Happy International Wh*res Day! This month, we would not be celebrating Pride if it weren’t for the radical migrant/Black/PoC/queer/trans sex workers who made the movement of queer liberation an internationally united struggle; a struggle that is not over!
Today we honour every sex worker who has paved the way for us as we continue our struggle against police violence, sex-work criminalisation, transphobia, racism, deportation, homophobia, incarceration, exploitation & gentrification. We call for people fighting these intersecting issues to unite and see these struggles for what they are: not only interconnected but interdependent.
Please join us TODAY June 2, 4pm @ the new location of Washingtonplatz Hauptbahnhof for the counter-rally against criminalisation and later in the week on June 5, 3pm @ U Hallesches Tor (Mehringplatz).
NO PRIDE FOR SOME OF US WITHOUT LIBERATION FOR ALL OF US – Marsha P. Johnson
Inspiration for the text on this image from Jason Domino.
In commemoration of International Whores Day we call people to unite together under the red umbrella of the sex workers’ struggle. On 2nd June 1975, over 100 sex workers occupied a church in Lyon (France) to resist police harassment in the streets they were working on and in protest against their marginalisation. In this spirit, we call on all sex workers and supporters to come together to create a community of resistance!
Internationally, sex workers are being denied the rights all workers are owed. The ongoing pandemic is accelerating this process of marginalisation. The current German laws are stigmatising and push most of us further into illegality. Politicians discuss further criminalisation of our work and deny our bodily autonomy. Anti sex-work advocates are gathering globally to introduce the Nordic Model which has been proven to harm sex workers.
We are done with people telling us what WE NEED! We continue to be denied the right to speak for ourselves and define our own struggle. It’s time to listen to us! As sex workers we know of the power of community as it is in our communities that we assemble and thrive.
We call for people fighting intersecting struggles to come together in solidarity in a moment where we raise our voices.
We call for the full decriminalisation of sex work.
We call for a community of solidarity and to fight as a union!
We call for an end to deportations and to xenophobic and racist harassment.
We call for an end to police violence.
We rally for full bodily autonomy & agency over our own lives, not just a daily struggle for survival.
Please bring your mask and keep the 1,5 m physical distancing regulations to ensure that these actions can happen.
For more info head over to Sex Worker Action Group!