Trans* Pride Seattle is honored to announce our second speaker for this year’s event – Monica Jones. We are co-presenting Monica with Sex Worker’s Outreach Project Seattle.
Monica is an internationally known Social Work Student as well as a Trans & Sex Worker activist who was arrested by the Phoenix Police for “manifesting prostitution” which has been called by many simply arresting people for “Walking While Trans” a day after protesting Project ROSE – an anti-sex worker initiative in Phoenix. The intersections between sex worker justice and trans justice are clear – according to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey – nearly 21% of all Trans identified women have engaged in sex work – and of Trans people having interactions with police – 22% reported harassment by officers, 38% for respondents who were Black.
In 2014 Monica was unfairly tried and convicted of “manifesting prostitution” – a conviction that was later overturned by an Arizona superior court as having been unjust. Monica has been a prominent speaker, advocate, and educator about laws that target Trans women of color, sex workers, and women of color. Monica joins us after a year where Gender Justice League and Sex Workers Outreach Project worked hard to oppose several bills in the Washington State Legislature that would have seriously harmed sex workers under a so-called guise of “anti-trafficking”.
You can help us bring Monica to Seattle by donating – we are very shy of our goal!
You can read much more about Monica’s incredible work or check out the following videos and conversations with Monica about her ordeal of being arrested and tried for walking while trans.