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From the beginnings of my work as a performer I've sought ways to use striptease as a force for good, working with numerous charities, causes and unions.

 

I perform every year at a burlesque event for people with disabilities, continuing a decade of involvement fighting for the rights of men and women with disabilities to enjoy an erotic side to their lives. I won an Erotic Award for this in 2012.

 

I was honoured to dance for a deafblind client, Jimmy, on-stage at the Royal Society of Medicine's conference on Sex Work And Disability (2009), so the attending medical professionals could see (and later be told by Jimmy) how erotic entertainment and recognition can enhance the lives of those with disabilities. This was covered in newspapers including The Times and The Telegraph. I have also danced at care homes for the physically disabled, as reported in The Daily Mail.

 

As a member of performers' union Equity, in 2008/9 I helped formulate its strategy in opposition of the Policing & Crime Bill, which sought to re-classify all venues hosting erotic dance as 'Sex Encounter' venues. This involved trips to Parliament and speaking to press including on Radio 4's Today programme. In 2010 I worked again with Equity and with fellow dancers to fight the proposed forced closure of striptease venues in Hackney. Most recently I've performed for the East London Strippers' Collective (2017) who are at the forefront of the current fight against dangerous censorship and for performers' rights.

 

I have also appeared in or written for magazines including The Erotic Review, Forum, Penthouse, Love It! ['I Strip For The Blind'], Bizarre and Scarlet.

 

In my full-time-performing years, I was nominated in the Stripper Of The Year category at the charity Erotic Awards twice, and sat on the panel of judges for three years, also co-presenting the final Awards show. In 2009, 10, 11 and 12 fellow dancer Joy and I ran a charity lapdance booth at the Awards which  raised the most funds for disabled charity Outsiders of any of the Award sideshows. In 2012 all this was happily recognised by me winning my own Award, as Volunteer.

 

I also appeared for several years as a 'tactile model' at Feel The Force, the UK's first Star Wars/film and fantasy comicon day for the disabled and visually impaired.

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Pics above: demonstrating for adult worker rights in Taiwan [top: China Daily News, bottom: COSWAS], and on-stage with fellow ELSC performers in London.

 

 

Pics below L-R: Bizarre Magazine coverage of me dancing for a deaf-blind client, and as a tactile Princess Leia at Feel The Force.

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