Los Angeles – The Free Speech Coalition is proud to announce its sponsorship of the first ever CatalystCon Sex Worker Summit, which will take place on Friday September 16th at the Los Angeles Westin. This event will kick off the fifth annual CatalystCon West, a conference created to inspire exceptional conversations about sexuality.

In the fight for sexual freedom, centralizing the voices of those who make their living in the sex trade, and are on the front lines of the stigma around sex and sexuality, is of the utmost importance.

The Free Speech Coalition seeks to prioritize and amplify the voices of those who work in the adult industry, especially as we look toward November, and the dangerous implications of Proposition 60, which will incentivize the harassment of workers who perform in adult films. Creating a safe space for sex workers to share resources and ideas, and forge stronger community bonds, is part of implementing that policy.

The summit will feature speakers from across the sex worker rights movement, including perspectives from adult film, in person services, and survivors of sex trafficking. The presenters will facilitate panel discussions, mini workshops, and networking opportunities.

The all-day summit and luncheon is designed to be a safe, sex worker-only space created to have conversations on current topics relevant to sex worker lives, including issues surrounding legalization, decriminalization, self-care, resources, how sex work can impact personal relationships, and much more.

This is a free event open to current and former sex workers only.
Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Free Speech Coalition.

Registration is required and space is limited.

Register at: http://catalystcon.com/sex-worker-summit/

 

Speakers will include:

Exclusive Wicked Pictures contract performer, writer, and director, as well as a global humanitarian and emerging sexual wellness authority, jessica drake, who has earned the coveted Adult Video News Best Actress award three times.

Jiz Lee has worked in porn for over a decade. A key player in the queer porn movement, the genderqueer performer advocates for worker rights through writing and as a producer at Pink and White Productions.

ZLV is a sex researcher, public speaker and sexual rights advocate.

Meg Muñoz is an ally and advocate for sex workers. She is a former sex worker and sex trafficking survivor who founded Abeni, a nonprofit organization which seeks to support those who work in the sex/adult entertainment industry. She’s passionate about decriminalization, harm reduction, relational support, tackling stigma, and confronting the conflation of sex work and sex trafficking when it rears it’s ugly head.

Andre Shakti is an educator, producer, activist, and professional slut devoted to normalizing alternative desires, de-stigmatizing sex workers and their clients, and not taking herself too seriously. She wrestles mediocre white men into submission and writes about sex work, queerness and non-monogamy for Cosmopolitan, Harlot, MEL, Thrillist and more.