Big Susie Presents…
“The International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers” Event
Hamilton, ON – November 17, 2014 –Big Susie’s is presenting a film and open mic night in celebration of sex for work and for pleasure, in honour of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. On Tuesday, December 16th the short-films screening, emceed by sex educator and fetish performer extraordinaire, Mistress Morgan Thorne, begins at 7:30 p.m. @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James Street North, Hamilton ON.
Films titles include: “Last Rescue in Siam”, “Nada”, “Remember the Living: Monica Forrester on Sisters in Spirit & Indigenous Sex Workers”, “Transitioning Through Sex Work”, and “Whore Pride”. Cost of admission is $10 each or pay-as-you-can.
The films will be followed by an open mic, and we invite adult performers, (drag, burlesque, BDSM demonstrations, poetry, songs, drumming etc.), to share their talents to commemorate the resilience and perseverance of sex workers who continue to suffer from systemic violence through modes of criminalization, marginalization, and stigmatization.
Big Susie’s, an organization by and for sex workers from Hamilton surrounding areas, is hoping to raise funds to create local outreach programming for sex workers. The need for a local outreach program has only increased in the wake of Bill C-36, which endangers the lives of sex workers through criminalizing various areas of the trade, pushing sex workers into the margins of society. This new harmful legislation will result in isolating sex workers from friends and helpful co-workers, will force sex work further into dangerous underground economies, and will create an environment where sex workers are unable to fully screen potential clients for protective measures.
Big Susie’s aims to fight for the decriminalization and destigmatization of sex work, the recognition of sex work as real work, and to create greater awareness of sex worker issues in the greater Hamilton area. Big Susie’s stands with sex workers and sex worker organizations in the call to end Bill C-36 to ensure to safety, labour rights, and dignity of all sex workers in Canada. In these hard times for Canadian sex workers, it is more important than ever to come out and show your support!
Who: Big Susie’s
What: Film and Open Mic Night in Celebration of “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers”
Where: This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James Street North, Hamilton ON
When: Tuesday, December 16th at 7:30 p.m.