On Jan 25, 1917 300 sex workers in San Francisco marched to protest the imminent closure of their brothels. The Old Pro Project is an annual event that builds towards this anniversary. We are part of a multigenerational movement that has been advocating for our rights for over a hundred years.


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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 advocate in the transgender communities since 1997, when she moved to San Francisco from her hometown of Tampa, Florida.

In 2016 she co-founded The Compton’s Transgender Cultural District in San Francisco, which is the first transgender cultural district in the country; and TAJA’s Coalition, community accountability for Black trans safety in San Francisco.

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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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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,...

Irene Merrow – Community Manager & Publicist

Irene Merrow – Community Manager & Publicist

get involved in the Old Pro Project now »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...