International Sex Worker Rights Day, March 3rd
International Sex Worker Rights Day, March 3rd
Launches Sex Worker Pride Anthem!!
The Sex Workers Film and Arts Festival Presents
Courtney Trouble & Scarlot Harlot
Sex Worker Rights Music Video:
The Burnout
The 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. Click for Thai version here. The makers wish to thank and acknowledge the sex worker activists and organizations around the world for their work and inspiration.  
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? 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 Courtney is also the founder of the underground queer porn site,
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 work" 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 (  “Unrepentant Whore: The Collected Work of Scarlot Harlot" was published by Last Gasp. For more info, visit her websites at and
Sex Worker Outreach Project-USA is sponsoring celebrations across the U.S.  for March 3rd. Visit for information about events  celebrating March 3rd.
History of March 3rd
The 3rd of March is International Sex Worker Rights Day. The day originated in 2001 when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India for a sex worker festival. The organizers, Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a Calcutta based group whose membership consists of somewhere upward of 50,000 sex workers and members of their communities. Sex worker groups across the world have subsequently celebrated 3 March as International Sex Workers' Rights Day.
DMSC writes: Knowing the usual response of international bodies and views of academicians and intellectuals of the 1st world [many of them consider that sex workers of third world are different from 1st world and can't take their decision] a call coming from a third world country would be more appropriate at this juncture, we believe. It will be a great pleasure to us if all of you observe the day in your own countries too...We need your inspiration and support to turn our dreams into reality.
Courtney’s performance at
Cell Space as part  of
 from APNSW, to view  many sex worker  videos including “Taking The Pledge”
from the Network of Sex Work Projects.
Thai translation by
Empower, Thailand
Chinese translation by
Chiou Wei-jie
Images from
Coalition of Sex Workers and Supporters
Star Whores
Asian Network of Sex Work Projects
International Committee
for Rights of Sex Workers' Rights in Europe
Sexy Shock Italy
Ni Coupables Ni Victimes
Taking The Pledge
Network of Sex Work Projects
Ziteng Hong Kong
Sex Workers Outreach Project-USA
Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee
Scarlet Alliance
International Conference on Prostitution
Mirha Soleil-Ross
Montreal Canada
PJ Starr
Washington, D.C.
Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival
San Francisco USA
The Sex Workers Film and Arts Festival Presents
Sex Worker Pride Anthem: The Burnout
Photo: Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee,   India
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