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Increasing Sexual Freedom and Rights: How Sex Work Legislation Decreases Violence and Exploitation

August 16 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Presenter: Jill McCracken, PhD

This session presents a community-based participatory research (CBPR) project in consultation with the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Having decriminalized prostitution in 2003 as a result of the Prostitution Reform Act (PRA), New Zealand is the only country in the world to have decriminalized prostitution, and is therefore an ideal location to learn how this legislative model impacts sexual freedom, human rights, and violence and exploitation in the sex industry. The workshop begins with overview of the different models used to…

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Sex As Healing: Better Sex & Better Self Care

August 16 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Presenter: Charlie Trotman

The Sex As Healing:Better Sex & Better Self Care workshop brings a focus on our sexual experiences and how we use them to aid in our healing, creating healthier and happier people and communities. As people of the Diaspora, the story of our bodies has been extremely important to how we survive and what survives us. Often, conversations about healing do not include sexual healing and wellness which can negatively effect our connection to our bodies effects and our connection…

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LGBTQ Criminalization: Why sex work is a central LGBTQ issue

August 16 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenters: Mateo De La Torre, Kate D’Adamo

Trans people face higher levels of criminalization and policing at every level, from schools, workplaces, and public restrooms to rampant state violence against sex workers to the abuse in gendered housing during periods of incarceration and detention. This panel will explore how organizations working on the national level, in partnership with local activists, are pushing back on theĀ  criminalization of trans people, especially around decriminalization of the sex trade. For the trans community, sex work has both been a path…

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Invisible Seniors: Older-Age Sexuality as a Human Right

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

Presenter: Joan Price

"We're sexual beings from the day we're born until the day we die. When I am 95, I will still be a sexual person." - Joycelyn Elders, former United States Surgeon General Is our work truly inclusive of seniors? Or do we assume, like most of our society, that our elders are no longer sexual and no longer interested? From there, it's a short hop to seeing seniors as no longer deserving of the medical and educational assistance needed to…

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Hey sexual pleasure- can we be friends? Love, abortion access.

August 17 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Presenters: elicia gonzales, Amanda Pretlow Lamm

I am the Executive Director at Women's Medical Fund - an organization that since 1985 has provided emergency financial assistance to pregnant people needing support to pay for their abortion. I have worked in reproductive and sexual health for years, though am newer to the abortion fund movement. In my time in all these roles, I have noticed that we fail to connect abortion access to sexual pleasure. Why? All people get pregnant from sex. Some through force and violence,…

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Black Sexual Epistemology as a Tool For Sexual Healing and Liberation

August 17 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Presenter: Tracie Q. Gilbert, PHD

What role does race play in the contemporary lived experience of sexuality among African Americans? Strong evidence suggests that race matters; however, very little effort has been devoted toward understanding how and why. African American sexuality been persistently problematized within sexological literature as well, both in theory and intervention development. Combined with the historical and contemporary sociosexual treatment of racialized people in the United States, African Americans are arguably under a persistent experience of anti-Blackness, which has been linked to…

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