Though criminalized and pushed to the margins, sex workers have played critical roles in Toronto's history, contributing to its economic development and fighting for the rights of queer folk and other marginalized communities. While attitudes toward sex and sex work have changed dramatically in recent decades, prostitution laws continue to marginalize and punish sex workers, and put them at high risk of violence. Generations of sex work activists have pushed back against this state of affairs, organizing for recognition of sex work as a legitimate occupation and for safe working conditions within it.
Join us for a conversation about the past and present of sex work in Toronto, featuring Laurie Bertram, historian studying sex work in the 1800s at the University of Toronto, and Mandy Goodhandy, singer, comedian, sex work advocate and author of the recently released memoir, Just Call Me Lady.
The bar will be open (cash and cards accepted).
[Please note that the venue, 120 Diner, is wheelchair accessible, but does not have a wheelchair accessible bathroom. The closest accessible bathroom is located one block south at Versus Coffee.]