Sex workers’ rights are LGBTQ rights!
Sex Worker Open University is a project created by and for sex workers. The project brings together sex workers, academics, activists, artists and allies to explore the richness, diversity and contradictions of the sex industry. SWOU wants to give a voice to sex workers, whose lives are too often stereotyped and voices too often silenced. They want to challenge media sensationalism, which, hand in hand with the UK government, often represents sex workers as victims or criminals.Their aim is to empower the community through workshops, debates, actions and art projects, as well as fighting against sex work criminalisation.
At Free Pride, members of Sex Workers Open University will be giving a talk entitled “Sex workers rights are LGBTQ rights” and discussing why the LGBTQI movements need to support the struggle for decriminalisation of sex work. The workshop will consist of a short presentation on the sex workers’ rights movement by several members of Sex Worker Open university, followed by a Q&A.