I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to HUSTLE: Men on the Move. We are an outreach and support program which effectively offers a male/youth specific component to PEERS Vancouver. HUSTLE is designed and implemented by experiential men who see a need for an increase in specific front-line programming / support services for survival male/Trans sex workers. Attention is also given to identifying and supporting street involved youth who may be at risk of exploitation in Vancouver Communities.
We provide traditional on-street outreach in the form of Harm Reduction/Safer Sex materials, Nutrition and Hygiene items as well as a Safe Needle Exchange. A major component of this program is one on one peer and crisis support in the moment. By providing consistent, non-judgmental services, over time, we continue to nurture a sense of community, thus increasing the overall health and safety of male sex workers and youth that may be exploited on the streets of Vancouver.
Our outreach services and program delivery are currently offered late night weekends as well as weekly visits to various drop-ins and resource centers. We have been successful at engaging youth by meeting them where they are at as well as supporting the population of male sex workers in the natural networks and venues that they access and frequent, such as stroll/track, internet cafes, and existing community organizations. By showing consistency in our services, HUSTLE has built relationships that foster trust and respect. Simply put, the more time we spend together, the less time we are alone.
Recently, we have expanded our programming with the new HUSTLE ‘N’ FLOW support groups for survival male sex workers and those who identify as male. These groups are currently offered every Wednesday of the month and provide men a safe and comfortable atmosphere to share their experiences, challenges and resilience with their peers. It is our hope that we can continue to help empower male sex workers through group support, thus creating a sense of community and increasing their overall health and safety.
We are hoping to provide the most effective services possible and, therefore, are looking for any ideas or suggestions you may have, on how we might better integrate with existing community resources and organizations. To contact us further and learn more about HUSTLE, please visit us at www.peersvancouver.org.
The British Columbia Coalition of Experiential Communities (BCCEC) is a consortium of sex worker activists who work to eliminate the oppressive systems and forces that create harm for individuals in the sex industry.
We support diverse perspectives and experiences in the sex industry however we do not support enforcement or rehabilitation models that promote the continued criminalization of sex workers or perpetuate sex worker dependency on social programs.
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