December 20, 2022

Announcing our 2022 Sex Worker Giving Circle Grantees

Three BIPOC people of different genders, sizes, and skin tones are standing or squatting defiantly in front of four red roses. The words “Sex Worker Giving Circle” and “Third Wave Fund” appear in black at right. One person in pink clothing stands with walking forearm crutches, another person wearing black pants and bandana stands with their shirt off and holds a sign that reads “Decriminalize SW”, and the third person squats between them in teal high heels and a miniskirt, with a red umbrella tattoo on their leg and a phone in their hand.

December 17th marked the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers (IDEVASW), a day of mourning and also of recommitting to solidarity with sex workers everywhere. Today, we're also reflecting on the life and work of Carol Leigh, aka 'Scarlet Harlot', an activist and cultural worker who recently passed on.

Carol coined the term 'sex work' in 1979, and contributed so much brilliance to our sex worker-led movements. Carol's legacy and the many organizers we fund through the Sex Worker Giving Circle (SWGC) show us every day that resourcing sex worker leadership is critical not only to gender justice but all movements for bodily autonomy and self-determination.

While sex worker movements remain stigmatized, criminalized, and critically under-resourced, thanks to brave supporters like you, the SWGC's fifth year of grantmaking was our largest yet. In 2022, our SWGC cohort of 9 Fellows - all current or former sex workers - made a total of $304,000 in new grants and $301,250 in renewal grants to 25 organizations across the U.S. and territories, who you can learn about below.

Please help us keep resourcing sex worker self-determination in 2023 and beyond by giving or increasing a one-time gift, or by committing to a monthly or annual donation today. Thank you for joining with us as we affirm that sex worker liberation is liberation for us all.

With love and gratitude,
Chris 'Chicklet' Giraldo & Pati Morales
Sex Worker Giving Circle Team

We are excited to announce grantees awarded funding by this year's Fellows:

New Grantees in 2022:

Returning Grantees in 2022:

Year 2 Grantees from 2021: