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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 pursue a career as a writer and stand up comic. While doing nightly shows, occasional tours, and various freelance gigs, she picked up multiple side hustles to support herself. In 2018, she finally found one that stuck when she began stripping.

Merrow’s experience with online and in person sex work made its way into her comedy and writing. She found a passion for presenting audiences with the radical idea that sex workers are people. She dedicated her punchlines to lifting up sex workers and punching down on the narrow minded people who discriminate against them. She also wrote multiple articles for Betches Media advocating for sex workers’ rights and the decriminalization of sex work. Her written work has also been featured on Reductress, Someecards, Paste Magazine, and BestLife Media.

Merrow’s stand up comedy, published articles, and social media content aim to rid people of their whorephobia and inspire them to cherish whores as much as she does. She wants you to laugh but she also wants you to shut up and listen.

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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...

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...

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,...

Mx. Pucks A’Plenty – National Coordinator

Mx. Pucks A’Plenty – National 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...

TS Candii – New York City Coordinator

TS Candii – New York City Coordinator

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »TS Candii | New York City Coordinator I'm founder of Black Trans Nation leader of Decrimny & Walking While Trans public-speaker, public-figure, pro-politics, organizer, activist, and film-producer working on the documentary...

Vanessa Warri – San Francisco

Vanessa Warri – San Francisco

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Vanessa Warri Vanessa Warri is a Nigerian-American community-based researcher, strategist, and advocate, committed to the liberation, empowerment, and safety of Black transgender women, queer and transgender people of color,...

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...

Why January 25th Matters

Why January 25th Matters

Why January 25th MattersiTunes | Stitcher | Spotify On Jan 25, 1917, 300 sex workers in San Francisco marched to protest the imminent closure of their brothels. The Old Pro Project is an annual event that builds towards this anniversary, and this episodes takes a deep...

Brodin Petrichor – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

Brodin Petrichor – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Brodin Petrichor Brodin Petrichor is a former military officer turned leftist videographer/photographer. He co-runs the Burning Man camp Electric Sheep, which focuses on eccentric performance art. With Sierra Cirque, Brodin...

Sierra Cirque – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

Sierra Cirque – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Sierra Cirque Sierra Cirque is a Seattle-based sex worker and artist/activist, highly motivated by adventures and resisting the kyriarchy. With Brodin Petrichor, Sierra Cirque won first place for The Old Pro Project's San...

Vandell – San Francisco

Vandell – San Francisco

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Vandell Vandell is a southern queer and genderqueer organizer who was brought into community resistance and empowerment work in their youth. Their movement roots instilled the love of storytelling and self-discovery as an act...

Lessa Millet – San Francisco

Lessa Millet – San Francisco

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Lessa Millet Lessa Millet is a filmmaker and animator. Their work is a mix of hand crafted animation and stylized live action. Born in Barcelona, they relocated to New York City in 2006, where they first learned about...

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...

Art Contest – San Francisco

Art Contest – San Francisco

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »The Old Pro Project Art Contest – San Francisco The Oldest Profession podcast seeks to advance sex workers rights by elevating the stories of amazing sex workers from history. The Oldest Profession Podcast will be hosting an...

Jacqueline Hyde – Seattle Contributor

Jacqueline Hyde – Seattle Contributor

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Jacqueline Hyde | Seattle Contributor Jacqueline Hyde, international entertainer and cosmetologist, has graced stages worldwide since 2005 and formally launched her beauty division in 2020. Jacqueline Hyde Beauty & Barber...

COVID-19, Masks & Burlesque in Seattle

COVID-19, Masks & Burlesque in Seattle

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »COVID-19, Masks & Burlesque in Seattle COVID-19 protocol and procedures are a fact of life right now. Making sure we have safety guidelines in place is a huge priority for us as we prepare to start shooting the Seattle...

Storyboard – Seattle

Storyboard – Seattle

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Storyboard | Seattle Stepping out of our comfort zone is part of the magic in the creative process. When taking on the Seattle City Coordinator position I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go in, but I knew it was going to...

