Kamala Harris has been no friend to incarcerated trans women or sex workers

Kamala Harris has been no friend to incarcerated trans women or sex workers

[Ed. – You can never be woke enough – Cameron Gray]

Harris’ campaign will probably be welcomed by a lot of LGBTQ+ people. As a senator and California’s Attorney General before that, she co-sponsored the Equality Act, declined to defend Proposition 8 in court, officiated California’s first same-sex wedding post-Obergefell, co-sponsored a bill eliminating the “gay panic” defense from California courts, and followed the Obama administration’s guidance to states on trans students, among other examples.

But Harris also used the office of the Attorney General to block two different incarcerated trans women from accessing the life-saving surgeries they’d been prescribed by their doctors. Harris is also one of the architects of litigation and policy that have pushed already marginalized sex workers even further into the margins, where their disproportionately high rates of sexual violence are only like to go up.

As California’s Attorney General, Harris led the effort to shut down the adult personal ads on Backpage, a classified advertising website that sex workers say provided an affordable, accessible, and far safer alternative to street-based sex work.

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