Kaytlin Bailey is a contrarian by nature and a provocateur by trade. As both a political activist and a standup comedian, it has been her job to throw rhetorical rocks at proverbial walls.
When she was 13, she joined an organization called YVR (Youth Voice Raleigh), whose stated mission was to elevate the youth voice in the public sphere, stating that “parents, teachers, and politicians shouldn’t advocate for young people when they can speak for themselves.”
Kaytlin believes the same is true of sex workers. At 15, she began volunteering for Planned Parenthood and was recognized as Planned Parenthood’s volunteer of the year in 2005. Later, at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, she was president of Voice for Choice (VOX) and deeply involved in opening a clinic in downtown Charleston.
After graduating from college, she worked at Grassroots Campaigns — working in 12 cities in nine states for 11 clients in 18 months — doing a variety of fundraising, letter writing, voter persuasion, and get-out-the-vote projects. After the 2010 election, burned out and bummed out, she shifted into standup comedy where she has specialized in telling her story as a sex worker to audiences nationwide.
Her one-woman show, Cuntagious, sold out performances in theater festivals, and her popular podcast The Oldest Profession is attracting a growing number of listeners who tune in each week to hear about different “old pros” from history.
U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s election and the recent passage of SESTA/FOSTA have reawakened Kaytlin’s activist spirit. She wants to help direct the growing support for sex-workers’ rights within a national strategy that unites traditional political foes on this controversial issue.