Katherine – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

Katherine – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Katherine | Play Your Part Seattle Panelist Katherine, who occasionally prefers the honorific Mistress, is a Professional Dominatrix, Kink Educator, and Relationship Coach, specializing in alternative sexuality, open...

Cory – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

Cory – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Cory | Play Your Part Seattle Panelist Cory is a transmasculine Adventure Consultant, kinky companion, arts worker, and harm reductionist. Cory is a panelist for the Play Your Part Seattle's production of Mae West's Sex, a play...

Mistress M – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

Mistress M – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Melissa Maven (Mistress M) | Play Your Part Seattle Panelist Melissa Maven (Mistress M) is a sensual dominatrix, educator, sex worker activist and digital artist living in Portland, Oregon. She loves riding her bike to find...

Tiffany Diane Tso – New York

Tiffany Diane Tso – New York

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Tiffany Diane Tso | New York Tiffany Diane Tso is a journalist and producer based in Brooklyn. She has covered sex work and sex work activism in New York City; her work covering topics surrounding identity, culture, advocacy,...

Kate Zen – New York

Kate Zen – New York

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Kate Zen | New York Kate Zen is a sex worker activist and co-founder of Red Light Reader, a sex worker book club, podcast, and online writing workshop, originally hosted at the Bluestockings feminist bookstore in NYC. Kate Zen...

Synamin Vixen – Artist in New Orleans

Synamin Vixen – Artist in New Orleans

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Synamin Vixen | Artist in New Orleans Synamin Vixen is “skinny with plenty and tall with it all!” This tall tree has been stimulating the moistening reflexes of audiences for a little over two years, and has been circulating...

Mae West’s Sex – Play Your Part Seattle

Mae West’s Sex – Play Your Part Seattle

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »May West's Sex | Play Your Part Seattle We’re partnering with Play Your Part Seattle for their upcoming production of Mae West's Sex, a play with music that explores the lives of sex workers in the 1920s. Originally shut down...

PDX Stripper Strike – Haymarket Pole Collective

PDX Stripper Strike – Haymarket Pole Collective

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Haymarket Pole Collective Cat Hollis — a member of the team working on The Old Pro Project in Portland — is involved with an incredible COVID-19 relief grant being distributed by Haymarket Pole Collective in Portland, Oregon....

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

Janetta Louise Johnson – San Francisco

Janetta Louise Johnson – San Francisco

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Janetta Louise Johnson Janetta Louise Johnson is the Executive Director at at Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project. She is a formerly incarcerated Black transgender woman and has been an activist and...

Stephany Ashley – San Francisco

Stephany Ashley – San Francisco

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Stephany Ashley Stephany Ashley (she/her) is a housing, homelessness, and sex worker advocate who is currently working at Brilliant Corners to expand access to affordable housing and emergency beds for folks experiencing...

Sam Skrimpz – Mural Artist in New Orleans

Sam Skrimpz – Mural Artist in New Orleans

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Sam Skrimpz | Mural Artist in New Orleans I am a queer, non-binary, painter and muralist born and bred in Louisiana, currently living in New Orleans. I am endlessly inspired by the flora and fauna within landscapes and...

Ms. Briq House – Burlesque Goddess in Seattle

Ms. Briq House – Burlesque Goddess in Seattle

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Ms. Briq House | Burlesque Goddess in Seattle As seen in 21st Century Burlesque Magazine's 2018 Top 50, Autostraddle‘s 23 Black Queer & Trans Femmes to Follow as well as: The House of Knyle, Seattle Times, Time Magazine,...

Cat Hollis – Artist in Portland

Cat Hollis – Artist in Portland

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Cat | Artist in Portland Cat Hollis is a lightskinned Black Sexworker based out of Portland, Oregon. As the founder of Haymarket Pole Collective, she has been fostering a grassroots movement towards safer and more equitable...

