Call for Proposals 2020

Join us and share your wisdom, your experiences, and your strategies at Woodhull’s 2020 Sexual Freedom Summit.

No matter who wins the election on November 3rd, November 4th will still happen. What are our priorities for change? What will we do to create that change? How will we take care of ourselves and others? And what are the tools we need to accomplish our goals? This is where you come in. Contribute to the strategies, share skills, and tools, prioritize issues and raise awareness through your workshops.

We begin each year with a tentative list of tracks we’d like to see at the Summit. Final decisions about the tracks are based on the number of selected submissions for each track. If you believe your workshop might fit one of the tracks we’re considering for the Summit, please indicate which track. If not, don’t worry – we have plenty of workshop slots available outside of these tracks. We prioritize submissions that address race, disability, gender, sexuality, and other categories of identity.

Tentative Tracks for 2020

  • The Courts and the Legislatures
    This track invites people who lobby, educate, and create support for bills in Congress or state legislatures to share successful strategies for getting bills and policies changed. How are we currently addressing race, ability, gender, sexuality, and other categories of identity in these efforts? How do our identities contribute to our ability to advocate for legislative change? This track will also include the latest updates on legislation and those cases making their way through the courts, including Woodhull’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) lawsuit, Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), etc.
  • Sex Work, Prostitution and Full Decriminalization
    Workshops in this track will center the voices of sex workers and sex worker-led organizations and will focus on advocacy for decriminalization, healthcare, public policy, activism, collaborative efforts and opportunities for intersectional engagement across movements and communities.
  • Pleasure and Personal Autonomy
    Personal sexual freedom is a foundation and integral part of the sexual freedom movement. As Audre Lorde wrote —”the erotic is power!” Pursuing pleasure isn’t something that’s outside our movement, and it is vitally important we learn about and celebrate our desires. Workshops could discuss senior sex and sexuality, cannabis for pleasure, sexual pleasure for people of varied disabilities, and so many others! Share your perspective on the power of personal sexual pleasure at any age and ability.
  • Tools and Strategies
    How do we define success? How will we “fix” the current court system with the Judges appointed during the current administration? How can we protect intentional family formations? How do we fund our work or begin a grassroots organizing campaign? How can we grow our audiences online or become an adult-sexuality educator? These workshops will provide hands-on skill-building instruction in a wide range of areas. Share your expertise in these areas and expand our knowledge.

Sessions are scheduled for Thursday, August 6th, Friday, August 7th, and Saturday, August 8th. Sunday, August 9th will be a Roundtable and light breakfast as well as the Summit close.

Nuts and Bolts

Please be sure to keep a copy of your proposal before you send it (just in case!). We will not be able to provide copies!

Presentation proposals should reflect a sexual freedom movement that truly addresses the needs and desires of all human beings. Language matters and discussions of sexual freedom are often riddled with racist, ableist, ageist, and classist assumptions about what people can or should do. We prioritize submissions that include and specifically address ways to ensure that issues of race, disability, gender, sexuality, and other categories of identity that should always be part of the work we do.

The primary presenter should be the person who submits and is responsible for the session. This is the person we will use for our contact.

If you are proposing a panel, we ask that you limit the panel to no more than three (3) presenters—including the moderator. All names and contact information for each presenter MUST be included.

Please be sure you have all the information for all presenters before you begin the proposal. You should have their bio, their CV or resume (or why you believe they’re qualified to present on the topic), a high-resolution photograph of them, their twitter handle (if they’re willing to share it), their pronouns, their full address, and their email address.

Workshops are 90 minutes.

Call for Proposals Form