Resources for BIPOC sex workers and their allies

Sex workers and the porn industry cannot be excluded from conversations around structural racism. In an industry already shrouded by stigma and marginalization, silence can only breed more of the same. We’ve put together this resource page for BIPOC sex workers and their allies but also for people in the business wanting to create anti-racist work and porn consumers hoping to play a part in creating a more inclusive industry. This is a space to stand up and speak out as well as to listen and to learn.



While we hope this list is a comprehensive start, it’s far from conclusive – we encourage you to please get in touch if you have any links to add. Until racist structures within the adult industry have been fully and finally dismantled, this will always be a work in progress.

Mental health support for Sex Workers and BIPOC (organizers)

1. Pineapple Support Network

Support specifically for people working in the porn industry. Free and Subsidized therapy.

For BIPOC it’s important to acknowledge that a white therapist may not be the best fit for BIPOC, here are some names of therapists on the Pineapple Support that are Black therapists as well as NBpoc therapists (Non-black people of colour).

Black therapistsFor NBpoc therapist:
JAMILA DAWSONNANCY ORTIZ
KAMIL LEWISMELISSA LESANE
JAMELLE BERRYDANIKA CHOI
N. JASMINE JOHNSON-DECOSTAMEAGAN NARVAEZ
NATALIE MURRAYSASHA MELENDEZ-GOLDMAN
RENEE BURWELL 

2. Free Mini Webinar About Self Care for Sex Workers

The full powerpoint presentation (including links & notes) can be viewed here.

Katie Bloomquist (SWOP-USA) explains compassion fatigue, burnout, minority stress, and offers suggestions for sex workers to create a "tool kit" for self-care. Please email Katie with questions or comments: [email protected].

3. Meds & More for Disabled Black SWs

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and nationwide uprisings, those most vulnerable are over-policed minority communities, essential workers, BIPOC, sex workers, those above the age of 45, disabled people, trans and gender nonconforming people, and those that reside somewhere in the intersections of all of these identities and more. Unemployment is rising at rates that disproportionately affect disabled people due to workplace discrimination and unfair restrictions on government aid.

We must relieve our people. Serve our people. Access to quality healthcare is a privilege.

The proceeds of this gofundme will go directly to accessibility items such as medicine, canes, body braces, ramps, etc. to improve the quality of life for disabled black sex workers. The receipts of these funds will be publicly available on our linktree as funds are distributed.

Email: [email protected]
Campaign: External link

5. A Fund for Black-led Mental Health Supports

This fund is a place for non-Black people to tangibly put their outrage, sadness, shock, fear, anger and solidarity into action to actively support Black-led healing from the impacts of white supremacy through mental health support for Black people.

WHO IS LEADING THIS FUND?

This fund will be led, held, and administered by Black Registered Social Workers (RSWs), Susan and Yemi. Profile links, Meet the Therapists: Susan Bascillo, Yemi Otukoya

Campaign: External link

6. Anti Black Racism and Mental Health Resources

Toronto For All: Anti-Black Racism & Mental Health Resources

7. Counselling for Black Mental Health

My name is Randi-Mae. I am a counsellor. www.randimae.com I have been a counsellor for 10 years. Black Lives Matter and so does Black Mental Health. I kept asking myself, how can I support my community? I decided to offer free online counselling services for black individuals and families.

Black Lives Matter and Black Mental Health Matters. I am providing free counselling to Black individuals and families as our community heals and processes injustice, loss and racism. I provide free online counselling support on Saturdays between 12 and 6 PM for black individuals and families. I have received an overwhelming positive response and a response from individuals who want to donate money to support the cost of a counselling session. I will be providing this service to people around the world who reach out. If you feel called to donate please donate to my Go Fund Me account. I will be transparent and share how many people are supported. If you have any questions or know someone who would benefit from counselling please email or DM on Instagram @randimae1.

8. Zine about healing In Action (BIPOC organizers)

Self care, harm reduction, mental health

8. Zine about healing In Action (BIPOC organizers)

Self care, harm reduction, mental health

Petitions

Important notes

Do not donate to change.org. They are a for profit organization and the donations they ask for after you sign the petition DO NOT go to the causes. Your money could go directly to places that are stated below for various fundraising campaigns. It’s a good idea to still sign the change.org petitions because it can still make a difference. Many of the petitions require a US postal code. You can use these ones if you are signing internationally:

90015 - Los Angeles, California
10001 - New York City, New York
55111 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
75001 - Dallas, Texas

