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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Scenes From a Prostitutes' Protest

Posted By on Thu, May 20, 2010 at 2:40 PM

click to enlarge Nell Myhand of Legal Action for Woman addresses the gathered prostitutes - LOIS BECKETT
  • Lois Beckett
  • Nell Myhand of Legal Action for Woman addresses the gathered prostitutes
Gawkers hoping to spot women decked out in Frederick's of Hollywood gear were likely disappointed with today's noontime prostitutes protest.

Perhaps 20 casually dressed demonstrators gathered at Polk and Sutter to decry the city's proposed sit/lie ordinance, which they claimed would imperil the careers of decent, hard-working prostitutes. It was unclear how many of the protesters were prostitutes and how many were media or simply hangers-on; this may have been the San Francisco specialty of an event attracting more coverage than participants. Frank Chu was there, too:

click to enlarge Frank "12 Galaxies" Chu ... and about 12 prostitutes. - LOIS BECKETT
  • Lois Beckett
  • Frank "12 Galaxies" Chu ... and about 12 prostitutes.
Ubiquitous man on the street (literally) Starchild was there, too. The male escort/perennial no-hope Libertarian political candidate was there fleshing out the escort portion of his resume. He noted that "sex is fun," and went on to note that sit/lie ordinances are not.

click to enlarge Starchild was available... - LOIS BECKETT
  • Lois Beckett
  • Starchild was available...
The winner of SF Weekly's Best Political Activist/Bisexual Escort designation described a recent day when

he went looking for somewhere to settle down to enjoy a takeout meal,

and ended up sitting on Polk Street. "I could be arrested for no more

than wanting to enjoy the beautiful city and I live in--and eat my


And when sitting and eating lunch is against the law, only criminals will sit and eat lunch.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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