2015 Performers and Presenters

 

AIDAN ALLGOOD
Aidan Allgood is a professional houseboy, Fetish film performer, stand-up comedian and bon vivant. He’s been a kinky little devil all of his life, and loves to share his experiences and love of BDSM and positive perversity with the public. He currently resides in that most emerald of cities, Seattle WA.

AL LYKYA
Al Lykya is Seattle’s dreamy, dimpled drag king stripper. Utilizing his background in dance, theater & the art of drag, this trans-masculine sweetheart strives to challenge your ideas about gender & stretch your definition of masculinity. With dimples that will bring a flush to your cheek and a tightness to your pants, Al Lykya can be seen hosting and performing regularly throughout Seattle at monthly shows like Debauchery at Neighbors & Revelry at Naked City Brewery. The Douchebag with a Heart of Gold specializes in drag, boi-lesque, & nerdlesque. Al Lykya, not just a name, it’s a promise.

CHEEKY DIAMONDZ
Cheeky Diamondz is thrilled to be part of this fundraiser. If you find her on instagram or Facebook you may see her disguised as a sexy llama. She has been performing burlesque on Seattle since 2012 and is part of “A Little Burlesque” a burlesque/theatre troupe that focuses on narrative burlesque plays.

CROW
Crow.smallHatched and raised in Maine, Crow flew to Seattle when he turned 18 to seek out the life of the underground. When he discovered electronic music at this age of 5 he immediately fell in love with the raw, powerful fusion between melody and technology. His passion for inspiring in general and unique character in particular resonates through his music. Combining his life long journey through classical music with the heavy heartbeat of dance music he strives to create music that “elaborates my life’s experiences through sound, and audible art, in the hope that it may harmonize and deeply connect with the world around me.” Crow will be DJing during the Harlot’s Ball on Saturday!

CONNER HABIB
ConnerHabib.300Conner Habib is an author, lecturer, and Vice President of the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee.  In eight years, Conner has appeared in nearly 200 adult scenes, and has won both Grabby and GayVN Awards for his work. His writing appears in Vice, The Stranger, Slate, Salon, Reality Sandwich, and more. He gives talks at universities and organizations worldwide about pornography, sex and culture, and LGBTQ issues. Conner hosted the web show Ask The Sexpert on Logo TV’s NewNowNext site for 2 years, and is one of the leading voices on sex and culture today. He lives and teaches writing in Los Angeles. Conner will be presenting at the “Rights Not Rescue – Sex Workers Demand Justice” panel on Wednesday March 2

DEON HAYWOOD

DeonHaywoodFor more than 25 years, Deon has worked as a human rights defender and advocate for poor women, Black women, and queer women in the Deep South. Since Hurricane Katrina, she has led Women With A Vision to a vibrant, locally-rooted international network addressing the complex intersection of socio-economic injustices and health disparities. In 2009, Deon oversaw the launch of Women With a Vision New Orleans Justice Project, a campaign to combat the sentencing of women and trans* people arrested for street-based sex work under Louisiana’s 203-yr-old “crime against nature” felony-level law, which resulted in a federal judicial ruling and the removal of more than 700 women from the sex offender registry. In recognition of her leadership at the intersection of HIV/AIDS, harm reduction, LGBTQ rights, reproductive justice and criminalization, Deon was honored as the 2011 “Political Activism Award” from Forum for Equality, the “Teri Estrada Memorial Award” from AIDS Law Louisiana, the 2010 Community Spotlight from TheBody.com, BET.com’s 2012 “Health Hero,” and the representative from the U.S. South to the 2013 Frontline Defender’s Dublin Platform. She also testified in front of the United Nations Global Commission on HIV and the Law in 2011. Currently, Deon sits on the board of BreakOUT!, a youth-led organization fighting the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans. She also holds the auspicious honor of being crowned the Mardi Gras 2012 Queen of New Orleans’ own Krewe du Vieux, themed “Crimes Against Nature.” Deon was born and raised in New Orleans.

