June is a big month! It’s Indigenous Peoples Month, with 21 June marking Indigenous Peoples Day. Of course, it’s always a great time to reflect on the histories, cultures, and contributions, and to recognize the various forms of resilience and resurgence, of Indigenous peoples and nations across Turtle Island and well beyond! It’s also Pride Month, kicking off a bunch of festivities planned for the summer. In my view, it’s always a great time to glam things up and fly the flag!
June is also a special month for sex workers world-wide, and 2 June is International Sex Workers Day! You can read more about the purpose and history of this special day for sex workers on the website of the Global Network of Sex Work Projects: Promoting Health and Human Rights (https://www.nswp.org/event/international-sex-workers-day-0).
Here in Vancouver, 10 June is the 11th Annual Red Umbrella March! Meet us at the Memorial Lamp Post @2:00 PM this Saturday (at Jervis & Pendrell)!
Organized by Triple-X Workers Solidarity Association, the march raises awareness about the harms of criminalizing sex work and the importance of destigmatizing this form of labor. It’s also to celebrate this amazing community! Please visit Triple-X Workers Solidarity Association, the organizers of Vancouver’s Red Umbrella March, to read about the purpose and history of this march (https://triple-x.org/freedomtoassociate/index.html#freedom).
To raise some cash for this event, we did a T-shirt project! Addison designed three tees, each with a logo on a red umbrella: “Solidarity with Sex Workers,” “Decriminalize Sex Work,” and (my favorite ‘cause I like cheeky) “Fuck the Patriarchy but Not for Free”. We’ve been exchanging these tees for donations to Triple-X. We’re all “sold out” but will be doing another order down the line, don’t you worry!
Enjoy the month y’all!