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.

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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 started taking art classes.

I use social media to share my work and to collaborate with other local artists and sex workers. The goal is to open my own art studio one day and offer classes to the community. I’m excited to share my work through this platform and support sex workers rights!

For more info about me and my art, I can be contacted through Instagram and Facebook @zeauxbyzoe or my website: Zeaux By Zoe | Zeauxbyzoe

Zoe’s artwork The Culprit was selected for the #OldProProject San Francisco Art Contest.

 


 

Artist Statement: Submitting to the OldPro Project art contest allowed me to integrate my identities as an artist and a sex worker, which I hadnt done before. As someone who has experience in the industry, I have first hand knowledge on the stigmas that surround it.

I feel almost vulnerable publicly announcing my occupation but it’s necessary to my fight towards sex workers rights. This piece shows the extremes that other marginalized sex workers had to go through in order to do their jobs and live their lives.

Sex work is real work and deserves to be respected without the violence and lack of rights it invokes.

#OldProProject Participants in San Francisco

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...