Transgender Socialist Ex-‘Survival Sex Worker’ Running for NYC Council to Implement ‘FDR-Style’ Program

By Craig Bannister | December 1, 2020 | 11:47am EST


Elisa Crespo

“Sex work is work,” a transgender Socialist candidate for the New York City Council who supports decriminalizing prostitution says.

“A lack of job opportunities for trans women of color led me to sex work,” Elisa Crespo, a self-described former “survival sex worker,” told The New York Post. Crespo “transitioned to female at the age of 15,” The Post reports.

“It’s an unfortunate fact that trans woman and sex work go hand in hand,” Crespo said.

The experience of having once been “incarcerated with cisgender men” provided the inspiration to seek public office, Crespo told The Post.

Crespo, a dues-paying member of the Democratic Socialist of America’s Bronx chapter will seek to implement an FDR-style infrastructure jobs program, if elected.

Crespo is seeking to fill the 15th district seat being vacated by openly-gay Councilman Ritchie Torres, who has been elected to Congress. The special election will be held in March.

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