The 7th Annual Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity re-enacts a protest by the Alliance for the Safety of Prostitutes, 35 years later, on the same day – June 8. In 1984, with whistles and noise-makers, 300 sex workers and their friends and supporters descended on Davie Street in what police described as a "peaceful parade." The Red Umbrella March began at the West End Sex Workers Memorial on Jervis Street, and ended at the Pacific Cinématheque, where participants filled the theatre to watch the 1986 award-winning classic film, Working Girls, by Lizzie Borden.
Free RUM 2019 souvenirs included red whistles (ACME Thunderer 660), cow bells, cheer horns, tambourines and a 36-page full-colour booklet featuring the history of prostitutes' protests of the 1980s.
A big thank you to everyone who came out and participated. Thank you also to our RUM 2019 donors: Rob & Diane, and Triple-X directors, Howard, Will & Andrew.
Partners in organizing: Sex Workers United Against Violence, SWAN Society, PACE Society, Pivot Legal Society, B.C. Coalition of Experiential Communities, FIRST: Feminists for the decriminalization of sex work.
Videography by Elaine Ayres. (Run-time: 20:33)