The Gay City News, which is the most widely circulated gay weekly in the United States, published my editorial today, entitled No Humans Involved: Ending Violence Against Queer and Transgender Sex Workers. I didn’t just write it for the ‘gaystream,’ however. I also wrote it for the sex worker movement, which produced some very nontrans ‘woman’-centric statements for the Day to End Violence. The fact is that queer and transgender sex workers, especially people of color, low-income folks, and homeless persons, have long been targets of cops and serial killers.
This editorial is a small step in the direction of remembering and reclaiming the names of those who have died: those who faced death alone in the cold arms of heartless killers such as Jeffrey Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy, Jr., but also those of us who have been raped by the police, kicked out of our homes, incarcerated, and abandoned.
I also did a radio interview on the subject, just click on the following link and clock in one quarter of the way into the interview on WBAI’s Out-FM.
‘No Humans Involved’: Ending Violence Against Queer and Transgender Sex Workers
To mourn the victims of murder, incarceration, and intimate partner violence in their midst, this past December 17, sex workers, clients, and allies filled New York City’s Metropolitan Community Church and marked the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. The Day was honored by more than 27 cities this year, from Nairobi to Hong Kong. Here in New York, the high-ceiling room of the church reverberated with the names of the dead.