BOUD – Mural Artist in Portland

BOUD – Mural Artist in Portland

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »BOUD | Mural Artist in Portland Kathleen Mae Boudwin is a Portland-based artist from Seattle. They’ve been painting locally for the past five years and have had work shown with STROLL at the Portland Institute of Contemporary...

Bad – Mural Artist in Portland

Bad – Mural Artist in Portland

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Bad | Mural Artist in Portland I am a stripper, mother, and artist from Portland, OR. My art generally focuses on using symbolism and occultism to portray abstract ideas centered around my experiences of being a sex worker. I...

Valentine – Photographer & Filmmaker in Portland

Valentine – Photographer & Filmmaker in Portland

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Valentine | Photographer & Filmmaker in Portland Valentine is a 12 yr Black / Biracial sex worker who works as a photographer and networker while advocating for queer Black representation within the adult industry....

D’Monica Leone – Choreographer in Seattle

D’Monica Leone – Choreographer in Seattle

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »D'Monica Leone | Choreographer in Seattle   D'Monica Leone is a zoo of artistry at its finest. As a model, MUA, Femme presenting burlesque performer and drag queen AND as the current reigning Seattle's Queer Monarch, they...

Adra Boo – Songwriter & Singer in Seattle

Adra Boo – Songwriter & Singer in Seattle

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Adra Boo | Songwriter & Singer in Seattle Seattle soul singer, emcee, teacher, Rain City Rock Camp Ladies Rock Camp Director, “Westminster Daddy” and auntie, Adra Boo, walks through walls. While some in the age look to...

Saira Barbaric – Casting Coordinator in Seattle

Saira Barbaric – Casting Coordinator in Seattle

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Saira Barbaric | Casting Coordinator in Seattle Saira Barbaric is a surrealist slut monster, a homegrown sex witch and a nonstop creator. They/he/she/ze strives to blend genders and bend genres with their creations to enable...

The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot – Film Proposal

The Compton’s Cafeteria Riot – Film Proposal

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »The Compton's Cafeteria Riot –San Francisco Film Proposal A creative team in the Bay Area will be making a short film with the goal of bringing attention to The Compton’s Cafeteria riot of 1966 — a lesser known historical event...

The Old Pro Project – Portland Proposal

The Old Pro Project – Portland Proposal

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »The Old Pro Project: Portland Local PDX artists BOUD and Bad will be creating a mural in honor of Ashley Moody, a trans sex worker of color who was a beloved member of the sex work community in Portland. Cat Hollis of Haymarket...

Zola Z. Bruce

Zola Z. Bruce

Zola Z. Bruce, MSSW | New York Zola is a social worker, activist and artist who focuses on helping people to create the life they want in all aspects of their career. Originally from Dallas, TX, they moved to New York to attend Sarah Lawrence College to study...

The Joy of Allena Gabosch

The Joy of Allena Gabosch

Seattle's #OldProProject music video for “Been Around (Since the Old Days)” is dedicated to Allena Gabosch. The Joy of Allena Gabosch March 25, 1953 - November 25, 2020 Allena Gabosch was a powerful force in creating and fostering sex positive culture in the Pacific...

Sophia Sky

Sophia Sky

Sophia Sky As 2014 came to a close, Allena designated Sophia as her heir to the role of Executive Director to the Pan Eros Foundation. She said that she could think of no better hands to pass the organization into upon her retirement. Since then, Sophia has focused on...

Sarah – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

Sarah – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Sarah | San Francisco Art Contest Winner Sarah is an outreach worker for a syringe exchange and has done sex work for her entire adult life. In her free time, she volunteers for a community fridge program and writes letters to...

Zoe Colmenares – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

Zoe Colmenares – San Francisco Art Contest Winner

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Zoe Colmenares | San Francisco Art Contest Winner My name is Zoe Colmenares and I’m an entertainer/artist who is based out of New Orleans. I’ve been creating since a young age but picked it up seriously in 2011 when I first...