News & Events

Accessibility 101 Workshop | For All Indoor Sex Workers

THURSDAY, JUNE 7, 2018 | 5PM – 7PM | FREE EVENT

If you are an indoor sex worker, join PACE for a workshop to learn how to make spaces and events more accessible for folks with disabilities. The workshop will be facilitated by Quin Eli, an interdisciplinary performing artist and workshop facilitator. PACE Society is located at 148 W. Hastings St. in Vancouver. Contact Kit at kit@pace-society.org for more information and to RSVP.

Roundtable on SESTA/FOSTA | For Male-identified Sex Workers

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30, 2018 | 6PM – 8PM | FREE EVENT

The HUSTLE and Transitions programs at Health Initiative for Men (HIM) are hosting a Roundtable to discuss the impact of website shutdowns Backpage, Craigslist Personals, and other web platforms on male sex workers. How have you been impacted? Join the conversation! Please register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/sesta-what-nowwhats-next-tickets-45877583086. Check out the Facebook invite or contact billy@checkhimout.ca or transitions@checkhimout.ca for more information.

Boxing Camp | For All Indoor Sex Workers

STARTING WEDNESDAY, MAY 16, 2018 | 7PM – 8PM | FREE EVENT

PACE Society is excited to invite you and yours to a FREE weekly boxing class hosted in conjunction with Queer Box Camp. Starting Wednesday, May 16, from 7-8 pm, this boxing class will focus on technique, strength building, capacity and speed, as well as on building confidence. The class will run every Wednesday and will be held at Queer Box Camp; a fully accessible venue at 2902 East 2nd Street in Vancouver.

Drum Making Workshop | For All Sex Workers

FREE EVENT | LUNCH PROVIDED AT 12PM (NOON)

Wednesday: May 23, 2018, 1PM – 4PM & May 29, 1PM – 3PM

Join Elder Dave Mckeown for a two-day drum making workshop! On the first day of the workshop, you will be making your own drum; on the second day of the workshop, you will be making the drum sticks. The workshop will be preceded by lunch, which will be served at noon. Limited spots are available, so register soon! Contact Candace at 604-657-5662, or email transitionsafd@gmail.com to register. Workshops will be held at Aboriginal Front Door Society, located at 384 Main Street in Vancouver.

Tech Café | For Female-identified Sex Workers

 

LAST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH | 6PM – 8PM | FREE EVENT

Upcoming dates: April 30, May 28, June 25

Join community instructors from the UBC Learning Exchange and DTES Literacy Roundtable for Tech Café, a new initiative at the WISH Learning Centre. Learn more about how to use androids, iPhones, tablets, iPads, laptops, email, and social media. Become tech savvy! Tech Café is held in the WISH Learning Centre located inside the WISH Drop-In Centre at 334 Alexander Street, Vancouver, and is open from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. For more information, please contact WISH at 604-669-9474.

Transitions visits Montreal!

Why Montreal?

Montreal, along with Vancouver, has historically (and currently) amongst Canada’s and North America’s largest sex worker populations. In response, various community organizations have been established for sex workers (and specific groups within them) to provide support, advocacy, peer support, and health programs that have operated for decades.

Transitions is a one-of-a-kind program in Vancouver, and its services are specialized and tailored to different segments of the local sex working population. In Transitions, we value evidence-based practices, experiential input, and flexibility to respond to the needs of our participants. After a year of delivering the program, the team has learned lessons and identified growth opportunities. As part of these learnings, a need to increase capacity and strategic ways to reach male sex workers (MSW) was identified, as well as the importance of knowledge exchange with other organizations who have experience serving MSW. In Vancouver, HIM is the only organization that provides tailored, specialized services to MSW (trans inclusive).

Why Male Sex Workers?

The percentage of MSWs (including both trans men and women) is estimated to be around 25% of the total number of adults employed in sex work jobs. MSW (trans included) often experience double stigma (homophobia, transphobia plus the stigma of commercial sex). According to various authors, “… this intersection is particularly pronounced in creating barriers for leaving sex work and limiting alternative employment options” (Sausa, Keatley & Operario, 2017 in Benoit et al., 2017).

For these reasons, the Transitions program at HIM is making a strategic visit to Montreal, to learn from the experience of organizations with extensive experience supporting MSWs, to share and exchange knowledge, build relationships, and consult regarding effective strategies and practices to deliver MSW support programs and develop programming. The Transitions Service Coordinator for HIM will participate in various activities with MSWs in organizations like REZO, which conducts drop-in spaces, do extensive outreach work, and have tailored, specialized programming for MSWs needs, including transition support.

Expectations

Knowledge exchange, networking, experiential learning, and partnership with organizations serving MSWs to inform strategic planning (outreach, netreach, recruitment) and programming (best, cost-effective, evidence-based practices) for the Transitions program at HIM and the other organzations of The Metro Vancouver Consortium (serving male/trans sex workers). Ultimately, get imput to expand our capacity to support male sex workers.

Merci Quebec!