Our team of judges (or Grand Jury of Conspicuous Sexuality as they have been called) are selected for their knowledge, skills and influence in the field of sexuality and for their belief in the value of erotic performance and sexual services. After realising how difficult it is to have judges in different parts of the world, we now only invite experts who live in or around London, or those who are willing to travel to London for meetings. Generally, each judge takes on a specific operational role as well as acting as a judge. All judges donate their time for free in order to maximise the amount of money raised for the Outsider's Trust. Judges themselves may not be nominated for an award.
The 2017 team is being confirmed and will be announced soon!
This was our 2016 team:
Kian de la Cour (Chair)
Erotic Pioneer and Certified Sexological Bodyworker
Kian was one of our original judges in 1994 and is now back heading up the Judging Panel for the 2016 Sexual Freedom Awards. Kian is a Certified Somatic Sex Educator, deep tissue bodyworker and teacher of erotic massage and sensual touch workshops. In his work, he draws on extensive experience in tantra, bodywork and shamanic sexuality, having trained with some of the world's leading-edge teachers in conscious sexuality and sex coaching since he started working professionally in 1994. You can find out more about Kian here.
CEO of National Ugly Mugs (NUM)
Alex was initially appointed in 2012 to set-up, develop and run the NUM pilot based on the consultation that had preceded his appointment and he has been running the scheme ever since, orchestrating it’s growth into a high-profile multi-award winning organisation that benefits around 10,000 sex workers in the UK. He is a published and award-winning writer having contributed to national publications including the Independent, the Huffington Post, Total Politics and the House Magazine.
He is also a member of the National Police Working Group on Prostitution, a consultant trainer on the accredited Lime Culture Advanced Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) training and was a guest expert judge at the 2015 Third Sector Awards. He regularly speaks at national and international conferences and is frequently quoted in the media as an expert in his field. In 2015, he featured on the prestigious Independent Rainbow List of the 100 most influential LGBT+ people in the UK.
Having worked in many parts of the UK, for the last 7 years Jewel has been based in Edinburgh, working with disabled people all over Scotland. This is Jewel's first attempt at being a judge in her capacity as a sex worker and she is excited to do her best. You can read more about her at www.edinburghjewel.co.uk
Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Sex Educator and artist
Katie Sarra won Erotic Artist of the Year in 2009. She is a Certified Sexological Bodyworker, Somatic Sex Educator, artist, Art Psychotherapist, Playback Theatre performer and Cuddle Party Facilitator in training who specializes in working with people overcoming the effects of trauma. She trained and worked in the mental health system for many years before becoming involved in somatic sex education. She has trained in Tantra, Quodoushka, NLP, and many other modalities. She sponsors and assists the UK Sexological Bodywork professional training. Katie works with individuals of all genders, sexual orientations and abilities to help them find liberation from any barriers to intimacy, naturalness and sexual fulfilment and expression. Katie specialises in supporting people to reframe how they feel about themselves and their bodies to enable them to find deeper generosity and spontaneity within themselves. For the last eight years, Katie has been supporting the Outsiders organisation by working with people who are living with disabilities. Katie is passionate about the Sexual Freedom Awards and their role in celebrating pioneers and performers in the field of sexuality. You can find out more about Katie here.
Mouse is one of the world's top erotic performers, famous both in the art world and in clubland. She currently works at The Box in London and in New York. Mouse has been a very vocal judge of the Awards for over 10 years and has previously won several awards including Cabaret Artist of the Year 2002.
Lawyer specialising in Obscenity Law
Myles is the Law Society’s Junior Lawyer of the Year 2012 Excellence Award winner and is the only solicitor professing to specialise in sexual liberties and obscenity law. Myles has been instrumental in challenging the legal framework in which sexual morality is constrained through campaigning, activism, litigation and advocacy.
Myles is currently advising a number of UK and US adult industry businesses regarding compliance with the Authority for Television on Demand (ATVOD) and the legality of ATVOD’s actions in interpreting the Audiovisual Media Service Regulations 2014.
Myles is also currently engaged in Judicially Reviewing the Crown Prosecution Service and the Ministry of Justice on behalf of Andrew Holland, the #TigerPorn defendant, regarding their refusal to clarify the extreme pornography guidelines.
Pye Jakobsson is a sex worker and activist from Sweden. She is the co-founder of the Swedish sex workers' rights organisation Rose Alliance and president of NSWP - the Global Network of Sex Work Projects. She has been a campaigner against the so-called Swedish Model for over a decade and have presented on the topic more than 100 times. In October 2016 her second report on Sweden "Then Again They are not Totally Stupid Either" will be published, co-written with fellow activist Carina Edlund. Pye has been a vocal advocate for sex workers with multiple stigmas, especially sex workers who use drugs like herself. As a way of introduction she often presents herself as a sex working, Jewish, bisexual, drug user living with a disability to illustrate that reality is more complicated than any stereotype..
She won Sex Worker of the Year in 2009.