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Virtual launch: Organizing for Sex Workers' Rights in Montreal

Thursday, June 18, 2020
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Francine Tremblay and Jenn Clamen


This event is free


Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore and Les ami(es) de Stella



Francine Tremblay

Join the launch of Francine Tremblay's new book, Organizing for Sex Workers’ Rights in Montreal, where she will be in conversation with Jenn Clamen, coordinator of communications and mobilization at Les ami(es) de Stella.

This event will take place over Zoom. Please register in advance at

About Organizing for Sex Workers’ Rights in Montreal

This book is based on a case study about Stella, l’amie de Maimie, a Montreal sex workers' rights organization, founded by and for sex workers. It explores how a group of ostracized female-identified sex workers transformed themselves into a collective to promote the health and well-being of women working in the sex industry.

Weighed down by the old and tenacious whore symbol, the sex workers at Stella had to find a way to navigate the criminality of sex work and sex workers to do advocacy and support work, and create safer spaces for sex workers to engage in such advocacy.

This book focuses on sex workers, but the advocacy challenges and strategies it outlines can also apply to the lives of other marginalized groups who are often ignored, pitied or reviled, but who are seldom seen as fully human.

Purchase your copy today!

About the speakers

Francine Tremblay obtained her PhD from tThe Université du Québec à Montréal in 2012. She has been teaching at Concordia since 2002 and taught at Carleton University from 2005 to 2010. Her courses and research focus on social issues such as inequality, social construction of deviance, sexuality and social movement. As a retired sex worker (1969–1988) and a member of Stella since 1999, Tremblay remains a dedicated scholar and activist.

Jenn Clamen is the coordinator of communications and mobilization at Stella.

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