‘LGBT sex workers have been at the forefront of movements for LGBT equality, but are not always recognized.' Since 2003, people around the world have been observing the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. The event, founded by Dr. Annie Sprinkle and the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA (SWOP-USA), is observed every 17 December. ‘Violent crimes against sex workers go underreported, unaddressed and unpunished. There really are people who don’t care when prostitutes are victims of hate crimes, beaten, raped, and murdered. No matter what you think about sex workers and the politics surrounding them, sex workers are a part of our neighborhoods, communities and families,’ Dr. Sprinkle wrote in a public letter on the event’s website.
December 17 / Gay Star News