We spent yesterday afternoon in a workshop with MSM and transgendered people at Gaya Dewata.  Speaking from my experience, there seems to be one unifying factor among all gays around the world:  Beyonce.  One of these lovely ladies actually spends every Friday night in drag, dancing as Beyonce in Single Ladies for audiences at a local bar…

Condom Art Pin workshop at Gaya Dewata

Condom Art Pin workshop at Gaya Dewata

Arya and his Condom Art Pins

Arya and his Condom Art Pins

"Beyonce" and friends ;-)

"Beyonce" and friends

And this morning, I led a workshop with HIV+ sex workers at Kerti Praja Foundation.  Most of the sex workers here in Bali operate from the street, out of bars or in Karaoke clubs.  A colleague from Yakeba drove me past a small neighborhood that is renown as the cheapest place to find sex workers – the women there charge only $5.00 for 3 hours of their time.  Many of them are also accustomed to harmful “cleanliness” practices, such as douching with beer and toothpaste.  The staff and volunteers at Kerti Praja Foundation are educating them about better ways to keep themselves clean and healthy; they have started a theater troupe, and they will be performing in the Asia Pacific Village at the Congress on Monday evening.

Support group for HIV+ sex workers in Bali

Support group for HIV+ sex workers in Bali

Condom balloons we made for their children in attendance ;-)

Condom balloons we made for their children in attendance

My training on the proper vaginal use of an FC female condom

My training on the proper vaginal use of an FC female condom

Check in tomorrow for pre-conference set up of our Condom Zone at ICAAP!

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