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They do not appreciate their good fortune because they do not remember the sad old days.
Some 25 years earlier, due to the Internet and cell phones (and before that gay newspapers) the street hustling scene has changed drastically.
Gay society has adopted many of the values and prejudices of the straights even when they do not apply to homosexual s.
Almost all are gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans identified, and most are homeless.
Why, then, is there so much disdain against sex work if it is not coerced?
- The Lucky New Sex Workers (2011): Todays sex workers are much luckier than their forbears a generation ago.
- Male sex workers' support program stronger than ever (2012): When Matthew Taylor founded HUSTLE: Men on the Move in Vancouver in 2007, it was one of the few outreach organizations in Canada to work specifically with men in the sex industry, providing peer support, safer-sex materials, nutrition, harm reduction and needle exchanges to street-level sex workers and street-involved youth. There are still only a handful of male-specific support services that exist across the country.
So in the winter of 2010, when government funding issues threatened to close HUSTLEs parent agency, PEERS Vancouver, Taylor began looking to other options.