Watch Sex Worker Activists Disrupt Bill Frist, Demand Bias Free AIDS-Funding

This week the International AIDS conference took place in Washington, DC. During a session on the US Congress, sex worker activists interrupted Senator Bill "diagnose Terri Schiavo from the Capitol floor" Frist, red umbrellas aloft, to argue against a discriminatory anti-prostitution pledge in the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). They chanted "Nothing about us without us" "sex workers' rights are human rights," "Stop Criminalization, Change PEPFAR" and "repeal the pledge, reform PEPFAR," and caused quite a delightful disturbance. Later, when Congresswoman Barbara Lee spoke of her efforts to do just as they hoped, she got some love from the protesters. 

Watching Bill Frist get interrupted by morally outraged sex worker activists has been the highlight of my day thus far. Read the official account of the action at YouTube and check out the Red Umbrella Project here.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at July 26, 2012, 8:32am

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