElroy (POOR Magazine/POOR News Network and the San Francisco Bay Area Film and Art Festival), Anna Saini (BPPP), Shirley McLaren and Luca Stevenson (SWARM). Across racial, cultural, and national differences, sex workers of all genders and their allies discuss their desire to live free of stigma and criminalization.

Organized with Aprosex (Spain), Arika (UK), Black Sex Workers Collective (New York), Gays and Lesbians Living In a Transgender Society (New York), ICRSE (International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe), New Jersey Red Umbrella Alliance (New Jersey), Red Umbrella Project (New York), and SOAR Institute (Sharmus Outlaw Advocacy and Rights) (New York) and MoMA PS1 (New York)

More programme info and updates to the schedule for the day and the full film programme -


Tickets: $15 (MoMA Members $13)
If you identify as part of the sex worker community and the ticket cost is a barrier to your participation, please email to request access. All requests will be treated as confidential.

For more information, to notify our staff of any special needs, or for any access questions you might have, please call the front desk during regular public hours at (718) 784-2085 or email


At MoMA PS1, the public entrance on Jackson Avenue is accessible by ramp. Wheelchairs are available in the checkroom free of charge. The VW Dome, in which the event takes place has flat level access though double doors that are staffed at all times. Seating will be provided; on either large foam cushions or folding chairs and you can ask staff in the VW Dome for assistance at any time.

Wheelchair-accessible bathrooms are located on floors 1, 2, and 3 which are accessible by elevator. Most bathrooms are clearly identified as All Gender.

For more information, to notify our staff of any special needs or tell us about any access requests you might have, please either call the front desk during regular public hours (718) 784-2085 (Thurs-Sun 12 until 6pm) or email

Go here for MoMA's general web page about their Accessibility and here for Tips for Visiting MoMA PS1.


MoMA PS1 is at 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101
The closest Subway stops are:
G – 21 Street-Van Alst
F, E, M – Court Sq-23 Street
7 – Court Sq

The Court Sq 7 station is ADA-accessible. For further info on MTA Accessible Stations ( or advice about Out of Service Elevators or Escalators (


Creative Scotland


You can find out more about the Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance that happened in Glasgow in April 2017 at