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Homewood turn restriction rejected

by Andrea Houston

Ward 27 Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam says she’s surprised so many people in the Homewood Ave neighbourhood rejected a proposed turn restriction, a move that would have attempted to curb sex work in the area.

Of the 1,800 ballots sent out to area residents, Wong-Tam says 200 were returned. Of those, 52 percent were opposed to the turn restriction, while 48 percent supported it.

Wong-Tam has decided not to move forward with the restriction, which would have stopped drivers from turning onto Homewood Ave from Wellesley St E between 11pm and 6am.

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Gerald Hannon celebrates 25 years in the sex trade NEWS / UPDATE: Audio from Hannon’s touching speech

UPDATE – Nov 28: Twenty years ago Gerald Hannon described himself as a satisfier of human need, whatever that need may be, in a poetic love letter to sex work.

He read the essay on stage at his retirement party Bone Weary: A Fond Farewell to the Sex Trade at Goodhandy’s Nov 25.

“Prostitution has been the splendid discovery of my middle years,” he says.

Nov 27: As Gerald Hannon cheerily welcomed friends to his retirement party at Goodhandy’s Nov 25, video of a younger Hannon, wearing only a balaclava while masturbating, appeared on a screen behind him.

The backdrop to Hannon’s party, Bone Weary: A Fond Farewell to the Sex Trade, included a video montage of images from Hannon’s life during his years as a sex worker, put together by friend and video artist Peter Kingstone.

“They’re not all of me jerking off,” Hannon grinned. “There’s soft-core videos, art films, gay wrestling. There’s another of me on a pogo stick. I’m fully clothed in that one.”

Gerald Hannon celebrates 25 years in sex work at Goodhandy’s Nov 25.
(Andrea Houston)

Sex work: a smart money-making option for journalists

BY ANDREA HOUSTON – Gerald Hannon almost convinced me to go into sex work. 

I recently visited the award-winning Toronto journalist and retiring sex worker at his cozy Maitland Place apartment ahead of his big retirement party at Goodhandy’s tonight (Nov 25), and to research another story. We got talking about why he started selling sex in the first place.

Hannon entered the oldest profession for the oldest reason of all: money. “I had just left The Body Politic after 15 years. You don’t save any money working there, so I was broke.”

At the time, he was living communally in a house with five other men. “I wanted to live on my own. And I decided to be a freelance writer, which, as you know, that takes a while.”

Worried about what to do for income, he spoke to a friend, activist and sex worker Danny Cockerline (great name for a sex worker). “I was whining to him about how I’m going to make it as a journalist.”

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Homewood stroll battle heats up COMMUNITY NEWS / Activists call for decriminalization of sex work

A sex-work advocacy organization says residents living on or near Homewood Ave should take their complaints about sex workers to those politicians who continue to criminalize prostitution.

About 30 local residents blamed sex workers for damage to private property and late-night noise at an Oct 12 meeting with Ward 27 Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.

“The problem here is the law, not sex workers,” says Chanelle Gallant, a sex worker and the communications coordinator for Maggie’s, a Toronto sex workers’ organization. “Residents should take their concerns up with the lawmakers who have put sex workers in the situation where they can’t exert any control over their work.”

The owners of Banting House Inn say problems connected to sex work on Homewood Ave forced them to close their business.
(Andrea Houston)

It’s been a business doing pleasure with you!

Maggie’s is having a party! Here’s all the info you need:

Maggie’s: Toronto sex workers action project is celebrating 25 years as on of the oldest sex-worker-run organizations in the world & we want you with us at our big $exy bash!!

Join us as we celebrate our activism, advocacy and successes. There will be door prizes, performers, cabaret and much more!

JUST ANNOUNCED! Performances by Lucas Silveira, Ill Nana, Coco la Crème, the Pole Club, Sabrina (you know her from the Russian version of Wife Swap) and MC Jazz Kamal.

Chester Brown reads from his john memoir Paying For It. DJs Cozmic Cat and Secret Agent keep everyone grinding till the wee hours. And, of course, Filmore’s house dancers are around to do the business at hand.

WHEN: Sunday October 30, doors at 7.30 PM
WHERE: Filmore’s Gentlemen’s Club, 212 Dundas Street East
HOW: Advanced tickets are available now at Good For Her, Maggie’s Wednesdays Noon – 5pm, otherwise by emailing us for ticket purchase at pick up at  sexworkisrealwork@maggiestoronto.ca

Tickets: $5 for sex workers (no one turned away for lack of funds) | Allies: $15-20 sliding scale – Additional generosity welcomed from all!

We are recruiting volunteers for the event (including hostesses, postering crews, attendant care etc) as well as auction items.

If you are interested, please contact us. Priority will go to sex workers and items that are of practical use to sex workers.

ASL interpretation provided | Wheelchair accessible space but only partially accessible washrooms  | 19+ ID required by the club

For more information, visit us at: www.maggiestoronto.ca

All proceeds from this event will go towards the legal costs of our joint fight, with other sex work activists for the total decriminalization of sex work in Canada.

Check out this story about our ba$h in this week’s NOW magazine by Sasha Van Bon Bon

See you there!

~Maggie’s Toronto Sex Workers Action Project