NYLPI Partners on Annual LGBTQI Advocacy Day and Panel on Sex Work Decriminalization

April 21, 2021

Health Justice, Medical Access, News, UndocuCare, UndocuCare TGNCI+

As a new Equality New York Coalition member, guided by our new UndocuCare TGNCI+ project and clients, NYLPI was a partner organization for Equality New York’s 2021 Virtual Advocacy Day.  During the event, dozens of LGBTQI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, and intersex) activists from around the state advocated for policies that will lead to a more equitable community for all LGBTQI New Yorkers.

NYLPI Legal Fellow Arielle Wisbaum, a member of the UndocuCare TGNCI+ project, which provides direct legal services to transgender, gender-nonconforming, intersex and undocumented individuals, as well as to people living with HIV, helped create the panel, LGBTQIA & Sex Work: Intersectionality, Bodily Autonomy & Criminalization. Panelists addressed the criminalization of their identities as members of the LGBTQIA community, as sex workers, as womeof color, and as immigrants – as well as the need to decriminalize sex work through the passage of the Stop Violence in the Sex Trades Act (SVSTAS3075 (Salazar)/ A849 (Gottfried).

Over the course of eight days, 10 panel events addressed the imperative to dismantle barriers LGBTQI New Yorkers face when it comes to access to healthcare, bodily autonomy, criminalization, and more. NYLPI joins the Equality New York Coalition’s fight to pass SVSTA. This bill will decriminalize the sex trade, acknowledging years of evidence-based research showing that full decriminalization produces the best outcomes for health, safety and human rights for all, and particularly for trans women of color. The measure will also assist with criminal record relief for sex workers and survivors of trafficking and thereby reduce barriers to immigration relief.

Read more about Advocacy Day 2021 and the legislation via Equality New York’s policy agenda here. 

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