Getting to Zero: Educational Symposium on the Decriminalization of Sex Work – The Rainbow Times | New England’s Largest LGBTQ Newspaper | Boston

BOSTON—The Getting to the Zero Activist Academy will host a symposium to provide education on the national sex work decriminalization movement titled, “Decrimpact” Saturday, February 26 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. The symposium will be held virtually with American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and is open to the public, who can register here.

The symposium will begin with a documentary followed by several educational panels. The first film, “Out of the Shadows: The Movement to Decriminalize Sex Work” is a short documentary filmed and produced by participants from the Activist Academy and Dawson Hill. The film captures the voices of local sex work rights activists, researchers and Representative Lindsay Sabadosa. The film covers a range of topics, including how decriminalizing sex work would prevent new HIV infections, reduce commercial sex trafficking and increase the safety of sex workers.

Post-screening panels will discuss the intersections of sex work, public policy and a special panel titled “Tea Time” featuring Chastity Bowick, Tara Burns, Bella Robinson. Other experts will highlight the urgent need to decriminalize sex work with stakeholders from Fenway Health, LGBTQ Lawyers and Legal Advocates, MA Transgender Emergency Fund, MA black and pink, The sero project, COYOTE RI, ASCENDand Representative Lindsay Sabadosa.

“My team is excited to launch our documentary and host this symposium because most people don’t understand how decriminalizing sex work is integral to LGBTQ+ rights, labor rights, bodily autonomy, reproductive justice, racial justice or the fight to end the HIV epidemic. said 2022 Activist Academy Fellow Stephanie Orozco. “I learned so much from diving into this subject and listening to sex workers with my cohort. I’m sure the symposium participants will be too.

“As a former sex worker, being part of this program lets me know that change is coming.” said Chastity Bowick, executive director of the Transgender Emergency Fund of MA. “Scholars went above and beyond to understand the cycle of oppression imposed on sex workers, especially transgender sex workers. Their work highlights the need for health resources and legal decriminality for this population.

“The advocacy work done by our fellows is integrally linked and essential to ending the HIV epidemic,” said Alyvia Norris, Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for Fenway Health. “To do this work intentionally, we must be willing to engage in conversations and share knowledge about these topics, which will ultimately reduce stigma and remove barriers to health and wellbeing. Everyone has the power to take action to end the HIV epidemic, and by joining our Fellows at the Decrimpact Symposium, we hope you will feel empowered to stay engaged in this work! »

Anyone interested in learning more about the decriminalization of sex work is invited to attend this event by registering here.

The Activist Academy Scholarship is hosted by the Getting to Zero MA (GTZ) Coalition. GTZ was started in Massachusetts in 2015 by AIDS Action Committee and Fenway Health and is now a collective of more than 40 organizations across the state dedicated to ending the HIV epidemic. The Academy provides participants with comprehensive knowledge and tools to advocate on issues related to ending the HIV epidemic, mobilize other activists, and educate community members and state officials. For more information on GTZ, please contact Alyvia Norris, [email protected]

Maria D. Ervin