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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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 drag scene, and we seek to bring visibility to their work through this project.

The city of Seattle literally exists because of Lou Graham. While working as a Madame, Lou Graham funded the city of Seattle with her earnings, and by managing and investing in real estate in the area. She essentially bailed out downtown after the catastrophic fire of 1889, and even saved Puget National Bank with a substantial deposit during the Panic of 1893. Timber may be crucial to the rise of Seattle, but sex work is what actually saved the city.

For this project, a sex worker anthem will be written and recorded by Adra Boo — singer/songwriter, emcee, dancer and activist. Then, a music video featuring local sex workers will be made to accompany the song, including a dance choreographed by D’Monica Leone.

The video will be shot on location throughout the historic Pioneer Square and other notable locations in the Downtown area of Seattle. Ms. Briq House and Saira Barbaric— two burlesque performers, pros, activists, and event producers based in Seattle, WA — have also signed on to the project.

The goal is for this anthem to be used as a way to fire up sex workers and our advocates and bring pride to our community. The song and music video could be played at fundraising events to get people excited about our movement.

The public view of sex work is tied to control, but also to folks’ sexual shame. Sex worker pride is a pillar of sexual liberation and the pursuit of pleasure, as well as a middle finger to the stigma that society throws at us. Singing our anthem with joy and conviction is a way of taking back our power and releasing ourselves from the shame the public tries to silence us with.

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