Bella Bathory • Mistress Lucy Khan • West Seegmiller • Carmen
Schedule: Friday, 11 October 2019, 8 p.m.
This is a panel on the importance of intersecting movements coming together in support of decriminalization of the sex trade. Historically, criminalization of the sex industry has happened in tandem and due to moral panics. From the earliest migration laws set in place due to fear of migrant sexuality, to the criminalization of HIV and sex workers, to today’s epidemic of black trans sex workers losing their lives on a regular basis, this workshop will show the intersections of sex work in every community. We will then focus on how to come together to make sure the most marginalized in all communities are taken care of, so we may all someday be safe.
Bella Bathory is the Director of Sex Workers Outreach Project Los Angeles, on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Sex Workers Advisory Guild, and is a prominent human rights advocate in Los Angeles, California. She has organized No Prop 60 Campaigns, the 2018 International Whores Day March and Rally, and countless direct actions.
Mistress Lucy Khan is an artist, educator, and professional pervert living and working in Los Angeles. Stumbling into the world of professional BDSM while a graduate student at UCLA, she now has her own independent practice and is passionate about giving representation to sexual proclivities that may lay outside the scope of heter/homo-normative narratives. Committed to her roles as mentor and educator, she acts as a BDSM consultant on private projects and has lectured on the subject via platforms as diverse as Loyola Marymount University to Pleasure Chest. Having organized several private BDSM spaces and events in the southern California area, Lucy sees herself as a kinky sherpa, working to normalize consensual power exchange as a part of everyday life.
West Seegmiller is a clinical research professional, policy advisor and harm reduction advocate dedicated to creating dignity and safety for people in the sex trade. He serves as the Political Action Director for Sex Workers Outreach Project LA, peer-based sex worker support network and advocacy organization. Since initiating the role in 2015, West has served as the LGBT Liaison with Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (Cast LA). In 2014 he was a founding member of St. John’s Hospital network’s Trans Right to Health Committee, overseeing the prolific growth of the Transgender health program in the South LA region and beyond. West is a former sex worker, and a male survivor of domestic violence. His work as a grassroots community organizer spans over a decade, with a survivor-centered praxis informed by lived experience and evidence-based care.
Carmen is an activist, sex educator, and stripper. She produces and performs in Jolene, an all-inclusive strip night in Los Angeles. Carmen’s focus is creating a more inclusive environment for and by trans women, POC, and sex workers.