JADE THUNDERSTORM
JadeJade Thunderstorm is a sex witch inspired by the animalistic desires of human beings. She believes in the revolutionary power of sex work as a practice that enables people to fully live in their earthly vessels. She believes that true freedom begins with bodily autonomy and that sex workers are at intersection of this revolution. As a long time zine writer Jade has begun penning and compiling her personal experiences and political thoughts about working in the sex industry into a zine, Puta, a zine for sex workers and their accomplices. Along with being a writer she is an advocate for harm reduction resources, a mixed media collage artist, tarot novice, scumbag feminist, lifestyle sadist, gardener, nature lover and observer. You can find her at www.missjadethunderstorm.com or if you are interested in Puta zine email putazine@gmail.com. Jade will be reading from Puta at the Art of Activism night on Sunday 3/6.

KRISTEN DIANGELO

KristenDiAngeloKristen DiAngelo is a community organizer, courtesan, political activist, a harlot and a whore. Residing in Northern California, Kristen has worked in the sex trade since the mid 70’s and as a result of the sex industry has flourished.  Currently, Kristen works as a  political activist, co-founder of SWOP Sacramento, and as an expert witness. Ms. DiAngelo is the Executive Producer, Producer, and writer for the award-winning documentary American Courtesans. Her film American Courtesans, has screened in 7 countries and is currently carried in numerous libraries across the US and Canada and has become part of the teaching curriculum in many educational institutions. Winner of  two “Best Documentary” Awards, one “Audience Choice” Award, one “Award of Excellence” and Recipient of a Human Rights and Civil Rights Award out of Jakarta, Indonesia, Kristen has spoken around the world about the plights of sex workers under prohibition in the United States.

Seeking to bring a deeper understanding and a dose of reality to the outside world’s view of the sex trade, Kristen currently spends her time working to change the legal status of sex work in the US and reaching out to those in the trade who still suffer. Earning a degree in finance, Kristen DiAngelo at one point transitioned into the “real” world,  before she returning home to her friends and real family and a professional sex career that better suited her.

Kristen’s sex trade experience spans the streets, the massage parlors, the brothels of Nevada, owning a service and working the internet. Her diversity of employment in the sex trade  brings with it a well-rounded view of the industry. Pimped repeatedly- but now independent for more years than not- she’s drawn strength from adversity, transforming from a victim of poverty and exploitation to a warrior for the rights of those who are marginalized and people who survive on the streets. Her education and understanding cannot be bought. Today, Kristen uses her first hand experiences to effect change and mitigate collateral damage from the reprisal of the abolitionist movement. Kristen will be presenting at the “Rights Not Rescue – Sex Workers Demand Justice” panel on Wednesday March 2

LORI KITTS
TaxDomme2Lori St. Kitts received her certificate in Tax Preparation from H&R Block in 2000 and worked as a preparer in an office in Renton, WA under an Enrolled Agent with 30+ years of experience, who was also a writer of the H&R Block training manuals. In 2002 she started her own company in Seattle specializing in the Arts & Entertainment Industry. In 2005 addition to her tax practice, she began to work as a phone sex operator and phone/online Domme for additional income after a layoff as a bookkeeper. In 2006 she became an advocate of the Adult Industry and also created the company, Tax Domme, extending her services to include the Adult Industry. In 2012 she authored the book, The Tax Domme Guide for Sex Workers and All Other Business People. She continues to work toward the advocacy of sex workers in many ways including ongoing communication with her tax organization, NATP (Nat’l Assoc. of Tax Professionals) and the IRS.

MAGGIE MCNEILL
MaggieMcNeill.300Maggie McNeill was once a librarian in suburban New Orleans, but currently resides in Seattle.  She has been a sex worker for the past 18 years and for the past 6 years has written a popular daily blog called “The Honest Courtesan” (http://maggiemcneill.wordpress.com/) which examines the realities, myths, history, lore, science, philosophy, art, and every other aspect of prostitution; she also reports sex work news, critiques the way her profession is treated in the media and by governments, and is frequently consulted by academics and journalists as an expert on the subject. Maggie will be co-hosting the “Rights Not Rescue – Sex Workers Demand Justice” panel on Wednesday March 2

MONICA JONES
MonicaJonesMonica Jones is a transgender sex worker, activist and social work student who in May of 2013 was arrested in Phoenix for “manifestation of prostitution”, essentially legalese for “looking like a prostitute to a cop”.  She was found guilty in April 2014, but the conviction was overturned on appeal in January of last year and her case called international attention to both the injustice of US prostitution laws and the way they are used by police to target marginalized groups such as transwomen and people of color.

ONYX ASILI

Onyx Asili is an overeducated but down-to-earth kinkster and burlesque performer. She considers herself a kinky, semi-radical, sex-positive, monoflexible, womanist femme although most people mistake her the girl-next-door. When she’s not hard at work, you can find her reading comics, watching sci-fi, generally geeking out, or plotting how best to execute her plan to become a modern day Amazon warrior. Onyx will be dancing at the Harlot’s Ball.

RUBY DARLING

Ruby Darling began her burlesque career the way she begins most things; whiskey in hand at a karaoke dive bar. A “one time thing” turned into a passionate love affair with ecdysiastic pursuits and a life covered in glitter. Ruby loves the weird and wild, with a penchant for pop culture mockery, a never ending supply of nerdity, and a tongue firmly implanted in cheek.

Hailing from the Dirty South, Ruby co-founded and directed Skill Focus: Burlesque in her native swamp of Orlando, FL for three years before passing the torch and moving to the Emerald City. Having performed all up and down the east coast from dive bars to broadway, she’s ready to bring her special brand of strange sauciness to the patrons of the Seattle scene and beyond.

SAVANNAH SLY

SavannahSlySavannah Sly is honored to be serving as the President of the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA, a national grassroots network dedicated to advocating for the human rights and safety of sex workers and their communities. Nothing lights Savannah’s fire like a gathering of politicized sex workers, and she is proud to again be helping with the facilitation of SASS 2016. As a career sex worker with 12+ years of experience, Savannah has actively explored every nook and cranny of the adult industry that she can wiggle her way into, seeking to know for herself the realities and misconceptions of the erotic sector, and particularly the people who operate within it. A staunch critic of criminalized prohibition and the War on Drugs, Savannah believes that decriminalization, harm reduction, peer support and community networking, honest cultural dialogs around sex, increased social services, and anti-discriminatory policies are the best routes to improving the quality of life and safety for all people in the sex trade. Savannah is one of the SASS coordinators, and will also be co-hosting the Rights Not Rescue public panel on Wednesday March 2

SHON MCLEOD
imageeditShon has been DJing in the Seattle area since 2009. He has been a core DJ at the StudioTen warehouse pirates for several years performing with The Institution an eclectic mix of tribal, electronic, bass, and hip-hop music. Shon will be DJing during the Harlot’s Ball on Saturday!

SIOUXSIE Q

Siouxsie Q is the creator and host of the acclaimed podcast The WhoreCast which showcases the stories art and voices of American sexworkers. As an active sexworker herself Siouxsie Q is committed to fighting for sexworker rights and ending exploitation within the industry. If podcasts are not your thing you can read Siouxsie Q’s column “The Whore Next Door” every week in the San Francisco Weekly, where she tortures her editor by constantly being too political. When not feverishly writing her column or rushing to record her next interview, Siouxsie Q teaches classes on non-monogamy with her co-host and fiacee Jesse James. Fighting for Truth, Justice, and the American Whore is what Siouxsie was born to do, but she’ll happily talk baseball, BDSM, and Broadway musicals with you if prompted.