Conference planning time is here! We are seeking volunteers to help plan and coordinate our July 2013 conference! We are currently seeking a range of volunteers including an experienced grant writer, fundraisers, social media people and much more. Please email Sharmus if you are interested in volunteering Please add “ Sharmus-Conference volunteer” in the subject line.

You can also visit our volunteer page

Black Women for Wellness
Leads Reproductive Justice Movement Campaign
against California’s Prop 35, an initiative targeting people of color, youth, drug users, sex workers, immigrants, homeless people and other vulnerable commuities.


An Open Letter to the Desiree Alliance:

As we begin our new year, it’s impossible to move forward without reflecting on what brought us into this new decade. The recent years brought Desiree activists to new heights as we prepared and presented our most fabulous conference to date in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our presence at conferences, seminars, trainings, expos, festivals, etc., has been felt around the globe. Our political actions have surpassed groups that have every resource made available to them.

A comprehensive national report on sex workers’ (non) rights and violations was prepared and presented to the United Nations by the Best Practices Policy Project, the Desiree Alliance, and the Sexual Rights Initiative earlier this year. Desiree’s involvement with the UN and making suggestions for the Universal Periodic Review (The UPR calls for a review of member nations’ human rights records every four years, and this is the first time the U.S. has participated), holding the US accountable for its human rights track record, is one of the single most important recognitions of our movement.

We must honorably mention our members and allies throughout the world who have shared the media spotlights advocating for national and global human rights. Desiree members supported and attended Transgender Day of Remembrances in November and SWOP’s December 17th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, en masse with vigils, remembrances, and memorials around the world. Leadership exchanged hands and we closed the year with fresh ideas for the future of our organization.

The Desiree Alliance would like to thank everyone for their enduring support. Our voices are being heard loud and clear everywhere, and our movement is unstoppable. We are not confined in solidarity but defined in it. Continued success in 2012 and 2013!

In Solidarity,

Sharmus Outlaw & Cris Sardina
Co-directors, Desiree Alliance

Transgender Day of Remembrance – A share of my own submission.

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Also check out for more information about the International Transgender Day of Remembrance and organizations that are helping put it on around the globe.

Tucson’s PRIDE in the Desert parade Oct. 08, 2010

Our ally, Scott Groleau, graciously provided space for Desiree & SWOP at his table at Sacramento’s Rainbow Festival Sept. 5th 2010.

Way to go Scott – Thank You for your support!!

Activist History Spotlight:

Gloria Lockett

“Gloria Lockett is the former co-director of the prostitutes rights organization COYOTE (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics) and Executive Director of the California Prostitute Education Project (CAL-PEP), an Oakland-based, non-profit AIDS and HIV prevention organization that works with street prostitutes. Lockett served on San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan’s Task Force on Prostitution and as a member of Governor George Deukmejian’s California AIDS Leadership Task Force. She has been published in several anthologies, including The Black Women’s Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves, edited by Evelyn C. White (Seattle, WA: Seal Press, 1990), Sex Work: Writings by Women in the Sex Industry, edited by Frederique Delacoste and Priscilla Alexander (San Francisco, CA: Cleis Press, 1984), and Lessons from the Damned: Queers, Whores and Junkies Respond to AIDS, by Nancy Stoller (Routledge, 1998). She was also, for 18 years, a prostitute.”
~ Siobhan Brooks,

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