Community Conversations with Sex Workers #1 // Spoken Word by Antonette Rae

community talks

FIRST, a feminist advocacy group for the rights of sex workers and decriminalization of prostitution, in partnership with the BC Civil Liberties Association is holding a series of community education sessions on sex work.

Come hear an introduction to the Bedford case by our Moderator Kerry Porth and ask questions of sex workers in a casual, respectful space. The goal is to engage the public and give community members the space to learn about sex work and the effects of Bill C36 from sex workers themselves.

Our first event is on July 24th at 6 pm at Heartwood Community Cafe, 317 E Broadway, Vancouver, BC,
Unceded Coast Salish Territories

Our schedule for the evening will be as follows:

6 PM – Antonette Rae // Spoken Word Artist
6:15 PM – Introduction by Kerry Porth, Moderator
6:30 – 8 PM – Q & A with Guests, Questions provided from the audience

We will also have a door prize of a gift basket courtesy of the SPACES project! (

Our Guests for July 24th

ANTONETTE RAE – Bio forthcoming!

VELVET STEELE is a woman who is a trans activist and sexual health advocate. She recently finished working with the City of Vancouver Task Force on Sex Work in an advisory position, is currently a sensitivity facilitator with Living In Community, sits on the advisory of the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform and is an active member of the BCCEC (British Columbia Coalition of Experiential Communities). It’s her life as a Domina that has led her to advocacy and sexual activism helping to assure the rights of individuals directly involved in the sex work community and those associated. It is from this community that she further strives to bring an awareness and understanding to those not familiar, through public speaking engagements and advisory positions within non-profits and government agencies.

Her newly re-released website at presents all her body of work to the public in one location.

KERRY PORTH (Moderator) was born in Vancouver and completed a undergraduate degree at Simon Fraser University in 1986. For six years, Kerry was the Executive Director for PACE (Providing Alternatives, Counselling & Education) Society in Vancouver’s downtown east side and is currently the chair of the board of directors for Pivot Legal Society. A former sex worker and passionate human rights activist, Kerry is a well-respected educator who regularly lectures at colleges and universities about the sex trade. Recently, she presented to the federal Justice Committee about Bill C36, the Harper government’s response to the historic decision by the Supreme Court last year to strike down Canada’s harmful prostitution laws.

Heartwood Cafe’s washrooms are currently not wheelchair or scooter accessible. They have made an agreement with the neighbouring Starbucks who have kindly welcomed our patrons to use their fully accessible washrooms without the need to purchase anything. Please note that Starbucks washrooms are not scent-free.

The Radical Accessibility Mapping Project has kindly done an accessibility audit for the space. To check it out, please see the following links:
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