2018 Performers & Presenters
Alex Andrews is a 53 year old sex worker alumni who has lived experience under criminalization of consensual sex work. She is the Co-Founder of SWOP Behind Bars and sits on the Board of Directors of NSWP as the North American Representative. Alex has been working with men, women and trans folks who have been incarcerated and also have experience in the sex industry and works to reduce the shame, discrimination and stigma of sex work by showing up at community meetings and town hall discussions on trafficking and using herself as an example to demonstrate that sex workers are just like everyone else. She has been called a “watchdog” of anti trafficking activity and is committed to the unification of sex worker rights in the United States.
Angela Keaton is the Executive Director of the Randolph Bourne Institute which publishes Antiwar.com. She is currently working on legal research for decriminalization efforts in West Hollywood. She received her J.D. and M.A. from the University of Florida.
Christa B. Daring is a former worker owner of Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse and a founding member of SWOP Baltimore. They have been organizing within anarchist, labor, sex worker, anti-war, prison abolition, and queer struggles for the past 14 years. Christa co-edited Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Undressing Power and Desire (AK Press, 2012). Formerly, they were a member of the AK Press collective, Olympia Street Medic Collective, and the class struggle anarchist organization Common Action. They are passionate about using popular education and participatory models to build power in historically marginalized and oppressed communities, with the goal of creating inclusive grassroots leadership. When not buried under piles of work Christa can be found wild crafting herbal medicine, goofing off with awesome queers at the dungeon, and snuggling every available cat. They have worked in various sectors of the sex industry for the past ten years. Christa currently serves as the President of the SWOP-USA Board of Directors.
Emi Koyama is a multi-issue social justice activist and writer synthesizing feminist, Asian, survivor, dyke, queer, sex worker, intersex, genderqueer, and crip politics, as these factors, while not a complete descriptor of who she is, all impacted her life. Emi currently coordinates the Coalition for Rights & Safety for People in the Sex Trade, a network of community groups in Seattle/King County area. eminism.org
OLDEST PROFESSION PODCASTERS
KAYTLIN BAILEY & WENDI STERLING
Kaytlin Bailey and Wendi Starling are mouthy comedians and unapologetic former sex workers. Together, they are the hosts of The Oldest Profession podcast, a hilarious and frank show the explores sex work, culture, politics, and the history of whoring. Instead of shamefully hiding their pasts as pussy pedallers, these two broads are enthusiastically examining and celebrating the storied history of the world’s oldest profession and the heroic whores that had a hand (or at least a pinky finger) in shaping society as we know it today.