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Crash Course: Intersectionality Theory, Framework, Practice

August 17, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Presenter: Bianca I Laureano, MA, CSES

WORKSHOP CANCELLED Intersectionality is more than a buzzword, it's a theory, framework, and a practice. Intersectionality has become a useful framework when examining power. Issues of power are always at the heart of liberation. From how to create a learning objective to implementing key concepts, to establishing trainings, workshops, and materials, intersectionality is what is being used in our field when there is little to no training on *how* to do so. In this workshop, we will do a brief…

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From Cuckold To Raceplay: The Implications of Fetishizing Race

August 17, 2019 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Presenter: Alex Wilson

In the last decade, digital media has become unavoidable; its omnipresence simultaneously shaping our identities, experiences, and society. This intersects with human sexuality in the form of internet pornography. Browse any pornographic website and tag names such as 'Ebony', 'Latina', 'BBC', and 'Asian' are easily found, however, there are no similar references to white identity. As this process takes place a particular question about sexuality arises: How has pornography impacted our conception of race and identity and what is the…

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Talking to Religiously Conservative Teens about Sex

August 17, 2019 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Presenters: Mariam I. Williams, Janielle Bryan

As many of us embrace this era of sexual liberation, we often forget about populations whose religious beliefs permit sexual activity only within heterosexual marriage. We may also forget that many people within these populations are teenagers--the very group that may have the most questions about sex and sexuality. We know proper sex education empowers teens and helps them prevent pregnancy and STDs, but what about when the information teens desire about sex is also spiritual in nature. What is…

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Removing Criminal Penalties for Sex Work in D.C.

August 17, 2019 @ 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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The Future of Medicaid & Why It Matters to Women and LGBTQ People of Color

August 17, 2019 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Presenters: Nina Esperanza Serrianne, Natasha Chabria, Mariah Alaina Lindsay

Medicaid is the largest source of public health insurance, covering sexual health, reproductive health, and other vital health services for many individuals with low incomes, including a disproportionate share of LGBTQ individuals, women of color, persons with disabilities, and single parents. Yet states have proposed, and the Department of Health and Human Services has approved, demonstration projects that undermine the Medicaid program and punish, stigmatize, and harm individuals enrolled in Medicaid. For example, many of these demonstration projects include "work…

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Sex Education as a Radical Tool for Criminal Justice Reform

August 17, 2019 @ 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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The Crisis is Now: How You Can Make a Difference in the Fight for Global Health & Rights

August 17, 2019 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Presenters: Bergen Cooper, Erin Kilbride

The reproductive and sexual rights and health of people worldwide is in peril.  But you can help address this crisis, here’s how: In December, The Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), in partnership with the Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University, created the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Index: Grading U.S. Global Health Assistance. This first‐of­‐its‐kind index critically assesses the U.S. government’s work on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in global health assistance and holds it accountable…

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Healthy Hurting: Masochism, BDSM, and Self-Injurious Behavior

August 17, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenter: AJ Renard

Many people find release in pain and can effectively use it as a coping mechanism to manage anxiety, stress, chronic pain, and other challenges. Kinksters with a history of self-injurious behavior can often describe a large difference between self-injury and their masochism, particularly when it comes to how each activity impacts their mental health and self-image. This class focuses on discussing the differences between healthy masochism/pain play and detrimental self-injurious behavior, including the physical, emotional, and psychological effects of each.…

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FOSTA & Internet Censorship

August 17, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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Presenters: Lawrence G. Walters, Esq., Ronald G. London, Emma Llanso

After living with the fallout of FOSTA for over a year, online platforms continue to sanitize the internet of any sexually-oriented expression. Sex workers have especially felt the brunt of the new law, as their safety and harm reduction tools have disappeared, resulting in an increasingly dangerous working environment. The law has been labeled an “abject failure” as a tool to fight actual sex trafficking. However, Woodhull is fighting back and sex workers have become organized and energized as a…

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Mama’s of Color and Mental Health: The harm of state intervention via the Child Protection System

August 17, 2019 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Presenters: Fallon Speaker, Esq., Morgan Hill, LMSW

There is an urgent need for the sexual reproductive health profession to expand our views on maternal mental health. As social and racial justice advocates, many folks in the field understand the ways in which the state can unjustly surveil, order and criminalize people of color at alarming rates. However, little attention is paid to the ways in which the child protection system disproportionally surveils and criminalizes women of color and their children. This presentation invites participants to reflect on…

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