Alliances for Solidarity – Access to SRHR Services for Sex Workers and the LGBTQIA+ Community Watchdog

On 2 June 1975, approximately 100 sex workers occupied Saint-Nizier Church in Lyon, France, to express their anger about their criminalized and exploitative living conditions. On 10 June at 5pm the church was brutally raided by police forces. This action sparked a national movement, and the day is now celebrated in Europe and around the world. Source: Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP)

The theme for the 2018 International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is “Alliances for Solidarity” – so this year, the YCSRR decided to highlight the common struggles that young LGBTQI+ people and young sex workers face when accessing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services. While YCSRR continues to support IDAHOT as an important day of visibility for the LGBTQI+ community, we have decided to release this Watchdog on June 2nd, in honor of International Sex Workers’ Day.

This publication contains articles, blogs, pictures, posters and stories of 8 young people from the Philippines, Argentina, Nepal, India, Kenya, and Pakistan discussing sex work and LBGTQI+ issues in their own contexts. On the International Sex Workers Day, we call for an alliance of solidarity to decriminalize sex work and institutionalize human rights for all.

Read the International Sex Workers’ Day Watchdog (PDF)

Read past editions of the Watchdog