Never Forgotten: Memorializing Sex Workers Expelled from Vancouver’s West End

In celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the SFU Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, the Margaret Lowe Benston Endowment and GSWS present:

Becki Ross & Jamie Lee Hamilton

NEVER FORGOTTEN: MEMORIALIZING SEX WORKERS EXPELLED FROM VANCOUVER’S WEST END

Thursday, February 25
7 pm (coffee, tea, and dessert reception to follow)
SFU-Vancouver (Rooms: 1420-1430)
515 West Hastings Street

Free but please reserve here.

Join Becki Ross and Jamie Lee Hamilton for a joint presentation exploring the mass expulsion of sex workers from Vancouver’s West End in 1984. The West End Sex Workers Memorial will be introduced as one part of broader feminist, queer, trans and anti-colonial campaigns for truth and reconciliation.

Jamie Lee Hamilton founded Grandma’s House, a safe house for on-street sex workers in 1998, has been instrumental in drawing attention to the missing and murdered women of the Downtown Eastside, and received the XtraWest “Community Hero” award. She has twice been elected as Ms. Gay Vancouver and currently serves as special advisor to Mary Clare Zak, Director of Social Policy at the City of Vancouver.

Becki Ross is employed at the University of British Columbia in Sociology and the Institute of Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. Her book, Burlesque West: Showgirls, Sex, and Sin in Postwar Vancouver, won the Clio Prize from the Canadian Historical Association. Becki is an activist in queer, feminist, anti-racist, trans & sex workers’ movements for social justice.


This talk is part of the Margaret Benston Endowed Lecture Series in Social Justice. Dr. Maggie Benston (1937-1991) was a charter SFU faculty member, feminist and labour activist, and founding member of SFU Women’s Studies Department.