BOOK LAUNCH EVENT - 1 NOVEMBER 2018
SWAN's book launch event was well attended by colleagues, allies and community as we celebrated the release of "Red Light Labour: Sex Work, Regulation, Agency and Resistance" - an exciting new book highlighting the activism, advocacy and resilience of sex workers in the face of stigma and criminalization.
Several authors read selections from their respective chapters, and engaged in a lively Q & A discussion with the audience.
SWAN's Executive Director Alison Clancey welcomed authors and attendees, and opened the event with gratitude to the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Watuth Nations, acknowledging that it is on their stolen lands that we were gathered, and on which we all live and work.
Dr. Becki Ross read from her chapter "Whorganizers and Gay Activists: Histories of Convergence, Contemporary Currents of Divergence, and the Promise of Non-Normative Futures"
Dr. Tamara O'Doherty read from "Misrepresentations, Inadequate Evidence, and Impediments to Justice: Human Rights Impacts of Canada’s Anti-Trafficking Efforts," which she co-authored with Dr. Hayli Millar, Alison Clancey (SWAN), and Kimberly Mackenzie (SWAN).
Kerry Porth read from her chapter "Lies, and Committee Hearings: Challenging Prostitution Propaganda"
Red Light Labour is available for purchase via UBC Press
Dr. Andrea Krüsi read from "Harassing the Clients Is Exactly the Same as Harassing the Workers: Street-Based Sex Workers in Vancouver," which she co-authored with Brenda Belak and members of Sex Workers United Against Violence
Attendees engaged in a lively Q & A discussion with the authors.