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A Multi-Faith Theology On Moving Beyond Intimate Partner Violence

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

Presenter: J Mase III

A Multi-Faith Theology on Moving Beyond Intimate Partner ViolenceWhen it comes to dealing with intimate partner violence within scripture and Abrahamic faith communities, responses are often limited by heterosexism, patriarchy and a lack of liberation theologies. What would it look like to have a theological understanding that focused on those who have experienced intimate partner violence? This Trans/Queer centric workshop will use Koran & Bible stories to explore an understanding of the text that does not merely gloss over victims…

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

August 17, 2019 @ 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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Getting It on With God: Reclaiming Sacred Sexuality from the Wilderness

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

Presenters: Ellen Willert, M.Div., Nina Hartley

In this workshop we will explore and break down some of the barriers to pleasure that have their roots in religious or spiritual shame. Utilizing the religious metaphor of the wilderness journey, we will explore ways to reclaim parts of ourselves that have been cast out and discover the ways that reuniting all parts of ourselves moves us closer to the divine. We will provide participants with practical strategies for bringing their spiritual selves into sexual spaces and their sexual…

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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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Black Sexual Epistemology as a Tool For Sexual Healing and Liberation

August 17, 2019 @ 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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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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Queer Leathersex for the 21st Century

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

Presenters: Luke David, victor rose

Are you turned on by the smell, touch, and taste of people in leather? Do you look at artwork in the style of Tom of Finland and need instant relief? If you've ever thought to yourself, "Fuck, that's hot, but I don't see my identity represented in leather at all," join us as we discuss the history and psychology of Leathersex and how to make those same mouth-watering, explosive experiences accessible and inclusive to those who aren't exclusively binary, cisgender…

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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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