Happy New Year Everyone!
Lets make 2023 great!
It has been quite an exciting year full of activism and progress toward the full realization of sex worker rights. Just on the horizon: starting January 1st, 2023, California will be enacting SB357. Through the hard-earned effort of sex workers over many years, SB357 will prevent police profiling of women, especially Trans Women of Color, as prostitutes. Police will no longer be able to target sex workers of all genders for what they wear or what neighborhood they are standing in. Global activism persists as strippers in Los Angeles are unionizing and sex workers continue to fight for full decriminalization in Canada and South Africa. Meanwhile, St James Infirmary continues to advocate and provide free quality healthcare and housing services for the most marginalized among our community.
Please consider donating to SJI’s herstoric program, the Taimon Booton Navigation Center (TBNC). TBNC is the first ever Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming shelter to provide services by and for TGNC people and sex workers experiencing homelessness. There is a wishlist of items needed, but as always, donations of $money$ are always appreciated. If donating via check or Venmo (@stjamesinfirmary), please indicate that it is for “TBNC”.
For more information reach out to [email protected]
Kit Making Party!
Mutual Aid Hangout <3 Bring Your Friends <3 Be in community
Ho-Ho-Ho! Come make kits with us on Sundays! We are still accepting donations of winter clothes and other wet weather gear. For more info call us at 415-554-8494.
Follow the Harm Reduction Program at St James on Instagram: @hoes4harmredux
Rest In Power
AKA Scarlot Harlot
the mother of the sex worker movement. She coined the term "sex worker" to build solidarity and to bring respect to the profession. She was a tireless activist and advocate, our community's archivist, and brilliant artist and writer. She co-led the Sex Worker Film and Art Festival that always brought sex workers near and far to our fabulous city. She loved her mom and loved her many mentees and unrepentant whores of our community. She brought warmth and light everywhere she went while maintaining a fierce fight for decriminalization of prostitution and advocacy for the most marginalized. She will be missed dearly — hug your loved ones as often as you can. Thank you Carol, for supporting St James Infirmary. Thank you for everything you did to further the cause for civil rights for sex workers.
Check out BAYSWAN for her archives and links to her writings and videos http://www.bayswan.org
Community Support Line for Sex Workers Seeks Volunteers
SWOP Behind Bars is seeking volunteers for their Community Support Line especially for people located on the West-coast.
If you are a sex worker in need of support check out the link for online chat functions or
call 1-877-776-2004 ext. 1
What We Believe
There are many factors which affect the working conditions and experiences for all Sex Workers including the political and economic climate, poverty and homelessness, stigmatization, violence, as well as the overwhelming intricacies of the legal, public and social systems. It is the philosophy of St. James Infirmary to build upon existing skills and strengths in order to allow individuals to determine their own goals.
- We are fundamentally against the criminalizing of Sex Workers—regardless of our different perspectives on decriminalization or legalization, the collective view of the St. James Infirmary is that incarceration of our community further marginalizes and disenfranchised us, which creates barriers to capacity building, and exacerbates a public health crisis.
- We believe in revolution through healthcare. We challenge the conventional healthcare model that divides patients and providers and fosters unhealthy power dynamics. Our peer-based model creates a safe, trusted, and honest environment in which to provide services, and empowers our community to define our own well-being.
- We are founded on the principles of harm reduction—St. James Infirmary supports Sex Workers being treated with dignity and respect, in every aspect of their lives
- We increase access to primary healthcare and social services for Sex Workers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
- We formalize communication and collaboration among individuals and agencies who serve Sex Workers to better serve our community.
- We promote peer-based public health initiatives on behalf of Sex Workers, which may be used as a model for improving occupational health and safety standards and developing comprehensive medical and social services for Sex Workers around the world.
From Our Blog
Hello beloved community! St James Infirmary is in the process of forming an advisory board. We will be comprised of staff, volunteers, participants, and community. We hope to gain perspective on the needs and desires of sex workers who are trans, Black, POC/Indigenous, immigrant, youth, homeless, working on the street, organizers and anyone with great […]Read More
Join us for Our Trans Home SF housing subsidy program launch and orientation on Wed. January 29th! Are you at risk of losing your housing? Do you need additional support to keep your housing? Do you need additional support finding a safe and supportive place to live? The Our Trans Rental Support Program is here […]Read More
Hi y’all! This is the last Notes from The Naughty Nurse Mobile of 2019! I can’t hardly believe it’s the two year anniversary of the van outreach program and almost 2 year anniversary of the naughty nurse mobile! We have an awesome community of dedicated, brilliant, hardworking and sexy volunteers and staff. It’s also my […]Read More
St. James Infirmary is a 2019 grant recipient of Twilio.org for $100,000 supporting sex workers and their families. Thanks for the support! www.twilio.com/blog/twilio-org-awards-grants-nonprofits-crisis-communicationsRead More
Proclamation RECOGNIZING DECEMBER 17, 2019 AS INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST SEX WORKERS IN THE CITY OF EMERYVILLE WHEREAS, St. James Infirmary was made possible because of the unique vision of Sex Worker rights activists from COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) and the Exotic Dancers Alliance (EDA), and a timely event […]Read More
Governor Newsom Signs Historic Bill to Advance Sex Worker’s Health, Rights and Safety! By: St. James Infirmary SAN FRANCISCO – July 31, 2019 – PRLog — Governor Gavin Newsom has signed SB 233 into law – expanding proven local policies that prioritize the health and safety of people in the sex trade. SB 233 authored by Sen. Scott Wiener and sponsored by […]Read More
St. James Infirmary celebrating 20 years of service on June 2 at Terra Gallery in San Francisco. Celebrating lives saved and improved health for thousands of sex workers and their families in our community. By: St. James Infirmary Micah Tron SAN FRANCISCO – March 14, 2019 – PRLog — Throughout the tremendous and tumultuous times of the past twenty years, […]Read More