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Global Studies at The New School presents “A Kiss for Gabriela”


A film screening and panel discussion about the first sex worker to run for federal office in Brazil


Monday, April 15th

The Hirshon Suite

55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

6:30 – 8:30 PM


A friend and colleague of Gabriela Leite since 2004, Laura Murray has worked with sex worker rights groups internationally as a researcher, activist, and filmmaker since 2000. A Kiss for Gabriela is her directorial debut and her third documentary film about sexuality in Brazil. Laura has a Masters in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is currently a PhD Candidate in Medical Anthropology at Columbia University. She is writing her dissertation about the politics of HIV/AIDS and sex worker activism in Brazil.


Flavio Lenz is a writer and journalist from Rio de Janeiro.  He is the Co-founder of the Brazilian sex worker rights’ organization, Davida, and the organization’s clothing line, Daspu (Of the whores).  Flavio is the Press Officer for the Brazilian Prostitutes Network and has been the Editor of Davida’s newspaper, Beijo da Rua  (A Kiss from the Street) since 1988. In 2008, he published,  “Daspu: A Moda Sem Vergonha” (Daspu: Fashion without Shame”), a book that tells the history of Daspu and its huge impact on Davida, sex workers, the media and pop culture in Brazil.  


Mariana Assis is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Politics at the New School for Social Research specializing in Political Theory and Global Politics.  She holds a J.D. and a MA in Political Science from the Federal University of Minas Gerais/Brazil. In her home country, Brazil, Mariana is a lawyer for social movements committed to women’s rights, right to the city and social-economic justice. Her Ph.D dissertation explores the potential of international courts in promoting progressive interpretations of women’s rights and teases out the notions of justice orienting them.


Kate D’Adamo is a community organizer for the Sex Workers Outreach Project – NYC and Sex Workers Action New York (SWOP-NYC & SWANK) as well as an organizer with Persist Health Project. She has a background in both international and transnational labor, migration, and trafficking and recently graduated from the New School’s Graduate Program in International Affairs.


More information on the film can be found at


This event is free and open to the public.