about us

we are a group of (former) sex workers, feminists, queer and trans people from all different walks of life and backgrounds.

core team

Alexis Wilson Briggs is a Programme Associate at Red Umbrella Fund. She was formerly a criminal defense attorney in the United States, providing pro bono representation to activists, and worked in drug policy harm reduction for over 20 years. She is a former sex worker, a prison abolitionist, and mother. The possibility to combine sex work activism and culture adds value to our society.

Vera Rodriguez has combined peep shows, strip clubs, photography and sex workers’ rights activism for more than a decade. She is a cast member of the Sex Workers Opera and works at the Red Umbrella Fund. Vera has screened sex worker films on a few occasions and is happy to take this to the level with the festival.

Majk Mirković has done over 10 years of LGBTQ+ community festival organizing and has 8 years of production experience in the professional film, tv and festival industry. They are co-founder of TranScreen Film Festival and currently work for Mama Cash. Majk has lived experience as a refugee, is trans/non-binary/queer identified and has been involved with various LGBTQ+ artistic projects, mainly based on inclusive, intersectional and grassroots values. Sex workers’ stories have always been key part of the trans representations, which Majk has supported in giving platforms.

Plette ter Veld has a long history as an activist, starting at the end of the eighties in Act Up! in Amsterdam, more recently they have participated in trans and sex worker activism in Turkey. Plette is educated as a visual artist and has organised arts/film festivals, they have co-founded TranScreen and work as an Privacy Officer at an university. Plette took the lead in the sex work programming at TranScreen. Since many transpersons in comparison to cispersons work as sex workers, a lot of submitted movies were about or contained trans sex work and that inspired Plette to give these films a bigger platform.

board

The foundation queer.red is intended to function as an institution for general benefit (ANBI) and has the following objectives and has the following objectives contribute to a greater visibility of and denounce the existing stigmatisation of sex workers in society, and of sex workers in society, to support a more nuanced representation of sex work, support a more nuanced representation of sex work, the emancipation and empowerment of sex workers in all empowerment of sex workers in all social and economic sectors, and to and improve their control over their bodies, working conditions, and rights.

The Foundation seeks greater recognition of the fact that sex work is not a
fixed identity, but has interfaces with choice, sexual orientation and gender, capitalism and socialism, economic capacity migration and border control policies, as well as state and individualised oppressions and power dynamics. The aim of the Foundation’s projects is to Foundation’s projects is to connect individual groups, thereby enhancing the intersectional experience of belonging to a politicised body that is traditionally excluded from other political spaces, becomes more visible.

The Foundation seeks to achieve its aim by: organising cultural and social events mainly in the form of a film and art festival and events, with a focus on nuanced representation of sex work as an intersectional experience. It does this by promoting, among other things, films and art made by and for the sex-worker community and by for the sex worker community and by producing platforms that provide space for networking, inspiration, artistic expression and education.

The foundation is a non-profit organisation.

Current board members are:

Domi Olivieri is anthropologist, activist, researcher and teacher in the field of gender studies, media and society.

Angela Vos has been a sex worker for 20 years and has practiced almost all forms of sex work in her career. She has been campaigning for years for better regulation of her profession, particularly around decriminalisation and destigmatisation. In addition to her activism, she works as a freelance consultant for various health and relief organisations linked to sex work. She also performs regularly in the theatre. In the past, she has organised the sex work film festival in Utrecht and Rotterdam, in cooperation with various other organisations.

Plette ter Veld has a long history as an activist, starting at the end of the eighties in Act Up! in Amsterdam, more recently they have participated in trans and sex worker activism in Turkey. Plette is educated as a visual artist and has organised arts/film festivals, they have co-founded TranScreen and work as an Privacy Officer at an university. Plette took the lead in the sex work programming at TranScreen. Since many transpersons in comparison to cispersons work as sex workers, a lot of submitted movies were about or contained trans sex work and that inspired Plette to give these films a bigger platform.