On Jan 25, 1917 300 sex workers in San Francisco marched to protest the imminent closure of their brothels.
#OldProProject is an annual event that builds towards this anniversary.
We are part of a multigenerational movement that has been advocating for our rights for over a hundred years.

Project Premise

Sex workers are everywhere and we have always been part of the story. The #OldProProject seeks to advance sex workers rights by elevating the stories of sex workers from history. By showing sex workers as powerful, brilliant, and central figures, we can reclaim our place in the national narrative. We can change the stories we tell about sex workers.

The Oldest Profession Podcast, in coalition with Sex Work Rights, The Sex Worker Project at the Urban Justice Center and SWOP Behind Bars has funded art advocacy projects in five cities; New York City, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle and New Orleans. Our goal is to have completed art advocacy projects in as many cities as possible by the end of 2020, so that on January 25th we can release all of the artwork as part of a coordinated digital campaign.

January 25th is the date we’ve chosen, because it marks the first ever documented sex worker rights march in the USA.

Make a tax-deductible donation

#OldProProject is a fiscally sponsored project of the Social Good Fund.

You or your organization can make a tax deductible donation to support #OldProProject.

We hope to expand the cities we fund to 15 next year!

Meet Our Team

Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher – Lead Historian

Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher – Lead Historian

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher | The Old Pro Project Lead Historian   Historian, womanist, activist, and lover of most things Kentucky, Charlene holds a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, specializing in 19th century...

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Savannah Sly | National Coordinator   Savannah Sly is a career sex worker based in Seattle who embraces the arts as a medium for change. As a long time political advocate for sex workers rights, Sly has collaborated with others to produce panels, performances,...

Danyell – City Coordinator for New Orleans

Danyell – City Coordinator for New Orleans

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Danyell | City Coordinator for New Orleans Danyell (she/they) is a queer femme born & raised on the Gulf Coast. In pre-pandemic times, she was known for carrying around tubs of glitter, bringing entire cakes to Mardi Gras...

Irene Merrow – Community Manager & Publicist

Irene Merrow – Community Manager & Publicist

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Irene Fagan Merrow | Community Manager & Publicist Irene Merrow is a comedian, sex worker, content creator, and writer; a woman who wears many hats and sometimes nothing at all. Merrow moved to New York City in 2014 to...

Mx. Pucks A’Plenty – Seattle City Coordinator

Mx. Pucks A’Plenty – Seattle City Coordinator

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Mx. Pucks A'Plenty City Coordinator for Seattle Mx. Pucks A'Plenty is the Director of Junk in da Trunk, the Michelle Obama of Burlesque, and Seattle's Own Mxtress of Thiccness! Pucks is the founder and co-producer behind What...

Regan Ferrell – Director of Development

Regan Ferrell – Director of Development

Regan Ferrell | Director of Development Regan Ferrell is a fledgling fundraiser and human rights activist. She has been interested in sex work advocacy since high school when she wrote a 50 page paper debating the moral philosophy of sex work. While interviewing local...

Kaytlin Bailey – Founder

Kaytlin Bailey – Founder

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Kaytlin Bailey | The Old Pro Project Founder   Kaytlin Bailey is a contrarian by nature and a provocateur by trade. Bailey is an internationally touring stand-up comic, sex worker rights advocate and writer. She started...

Samantha Jo-Dato – San Francisco Consultant

Samantha Jo-Dato – San Francisco Consultant

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Samantha Jo-Dato | Consultant & Advisor in San Francisco Samantha Jo-Dato’s a humanitarian, author, philanthropist, freedom fighter, and bridge-builder who is originally from Atlantic City, NJ. Sami Jo has found it...

Joaquin Remora – San Francisco City Coordinator

Joaquin Remora – San Francisco City Coordinator

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Joaquin Remora | San Francisco  Joaquin Remora is a friend of sex workers and the trans community, in the fight for black and indigenous liberations.#OldProProject Participants in San Francisco

Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher – Lead Historian

Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher – Lead Historian

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Dr. Charlene J. Fletcher | The Old Pro Project Lead Historian   Historian, womanist, activist, and lover of most things Kentucky, Charlene holds a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, specializing in 19th century...

Irene Merrow – Community Manager & Publicist

Irene Merrow – Community Manager & Publicist

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Irene Fagan Merrow | Community Manager & Publicist Irene Merrow is a comedian, sex worker, content creator, and writer; a woman who wears many hats and sometimes nothing at all. Merrow moved to New York City in 2014 to...

