30-YEAR-OLD TORONTO WRITER RAISES $10,000 FOR SEX WORK COMMUNITY THAT SAVED HER LIFE

Accomplished writer, former social worker and current sex therapist and educator Kai Cheng Thom had just one wish for her 30th birthday – to support a community that's always been there for her.

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Accomplished writer, former social worker and current sex therapist and educator Kai Cheng Thom had just one wish for her 30th birthday – to support a community that’s always been there for her.

And now, with the news of the shootings at an Asian massage parlour in Atlanta, Thom – the Toronto author of the children’s book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea – hopes everyone will get in on the act.

Her GoFundMe, created a day before her March 12 birthday, refers to “the healing power and beauty of the sex work community.”

She says that by teaching her to advocate for herself, and being there when she felt isolated, the community saved her life, and does the same for others every day.

Within a week, the fundraiser surpassed its $10,000 goal to raise money for Maggie’s Toronto Sex Worker Action Project (SWAP), an organization that’s been advocating for sex workers for nearly 40 years.

“It’s really heartening to see that people do support and care,” Thom tells blogTO.

Thom says sex workers really need it.

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