Thursday, September 8, 2016
10:45 am - 12:00 pm


Moderator: Mary Emily O’Hara

2015, the media—and the nation—scrambled to absorb the information that Rentboy.com had been subject to a massive federal raid. For the first time in years, male sex workers were in the news, speaking about their livelihoods and demanding their rights. Many readers learned, for the first time, that sex workers are also frequently part of the LGBTQ community. This presented journalists with a new challenge in terms of sensitive coverage—especially as sex work grows into a common beat at many outlets. How do we report on sex workers not as a titillating and remote news item, but as members of our own LGBTQ community?