I chose today's photo because I'm in desperate need of a reminder.
A reminder that there were and will continue to be hopeful and happier times.
Times when brazenly conversing & politicking about consensual sex work (with industry folk, allies and civilians alike) truly feels like a righteous contribution to our patriarchy fucking, collective voice.
Times unlike today.
Because the world can feel especially hopeless and all our efforts futile when:
Former consenting and legal* sex workers move on to other careers only to be publicly outed, shamed and professionally penalized once "news" of their previous job comes to light.
And, that's if they're fortunate enough to get hired in the first place.
Because heaven fucking forbid someone use their keen understanding of people, business and sales- indispensable skills honed in a highly competitive, multi million dollar industry- to land them a job.
I'M ESPECIALLY LOOKING AT YOU VEGAS.
* I openly support and believe in the decriminalization (and necessity for a complete over hall of our legal system to protect the safety and labor rights) of ALL consensual sex work.
I'm making reference to legal sex work only as to avoid the potential counterpoint that these women are not getting hired because of the illicit nature of their work in the sex industry.
Cops continue to murder Black people.
Juries continue to find said cops not guilty, despite hard evidence proving otherwise.
And cities continue to provide a "voluntary separation agreement (aka A FUCKING SEVERANCE PACKAGE!) to help him transition to another career..." to these murderous pieces of shit.
So here's a picture of me smiling.
A quasi-attempt to remind myself (and hopefully y'all) that there were and will continue to be more hopeful and happier times.
Times when the notion to "protect the integrity of the [police] department" doesn't come in the form of publicly defaming, ridiculing and threatening to fire (with no severance package) a qualified officer because of her history as a legal sex worker...
But instead, in the form of justice.
Justice that sends trigger happy, racist murderer cops to fucking prison.