Celebrating the Impact of Black Trans Sex Workers

Jun 23, 2023

In the month of June, as we celebrate Pride and reflect on the Stonewall Uprising of 1969, it is crucial to acknowledge the remarkable contributions of Black trans sex workers who played pivotal roles in the LGBTQ Rights Movement. Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, two influential leaders and trans sex workers, were at the forefront of this historic movement. Their bravery and activism paved the way for queer liberation, and their legacy continues to inspire and empower us.

If you’re seeking a profound and heartwarming exploration of the history of Black trans sex workers in New York City, we highly recommend watching “The Stroll,” a recent documentary. Directed by Kristen Lovell and Zackary Drucker, both trans women themselves, this film offers invaluable insights and pays homage to the lives and experiences of these remarkable individuals. It also features appearances by our friends at Old Pros, including Ceyenne Doroshow, the founder of G.L.I.T.S. (Gays and Lesbians Living in a Transgender Society).

“The Stroll” delves into the lives of sex workers who operated in the Meatpacking District of NYC during the pre-gentrification era of the 1970s to 1990s. In this captivating documentary, we witness how this vibrant community of trans sex workers found solace and support in one another. They shared their stories of resilience, highlighting the adversity they faced, including relentless assault and harassment by law enforcement. These stories serve as powerful reminders that criminalizing individuals for their means of survival is not the answer.

As we celebrate Pride, it is crucial to honor and uplift the voices and experiences of trans sex workers. They have played an integral role in shaping the LGBTQ Rights Movement and deserve recognition and respect. By watching “The Stroll” documentary, we gain a deeper understanding of their struggles, triumphs, and contributions. It is through listening, remembering, and retelling their stories that we can foster a more inclusive and equitable society.

We also encourage you to explore The Oldest Profession Podcast, where you can find episodes dedicated to the inspiring lives of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. By immersing ourselves in their stories and amplifying their voices, we ensure that their legacies endure and continue to inspire generations to come.

In conclusion, let us recognize and appreciate the pivotal role of Black trans sex workers in shaping LGBTQ history. Their resilience, activism, and unwavering spirit have left an indelible mark. By watching “The Stroll” and engaging with their stories, we affirm our commitment to inclusivity, justice, and equality.

Join us this Pride month in celebrating the lives and contributions of these incredible individuals. Together, let’s continue to uplift and advocate for the rights and dignity of all.