#SFS19 Thursday Recap: Justice, Pleasure, and Community

On Thursday, August 15, we kicked off our 10th Annual Sexual Freedom Summit. The Summit features human rights activists, sexuality educators and researchers, professionals from the legal and medical fields, authors, sexual freedom movement leaders, and organizational partners all working toward the time when sexual freedom is fully recognized as a fundamental human right.

Here are some highlights from Thursday—and what you can look forward to on Friday!



 Mia Mingus is a writer, educator, and community organizer for disability justice. She led an incredible, full-day institute on Transformative Justice.

We had attendees live tweeting throughout the session—talking about harm, accountability, and responses to violence that don’t create more violence. We have to practice true accountability, which includes: self-reflection, apology, repair, and changed behavior.

We have to practice small acts of accountability in our every day lives if we are going to build a larger, more sustainable practice.

“We have to become experts at how to build and rebuild trust—and most of us suck at it.”

  • Mia is a founding and core-member of the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective (BATJC), a local collective working to build and support transformative justice responses to child sexual abuse. Learn more about their work here.

The Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP-USA) also hosted an institute on Thursday for current and former sex workers.

The institute, “Justice and Change: A Sex Worker Institute,” focused on the building blocks of social justice organizing: facilitation, organizing across differences and confronting privilege, political advocacy, decriminalization and decarceration, and coalition building.

As one attendee posted on social media: “A big thank you to @KateDAdamo for leading one of the most useful seminars on sex worker political organizing that I’ve ever attended. So concrete! So clear and direct!”

SWOP-USA, our 2019 #SFS19 partner organization, also setup their table to sell their kickass merch. Check it out!

  • SWOP-USA is a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of people involved in the sex trade and their communities, focusing on ending violence and stigma through education and advocacy. Learn more about SWOP-USA here.
  • Woodhull Freedom Foundation is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit fighting against #FOSTA, the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act. Read about it here.


Woodhull Freedom Foundation is the only national organization that focuses entirely on affirming our fundamental human right to sexual freedom and ending sexual violence. The Summit is not just your typical conference. It’s where we bring people together who believe in that mission to conspire, joyfully, towards a future of sexual freedom.

We know that if our work and movement is going to be sustainable, it has to feel good. And that’s why talking about pleasure—in all its forms—is a core part of our work.

Only a few hours into #SFS19—attendees were coordinating pool parties.

The Cumming of Age podcast had folks stepping up to talk about orgasms. We had a few of our sponsors, b-Vibe and Funkit Toys, tabling to share information about sex toys.

During our evening’s Content Creator’s Showcase, we had artists, podcasters, creators, and authors talking about sex, pleasure, and joy.


The Grapic Sex Project was there helping people graph out their sexual desires.


Elizabeth Anne Wood, sponsor for the Showcase, premiered her new book, “Bound: A Daughter, a Domme, & an End-of-Life Story.”

And Joan Price read from her new book, “Sex After Grief: Navigating Your Sexuality After Losing Your Beloved,” as well as August McLaughlin, from “Girl Boner: The Good Girl’s Guide to Sexual Empowerment.”

The room erupted in frequent laughter, as the authors read vulnerable, humorous, and touching accounts of sexual exploration, relationships, and self.



The Summit is first and foremost about community—how we build it, how we nurture it, and how we grow it into a movement that can achieve sexual freedom. Thursday was a reminder of the community we have built over the past 10 years.


It’s beautiful, messy, exhilarating, exhausting, and magical. We’re so grateful you’re here.


Don’t miss out on any of the #SFS19 magic! Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening Friday and check out the full schedule here.

  • Oatmeal Breakfast and Morning Plenary with Carmen Vázquez on “Through the darkness I see the light.”
  • Sessions throughout the day on sexual worker rights, race/class/gender, funding your projects, disability activism, LGBTQ rights, sex as healing, and more.
  • Premiere of Jessica drake’s “Guide to Wicked Sex: Senior Sex Edition” at 1 p.m. in the Plaza Ballroom.
  • Film screenings at 6:15 p.m. on “Abortion Helpline: This is Lisa” and “The War on Whores.”
  • Our evening entertainment, Smut Slam DC, starting at 8 p.m. in the Terrace Ballroom. The event is open to the public. Tickets included in registration and $10 at the door.

Keep tagging us in your photos and social media posts: #SFS19 @WoodhullSFA.