West End sex workers honoured with memorial

The Vancouver Sun featured a speech by Becki Ross, a UBC sociology professor, who spoke at the unveiling of a memorial honouring sex workers expelled from the West End in 1984.

“The early 1980s marked the full-fledged anti-prostitution crusade to purge sex workers from the West End,” Ross said. “Davie sex workers built the foundation of what would become this city’s first Gay-bourhood, and yet hookers on Davie have never been honoured as the former fighters for gender, sexual and racial minorities.”

The article also appeared in The Province and a similar story appeared on Daily Xtra.