Today, November 20th 2015, marks the 17th Transgender Day of Remembrance. SWOP Denver joins trans communities, locally and globally, in honoring and remembering the lives of those we have lost to violence, hatred, stigma, oppression and fear.
Every year, many of the trans lives lost to murder and violence are also the lives of sex workers. We must continue to fight together for the rights of trans individuals- especially trans women and especially trans women of color- and for the rights of trans sex workers. We are committed to creating a world in which basic human rights and safety are taken as a given for trans individuals and sex workers everywhere.
Below, please find the memorial list for 2015, in addition to information on vigils occurring in Colorado this evening.
Link to the memorial list for 2015
Link to SWOP USA’s TDOR Fact Sheet
Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil hosted by One Colorado
The above event is located in Golden, CO and begins at 7pm
Transgender Day of Remembrance March and Vigil hosted by Out Boulder
The above event is located in Boulder, CO and begins at 6:30pm
Grand Junction Event hosted by One Colorado and First Congressional United Church of Christ
The above event is located in Grand Junction and begins at 7pm
The Pros Network will be a network of professionals local to Denver and Colorado who have been trained by Sex Worker Outreach Project Denver in how to work with those in the sex industry using a compassionate and harm reductionist approach. One of SWOP’s core beliefs is that trading sex for money or to meet other needs is not inherently harmful, damaging, degrading or empowering. When sex workers experience harm through the sex industry it is often a byproduct of stigma and criminalization, and we want to help those who are providing much needed services to sex workers to better understand how to help us. We seek rights, not rescue!
Our first training is being held on Nov. 23, 7-9pm at the Bakery Arts Warehouse, 2132 Market St, Denver, CO 80205. We do not anticipate it lasting more than an hour- the event is 2 hours long in order to make sure there is time for questions and discussion. As this is our first training we will also be open for any feedback you might have on what we should include/ exclude for future trainings. This training is open to all service providers, which may include (but is not limited to): physicians, sexual health service providers, mental health professionals and social workers, alternative/ Eastern medicine practitioners, lawyers and legal professionals, accountants and bookkeepers, social service providers, harm reduction service providers, those servicing homeless and marginalized communities, LGBTQ organizations, etc. Please invite other professionals if you believe they might be interested.
If you have a large group of individuals who would like to be trained, we are also open to making a special visit to your office or other location to get your whole group trained up. We also plan on having these trainings either once a month or every other month going forward, taking the month of December 2015 off since nobody likes to do anything in December.
If you are interested in attending the Nov. 23 training, please RSVP so we can get a head count. We look forward to this opportunity to give you a view into the world of individuals in the sex trade, and to adding you to our network of friendly professionals.
This training and your participation in the pros network is absolutely free!