2. Petition for Justice for Breonna Taylor

There are a few:
#JusticeForBreMoveOnColor of ChangeCare2 Petitions

3. Petition for Justice for Tony McDade

There are a few:
The Petition SiteAction Network

Campaigns for Black
and Indigenous justice

1. Justice for Breonna Taylor

Fundraising campaign: External link

2. Support for Colinford Mattis

USA

Fundraising campaign: External link

3. Cut Ties With The FOP (Fraternal Order of Police)

Sign: External link

4. National Bail Fund Network

Directory: External link

5. Black Visions Collective

USA
Website: External link
Donate: External link

6. Donate to Oluwatoyin’s friends and community

Run by: @laurecapri and @dr_hemphill

7. Zimbabwe LGBTQIA Mutual Aid Fund

We are a volunteer-run group of queer bodies seeking to redefine the sociopolitical climate for queers in Zimbabwe through events and discussions that celebrate queerness. Due to the mounting effects of COVID-19, we are taking this time as a group to create a mutual aid fund for the queer community here in Zimbabwe. Our goal is to gather and distribute funds and aid for one of the most marginalized communities in Zimbabwe, many of whom are without income, healthcare, secure housing and food during this time as well as after. Our aim is to raise $15 000 USD to assist as many as 300 queer individuals with $50 stipends, care package (food and household items), mental health resources, rent payment, medical payments. Even after the lockdown is lifted, we plan to continue supporting members of the LGBTQIA+ community as we anticipate the effects to be long lasting and unpredictable. Due to the Zimbabwean economy's hyperinflation, we are no longer able to solely fundraise amongst ourselves. We are therefore expanding this mutual aid project beyond borders and across countries, time zones, and lived experiences. With donations raised, we would like to provide financial support, mental health resources and any essential reliefs to those unable to obtain them.

PayPal: [email protected]
Venmo: @HQ-COLLECTIVEZW
Campaign: External link

8. Urgent Action Fund-Africa

Urgent Action Fund-Africa looks first at the situation that has arisen and at the intervention that is planned in response. We recognize that shifting events can make it necessary to change the specific activities of an intervention. Activities supported by the Urgent Action Fund-Africa vary widely, although the overall goal remains the advancement of women’s human rights.

Campaign: External link

9. Navajo and Hopi Families COVID- 19 Relief fund

The Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation are extreme food deserts with only 13 grocery stores on Navajo to serve some 180,000 people and only 3 small grocery marts on Hopi to serve some 3,000 people. These communities also have high numbers of elderly, diabetic, asthmatic, and cancer-afflicted (i.e., high risk) individuals. These communities could be devastated by coronavirus and COVID-19. We want to help these individuals, especially the elderly and high risk individuals, and families with children, to gain access to the food and water (1/3 of Navajo residents do not have running water) and other essential items they will need to weather this pandemic, such as food, PPE, and diapers.

Fundraising campaign: External link

10. Bail fund for Simmons

USA

Fundraiser campaign: External link

Campaigns for Black
and Indigenous justice

Black Sex Worker's Collective

Website: External link
Fundraising Campaign: External link

Covid Relief for Trans SWs in Guyana

Twinkle Paul is a Trans woman from Guyana currently living in NYC. She and Ceyenne Doroshow are raising funds to provide needed services to Trans SWs in Guyana including food, safety supplies and rental assistance. $5000 will cover these supplies for 20-35 individuals who are at extremely high risk of violence for up to two months!

Fundraising Campaign: External link

UHAI EASHRI

UHAI EASHRI is Africa’s first indigenous activist fund supporting sexual and gender minorities and sex worker human rights. We have funded critical court challenges that overturned repressive laws, resourced pioneering community-led HIV clinics, and supported communities to document their lives, organising and advocacy.

Fundraising Campaign: External link

Red Comunitaria Trans (Trans Specific)

Bogota, Colombia

Fundraising Campaign: External link

Kenya Sex Workers Alliance

Kenya

Fundraising Campaign: External link

COVID-19 Relief Fund For Sex Workers In Mumbai

Fundraising Campaign: External link

OTRANS Guatemala (Trans Specific)

Guatemala

Fundraising Campaign: External link

AMETS

Mexico

Website: External link
Fundraising Campaign: External link

Quito Sex Worker Fund

Quito, Ecuador

Email for the group ‘’por un futuro mejor’’: [email protected]
Fundraising Campaign: External link

SWOP Brooklyn

NY, USA

Website: External link
Fundraising Campaign: External link

No Justice No Pride (Trans Oriented)

Washington DC, USA

Website: External link
Fundraising Campaign: External link

SWOP LA Fund

USA

Website: External link
Fundraising Campaign: External link

PACE Society

Vancouver, Canada

Website: External link
Fundraising Campaign: External link

Maggie's Toronto & Butterfly Migrant SW Support COVID-19

Toronto, Canada

Website: External link
Fundraising Campaign: External link

Fondo de Emergencia para las Trabajadoras Sexuales (OTRAS)

Spain

Website: External link
Fundraising Campaign: External link

Karada House Emergency Fund

Berlin, Germany

Website: External link
Fundraising Campaign: External link

SWAP Hamilton

Hamilton, Canada

Website: External link
Fundraising Campaign: External link

Twin Cities Queer & Trans Mutual Aid (SW Friendly)

Minneapolis/St. Paul, USA

Fundraising Campaign: External link

Putas Feministas

Argentina

Website: External link
Fundraising Campaign: External link

PDX COVID-19 Sex Worker Relief Fund

Portland Oregon, USA

Fundraising Campaign: External link

Bay Area Worker's Support

California, USA

Website: External link
Fundraising Campaign: External link

SWOP Baltimore Emergency Fund

Baltimore, USA

Website: External link
Fundraising Campaign: External link

Emergency Relief For Sex Workers

Australia

Fundraising Campaign: External link

SWARM Collective

UK

Website: External link
Fundraising Campaign: External link

Venus's GFM - Mutual Aid Fund for Sex Workers of Color

Website: External link

Articles For Further Reading

Organizations / Collectives

Resources - Free Speech Coalition INSPIRE and Membership

Member info: External link

INSPIRE: External link