Carol Leigh, aka Scarlot Harlot
Carol Leigh has been working as a prostitute, activist and artist in the Bay Area for the past 15 years. As a founding member of ACT UP (in San Francisco), she organized a campaign against mandatory HIV testing of prostitutes. She was on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Task Force on Prostitution representing San Francisco's Commission on the Status of Women. For several years Leigh coordinated a street outreach project through the Coalition on Prostitution, providing condoms and health and safety information to street workers in San Francisco. She has worked with BAY SWAN, Bay Area Sex Workers Advocacy Network, organizing sex worker rights advocates employed as outreach workers at various San Francisco agencies. At San Francisco's Harvey Milk Institute Leigh has taught "Prostitution 101" and "Sex Industry Politics." She has also taught video production for San Francisco's Community Television and at Street Survival Project, an outreach service providers/employment program for young women.
Since the late '70s, Leigh has written, performed and produced work in a variety of genres on women's issues, including work based on her experience in San Francisco massage parlors. Her one-woman play, The Adventures of Scarlot Harlot, was featured at The National Festival of Women's Theater in 1983. She received numerous awards for her video documentaries on women's issues and gay/lesbian issues, including three awards from Visions of US at the American Film Institute. Her award-winning videos include Die Yuppie Scum, Yes Means Yes. No Means No, and Mothers' Mink. She recently completed two documentaries for the Needle Exchange in San Francisco and Blind Eye to Justice: HIV+ Women in California Prisons. Leigh edited Coming Out, Coming Home, for Hima B. produced by Asian Pacific Islander Parents of Lesbians and Gays. She also edits, directs and is featured in feminist porn art videos produced by Annie Sprinkle, House O' Chicks and Erospirit Research Institute.
Leigh's video Outlaw Poverty, Not Prostitutes was censored at the University of Michigan Law School, and won a settlement represented by the Arts Censorship Project at the ACLU. She has contributed to several anthologies.
Carol Leigh AKA Scarlot Harlot
Vic St. Blaise
Vic St. Blaise, a prostitutes' rights activist and a sex worker himself, shot this photo on assignment for Whorezine at a past San Francisco Pride March. While in San Francisco, St. Blaise was an active member of COYOTE -- Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics; Sacred Horses, a sex worker/healer collective; and the San Francisco Task Force on Prostitution. The latter affiliation gave him mild amusement when national news services quoted him out of context, basically saying prostitution did more for the city's tourism industry than Fisherman's Wharf.
He has since moved to Los Angeles, and photographs for Monadnock Media, which is proud to see one of its own in Anything That Moves. St. Blaise's recent credits include Adult Video News, The Orange County Blade and Whorezine. He will be the only photographer allowed inside Men Loving Men, an art exhibit and performance from the artist Heilman-C, taking place in Los Angeles at the end of May.
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