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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 pursue a career as a writer and stand up comic. While doing nightly shows, occasional tours, and various freelance gigs, she picked up multiple side hustles to support herself. In 2018, she finally found one that stuck when she began stripping.

Merrow’s experience with online and in person sex work made its way into her comedy and writing. She found a passion for presenting audiences with the radical idea that sex workers are people. She dedicated her punchlines to lifting up sex workers and punching down on the narrow minded people who discriminate against them. She also wrote multiple articles for Betches Media advocating for sex workers’ rights and the decriminalization of sex work. Her written work has also been featured on Reductress, Someecards, Paste Magazine, and BestLife Media.

Merrow’s stand up comedy, published articles, and social media content aim to rid people of their whorephobia and inspire them to cherish whores as much as she does. She wants you to laugh but she also wants you to shut up and listen.

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Lilith

Lilith

Lilith iTunes | Stitcher | SpotifyDr. Charlene J. Fletcher is a historian, womanist, activist, and lover of most things Kentucky, Charlene holds a Ph.D. in History from Indiana University, specializing in 19th century United States and African American history and...

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...

New York Project Proposal

New York Project Proposal

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Call for Submissions | The Old Pro Project in New York The Old Pro Project in New York is seeking trans and sex worker stories and artwork for a digital zine on walking while trans and the resilience of sex work activists...

Katherine – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

Katherine – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Katherine | Play Your Part Seattle Panelist Katherine, who occasionally prefers the honorific Mistress, is a Professional Dominatrix, Kink Educator, and Relationship Coach, specializing in alternative sexuality, open...

Cory – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

Cory – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Cory | Play Your Part Seattle Panelist Cory is a transmasculine Adventure Consultant, kinky companion, arts worker, and harm reductionist. Cory is a panelist for the Play Your Part Seattle's production of Mae West's Sex, a play...

Mistress M – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

Mistress M – Play Your Part Seattle Panelist

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Melissa Maven (Mistress M) | Play Your Part Seattle Panelist Melissa Maven (Mistress M) is a sensual dominatrix, educator, sex worker activist and digital artist living in Portland, Oregon. She loves riding her bike to find...

Samantha Jo-Dato – City Coordinator in San Francisco

Samantha Jo-Dato – City Coordinator in San Francisco

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Samantha Jo-Dato | City Coordinator 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 important to...

Tiffany Diane Tso – New York

Tiffany Diane Tso – New York

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Tiffany Diane Tso | New York Tiffany Diane Tso is a journalist and producer based in Brooklyn. She has covered sex work and sex work activism in New York City; her work covering topics surrounding identity, culture, advocacy,...

Kate Zen – New York

Kate Zen – New York

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Kate Zen | New York Kate Zen is a sex worker activist and co-founder of Red Light Reader, a sex worker book club, podcast, and online writing workshop, originally hosted at the Bluestockings feminist bookstore in NYC. Kate Zen...

SX Noir – City Coordinator for New York

SX Noir – City Coordinator for New York

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »SX Noir | city coordinator for New York SX Noir is a self-proclaimed “thot leader” leading the conversation on the intersection of Sex work and Sex tech. SX is the vice president of the women of sex technology. SX has created a...

Synamin Vixen – Artist in New Orleans

Synamin Vixen – Artist in New Orleans

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Synamin Vixen | Artist in New Orleans Synamin Vixen is “skinny with plenty and tall with it all!” This tall tree has been stimulating the moistening reflexes of audiences for a little over two years, and has been circulating...

Mae West’s Sex – Play Your Part Seattle

Mae West’s Sex – Play Your Part Seattle

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »May West's Sex | Play Your Part Seattle We’re partnering with Play Your Part Seattle for their upcoming production of Mae West's Sex, a play with music that explores the lives of sex workers in the 1920s. Originally shut down...

PDX Stripper Strike – Haymarket Pole Collective

PDX Stripper Strike – Haymarket Pole Collective

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Haymarket Pole Collective Cat Hollis — a member of the team working on The Old Pro Project in Portland — is involved with an incredible COVID-19 relief grant being distributed by Haymarket Pole Collective in Portland, Oregon....

Joaquin Remora – San Francisco

Joaquin Remora – San Francisco

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. The Old Pro Project Happenings in San Francisco

Mx. Pucks A’Plenty – Seattle City Coordinator

Mx. Pucks A’Plenty – Seattle City Coordinator

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Mx. Pucks A'Plenty City Coordinator for Seattle Mx. Pucks A'Plenty is the Director of Junk in da Trunk, the Michelle Obama of Burlesque, and Seattle's Own Mxtress of Thiccness! Pucks is the founder and co-producer behind What...

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...

Ms. Billie Cooper – San Francisco

Ms. Billie Cooper – San Francisco

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Ms. Billie Cooper Ms. Billie Cooper is a Community Grand Marshal for 2019 SF Pride. She is a 60-year-old transsexual woman, has lived and thrived with HIV for thirty-three years, and has been invested in her transgender...

