Research and Project Manager
As a researcher, J. Leigh has studied the transphobia and queerphobia experienced by LGBTQ sex workers, analyzed data for an international qualitative study on casual sex, and co-produced an ethnographic short film for an international research project called SEXHUM in collaboration with transgender LatinX sex workers from the Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo.
J. Leigh has been an advisor for the Museum of the City of New York’s Transgender Activism Exhibit and received the 2019 Marsha P. Johnson Community Leader Award from New York Transgender Advocacy Group, where they currently serve as an advocacy consultant and as the president of the New York State Gender Diversity Coalition.
For MOMA/PS1’s Sex Workers’ Festival of Resistance and the 2018 International AIDS Conference, J. Leigh co-curated sex worker film programs and spoke about multi-gendered sex work. They have also presented at numerous conferences, rallies, workshops, and panels on (dis)ability sexual inclusion, trans, and sex worker harm reduction principles. Along with DSW’s Melissa Broudo, they contributed to an amicus brief to fight the anti-sex work legislation SESTA/FOSTA in the U.S. courts.
J. Leigh has worked on Showtime’s Billions and Fox’s The Following, been featured in TIME magazine, VICE News, and TimeOUT NY. In 2021, they will begin a Ph.D. program in human sexuality research focusing on sex workers and their mobility-impaired clients.