Countdown to SFS15: Family Matters Project

In just two short weeks on August 12th, sexual freedom fighters will gather in Alexandria, VA to educate, advocate, and strategize ways to make a sexually free future a reality. Pioneers of pleasure and freedom, like Nina Hartley and Buck Angel, will be there alongside novice activists to collaborate and learn from each other. We’re so excited to see old friends and meet new allies!

To make sure you take advantage of all the Summit has to offer, we’re featuring some highlights as part of our Countdown to SFS15 series. This edition: The Family Matters Project!

This year’s closing Summit event is the Family Matters Roundtable, bringing together a panel of experts in the various aspects of family rights and family life here in the United States.

Ricci Levy, Woodhull's Executive Director and leader of the Family Matters Project
Ricci Levy, Woodhull’s Executive Director and leader of the Family Matters Project

“It is the goal of the Family Matters Project to protect the fundamental human right to family by eliminating discrimination based on family structure and relationship choices,” says Ricci Levy, Woodhull’s Executive Director. “One way to accomplish this is through conversations; through a focus socially and politically on family rather than any one specific relationship. This roundtable is one of those exciting and important conversations.”

Ricci Levy will moderate the conversation with these five experts in the legal and social aspects of the right to family in the United States:

  • John D’Emilio, one of this year’s Vicki Award Recipients and pioneer in the field of gay and lesbian studies
  • Nancy Polikoff, professor of law at American University
  • Peter Goselin, the attorney for the Scarborough family
  • Monica Raye Simpson, one of this year’s Vicki Award Recipients and executive director of SisterSong
  • Andy Izenson, attorney with Diana Adams Law and Mediation, PLLC

The Family Matters Roundtable will create a space to discuss the current projects of the Family Matters Project. Woodhull is working closely with attorneys for a family of 11 in Connecticut facing eviction because of antiquated zoning laws. After moving into a ramshackle mansion in Scarborough, Connecticut, the family of three couples, three children, and two single adults is facing a lawsuit, as the area is zoned for single-family homes and many neighbors fail to see them as such. (Read more about the case here.)

After the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, there’s still so much work to be done. The Roundtable will give Summit attendees the opportunity to discuss important issues that expand past the narrow focus on marriage to make sure that all families see justice. Let’s find solutions to outdated policies and ideals on family over Sunday brunch, keeping in mind that everyone has the right to wake up and drink their coffee with whomever they define as their family!

If you haven’t registered for the Sexual Freedom Summit yet, click here! Hurry, time is running out!