Today marks Transgender Day of Visibility, a day to celebrate the achievements of trans folks around the world and fight cissexism and transphobia.
As a sex worker rights movement, today and every day, we need to recognize, celebrate and reward the monumental contributions of transfolks to sex worker social justice and activism: from Miss Major and her transsisters’ roles in the Stonewall riots to Janet Mock & Laverne Cox’s solidarity and mainstreaming of critical conversations about race, gender identity and sex work to GiGi Marie Thomas, Ruby Jade Corado, Sharmus Outlaw, and Darby Hickey’s outreach and advocacy work in Washington D.C. to Emi Koyama’s meticulous, powerful research and analysis lambasting trafficking discourse and carcereal solution to Ceyenne Doroshow’s writing and advocacy to Monica Jones’ role in challenging coercive diversion programs and manifestation laws.
These individuals comprise only a sliver of the thousands of trans people who have served as leaders and invaluable innovators and activists in the advancement of sex worker rights. Trans people have been at the center of sex worker rights advancement, in terms of leadership and impact. They also continue to be pushed to the margins of both sex worker narratives and mainstream sex work and GLBTQ activism. Today is a day to commit to changing that, and commit to accountability.
In recognition of Trans Day of Visibility, we encourage you to learn about the trans activists in the sex worker rights movement, and also read what they have written and said about allyship and trans power: