Wednesday, March 17, 2021. New York City – On Thursday, March 11, Joel Rivera and Qween Jean, two trans Black women held the protest “The Sex Workers March for Black Trans and Queer people”.
A group of people gathered in front of the Bar Stonewall Inn in Manhattan. Before the rally, demonstrators posed for pictures and danced.
An organization went to the rally to do the COVID-19 test. Organizations used to go to demonstration to do the HIV test. Today, the government wants to know if people are positive to the coronavirus.
During the march, some protesters harassed White people who were dining at different restaurants. A Black woman protester hit in the face a restaurant worker. After the attack, protesters with bicycles and other protesters stood to the side of restaurants to prevent demonstrators from harassing people who were having dinner. Despite that, some of the people who were participating in the march still continued to harass people who were having dinner at restaurants.
The Instagram account The Stonewall Protests says: “As we push forward acknowledging that Black History, especially Black Trans History, will not be subdued to one month and as we continue that same narrative during Black Women’s History month we must continue fighting and advocating for our Black Trans & Queer Sex Workers.
The criminalization of Black Trans Sex Workers has been supported and enforced by the system that wants to erase the trans experience. The strides Black Trans and Queer people have made towards the liberation of sex workers is due to their own bravery and resiliency. So now we will continue that drive of bravery and resiliency and give our Black Sex Workers their glory.”
On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, Bryce Covert wrote the article “New York moves a step closer to decriminalizing sex work” on TheAppeal.org. Part of the article says, “After organizing to repeal the “walking while trans” ban, advocates in the state—and around the country—are looking ahead to the next fight.”
Bryce adds, “Next, advocates in New York plan to move forward on efforts to make it the first state to decriminalize sex work. (A bill introduced in 2019 never advanced.) They’ll also advocate for a bill that would vacate sex trafficking-related convictions from people’s records, and push to defund the NYPD’s vice unit. And they’ll have to compete with a bill in the state legislature that decriminalizes sex work while still cracking down on sex workers’ clients, a model that advocates argue won’t protect them.”
A 2019 national poll of registered voters shows a majority of voters support decriminalizing sex work in the United States of America.
On Thursday, January 30, 2020, Matt Tracy wrote the article “Poll Shows Broad Support for Sex Work Decriminalization” on GayCityNews.com. Part of the article says, “A majority of American voters across party lines support comprehensively decriminalizing sex work, according to a polling data conducted by YouGov on behalf of non-profit think tank Data for Progress.”
Tracy adds, “The polling data, unveiled as part of a comprehensive report contextualizing the sex trade, shows that 52 percent of registered voters in the US support removing “criminal penalties for adults to sell and pay for consensual sex while also maintaining laws that criminalize violence.” Plus, the greatest share (49 percent) of respondents support defunding vice squads, which are police units tasked with enforcing sex work-related laws that often target sex workers through undercover raids.”
“The report was published by organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, the ACLU, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the National LGBTQ Task Force, and the Center for HIV Law and Policy. The report shed light on the discriminatory origins of trafficking laws, ranging from Congress’ 1910 passage of the Mann Act — which largely targeted black men who dated white women — to the controversial SESTA/ FOSTA legislation of 2019 that was intended to curb sex trafficking but has been widely criticized for driving sex workers off safer online platforms and into more vulnerable environments,” said Matt.
On Thursday, November 5, 2020, NYPD officers arrested Joel Rivera for not reason. A video shows Joel was asking police officers why NYPD officers arrested other protesters.
Joel Rivera and Qween Jean have been leading rallies and marches for Black trans liberation in New York City every Thursday for months. The next protest will be on Thursday, March 18, 2021. Protesters will gather at 5 p.m. in front of the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan.
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