Press Appearances

“Pittsburgh Sex Workers Are Being Charged With Carrying Condoms, or, ‘Instruments of Crime’–Raising the Question of Who Is at Risk,” Jezebel

Published: June 17, 2018

Jezebel highlights the controversial practice of characterizing condoms as instruments of crime, and using this characterization to file charges against sex workers.

But cracking down on sex work and ending human trafficking isn’t necessarily a causal relationship, according to Jessie and PJ Sage of Sex Workers’ Outreach Project (SWOP), whom DA Zappala characterized in his statement as “a group that represents an industry that is illegal in Pennsylvania.”

At one of their meetings, they heard from a woman who said she had been charged years ago for possessing condoms; she set up the appointment with an officer, and only after he asked her for a condom did he arrest her.

“She then had to decide what was a greater risk–not using condoms and endangering her longterm health or getting more charges,” Jessie said.

The woman ultimately decided to use condoms, but even then, she said that carrying them had put her life in peril.

“Because she had to hide the condoms in her car [in case the client was a police officer], one of her clients escorted her to her car at gunpoint,” Jessie said. The client had apparently wanted to make sure she didn’t drive off with their money.

“Pittsburgh Sex Workers Are Being Charged With Carrying Condoms, or, ‘Instruments of Crime’–Raising the Question of Who Is at Risk,” Jezebel

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WHAT SHOULD WE MAKE OF DAN SAVAGE’S LEGACY?

October 21, 2019

“The best thing about Savage’s career is the way that he brought taboo topics like non-monogamous relationship structures, gay rights, pornography and sex work politics to the fore, pushing people to discuss them with their friends, thus ultimately moving the needle in terms of socially acceptable public discourse,” says Jessie Sage, a sex columnist at the Pittsburgh City Paper who was hired to write her column in Savage’s place when he moved his to another local alt weekly.

“I feel like Dan Savage has been so influential in terms of the way that we think about sex and relationships that it would be hard to imagine what public discourse would look like without his influence.”

The Aids Resource Alliance Presents Facts Not Fear

September 24, 2019

Facts Not Fear is a show made to create a conversation surrounding the stigmas of specific communities. The show will feature members of those highly stigmatized communities such as sex workers, trans folks, and people living with HIV. Each member will be opening up about their realities and how stigma affects them.

Podcast Appearance, Ghoul on Ghoul: SeXXXtravaganza with Jessie Sage and Michael Lesley

September 19, 2019

Get ready for a NICE time during this special 69th episode! Amanda and Sarah focus on the sex-positive side of the podcast with return guest Jessie Sage of the Peepshow Podcast and Michael Lesley, a voice talent who specializes in recording gay romance and erotica audiobooks. Jessie talks about the demands and rewards of sex work, the need for sex worker rights, and the dos and don’ts of soliciting sex workers. Michael talks about recording sex scenes and more for audiobooks and then engages in the ghouls’ favorite game Ew, But F*ck Me/F*ck Me, But Ew. Other subjects covered include Hooters hosiery, panty stuffing, and, of course, doing 69.