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Understanding Personal Lubricants

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

Presenter: Aly Geisler

This workshop is meant to expand beyond the current base-line understanding of personal lubricants, as researched and presented by an educator working in a health and education based sex store. There is a trend for sex educators to encourage lubricant use for all as a means to reduce shame, enhance the sexual experience, and promote sexual wellness. This prompt often leaves out crucial nuances regarding the possible sexual health implications of the most common personal lubricants. Recommendations to use boutique…

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Removing Criminal Penalties for Sex Work in D.C.

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

Presenter: David Grosso

In 2017 and again in 2019, Councilmember David Grosso had introduced legislation in the District of Columbia to remove criminal prohibitions on sex work. Councilmember Grosso will discuss these efforts to reform criminal laws and share lessons from a legislator’s perspective, including what makes effective advocacy and partnership between lawmakers and grassroots organizing campaigns. Participants will gain a better understanding of how momentum has built in D.C. for ending the criminalization of sex work and develop new insights into legislative…

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Sex Education as a Radical Tool for Criminal Justice Reform

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

Presenters: Jennifer L. Pollitt, PhD, Richard A. Shore, Esq.

This workshop offers participants an opportunity to re-imagine sexuality education as one of the most important tools in revolutionizing our criminal-legal system in the fight towards sexual freedom, equality and transformational justice. We know that comprehensive sex ed is so much more than just public health initiatives, visibility for LGBTQ2SIA communities and teaching about pleasure. When done well, sex ed deconstructs privilege and power, engenders sexual and erotic agency, reduces shame and creates space for accountability, empathy and compassion. These…

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