Today I was invited to this massage studio. It is owned and operated by female sex workers. While sitting in the backroom we chatted about their interest in mental heath discourse, podcasts, and volunteer work with the sexual assault crisis line and not-for-profit boards. These women are mothers, feminists, vegan and yoga lovers. I share this with you because I know that while many people would adamantly agree that affordable + dignified housing should be made available to youth, elders and urban professionals, the collective amen may lower to a hush when discussing sex workers. However, it’s important to remember that sex workers are a diverse and valuable group. It’s important to remember that housing for all means just that—housing for all. I’m very privileged to be trusted and taught by the sex workers here. To be invited to this place -—a place where they gather for work and a sense of community —required consent from every single worker. I don’t take that lightly.
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