Hey everyone, thank you to all those people who made it out to my 3rd annual Birthday Bash at Swizzles Bar on May 20th. While yes it was my Birthday, the party was really my way of thanking everyone who has supported me in my activism and in my fundraising over the past year. Special thanks to all my extraordinary musical guests, fetish community leaders, drag queens, models and artists who participated in entertaining my supporters and friends and for lending their voices to a dialogue around sexual discrimination and stigma, sex workers rights, and the criminalization of HIV transmission.
Extra special thanks to Swizzles Bar and its owner Jess for allowing me to fundraise once again in his space and for providing drink specials, party favors, and cake and candy for my guests. Also I’d like to thank Bode Spa, Second Cup, Cruiseline, and Venus Envy for providing me with prizes and the AIDS Committee of Ottawa for providing safer sex supplies and information to party goers. Thank you to everyone who brought me cards and gave me well wishes, I am truly blessed to be so supported in the work that I do.
The night of my Birthday we raised over 273.00 dollars for P.O.W.E.R. (Prostitutes of Ottawa/Gatineau, Work, Educate, Resist). P.O.W.E.R. believes that sex workers should be able to practice their professions free of legal and social discrimination, victimization, harassment and violence and that sex work should be valued as legitimate and fulfilling work that makes an important contribution to society. I was glad to do what little I could to support them in getting their message out to my community.
I also want to thank Capital Xtra photographer Erik Faure for the great pictures he took at my party and for allowing me to post some of them on this blog and Jason Johnson at J2Designs for designing my amazing Birthday fliers! Above is a picture of my coffee table, littered with the Birthday cards I received at my party! Thank you again one last time to everyone who made it out! I hope you all had a great time!