Mx. Pucks A’Plenty – Seattle City Coordinator

Mx. Pucks A’Plenty – Seattle City Coordinator

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Mx. Pucks A'Plenty City Coordinator for Seattle Mx. Pucks A'Plenty is the Director of Junk in da Trunk, the Michelle Obama of Burlesque, and Seattle's Own Mxtress of Thiccness! Pucks is the founder and co-producer behind What...

Regan Ferrell – Director of Development

Regan Ferrell – Director of Development

Regan Ferrell | Director of Development Regan Ferrell is a fledgling fundraiser and human rights activist. She has been interested in sex work advocacy since high school when she wrote a 50 page paper debating the moral philosophy of sex work. While interviewing local...

Joaquin Remora – San Francisco City Coordinator

Joaquin Remora – San Francisco City Coordinator

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Joaquin Remora | San Francisco  Joaquin Remora is a friend of sex workers and the trans community, in the fight for black and indigenous liberations.#OldProProject Participants in San Francisco

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Savannah Sly – National Coordinator

Savannah Sly | National Coordinator   Savannah Sly is a career sex worker based in Seattle who embraces the arts as a medium for change. As a long time political advocate for sex workers rights, Sly has collaborated with others to produce panels, performances,...

Kaytlin Bailey – Founder

Kaytlin Bailey – Founder

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Kaytlin Bailey | The Old Pro Project Founder   Kaytlin Bailey is a contrarian by nature and a provocateur by trade. Bailey is an internationally touring stand-up comic, sex worker rights advocate and writer. She started...

Samantha Jo-Dato – San Francisco Consultant

Samantha Jo-Dato – San Francisco Consultant

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Samantha Jo-Dato | Consultant & Advisor in San Francisco Samantha Jo-Dato’s a humanitarian, author, philanthropist, freedom fighter, and bridge-builder who is originally from Atlantic City, NJ. Sami Jo has found it...

Danyell – City Coordinator for New Orleans

Danyell – City Coordinator for New Orleans

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Danyell | City Coordinator for New Orleans Danyell (she/they) is a queer femme born & raised on the Gulf Coast. In pre-pandemic times, she was known for carrying around tubs of glitter, bringing entire cakes to Mardi Gras...

Our National Partners

Press & Partner Inquires Please Contact:

Irene Merrow | contact@oldproproject.com

What the project money can be used for

We see a critical need to get cash into the hands of sex workers, artists and advocates. Our hope is that the majority of the money will be used to hire sex workers to do the work of creating, messaging, and distributing artwork. The money can be spent on supplies, labor, and distribution for the #OldProProject .

City coordinators in each city are working closely with sex worker rights advocates and artists to create a coordinated project that tells the story of an old pro from their home city.

Sex workers from history were chosen in collaboration with The Oldest Profession Podcast, the national board, city coordinators and their communities. The #OldProProject ’s intention is to create pieces that will be used locally and nationally to raise money and awareness for sex worker stories.

#OldProProject money can be used to “promote the mission of The Oldest Profession Podcast,” which is to raise awareness about sex workers in history.

How it works

The Oldest Profession, a podcast dedicated to researching and telling stories about sex workers from history, has secured a donation to fund an art build ($10,000 each) in 5 cities. The podcast is not a grant giving organization but we can spend money promoting the mission of the podcast.

A city coordinator has been hired in all five cities, historic old pros have been chosen, and project proposals have been submitted in collaboration with sex worker advocates in all five cities. You can read more about the projects, listen to episodes about how they were created, see behind the scenes sketches, photos, and meet all the incredible people and organizations involved in the #OldProProject on each city’s page.

Each city’s work will showcase both locally and nationally as part of a nationally coordinated campaign January 25th.

Long term goals

The Oldest Profession would like to encourage sex worker advocates to use work generated by the #OldProProject to promote their local and national objectives.

All of the artwork will be free to license to sex worker rights advocacy groups or individuals promoting sex worker stories. Local groups can print t-shirts, show our documentaries and music videos at their events, print and distribute our zines, essays and photos. They can use these images and stories to inspire their own fundraising campaigns.

The Oldest Profession wants to inspire artists and advocates everywhere to use these stories to reclaim our history.

Any group found using these images to denigrate sex workers, artists, or advocates will face legal action.

Requirements

To qualify for this project funding for next year, we ask the following:

  • How will your group center the leadership of sex workers who experience discrimination such as racism, ablism, sexism, xenophobia, etc?
  • How will your group navigate conflict if people don’t agree?
  • How will the group stay on track and make sure this project is a success?
  • Who is your group, and who will be involved in this project?
  • Do you already know which old pro or event you and your community would like to elevate?
  • Do you need help with research?