Lorelei Lee

Lorelei Lee lives in San Francisco and Brooklyn. She studies and teaches writing at New York University and the San Francisco Center for Sex and Culture. Her fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Transfer, $pread Magazine, and Denver Quarterly, as well as in the anthologies Hos, Hookers, Call Girls, and Rent Boys and Off the Set. Along with Stephen Elliot, she is the cowriter of the independent film Cherry, premiering in 2012. She has toured nationally with the Sex Workers’ Art Show and is a Literary Death Match Champion. She writes for the blog I Deserve This.


On August 29th, my shoot was cancelled, and I had the day off from work because someone in Florida had tested positive for HIV. This is the bizarre result of working in an industry in which we necessarily disclose our sero-status to our coworkers, and negative STI test results are prerequisite for employment.

A few days later, the performer was retested. Results came up negative this time—a false positive result occurs occasionally when samples are contaminated—and business resumed. However, this latest HIV scare fueled the ongoing debate over mandated condom use and industry safety practices. [READ MORE]