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:

Princess Harmony – Why We All Need To Recognize That Trans Women of Color Are Powerful

[T]rans women of color come from a legacy of resilience. When obstacles have prevented us from access to care and wellbeing, we created our own paths. When gatekeepers kept us away from hormones because we were too brown, or too poor to get them, we created networks where we bought and sold hormones, even before the internet became accessible to us. It was trans women who fought in liberation movements alongside cis men and women. We organized in our communities against AIDS. We organized among sex workers to protect ourselves. And even now, many of us are on the front lines of movements today. We live and breathe revolution.

Sarah – The Tedium of Trans Sex Work

Unfortunately, I rarely hear the sorts of experiences I’ve raised here discussed among sex worker activists, unless other trans women bring them up themselves. I know far more, and far more vocal, assigned-female non-binary people who work as women in the sex worker and sex worker activist communities than I do trans women workers, even though we drastically outnumber them. And I can see why: while I personally love my cis sex worker and cis sex worker activist peers and stay involved in the community, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the huge under-representation of trans women in the sex worker activist community is because we see so little of our interests represented…Trans sex workers need more acknowledgment and understanding in the broader sex work community for all the ways in which our work poses unique challenges, what that means for trans sex workers, and how people can help change these dynamics, both socially and institutionally.

BPPP, Nothing About Us Without Us Report

The government is supposedly doing a lot of prevention with sex workers, but the reality is that they criminalize them. And this criminalization is part of ‘cleaning up’ the streets, and I see that there is a connection to ‘getting the infectors’ off the street. It feels like there is a deal between the health system and criminal system.

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