He offers counselling, safe-sex kits, and HIV and harm-reduction information, and he connects clients to job-skills training and assistance with schooling and housing.
Many have experienced discrimination and abuse at the hands of their parents, or within the system; many have been kicked out of their homes or run away.
When they grow older, the idea that they have to pay for if they want to get laid galls them. The client who pays for sex usually gets exactly what he wants, with a minimum waste of time, whereas the cruisers in any venue, have to make do with whatever is available to them on at a given time.
From its inception, the gay movement has advocated that persons can do with their own bodies whatever they want even change their birth sex.
He is no longer doing sex work, something he says he was determined to stop. So, when funding cuts forced SOS to close down in 2011, Lougheed was devastated.
I have never encountered a pimp for male sex workers anywhere in the world.
- 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.
Sex Workers and the Gay Community (2013): Why then the opprobrium that so many gays have against male sex workers?
For one, the male prostitute is tarred with the same brush as his female counterpart.