Metro Vancouver has among North America’s largest sex worker populations. In addition to the many barriers to exiting sex work, there is a lack of services for sex workers who wish to transition to other employment.
Funded by the City of Vancouver, this 8-week photo-based workshop series starts October 12 and ends November 30, with a special event the evening of Monday, December 17. Participants must be available for the whole workshop series.
The Resistance Project is facilitated by local photographer Jackie Dives (http://jackiedives.com) who will work with participants to tap into their photographic voice to counter stigma, reaffirm agency and resist mainstream narratives that contribute to the stigma that sex workers experience. No previous photography experience is required. PACE Society is located at 148 W. Hastings St. in Vancouver. Contact Caroline at email@example.com for more information.
This is an 8-week support group for men which starts September 19 and ends November 7, 2018. Join facilitated group discussions to learn about harm reduction options and explore strategies to stop or reduce use of Crystal Meth. The group is open to self-identified who have sex with men, including trans, cis, non-binary and gender-queer folk. For more information or to register, call HIM at 604-488-1001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn the basics of financial planning: budgeting, expenses, debt, saving, banking, investing, financial goals, etc. Have you wondered how to manage your money in a smart way? Billie Sinclair, an experienced financial strategist and an advocate for sex worker rights will answer your questions and give you the grounding you need. For more information or to register, call HIM at 604-488-1001 or email email@example.com.
“I’m a small-town farm boy; adopted at a young age and raised in a very religious family. Growing up, I did what I could to fit in but honestly despite all my best efforts I still stuck out like a sore thumb. So after moving out of my parents’ house at 16, falling into drugs, and subsequently failing to complete high school, I decided to move to Vancouver to pursue a dancing and modelling career. My dreams ended up taking a backseat after I started making a lot of questionable life decisions which ultimately landed me at rock bottom. I realized I had been wasting my potential and quite frankly I was fucking over it. I decided it was time to get my life back on track, so I put down the drugs, rolled up my sleeves, and got to work. That was when I got involved with Transitions. I owe a lot of the progress that I’ve made, to Alvaro and the program. Due to the constant support and guidance I’ve received from Transitions, I learned skills that have helped me completely transform my life. I can finally say I’m back on track and able to once again pursue the dreams I thought had died a long time ago. I’m in that place because of Transitions and I’m eternally grateful for that”. Participant, HIM Transitions.
Candace of Aboriginal Front Door Society is facilitating a beading class. Beginning with a medicine wheel keychain, you will be shown the basics of the art of beading; leave with your work and the skills to keep creating! Lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so register early! For more information or to register, call Candace at 604-697-5662 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. AFDS is located at 384 Main Street at the corner of Main and Hasting in Vancouver.
THURSDAY, THREE-PART SERIES | 5PM – 7PM | FREE EVENT
August 16 – Intuitive Collage for Self-Discovery
August 23 – Paint My Soul
August 30 – Mandala
Join PACE for a three-part trauma informed art therapy workshop. Use your creative expression to enhance your emotional, physical and mental health. PACE Society is located at 148 W. Hastings St. in Vancouver. Contact Kit at email@example.com for more information and to RSVP. Register soon, as space for this workshop series is limited!
Do you know the laws regarding the sex trade in Canada? Do you know your rights? Kerry Porth will facilitate a discussion on the Canadian laws regarding sex work, how they violate your rights, and responding activism. For more information or to register, call HIM at 604-488-1001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In today’s world of FOSTA and SESTA, it’s important to be safe when engaging in your work. Indoor sex workers, join PACE and two tech experts, one with lived experience, for a workshop on how to keep your personal and professional web presence separate, how to transfer cash safely, how to communicate safely, and many other topics of interest. PACE Society is located at 148 W. Hastings St. in Vancouver. Contact Kit at email@example.com for more information and to RSVP.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018 | 1PM – 3PM (LUNCH PROVIDED AT 12PM – NOON) | FREE EVENT
Join Matthew Provost for a medicine bag making workshop! In addition to making your own medicine bag, you will learn the teachings of the medicines and why people use medicine bags. A handout out sheet to refer back to is included. The workshop is preceded by lunch, which will be served at noon. Limited spots are available, so register soon! Contact Candace at 604-657-5662, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. The workshop will be held at Aboriginal Front Door Society, located at 384 Main Street in Vancouver.
Join HIM for an Online Safety workshop for/with guys in the sex industry. Come talk about the do’s and don’ts to keep yourselves safe while working online! For more information or to register, call 604-488-1001 or email email@example.com.