Articulations and controversies in sex-work trans-activism

Beatriz Espejo, Patricia Aljama Cuenca, Juan Pujol Tarres

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Beatriz Espejo has worked in Barcelona as a trans-sex-worker since the 1980s, and in 1993 she founded the CTC, one of the leading activist organisations in the Spanish trans movement during the ’00s. The CTC had a direct impact on the definition of the Spanish law on gender identity. Although it may seem like a success story, this activist articulation has been conflicted and complicated: alliances between multiple and divergent political positions have proven difficult. This article explores the interconnections between personal experiences, implications of social policies, academic reflections and historical documents in order to unfold memories about im/possible articulations and dis/tensions between and among asymmetric positions; stories about how the sustainability of collective action may need institutional support and require unclear tactical transformations of political demands.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)279-297
Number of pages19
JournalCritical Social Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jan 2020


  • articulations
  • institutionalisation
  • trans movement
  • trans-sex-work


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