Sex Workers Outreach Program of New Hampshire to Hold International Whores Day Fundraiser on Saturday, June 1
MANCHESTER, N.H. (May 16, 2019) – The Sex Workers Outreach Project of New Hampshire (SWOPNH) has announced it is holding a fundraiser for International Whores Day on Saturday, June 1 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
While International Whores Day is June 2, SWOPNH’s event will be held the previous day, to give people a chance to attend both the fundraiser and still enjoy the full day’s festivities on IWD itself.
“Fundraising is absolutely critical to what we do, because without the support of the broader community, we can’t offer sex workers the resources they need,” said Ashley Fires, Director of SWOPNH. “You don’t have to be sex worker or an advocate for sex work to believe sex workers are worthy of respect and deserving of civil liberties. As people often say about International Whores Day, ‘whores are people, too.’ It’s a painfully obvious thing to say, but it’s something the general public needs to be reminded of at every opportunity, because the stigma attached to sex work is persistent and pernicious.”
The event will feature performances by Teddy Bare, who began her love affair with burlesque dancing in the Windy City, Chicago. There she performed with the Dolls of Doom, Chicago’s only acrobatic, aerial, and engineered burlesque troupe. She now performs all over the United States and is the recipient of many prestigious awards. EliBliss Pressly also will perform her award-winning burlesque show.
“I’m thrilled to have so many talented performers come out to support our event,” said SWOPNH treasurer Angie Rowntree. “We have been overwhelmed with people wanting to get involved. It’s heartwarming to see women supporting women and standing united for our cause.”
The fundraiser’s organizers are also thrilled to welcome Elsa Hall from the Boston Circus Guild performing Arts and Jenna Ciotta, a graduate from the New England Center for Circus Arts. To top off the evening, there will also be a number of Fetish performances — and a surprise or two along the way.
There is no cover charge for the fundraiser; instead, attendees will be asked to offer a donation at the door.
The fundraiser will begin at 8pm on Saturday, June 1. For safety and security reasons, the location of the event will not be publicized, Instead, attendees should email Newhampshire@swopusa.org for details.
About SWOPNH: The Sex Workers Outreach Project of New Hampshire is a grassroots social justice organization dedicated to the fundamental human rights of sex workers and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education, community building, and advocacy. SWOPNH is committed to the safety, autonomy, and human rights of people in the sex trade, and stands in solidarity with the many social justice movements intersectional to our own, including but not limited to Black Lives Matter, disability rights, drug and immigration reform, gender equality and the LGBTQ movement, and the rights of the working class. SWOPNH is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit.
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