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Bi-Weekly Sexual Freedom Newsletter
Friday, November 11, 2022


Top Stories This Week

1. What’s happening at Woodhull;
2. Reflecting on four months without Roe;
3. Banning transition-related care for minors;
4. Decriminalization of sex work;
5. Telemedicine abortion, explained;
6. A proposed anti-LGBTQIA+ bill; and
7. Tess’ take on incarceration and family separation.

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The Tsunami of Sexual Repression

While the midterms showed signs of hope — reproductive rights amendments passing nationwide, and an incredible turnout for those who support it— we only expect the growing attacks on sex and sexuality to intensify.

Last night showed that this is a battle we can win, but only if we continue to fight! 

Read the rest of our statement. 


November 29th is Giving Tuesday, a celebration of radical generosity that is celebrated around the world. We’ve been working hard here at Woodhull on our Giving Tuesday fundraising efforts, and have started to celebrate ahead of time. Please participate in our Giving Tuesday efforts by making a donation or helping us to spread the word about our work. We created a social media toolkit that has everything you need to share our mission of sexual freedom and human rights with your networks. Check it out here. Interested in hosting your own fundraising page? Contact Woodhull COO, Mandy Salley, at mandy@woodhullfoundation.org for more information!

Thanks to Dr. Donna Jennings for hosting Mandy Salley on her Twitter Space, #TheSexualitySpace on October 26th! They talked about sexual freedom, the election, sex ed and what brought them to sexual freedom work. You can listen to the recording here.


(Austen Risolvato:Rewire News Group)

Four Months Without ‘Roe’ (Rewire News Group) 

Austen Risolvato shares a photo essay on four months without Roe: “It’s been four months since the fall of Roe v. Wade, and abortion access isn’t guaranteed anywhere in this country. This is particularly true in the Southeast, where cascading abortion bans and ongoing legal battles have left patients little choice but to travel for care—if care is available at all. This photo essay is a snapshot of what it might look like for folks making that journey and for those staying behind to deliver whatever care they can.”
Read more.


(SOPA Images:Getty Images)

Florida Board of Medicine Advances Ban on Transition-Related Care for Minors (them.) 

Samantha Riedel covers a recent decision in Florida related to transition-related care to minors: “In a controversial and at times bewildering hearing [October 28, 2022], a joint committee of the Florida Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine voted in favor of a proposed rule banning puberty blockers, hormone therapies, and surgery for transgender minors.” Read more.


(2016 sex workers protest in Seattle by Deviant Ollam)


Sex Workers Got No Pardons. Decriminalization Is Overdue. (Filter) 

Savannah Sly, Woodhull Ambassador,  and Diane Goldstein argue that sex work decriminalization is long overdue: “On October 8, President Biden pardoned thousands of people convicted of simple marijuana possession. In doing so, he took a step toward undoing the harms of the drug war, a notorious era of mass criminalization that has caused untold damage to our communities. This historic, if limited, moment is worthy of celebration. But it throws into sharp relief how the tools of criminalized prohibition continue to wreak havoc on marginalized communities, particularly in the realm of sex work.” Read more.


(Robyn Beck:AFP via Getty Images)

Telemedicine Abortion, Explained: The Ms. Q&A with Choix’s Cindy Adam (Ms.) 

Allison Fine speaks with Cindy Adam, a telemedicine provider, about abortion. Adam says: “If someone is interested in seeking abortion care via telehealth with Choix, you’d go to CHOIXHealth.com, and you would complete an initial online medical questionnaire. It reviews only the most pertinent information about your medical history, so that our providers can determine whether or not abortion care via telehealth is a safe fit for them. [...] Within one business day, one of our fantastic nurse practitioners or midwives will review your questionnaire, and then follow up with either a regular text or an encrypted text, if that’s your preference, just to either confirm some of medical history and follow up, or just to approve you to proceed with care. After that, the next step is to complete some consent forms that are required as part of the process, and then, we send prescriptions to the address that you’ve signed up with for shipping.”
Read more.


(Medianews Group:Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images)

More Than ‘Don’t Say Gay’: Proposed National Bill is Latest Move in LGBTQ+ Rights Fight (Teen Vogue) 

Orion Rummler comments on a proposed anti-LGBTQIA+ national bill: “Over 30 House Republicans are backing a bill that seeks to ban federally funded institutions from promoting material acknowledging gender identity, gender dysphoria, transgender people and sexual orientation when such topics would reach children under 10 years old. The bill labels such information about LGBTQ+ people as ‘sexually-oriented material,’ grouping depictions of 7% of the country’s population in the same category as pornography and other lewd content. The bill, which is unlikely to advance through a Democrat-controlled House, would affect public schools, state library systems, museums and national parks, as well as educational material across federal agencies.” Read more.


(Mark Ralston:AFP)


Tess’ Take: Incarceration Tears Families Apart (Woodhull’s Sex & Politics Blog) 

Tess Joseph writes about incarceration and family separation: “Incarceration in prisons, jails, and detention centers tears families apart. Individuals who are incarcerated face cruel, inhumane conditions of living in a cage. They also face the devastation of being separated from their communities, including their loved ones. Those loved ones, including children, suffer devastation too; the carceral punishment of a given individual extends far beyond the walls of a prison or jail where they are confined.” Read more.


 Woodhull Freedom Foundation is the only national human rights organization working full time to protect the fundamental human right to sexual freedom. Our work includes fighting censorship, eliminating discrimination based on gender or sexual identity, or family form, and protecting the right to engage in consensual sexual activity and expression. We do this through advocacy, education, and coalition building.   

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