Writing Samples

Are you looking for more about my work? I’ve had lots of amazing opportunities to work with grassroots organizations, statewide groups,  and national networks to train leaders, community members, and organizations to further their work for justice. Here are a few writing samples of my work in that I got to build alongside amazing organizers and advocates. Click the links to see the online copies and click the contact page if you want to learn more.

Reddit AMAA: Let’s Talk About Sex (Work)!

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Today, the Ninth Circuit court of appeals heard oral arguments in the ESPLERP v. Gascon case in San Francisco, CA. I got a chance to co-host a discussion online today with some colleagues and coalition partners who care deeply about sex work, the impacts it has on QTBIPOC (queer/trans/black/indigenous/people of color) folks, violent policing, and ways folks can support the organizing of sex workers. To learn more about the Redditt AMAA , click here for the discussion and check out our blog!

International Day for Sex Worker Rights: Portland 2016

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[Image Description: A hand drawn in yellow holds a small red umbrella for an International Day for Sex Worker Rights benefit for SWOP & PWCL. Art by Ebin Lee]
I got asked to speak at the 3rd Annual International Day for Sex Worker Rights  at Dante’s Pub in Portland on March 3, 2016. I wanted to share excerpts of my speech for folks who were unable to attend:

“Happy international day for sex worker rights ! I am so happy to see so many gorgeous, trans, fat, POC, poly, kinky, babes here tonight showing support for sex worker rights! My name is Adrian Acencion …

I am here today because many people in my life that I love and care deeply about  are sex workers. I’m a first generation Latinx immigrant, and I know how immigrant/ refugee/ LGBTQ/ black/ indigenous/ POC/ two spirit /and disabled communities get  profiled by the state, criminalized for living in poverty,  punished for engaging in crimes of survival, and deported for sex work.

Recently, migrant sex workers in Ottawa were targeted as part of a three day raid that treated them as criminal elements . Police and ICE are not legally allowed to collaborate though we know this happens a lot. In Los Angeles, a Korean pop group was profiled as sex workers  and detained because of bad policies. Here in Oregon,  a black transgender woman was profiled as a sex worker and harassed by Portland police on her Trimet commute home.

My family’s migration story is a complicated of imperial drug wars, racist gun violence, sex work, and being crossed by borders as coyotes. People that I admire and are holding communities together are/ or have been sex workers- some of those people are Maya Angelou, Janet Mock,  Marsha P Johnson, and Silvia Rivera. The founders of the transgender liberation movement were radical sex workers fighting against police violence. The criminalization of sex work targets people with the least legal protections and that includes immigrant/refugee/LGBTQ people. 

So lets continue to show our support and love tonight to SWOP, SWOC, and STROLL to ensure this very important work continues and please talk to me if you want to file a complaint against law enforcement. No more closets ! No more stigma! No more bad policies that criminalize sex workers! And president Obama stop the deportations!!!! “

Thanks SWOP,SWOC,STROLL,PWCL, for having me and to and all the artists and entertainers that showed support, yall were amazing! We raised over $1,000 that night!

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Organizing, Trainings, Workshops, & Talks

2019

  • California State University Los Angeles,  Gender, Disability, and Pop Culture – guest lecture
  • Seeds of Liberation, Forms of Justice – Panelist

2018

  • Los Angeles Trans and GNC Rally- Speaker
  • Models of Pride Youth Track, Be in the Know LGBTQ Student Rights in California Workshop
  • Bakersfield LGBTQ Youth Summit, Know Your Rights LGBTQ People and Immigration Workshop and LGBTQ Herstory and the FAIR Act Workshop
  • ACLU of California Conference and Lobby Day, Fighting Transphobia and Building Coalition Power Workshop

2017

  • The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, Know Your Rights for Activists and Advocates – Panelist
  • Harvard University, LGBTQI Conference Community Leaders for Trans* Liberation Panelist and Direct Action Workshop 
  • Gender Spectrum Conference, LGBTQ Know Your Rights:Police and Immigration Workshop
  • Models of Pride Conference, LGBTQ Know Your Rights: Police and Immigration Workshop & My School My Rights-Trans* and Gender Expansive Youth Workshop
  • Moving Toward Health and Justice: Transforming Masculinity and Showing Up for Young Men Conference- Closing Remarks

2016

  • Center for Intercultural Organizing, End Profiling Filing Complaints in Oregon Workshop
  • University of the Pacific, Healthcare, Life, Social Experiences, & Needs of Transgender Individuals- Panelist
  • San Mateo Transgender Day of Remembrance Keynote Address
  • Transform California, Transforming Transphobia An Introduction to Trans* Solidarity and Allyship Training for Trainers 
  • St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, Transgender Town Hall –Presenter

2015

  • OSA Oregon Students of Color Conference: QTBIPOC Immigrant/Refugee Solidarity Workshop and Keynote Address
  • Oregon Students Equal Rights Alliance Conference: LGBTQ/POC and Out in the Field Workshop

2014

  • GJLA TRANSform LA: Looking Forward to Gender Justice Workshop Facilitator
  • Mt. Hood Community College, Team Management and Coalition Building Workshop
  • Time to Thrive Conference, Queer Youth Know Your Rights Workshop

2013

  • Basic Rights Oregon Transgender Justice Summit, The Art of Storytelling Workshop
  • Mt. Hood Community College, Power, Privilege, and Oppression; Clipboarding and Canvassing Workshop
  • OSA Northwest Student Leadership Conference: Coalition Building, Advanced Field Skills Workshop

2012

  • Wilmington Take Back the Night: Media and Rape Culture Workshop
  • S.T.A.C. Arts in Acton: Identity, Art, and Activism Workshop

2011

  • Feminist Majority Foundation Western Regional Conference: Connecting the Dots-Campus Activism and the LGBT Movement Panelist
  • DeColores OC Conference:Queering Media Workshop
  • ImMEDIAte Justice : Gender and Sexuality Workshop
  • Everest College: Reproductive Justice 101 Workshop
  • Los Angeles Transgender Leadership Academy: TDOR Stencil Making Workshop