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Shaan Lashun

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Shaan Lashun is a sexual health and wellness educator with a background in health equity, kink education, and LGBTQ+ sexuality. Their work engages individual and cultural trauma, healing-centered harm reduction, and the politics of desirability. They specialize in added impact of substance use, sex work, displacement, colonization, and mental health on the intersection of race, sexuality, and gender. Shaan holds a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration on African Politics from Howard University. They were named one of “100 Black LGBTQ Leaders to Watch” by the National Black Justice Coalition and have worked with organizations such as NASTAD, the Victory Fund Institute, and the NYC Department of Health.

The Challenges of Male Provider Mobilization

August 16 @ 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Presenters: Shaan Lashun, TT Baum

As members of the sex workers rights community themselves, Shaan Lashun and TTBaum are no strangers to the inherent differences of working in the sex industry between (T)M4M and F4M providers. (T)M4M providers have traditionally been overlooked, if not completely ignored, in conversations about sex worker rights. Few providers are willing to speak publicly about their experiences, presenting huge challenges to organizing “male”-identified sex workers into peer support groups and sex worker rights activist blocks. The lack of engagement seems…

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Fucking with Power Dynamics

August 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Presenters: Kate D’Adamo, Shaan Lashun, Magali Lerman

What becomes of consent in sex positive spaces that effectively shun the ways in which some people fuck? In spaces where kink and sex exist there is often an abstinence model when it comes to the topics of drug use, commercial transactions, which make consent more tricky. The result is that negotiation, and therefore a more nuanced understanding of consent, often falls off the table.Such rules -- which often reflect a fear of litigation instead of an intentional -- shame…

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