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Australian sex worker offers discounts to clients who vote for same-sex marriage

Meka Beresford August 23, 2017
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A queer sex worker in Australia has built a new discount system for her clients, and it’s based on how they vote in the upcoming postal survey.

Melbourne based sex worker Amber Leigh has offered an $100 discount to clients who vote yes for marriage equality.

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The activist hopes that by offering the incentive she will help clients see the importance of marriage equality in the country.

Leigh explained: “I am an advocate for human rights, including LGBTI rights, and Australia still has a long way to go where that is concerned.

“I understand that many people are very set in their beliefs and a special offer to see me is not enough to change that.”

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The sex worker went on to explain that she believes by keeping a dialogue open, it will help to inform those who may be impartial to the debate.

“Keeping the conversation going is the best thing we can do at this stage.

“The more informed people are, the more likely they are to vote.

“We never know what life throws at us and I would like to have the option [to marry] if one day I decide to,” she added.

Leigh went on to say that she has numerous close friends who identify as LGBT+ and it was important to her that they are given marriage equality.

“I have many loved ones in the LGBTI community and sex worker community alike who need this option in order to marry their partners.

“Formal marriage gives spouses more rights in situations like death, divorce, and rights to their children.

“Under the current civil union [arrangement] we do not have as many rights as those in a heterosexual marriage.”

She added that the current marriage system was outdated.

“It is pretty stone-age that so many people do not have these basic human rights just because they are gay.”

Related topics: Australia, Australia, LGBT, same sex marriage, sex work, sex worker

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