Danny & the Prostitutes' Safe Sex Project
Danny founded the Prostitutes' Safe Sex Project (PSSP) in 1986 in response to growing public hysteria that blamed prostitutes for the spread of AIDS. With other members of the Canadian Organization for the Rights of Prostitutes (CORP), Danny produced pamphlets and buttons which PSSP made available to social service agencies and distributed on the street. But when the Toronto Department of Public Health offered grants for community AIDS education, Street Outreach Services (SOS) (who had been receiving PSSP materials for free) applied for funding to provide education to prostitutes without ever informing PSSP that the grants were available. In those days PSSP was run out of Danny's apartment on Church Street.
In response PSSP was formalized and by March 1988 it had received the first installment of the project's first government grant from Toronto DPH. Danny's first safe sex pamphlets started a tradition with PSSP for piloting and producing educational information on small, colourful bits of paper, with humourous illustrations, photocopied in small batches at a time. He did one for the boys (Men at Work) and one for the girls (Happy Hooking).
How to Have Safer Sex!
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Created: May 7, 1996
Last modified: January 23, 2000
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