#SFS2020 Program Archive


Distinguishing from Abuse: Adapting the Power & Control Wheel for Power Exchange Dynamics

When abuse happens in BDSM communities, systemic support is harder to access in part because many definitions of intimate partner violence rely on evaluating patterns of power and control. However, because the “bargained-for” exchange in BDSM culture is based in consensual control & power exchange, these relationships often are mislabeled as abusive per se, contributing to greater marginalization of these communities from support when abusive situations arise. This class with Janet Rose adapts the power & control narratives to better identify happy, healthy BDSM from abuse disguised as BDSM and provides a trauma-informed framework for responding to and preventing abuse in their communities.

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Whole Body Listening: Connecting with Embodied Pleasure as a Trauma Survivor

In activism and organizing spaces (as well as our larger culture), many of our bodies carry the impacts of personal and collective trauma. Often, these leave us feeling afraid or unworthy of our own pleasure or unsure how to navigate our own and our partners’ boundaries and desires, especially when experiencing trauma triggers, dissociation, dysphoria, or other forms of disconnection. This workshop, with Candace Liger and Christy Croft, engages embodied pleasure as a component of healing from trauma, practicing strategies for identifying personal wants, needs, and triggers; learning to articulate and honor boundaries and access points; and practicing full-body noticing for pleasure, repair, and healing.

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Spaced Out On Sensation: Hegemony, Shame, and Forbidden Gender Magic

Power and hierarchy infuse the worlds we move through, implanting rules, triggers, and violence in marginalized bodies. In this participatory talk, Andy Izenson examines a fundamental reorientation towards these hierarchies, bringing in psychoanalysis, queer theory, and the occult to discuss the subversion of nonconsensual systemic power structures, anarchist ritual, and generative perversity.

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When Brooklyn Was Queer: A Conversation

Join us for a conversation and reading with writer and curator Hugh Ryan. He’ll be looking at the history of modern queer America, told through the city of Brooklyn.

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Fighting for Decriminalization In the Era of COVID & Black Lives Matter

Join us as we aim to give a broad overview on the path to decriminalizing sex work nationally, taking into account the pandemic and national focus on Black Lives Matter and racial justice. This panel will feature advocates and policy makers from across the country.

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November 4th Is Coming: What Now?

No matter what happens on November 3, what can we do now to prepare to fight like hell after the election? If Biden wins, what can be done immediately with executive orders? How can we influence his policy priorities? If Trumps wins, how can we be ready for immediate and sustained activism to protect our democracy and rights? Carlie Steen moderates a conversation between Val Benavidez and Taylor Brown.

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Webcamming: Starting During a Pandemic

Join Casey Kisses and Blissense as they share not only how to get started webcamming, but also how to be successful on Chaturbate.com!

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Imagining a Future Designed By Sex Workers

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how human centered design (HCD) can be a useful tool for sex workers—and individuals and organizations that collaborate with sex workers. The HCD process is a community-based framework for designing impactful products, programs, and services. Presenter Michelle Spikes will share about how a team of sex workers in DC called SWIRL (Sex Workers in Real Life) used the human centered design process to design a sex worker-led overnight outreach program for HIPS—a harm reduction organization in DC that’s been serving sex workers for over 25 years. Presenter M Strickland will teach an overview of human centered design and will guide workshop participants through a series of practice activities that spotlight some of the key tools of human centered design. Participants will leave with a better understanding of what human centered design is, as well as inspiration for how the sex workers in their network might use the human centered design methodology in their community leadership.


60 Days Out: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Voter

Only 60 days remain until election day. Join Carlie Steen as she chats with Sarah Audelo and Dakota Hall about different strategies to engage, educate, and mobilize voters to the polls—especially when reaching out to young people.

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A Religious Strategy for Sexual Liberation: Pleasure First

The religious motif, “Sex is dangerous and a sin that must be controlled” is found in all anti-sex religions but, especially within US Christianity. This religiously-grounded teaching of dis-ease however, can be countered with the antidote: a pleasure-centered Christianity. Taught by an ordained clergy, artist, and performer this workshop will center faith-based teachings of sexual freedom and pleasure by focusing on the irrepressible liberating forces of the abandonment of laughter, the zest of passion, and irrepressible joy. By embracing pleasure as a strategy we can challenge the power of body repression in the Western Church and move towards sexual liberation.

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Expert Perspectives on Sex and Cannabis

Join Ashley Manta, Chelsea Cebara, Jordan Tishler, M.D., and Reba Corrine Thomas, co-founders of the Sex and Cannabis Professional Alliance, for a comprehensive overview of sex and cannabis. This workshop will focus on the ways that cannabis can be used to deepen intimacy and enhance pleasure, while also discussing ways that cannabis can be used to address sexual dysfunction. Participants will leave with a research based understanding of the intersection of sex and cannabis, plus more awareness of the social justice implications of each of these topics.

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A Tale of Two Pandemics

An intergenerational conversation among activists, writers, and organizers about their memories and impressions of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and COVID-19.

Panelists: Michael Bronski, Sarah Schulman, Kenyon Farrow, Kraig Pannell
Moderators: Marcia Gallo, Carmen Vázquez.

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90 Days Out: What’s at Stake in this Election for Sexual Freedom and Human Rights?

What can we expect as we head into the final 90 days of the 2020 election season? What goes on a low light on a back burner in favor of things we can work to change right now? Join political gurus Chris Cormier Maggiano, Wendi Wallace, and Carmen Vázquez for a riveting hour of conversation and specific things we can work on right now!

