Alice at 100 Years of Sex Worker’s Rights Movement

Wednesday Jan 25 2017   6:00 PM
Tenderloin Museum   398 Eddy St, San Francisco , CA  map

On January 25th, join the Tenderloin Museum and the Center for Sex & Culture to celebrate the 100th anniversary of San Francisco’s 1917 sex worker march. On January 25th, 1917 Reggie Gamble and Maude Spencer, two madams of the Uptown Tenderloin vice district, organized a demonstration against the planned Valentine’s Day eviction of San Francisco’s brothels. 

Celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the sex worker’s movement in San Francisco. The program will begin at the Tenderloin Museum, where Ivy Anderson and Devon Angus, co-editors of Alice: Memoirs of a Barbary Coast Prostitutewill give a talk examining the history of sex work in San Francisco from 1849-1917. Members of the Erotic Service Providers Union, the US PROStitutes Collective, and Sex Workers Outreach Project will address where we are at 100 years later in the continuing fight for sex worker’s rights.

March to the site of the original protest, at Leavenworth and O’Farrell Streets, where Reggie Gamble’s 1917 speech will be read by Carol Queen (founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture), along with speeches by some of the leaders of today’s sex worker’s rights movement. Celebrate the centennial at the Gangway bar located at 841 Larkin St.

A $10 suggested donation will be taken at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds). Click here for more information.

Devon Angus is an artist, activist, and historian based in San Francisco. He composed and performed a conceptual folk operetta based on San Francisco history, The Ghosts of Barbary, throughout the Bay Area, Switzerland, and Italy. He organized and published a series of oral histories of immigrants in the Catskills region, and was the recipient of an arts grant through the New York State Council on the Arts for his show Songs and Stories of Old New York. Angus is currently pursuing a history M.A. at San Francisco State University.

Ivy Anderson is a San Francisco–based writer who focuses on issues of ecology and radical history. Her reportage on water management issues was published in Water Efficiency Magazine and and her poetry in Poecology. She holds a B.A. in environmental studies with a minor in geography, runs a community garden, and is on the board of a bookstore collective in San Francisco.