Andrea Horne – San Francisco

Andrea Horne – San Francisco

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Andrea Horne Andrea Horne is a former actress, model, and jazz singer. Most recently she was a social worker working with transgender women in the Tenderloin. She is a Black transgender woman who has lived in San Francisco for...

Tamara Ching – San Francisco

Tamara Ching – San Francisco

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Tamara Ching Tamara Ching is an American trans woman and San Francisco Bay Area transgender activist. Also known as the “God Mother of Polk [Street]”, she is an advocate for trans, HIV, and sex work-related causes. The Old Pro...

Sam Skrimpz – Mural Artist in New Orleans

Sam Skrimpz – Mural Artist in New Orleans

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Sam Skrimpz | Mural Artist in New Orleans I am a queer, non-binary, painter and muralist born and bred in Louisiana, currently living in New Orleans. I am endlessly inspired by the flora and fauna within landscapes and...

Ms. Briq House – Burlesque Goddess in Seattle

Ms. Briq House – Burlesque Goddess in Seattle

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Ms. Briq House | Burlesque Goddess in Seattle As seen in 21st Century Burlesque Magazine's 2018 Top 50, Autostraddle‘s 23 Black Queer & Trans Femmes to Follow as well as: The House of Knyle, Seattle Times, Time Magazine,...

Cat Hollis – Artist in Portland

Cat Hollis – Artist in Portland

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Cat | Artist in Portland Cat Hollis is a lightskinned Black Sexworker based out of Portland, Oregon. As the founder of Haymarket Pole Collective, she has been fostering a grassroots movement towards safer and more equitable...

BOUD – Mural Artist in Portland

BOUD – Mural Artist in Portland

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »BOUD | Mural Artist in Portland Kathleen Mae Boudwin is a Portland-based artist from Seattle. They’ve been painting locally for the past five years and have had work shown with STROLL at the Portland Institute of Contemporary...

Bad – Mural Artist in Portland

Bad – Mural Artist in Portland

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Bad | Mural Artist in Portland I am a stripper, mother, and artist from Portland, OR. My art generally focuses on using symbolism and occultism to portray abstract ideas centered around my experiences of being a sex worker. I...

Valentine – Photographer & Filmmaker in Portland

Valentine – Photographer & Filmmaker in Portland

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Valentine | Photographer & Filmmaker in Portland Valentine is a 12 yr Black / Biracial sex worker who works as a photographer and networker while advocating for queer Black representation within the adult industry....

D’Monica Leone – Choreographer in Seattle

D’Monica Leone – Choreographer in Seattle

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »D'Monica Leone | Choreographer in Seattle   D'Monica Leone is a zoo of artistry at its finest. As a model, MUA, Femme presenting burlesque performer and drag queen AND as the current reigning Seattle's Queer Monarch, they...

Adra Boo – Songwriter & Singer in Seattle

Adra Boo – Songwriter & Singer in Seattle

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Adra Boo | Songwriter & Singer in Seattle Seattle soul singer, emcee, teacher, Rain City Rock Camp Ladies Rock Camp Director, “Westminster Daddy” and auntie, Adra Boo, walks through walls. While some in the age look to...

Saira Barbaric – Casting Coordinator in Seattle

Saira Barbaric – Casting Coordinator in Seattle

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Saira Barbaric | Casting Coordinator in Seattle Saira Barbaric is a surrealist slut monster, a homegrown sex witch and a nonstop creator. They/he/she/ze strives to blend genders and bend genres with their creations to enable...

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...

New Orleans Project Proposal

New Orleans Project Proposal

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »New Orleans Project Proposal The Old Pro Project team in New Orleans is highlighting Lulu White, the previous owner of Mahogany Hall in Storyville, the historic sex worker district in New Orleans from 1897 to 1917. One of the...

The Old Pro Project – Portland Proposal

The Old Pro Project – Portland Proposal

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »The Old Pro Project: Portland Local PDX artists BOUD and Bad will be creating a mural in honor of Ashley Moody, a trans sex worker of color who was a beloved member of the sex work community in Portland. Cat Hollis of Haymarket...

The Old Pro Project – Seattle Proposal

The Old Pro Project – Seattle Proposal

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »The Old Pro Project | Seattle Proposal A group of sex workers, artists, and allies will be creating a sex worker anthem to celebrate and honor legendary Madame Lou Graham. Sex workers are a vanguard of the Seattle burlesque and...

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...

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,...

Kaytlin Bailey – Founder

Kaytlin Bailey – Founder

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »Kaytlin Bailey | The Old Pro Project Founder   Kaytlin Bailey is a contrarian by nature and a provocateur by trade. Bailey is an internationally touring stand-up comic, sex worker rights advocate and writer. She started...