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Smut Slam DC: Sizzle Reel

SmutSlam DC is back with their monthly open-mic that’s all about sex. Join us for “Sizzle Reel” for real talk about sex on film!


Blow Them Away

Join us for our monthly Hump Night! Carly S shares tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy, hand and mouth techniques for all bodies, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

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The Economic Case for LGBT Equality

Join moderator Ari Shaw with economist M. V. Lee Badgett to discuss her new book, The Economic Case for LGBT Equality: Why Fair and Equal Treatment Benefit Us All. We know that homophobia and transphobia harm LGBT individuals in many ways, but Badgett argues that in addition to moral and human rights reasons for equality, we can now also make a financial argument. Badgett reveals the expensive repercussions of hate and discrimination, and how our economy loses when we miss out on the full benefit of LGBT people’s potential contributions. Finding that homophobia and transphobia cost 1% or more of a country’s GDP, Badgett expertly uses recent research and statistics to analyze how these hostile practices and environments affect both the US and global economies.

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America You Kill Me

Join Ricci Joy Levy, John Montgomery, Cathy Renna, and Mandy Carter for a short preview of “America You Kill Me,” a film about Jeffrey Montgomery a fierce LGBT equity activist. Then we’ll have a powerhouse conversation about the issues we’re fighting for today in the context of “What would Jeff say?”

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Transgender Resilience

Join us for a conversation between Carmen Vazquez and activist, organizer, and performance artist Cecilia Gentili. They’ll be discussing Cecilia’s work for Transgender equity and unique challenges during COVID-19.

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The Stonewall Generation

Join us to discuss The Stonewall Generation with author Jane Fleishman and Mandy Carter and Hardy Haberman, both featured in the book. Read the book and tune in to hear about sexual liberation from those who led the fight.

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Book Club — Bound: A Daughter, a Domme, and an End-of-Life Story

Join us for a discussion with author Elizabeth Anne Wood. Read the book and tune in to explore the intimacies of an aging woman’s lifestyle of kink and bondage and the importance of sex and pleasure, even when facing a life-threatening illness.

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F**k Me, I’m Awkward

Watch our first monthly Hump Night where Amberly Rothfield (xe/xir) discussed tools to tell potential partners we want to get down in the sheets and ease nerves for those who are shy.

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Collaborative Growth for a Post-COVID World

Join us to find new ways to collaborate and find your confidence in a post-COVID world. Amberly Rothfield shares xir expertise with us!

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Preserving Sexual Freedom During Lockdown

COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and social distancing guidelines have disrupted human interaction and sexual expression. We’ve been forced to adopt new ways of interacting in all facets of life, including sex. While technology has allowed us to keep in touch, sexual freedom rights have suffered. Community guidelines and content moderation policies imposed by online platforms interfere with our ability to truly express our human sexuality. Laws such as FOSTA/SESTA encourage censorship of erotic expression on now-essential online communication tools. Congress is considering even more draconian restrictions on Internet communications. This panel presentation explored the legal and practical challenges facing sexual freedom during the current lockdown and highlighted some ways that platforms (like #open) are meeting those challenges in positive ways.

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What Do I Bring to a Relationship?

Today, in the digital age, there are SO MANY dating sites and apps to choose from, when looking for a partner (or two). Yet, it’s so common for dating profiles to only list what the seeker is looking for. But what does the seeker have to offer?

Gloria Jackson-Nefertiti shared the reason why, for the longest time, she HATED to tell anyone that she was looking for a relationship. Additionally, Gloria will share an interesting phenomenon that ONLY occurs when someone is polyamorous and partnered; NEVER when someone is monogamous and partnered. (By the way, she’ll also explain why the phrase “polyamorous and partnered” is not at all redundant.)

Most importantly, Gloria shared three questions, whose answers provide solutions to the inquiry, “What do I bring to a relationship?” (Thank you, Kevin Patterson.) She also shares her partners’ very enlightening answers to those questions. Not only did she learn some amazing things about herself as a result, but she found a common thread in their answers.

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Smut Slam DC: Oral Fixation

Woodhull is excited to partner with Smut Slam DC to talk all things oral related – licking, kissing, biting, sucking– however you use it, your mouth is a multi-purpose sex organ. The evening was full of deliciously smutty stories told by YOU.


A Secret Love Watch Party

Netflix’s documentary, A Secret Love, tells the story of the couple, who came out to their families at age 80 after being together for over 65 years. … The women’s family always thought of the two as longtime roommates and friends, until they made the choice to share their relationship.

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U.S. History from a Whore’s Eye View

Stand-up comic, sex worker rights advocate, and whorstorian Kaytlin Bailey took us through an irreverent powerpoint of U.S. History from a sex worker’s perspective from 1845 to now. Kaytlin is the host of The Oldest Profession podcast.

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Sexual Freedom in the Time of COVID

Sexual freedom was under attack before COVID-19, and now even more is at stake. Woodhull Freedom Foundation’s Carmen Vázquez (she/her) led a conversation and Q&A with Equality Florida’s Nadine Smith (she/her), G.L.I.T.S.’ Ceyenne Doroshow (she/her), and SisterSong’s Monica Raye Simpson (she/her). They talked about how their advocacy on LGBTQ equality, rights and visibility for transgender sex workers, and reproductive justice has changed due to COVID-19.

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Past Years

You can view some of our past programming on our YouTube channel. These will link you to each playlist individually.