— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 29, 2019
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About last night….thank you for showing up DC! We are truly honored and humbled by the turnout last night and we were hardcore vibing with the crowd's energy✨ Special thanks to @thejogoproject, @serenitykarima, @moluba_ih, and @blackfolksdontswim for bringing the heart and soul of DC to the stage! If you grabbed a pic and you want us to see it, make sure to either tag us or use the #dcbeings hashtag! Who knows – we might share it on here 😘 #dcbeings
And here are three awesome sex positive moments from July that we couldn’t get enough of:
1. Stripper activists featured in the New York Times.
Long (unfairly) the subject of jokes and SVU plot lines, strippers across the country are organizing to bring attention to what is, after all, just a job. With the release of the movie Hustlers, which is about strippers stealing from rich clients, even The New York Times started paying attention to this movement with their surprisingly positive (surprising because mainstream media hasn’t traditionally been kind to strippers and other sex workers) write up. Check it out, share it around, and remind everyone that sex work is work.
2. California passed a bill protecting sex workers.
Governor Gavin Newsom announced at the end of July that he would sign a bill providing a range of rights to sex workers in his state. In addition to no longer being arrested for carrying condoms (a common anti-sex work law across the country), sex workers will now be able to avoid arrest for drug and prostitution charges if they come forward as victims of abuse. It’s a big victory, but there are still many more to come before we see full decriminalization.
3. Bachelorette contestant refuses to be slut-shamed
The Bachelorette and Bachelor franchise traditionally has two types of women: virgins and sluts. But this month on The Bachelorette, bachelorette Hannah Brown — a practicing Christian — refused to be slut-shamed by contestant Luke Parker. Quoting Bible verses and calling out his hypocrisy, Brown made it clear that she was a young woman who enjoyed sex and that there was nothing wrong with that.