We ask for sex workers
to have a voice in the government;
equality in social life;
and a place in the trades and professions, where we earn our bread,
because of our birthright to self-sovereignty;
because, as Americans, we must rely on ourselves.”
This speech is adapted
from a women’s rights speech of 1892.
It still holds true for all the people gathered here today.
Bodily autonomy and freedom to earn a living/livelihood is the American way.
We are not just outsiders.
We are part of the American fabric.
There would be no GAY PRIDE
without the blood and sweat of Brown Skinned Trans Sex Workers.
They ignited a movement for LOVE to WIN.
Stand with us to fight hate,
to fight violence,
to fight for basic human rights.
I am a sex worker and I am YOU, America.
I am a queer, first generation Chinese American.
I am your daughter. I am your sister.
I am a spouse. I am a mother.
I am a caretaker of an elder.
I care deeply about the victims of exploitation and trafficking.
but sweeping a whole society of workers
under a blanket of censorship and criminalization
escalates the violence done to all.
Shame and Silence equals death.
Feminists, Stop Shaming Me.
Liberals, Stop Saving Me.
GAY PRIDE, Stop ignoring me.
I am a tax payer, a voter.
I am on the PTA. I am a mother of two girls.
I care deeply about their future.
I stand here, not just for myself and for all of you,
I stand here for my daughters
so that one day when someone says to them “Your mother is a whore,”
They answer “Fuck Yeah.”
Solitude of Self (1892) – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“The strongest reason why we ask for woman a voice in the government under which she lives; in the religion she is asked to believe; equality in social life, where she is the chief factor; a place in the trades and professions, where she may earn her bread, is because of her birthright to self-sovereignty; because, as an individual, she must rely on herself.”