Many people are thrilled that the Bush Years are almost over. Few more so than sex workers, who have essentially been declared not to exist under the administration’s HIV funding rules. Though many are disappointed that Mark Dybul will stay at the helm of PEPFAR for a while, some of us hope that he’ll do away with the most egregious of his old boss’s idiocies, starting with the “anti-prostitution oath”. So yes, we should be thrilled that Bush is out and Obama in. But I’m not sure how thrilled sex workers in DC will be at the vaccation being forced on them in honour of Obama’s inauguration.
DC has declared downtown a hooker free zone until January 25th. No work during the party or the hangover, then. Seems like a shame; in these difficult times it would have been nice to take advantage of the boost in business that will almost inevitably come with tens of thousands of out-of-towners all intent on having a good time.
Thanks to Lisa M.