Sex Worker Health: An LGBTQ Youth Perspective, February 4, 2017

LYRIC Youth Center SWAG Program

We’re Still Working: The Art of Sex Work is a group exhibition created by, and in celebration of, sex workers. Curated by Maxine Holloway and Javier Luis Hurtado, We’re Still Working is the second exhibition in the 2016–2017 season of the SOMArts Curatorial Residency. This multidisciplinary exhibition encourages viewers to challenge dominant narratives about sex workers.

On Saturday, February 4, 1–4pm, We’re Still Working artists will present a panel discussion on advocating for sex worker health and safety in collaboration with LYRIC Youth Center’s SWAG program and Alix Lutnick, PhD. The panel features young people who have artwork in the We’re Still Working exhibition and will emphasize the necessity of centering young people’s voices and expertise when advocating for sex worker justice.

SWAG is a leadership and wellness program of LYRIC for queer, trans and gender non-conforming youth in the sex trade and survival economies. Youth leaders in SWAG build upon frameworks including self-determination, harm reduction, safety, racial and economic justice to forge a platform for youth in sex trade to speak for themselves.

LYRIC‘s mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with LGBTQQ youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.

Dr. Alexandra Lutnick is a former sex worker and current senior research scientist for the Behavioral and Urban Health Program at RTI International. Her book, Domestic Child Sex Trafficking: Beyond Victims and Villains, was published in 2016 by Columbia University Press. Alix has over 10 years of experience conducting community-based participatory research with marginalized populations such as people who use drugs, sex workers, and/or people experiencing trafficking. Some of her current work involves a National Institute of Justice funded peer-based evaluation of the anti-trafficking task force in San Francisco.

Aida Lizalde in collaboration with Julius Caesar
Ana Quintanilla in collaboration with Sthefany Galante Bautista & Lluvia Chávez
Arabelle Raphael
Brothel Girl
Chucha Marquez & Gina de Vries in collaboration with youth from LYRIC LGBTQ Center
Emmet Logan in collaboration with Kalash Ka
Grace Van Ness in collaboration with Juliette Stray
Jacq the Stripper
Joseph Liatela
Katherine O’Toole
Lake Anderson
Laurenn McCubbin
Lyric Seal aka Neve Be
Pluma Sumaq
Rae Threat
Shae Rayder Walsh

We’re Still Working Community Partners
St. James Infirmary
El/La Trans Latinas
LYRIC Youth Center


Exhibition on view January 27–February 25, 2017
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–7pm & Saturday 12–5pm

Opening Reception
Thursday, January 26, 6–9pm
The opening night celebration features performance activations of artworks by Arabelle Raphael, Joseph Liatela, and LYRIC LGBTQ Youth Center.

Failed Films presents #Fuckyoupayme
Friday, February 17, 6–9pm
The We’re Still Working Project teams up with Failed Films to present an evening of film made by and in celebration of sex workers.

Image credit: LYRIC Youth Center’s SWAG Program, image courtesy of LYRIC.