Exotic Film Screening

17218684_10154995692486878_1853715409651811150_oJune 11th, 2017 at 2pm at the Leather Archives and Museum

6418 N Greenview Ave., Chicago IL, 60626

Join SWOP Chicago, the Leather Archives & Museum and Producer/Director/Editor Amy Oden for a screening of the film “Exotic“.

Dotted with palm trees and coral reefs, Guam is United States territory where military men and Japanese tourists abound. A seemingly perfect backdrop for a strip club, the island should sound ideal to any girl coming from Portland, Atlanta, or Anchorage to work as an exotic dancer. But is it? Exotic foregrounds the stories of workers, as they discuss this fluid and secretive world…

View the trailer : http://exoticdocumentary.com/                                                           Facebook event  HERE

Tickets available at the door:                                                                                                    General admission : $10                                                                                                            Students / 65+ : $5                                                                                                                        LA&M / SWOP Chicago members : Free

May Sex Worker Support Group-Saturday, May 6

swsg-2-03-1-1024x1024Join us for our monthly sex worker support group in conjunction with lifeworks psychotherapy center. Whether you are a (current or former) sex worker in need of support or a sex worker willing to offer support to others, please join us!

Saturday, May 6 from 4:00-5:30PM

Topic: Economics & Personal Life.

April’s meeting about relationships brought up the intersections between economic and personal life, and how both the ebb and flow of income and the secrecy and concern around financial disclosure affect stress and connections with others. This month, we’ll follow that thread further to explore the unique impacts sex work can have on financial well being, stress and management.

In our May meeting, we invite you to gather around and share your experiences, struggles, skills and resources related to financial life and economic identity.

Note: The monthly topic is a starting place for conversation and connection. Our intention is to follow the needs and interests of those in attendance. If you would like support or feedback on another topic or issue, please feel free to speak to a facilitator at the outset of the group or to share in the group.

This group meets at SWOP Chicago (Coalition Impact), 405 W Superior St, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60654.

This support group is for individuals who identify currently or previously as sex workers. If you are in the sex trade, you may experience stigma, shame, guilt or isolation. You may find it is a struggle to develop, manage and sustain positive and supportive personal relationships. You may have interpersonal conflicts within the industry, or difficulty with depression and/or anxiety. Support groups are a way to build community, share experiences and gain emotional support from others.

This group is co-sponsored by SWOP Chicago (Sex Worker Outreach Project) and LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center, and is open to anyone who has previously or is currently working in the sex trade. (For the safety and protection of participants, this group is not open to consumers of sex industry services.) The group is facilitated by Brandon Haydon, LCSW, Cassandra Damm, LCSW and SerpentLibertine, LCSW.

Monthly Sex Worker Support Group May 6th

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Join us for our monthly sex worker support group in conjunction with Lifeworks Psychotherapy Center on Saturday, May 6th from 4-5:30pm. Whether you are a (current or former) sex worker in need of support or a sex worker willing to offer support to others, please join us! This group meets at 405 W Superior St, 7th Floor, Chicago, IL 60654.

Topic: Economics & Personal Life.

April’s meeting about relationships brought up the intersections between economic and personal life, and how both the ebb and flow of income and the secrecy and concern around financial disclosure affect stress and connections with others. This month, we’ll follow that thread further to explore the unique impacts sex work can have on financial well being, stress and management.

In our May meeting, we invite you to gather around and share your experiences, struggles, skills and resources related to financial life and economic identity.

Note: The monthly topic is a starting place for conversation and connection. Our intention is to follow the needs and interests of those in attendance. If you would like support or feedback on another topic or issue, please feel free to speak to a facilitator at the outset of the group or to share in the group.

 

Monthly Sex Worker Support Group- Saturday, April 1. New Day and Location!

Join us for this month’s sex worker support group in conjunction with Lifeworks Psychotherapy at our new location downtown at 405 W. Superior, Chicago. 7th floor. Saturday, April 1 from 4:00-5:30PM.

This group is open to current and former sex workers only. swsg-2-03-1-1024x1024

April’s Topic: Relationships

Relationships are rewarding and challenging for many people and we hope to provide a positive space for sex workers to come together to discuss those risks and rewards. Though we welcome all sex workers with whatever is on your mind. We would like to note that this meeting is exclusively for people who have done sex work at some point in their lives and you need not be currently employed in the sex trade.

We request a $10 optional donation but nobody turned away for lack of funds.

Facebook link- https://www.facebook.com/events/1796852050576547/

Monthly Sex Worker Support Group-Tuesday, March 7 at Lifeworks Psychotherapy

 

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Sex Worker Support Group 

Tuesday, March 7
6-7:30 pm


Location: Lifeworks Psychotherapy Center in Skokie, at 8707 Skokie Blvd., Suite 310.

