MANCHESTER, N.H. — (06-26-19) — The Sex Workers Outreach Project of New Hampshire chapter (SWOP NH), will host an open house dinner on June 29 in honor of PRIDE Month.
June was chosen for Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Uprising in New York City. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the event, which inspired the formation of gay rights advocacy groups around the world. Pride month both recognizes the impact members of the LGBTQIA community have had on history and memorializes lives lost to HIV/AIDS and hate-driven violence.
Sex Workers Outreach Project New Hampshire Open House set for June 29
“As the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, this year serves as an important reminder of all that has been sacrificed in the fight for equality and that we still have a long way to go,” said SWOP NH President Ashley Fires. “In marking Pride Month, we draw on the lessons of the past to combat the misinformation and stereotypes which continue to contribute to the stigmatization of the LGBTQIA community.” said Fires.
Celebrations of Pride Month include a wide variety of parades, concerts, workshops, parties and other gatherings around the world.
SWOP NH Treasurer Angie Rowntree said the upcoming dinner is an opportunity for her organization to express solidarity with sex workers of the LGBTQIA community.
“A big part of the SWOP NH mission is to support and help draw attention to parallel social justice movements,” added Fires. “The gay rights movement and sex worker outreach really go hand in hand, not just because there are many LGBTQIA sex workers, but because the manner of discrimination and stereotyping faced by both communities is so similar.” said Fires.
Article by: William Lopez, Staff Writer
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