“What we need most is to be treated as people, respected, allowed to survive, be seen, not hunted as criminals or dismissed as victims too damaged to speak for ourselves..."
-- Liara Roux
American HerStory: Conversations about Women's Autobiography
Thursday, February 24, 2022
4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Boardroom, Campus Center West Addition
University at Albany,
1400 Washington Avenue, Albany NY 12222
Masks required. Event subject to change. We encourage you to sign up for email updates to stay up-to-date on schedule information.
Free and open to the public. Free parking. See map.
Books will be available for purchase at the event or in advance at
the campus bookstore.
Liara Roux is a writer, sex worker, and political activist who fights for human rights for sex workers, freedom of online expression, and the decriminalization of consensual adult activity.
Together with peers in the industry, Roux helped launch the first National Sex Worker Lobby Day on Capitol Hill in 2018. Roux’s critically acclaimed memoir is Whore of New York: A Confession (2021). Roux, who identifies by a variety of pronouns, has been interviewed in Vice, Wired and the Washington Post, and on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio.
In her New York Times review of the book, Molly Young called it “an original reflection on joy, anguish, sex, love and labor... Roux has zero interest in pretending that her experience is typical of her profession. This memoir, like all memoirs, is about the particularities of an individual life. It’s not about the state of the sex worker in America. Roux likes her work, but that doesn’t mean it is without discomfort, anxiety, alienation and fear."
"Coming Out As a Sex Worker, Coming Out As a Person," published in Vice, May 25, 2018
Sponsored by UAlbany’s Gender and Sexuality Month, an annual spring series of the Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program of the Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research. Cosponsors include the Division of Student Affairs, Student Association, UAS, and the NYS Writers Institute.
For the full schedule of Gender and Sexuality Month events, visit: albany.edu/behavioralhealth
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