International Sex Worker Rights Day, March 3rdLaunches Sex Worker Pride Anthem!!Courtney Trouble & Scarlot Harlot- The BurnoutSex Worker Rights Music Video byhttp://www.sexworerfest.com/Troubleswfest@bayswan.orgThe San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival premieres this sex worker anthem, Courtney Trouble's "The Burnout," a music video by Scarlot Harlot and Courtney Trouble in English, Chinese and Thai. The makers wish to thank and acknowledge the sex worker activists around the world for their work and inspiration. Also visit Sex Workers Presentfrom APNSW, to view many sex worker videosincluding “Taking The Pledge”from the Network of Sex Work Projects.In this video, a 'day in Courtney's life' parallels her journey from phone sex to sexual representation/pornography as well as her political journey, interwoven with sex worker demonstrations, clips and photos from organizations listed here.This music video reflects a personal and local story, and a political story that reaches out to individuals and organizations which resist discrimination and work towards social justice and human rights for sex workers. Many find a common voice in Courtney Trouble's frustration, pride and defiance."How soon I got over, waiting alone at home for the telephone. Why do you care...you can't see me...don't wanna know me at all but I know you wanna get off."Trouble's frustration evolves into a recognition of her mission to 'seize the means of production.'"It's just like anything else, it's just a job, but we've got the guts to profit off our own skin. They won't acknowledge us until we own enough to control it. They won't respect us until we give them no other choice."Courtney Trouble has also been an artist, singer, designer, and photographer for many years. Her work can be viewed at www.courtneytrouble.com.Filmmaker Carol Leigh AKA Scarlot Harlot has been a sex worker and activist since the late seventies. A poet and performance artist, she coined the term "sex worker" in 1979. She was recently awarded a Creative Work Fund Award to compile her sex worker documentaries as part of the library at the Center for Sex and Culture (www.sexandculture.org). "Unrepentant Whore: The Collected Work of Scarlot Harlot" was published by Last Gasp. For more info, visit her websites at www.bayswan.org/penet.html and www.unrepentantwhore.com
Photo: Mariko Passion Carol Leigh (AKA Scarlot Harlot), sex worker-activist and artist, coined the term "sex work" in the late 70s. She founded the San Francisco Sex Workers Film and Arts Festival in 1999 (http://www.sexworkerfest.com). She administers the BAYSWAN (http://bayswan.org) website which features the most extensive information about sex worker rights and issues on the web. Leigh represented the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women on the Board of Supervisors' Task Force on Prostitution. Documenting the Bay Area's multicultural and sexually diverse political and artistic communities, Scarlot Harlot explores the Bay Area's historic cultural and artistic underground from an irreverent and intimate point of view. In a time when mainstream media has become a mouthpiece for corporate interests in America, Scarlot Harlot provides a fresh, irreverent perspective. Challenging conventions of sexuality, aesthetics, technology and the prevailing social system, Leigh has been a pioneer in the development of television as a tool for activism and social change. Three time American Film Institute award winner, Leigh is a recipient of grants from the Film Arts Foundation, San Francisco, the Lyn Blumenthal Memorial Fund (Chicago) and Art Matters (New York) in addition to numerous screenings and awards in the U.S. and around the world.