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Know Your Rights: Practical Knowledge for Criminalized Communities and Allies

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

Presenters: Yveka Pierre Esq., Kebé, Alicia Sanchez Gill, Jeryl Hayes

As engaged members of communities, we have seen first hand what it looks like when people are first "othered" and subsequently criminalized. Though those in power frame criminalization as a response to "harmful conduct" we have seen that criminalization has been used as a sword in a false morality excursion instead of as a shield from injury or harm. Two groups specifically targeted are those who engage in sex work, and those who self manage their abortions, sharing the burden…

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Navigating an Obstacle Course (blindfolded!): A Closer Look at the Barriers Women of Color Face

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


Women of color and LGBTQ people of color face political assaults from federal and state governments to exercise their human rights to health and well-being, sexuality, and bodily autonomy, particularly when obtaining needed abortion care. These attacks are rooted in misogynistic, classist, racist, and homophobic ideas of who is entitled to sexual liberation and pleasure. The right to abortion care is critical to ensuring bodily autonomy and sexual liberation. As we keep fighting these attacks, we need to reflect and…

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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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Partners in Crime: The Criminalization of Communities and Communication Via Prostitution Law

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

Presenter: Savannah Sly

By definition, criminalization is "The action of turning someone into a criminal by making their activities illegal". In this presentation, we'll examine how individuals in the sex trade are driven to dangerous isolation by laws that criminalize not only their work, but their connections with other humans. We'll consider what roles sex workers serve in their families and communities, and how these basic networks are impacted by the criminalization of prostitution. This presentation will include brief overviews of other historic…

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The Real Stripper Report: Participatory ACTION research by and for sex workers

August 17 @ 4:30 pm

Presenter: Andi Seymour

Workers in the strip club industry are a stigmatized and marginalized group who, historically, have been studied by academia through a lens of deviancy. This lens has informed public policy that is not worker-centered resulting in harmful regulations, as was the case with legislative proposals initiated by the Minneapolis City Council in 2017. Therefore, the purpose of the current study was to thoroughly understand the occupational needs of workers who are currently facing ill-informed regulation of their labor. The study…

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