Episode 36: Decriminalize Sex Work - Freedom Dreams of Black Trans Liberation
March 23, 2021
How can we honor the leadership of Black trans sex worker communities in struggles for gender and LGBTQIA+ justice this Women’s History Month? Black Trans Nation
executive director and Decrim NY
steering committee member TS Candii and Women with a Vision
Sex Worker Advisory Committee member Paris Jackson speak with advocacy associate maya finoh
and communications assistant Alex Webster
about their work to pass legislation ending the criminalization of people in the sex trades and trans people in New York State and Louisiana, as well as their freedom dreams for Black and trans liberation. They explain why decriminalization is the legislative proposal that can best guarantee the safety of marginalized people working in the sex trades, why sex work must ultimately be recognized as the labor that it is and be provided labor protections the same as any other work, and how the criminalization of work in the sex trades is part of a larger and centuries-long project by the state to target and criminalize Black and trans communities. They also discuss how the histories of sex workers organizing to support each other appear in current mutual aid projects, and how to support and promote their crucial work.