This group meets at  Just east of the Edens Expressway and the Dempster Station on the CTA Yellow Line. Free parking in lot.

We are excited to launch this new support group for individuals who identify as sex workers.  People in the sex trade often experience stigma, shame, guilt, isolation, and struggle to manage personal relationships. They may have conflicts within the industry, and difficulty with depression and/or anxiety. Support groups are a way to build community, share experiences and gain emotional support form others.

This Month’s Topic: Isolation

Almost all participants who have attended this support group over the past few months have spoken about feeling isolated.  Both feeling alone on the job and alone socially –unable to share freely with family, friends, others.  Being a sex worker can be isolating, lonely and limiting.  Isolation can increase depression, hopelessness and substance abuse to name a few side effects.  An intention of this support group is to create an opportunity to combat that experience of isolation.  Join us to share your experiences and start the process of reducing isolation. 

This group is co-sponsored by SWOP Chicago (Sex Worker Outreach Project) and is open to anyone who has previously or is currently working in the sex trade. (For the safety and protection of participants, this group is not open to consumers of sex industry services.)  The group will be facilitated by Rami Henrich, LCSW and Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D. along with members of SWOP-Chicago.

RSVP to www.meetup.com/Pleasure-Meetup

For more info, contact rami@lifeworkspsychotherapy.com or
call 847-568-1100. 

Sex Worker Support Group- Tuesday, February 7

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Monthly on 1st Tuesdays
6-7:30 pm

Upcoming dates:
February 7

Location: Lifeworks Psychotherapy Center in Skokie, at 8707 Skokie Blvd., Suite 310.

This group meets at  Just east of the Edens Expressway and the Dempster Station on the CTA Yellow Line. Free parking in lot.

We are excited to launch this new support group for individuals who identify as sex workers.  People in the sex trade often experience stigma, shame, guilt, isolation, and struggle to manage personal relationships. They may have conflicts within the industry, and difficulty with depression and/or anxiety. Support groups are a way to build community, share experiences and gain emotional support form others.

This group is co-sponsored by SWOP Chicago (Sex Worker Outreach Project) and is open to anyone who has previously or is currently working in the sex trade. (For the safety and protection of participants, this group is not open to consumers of sex industry services.)  The group will be facilitated by Rami Henrich, LCSW and Cindy Trawinski, Psy.D. along with members of SWOP-Chicago.

RSVP to www.meetup.com/Pleasure-Meetup

For more info, contact rami@lifeworkspsychotherapy.com or
call 847-568-1100. 

SWOP-Chicago Responds to Backpage Shutdown

Please join SWOP-Chicago and Support Ho(s)e in protest.

Noon on Wednesday, January 18th

Picasso Sculpture, 50 W Washington Blvd.

Details are here on the Facebook event page.

The Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) Chicago protests the United States government pressure that caused Backpage.com to censor its Adult content section on January 9th.  Many members of our community will no longer be able to pay their rent, purchase food, or afford medical bills because a crucial source of their income has been eliminated.  This Wednesday, we will be sharing our shock and dismay with Sheriff Tom Dart, who has been an integral part of this dangerous drive to force the sex industry underground.

Backpage was a low-cost and low-barrier means through which many sex workers advertise.  Because it did not discriminate based on gender, race, or class, it was an especially important place of advertising for the most marginalized members of our community: LGBTQ sex workers, sex workers of color, and unstably housed sex workers.  These individuals may now have to rely on third parties or on street-based venues to work.  With Backpage no longer an option to advertise, they may be working on the Chicago winter streets during the writing of this press release.

SWOP understands the need to address sex trafficking.  But Tom Dart and the United States government have made it clear that pressuring Backpage is not really about trafficking.  Their narrow focus on sex has too often eclipsed other forms of human trafficking, such as trafficking in the agriculture, domestic labor, or garment industries.  Moreover, as sex workers, some of us may be able to recognize victims of trafficking and get them the help they need.  The government should be working with us to target trafficking, not working against us as we attempt to make a living with our work.

Though disappointed by the recent government actions, we are not surprised by them.  In Chicago, Tom Dart has long declared an all-out war on Backpage, without any consideration of how this may affect how and where people work. Tom Dart’s efforts to criminalize johns and shutter advertising for sex workers are misguided.  They will only serve to push the sex trade further underground, distancing workers from human, legal, and economic services.  His actions may also ramp up secretive efforts by organized crime.

Sex workers are nothing if not resourceful.  We will find new advertising venues and new resources.  But in the meantime, many members of our community are sadly struggling just to survive.