Madames, Heauxs, and Gigolos

Women belonging to one of the most marginalized and stigmatized categories of society, sex worker, dared to unite against police repression and question the government with a publicly presented list of grievances and demands.

On June 2 1975, sex workers occupied the church of Saint Nazier in Lyon, France to protest against harassment by the police, hefty fines, and inhumane working conditions. 46 years later, sex workers are still fighting for their rights worldwide.

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Their attorneys help clients remain in stable housing, access safer working conditions and employment options, protect their legal rights in family court, clear their criminal records, secure legal immigration status, and fight police misconduct and hate crimes. Their social workers provide long term supportive therapy and case management, creating best practices for an emerging field.

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What is Madames, Heauxs, and Gigolos?

Madames, Heauxs and Gigolos explores the fascinating history of sex work, events in sexual revolutions, people in history, other topics around sex, and the history of sex work. Join hosts Heather, Connor, and Anthony as they discuss the oldest profession and all things relating to sex and history. Heather’s research, Connor’s wit, and Anthony's charm collide to bring a bi-weekly podcast celebrating the stories of courageous women and men who have been shunned by society because of their trade, sexual preferences, or free love thinking and still manage to become prominent people in history that you don't learn about in school.