Pro-tukipiste ja sex workers march together with Sexpo in Helsinki Pride-parade
Pro-tukipiste participates in the Pride Parade on the 30th of June.
Pro-tukipiste bloc in the Parade consist of sex and erotic workers, workers from Pro-tukipiste, friends, clients, family members and other people who want to express their solidarity with people who sell sexual services.
Some background (translated from Tiia Forsström’s original article)
The Pride Parades have been organised in the end of June since the end of 1960’s. These parades originated from the riots caused by the police raiding the Stonewall Inn in 1969. Stonewall Inn, located in Greenwich Village in New York, was a popular place not only for sexual and gender minorities but also for sex workers (some of whom also belonged to these minority groups). Due to this fact Stonewall Inn was raided by the police on regular basis.
On the 28th of June 1969 people refused to submit to injustices inflicted by the police and started rioting. In the forefront of these riots were two sex workers, Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson. Stonewall riot was an important turning point in the early days of the so called modern Gay movement.
Participation in the Pride Parade is important in many ways. We show respect to those colleagues who were the first ones who rose against discrimination. We show solidarity to other marginalized and stigmatized groups of people. We tell to LHBTQ communities that we are worthwhile to co-operate with. We tell that there are sexual and gender minorities among us as well.
We who participate in this Parade are privileged. We shall also march for the rights of those, who may not be able to choose their clients, and who are in greater danger of violence. We shall march also for those who would not do sex work if they would have better options.