Ashley, a transgender sex worker, shows her tattoo, a trans symbol, in her apartment on Thursday, June 16, 2017, in a Pittsburgh neighborhood. (Photo by Justin Merriman/PublicSource)

Ashley is the only friend for whom I have invented a word to describe our relationship. It is “snarkmaste”: the divine snark in me recognizes and salutes the divine snark within you. When I sent her a text to set up the interview, our exchange went like this:

Me: Let’s go for noon on Sunday.

Ashley: Deal. Where?

Me: Your place? Someplace I can record without background noise, and give us privacy if you’re cool with that.

Ashley: Okay. Incall, two hours. That’ll be $550. 😛

Me: Ha! A bit out of my budget.

Ashley has a wonderfully sardonic sense of humor. I learned from her in this exchange that “incall” is lingo describing when a sex worker hosts a client appointment.

Ashley is a transgender sex worker.


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