"And if someone shines a 50-kazillion spotlight in my face, I’m not going to be happy about it either,"

Police: Despite TV reports, no increased violence among Midtown crossdressing prostitutes - by Dyana Bagby of the GA Voice GLBT newspaper (17 May 2012)

11Alive and WSB-TV went on air Wednesday night with sensational segments that stated cross-dressing and “transvestite” prostitutes were terrorizing residents living in  Midtown. The commander of the Atlanta Police Department’s vice unit said Thursday the stories are not true.

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Lt. Scott Kreher, commander of the vice unit for the APD, said there is no evidence of prostitute gangs or increased violence. […]

"There has been no evidence any increased violence," he added. "And we’ve done details there as much as any other part of the city. We don’t see any evidence of pimp or prostitute gangs."

When residents approach prostitutes, however, there may be issues, Kreher added. […]

"[T]he only violence I see is when citizens approach the prostitutes and are trying to challenge them," he said. "I don’t see it [violence] any other way."

For example, one Midtown resident living in this neighborhood, Steve Gower, who is gay, has for years followed prostitutes in a Midtown Ponce Security Alliance car and is known for shining a spotlight in their faces.

"And if someone shines a 50-kazillion spotlight in my face, I’m not going to be happy about it either," Kreher said.

The APD makes sweeps in areas know for prostitution in the summer months, Kreher added, including Midtown.

Kreher said there is no evidence of “prostitute gangs” and that prostitutes do travel typically in pairs for safety reasons.

When asked if these prostitutes were transsexual or transgender women, Kreher said no, that they were men who dressed as women.

"They are mostly men dressed as women, not transsexuals or transgender," he said, adding that LGBT liaison Officer Brian Sharp often accompanies the vice unit on details and trains the officers on transgender issues.

The word “transvestite” is also considered a slur by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

urph midtown security

even the fucking cop whose job it is to round up sex workers understands that harassing people [especially by shining bright, disorienting lights at people in the middle of the night] is likely to make them pissed off or scared and panicky or both

and i feel like there’s a lot of race and class (and gender!) stuff going on with the assertion that the folks who work ponce are all really cross-dressing men and not women or otherwise trans people, which is a rhetorical assertion that the midtown ponce security alliance themselves have made in the past to dismiss claims that they’re engaging in anti-trans oppression

(which, to be clear, is also not an assertion that i think that all of these people really personally identify as trans women or as trans at all, either; which can also be a dumb/normalizing/racist way of talking about whatever)

ourcatastrophe:

“In my experience, those who are anti-sex work tend to fall within the radical feminist school of thought, a movement marked for its transphobia, whorephobia and the promotion of the idea of false-consciousness (and don’t get on me for this - if it weren’t for these factors, I may have turned out to be a radical feminist. I’m not unsympathetic to everything they have to say).
But. I do NOT want the rights of sex workers fought for by the sex-positivity, pro-porn but non-sex working camp either. Because sex work and sex workers rights is not a matter of a sexual revolution.
IT IS A MATTER OF LABOUR, INDUSTRIAL AND HUMAN RIGHTS.
First. Foremost. Most importantly. Without compromise.”

from a longer post you should read by The Only Elise Archer Who Counts

happy may day, everyone. 

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