Veronica Vera Writes

Welcome to the world of Miss Veronica Vera! This is my blog charting my 40+ years as author, artist, sex worker & activist

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Norma Jean Almodovar, VV, two sex workers who preferred anonymity, Gloria Lockett.
10 MIN READ

Margo St. James, mother of the modern sex workers’ rights movement, has died. She left the planet on January 11. 2021. This article describes the international gathering of sex workers at the European Parliament in Brussels that Margo organized with Gayle Phedersen in October 1986.…Read More

Walking the High Line Park that overlooks Meatpacking District, reminders of past adventures and challenges from a previous plague.
3 MIN READ

For some time now, I have felt that I am living in the space in-between. I am at the age to have experienced the death of loved ones whom I think of often with growing awareness of my own mortality. So I inhabit both the physical world and a spiritual world filled with ghosts. I…Read More

Candice Vadala
5 MIN READ

Like her ashes that were distributed to loved ones, cherished and planted far and wide, one year after her death on September 7, 2015, the legacy of Candice Vadala aka Candida Royalle continues to grow and pay homage to her life and her art. Her papers have been acquired by the Schlesinger Library of Women’s Lives, Radcliffe Institute,…Read More

Veronica Vera by Robert Mapplethorpe
12 MIN READ

One picture is worth a thousand words, but some are worth many thousand and sometimes thousands of dollars. This story is of such a picture, a photograph by the artist Robert Mapplethorpe. When you look, you will see me, the model. What you cannot see is the story behind the image, its provenance. On the…Read More

Early Days of Miss Vera’s Academy, circa 1995.
4 MIN READ

The Bruce Jenner Interview conducted by Diane Sawyer which aired April 25, 2015 on ABC was smart and sensitive. I felt very uplifted. This next morning I am surprised at how I feel this much more emotionally. I feel grateful and connected and inspired. I’ve been remembering all of the people who have passed through Miss Vera’s Academy in…Read More