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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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 Pole Collective is interviewing Ashley Moody’s friends and family to learn more about Ashley’s life, and to help tell her story. The making of the mural will be documented through photography and videography by local artist Valentine, resulting in a film reel that includes interviews of the artists involved in the project, as well as the people who knew Ashley.

Ashley was an erotic adult service provider living and working in Portland. While outwardly vivacious and playful, Ashley was deeply impacted by struggles with mental health.

Ashley’s died from a lack of health and mental wellness resources, by suicide — an injustice we see far too often in our communities. Access to mental health resources are both vital and lacking in our society. Sadly, but unsurprisingly, these resources are particularly difficult for the most vulnerable among us to obtain.

Society needs to extend increased access to wellness resources, particularly for sex workers and people of color. Ashley’s community believes that with increased access to health and mental health resources, Ashley would still be with us today.

With this project, we hope to honor Ashley Moody and the impact she had on our community. We also aim to destigmatize mental health — specifically within the sex work community — to raise awareness about the ways in which racism, transphobia, and criminalization lead to the neglect and mistreatment of trans sex workers of color, and ultimately to connect the sex workers with resources that will keep them well and safe.

The Old Pro Project Happenings in Portland

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....

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....