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Let’s Talk About Sex: The Power of the Erotic

August 2 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Presenters: Monica Raye Simpson, Jalessah Jackson, Omisade Burney-Scott, Ash Williams

Join SisterSong, our 2018 Summit partner, for an all-day experience talking about The Power of the Erotic.       LUNCH ON YOUR OWN.During the Fourth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Audre Lorde delivered her groundbreaking essay entitled, “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power,” in which she poetically writes, “Recognizing the power of the erotic within our lives can give us the energy to pursue genuine change within our world, rather than merely settling for a shift…

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The War on Drugs is a War on Women: Fighting the effects of the Prison Industrial Complex

August 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Presenter: Tanagra Maria Melgarejo Pulido

The goal of this workshop is to introduce a harm reduction framework that will allow organizations and individuals to address from an empowerment/participatory stance the negative and toxic effects of the War on Drug on women of color.

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Pleasure, play, power…and public health?

August 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Presenters: Veronica Urquilla, MSW, Andrea Augustine, MPH, Briyana Stevens

Is it possible to promote public health and great sex? We think so and are committed to it. From promoting pleasure, mail-order condoms and extra wet lube, vibrators as giveaways, and racy ads to get people talking, we are not holding back. Come talk about pushing boundaries beyond prevention in a public health setting and developing safe spaces for youth, adults, and providers to have conversations they never thought they could.

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New Strategies for Expanding Abortion Access in the USA – Challenges and Opportunities

August 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Presenters: Susan Yanow, Jamila Perritt MD MPH FACOG

Activism around self-managed abortion occurs at the intersection of harm reduction, human rights, feminism, community activism and social justice. Expanded access to medications that can induce abortions, elimination of harmful and unjust laws and policies regarding the prosecution of those who chose to manage their own abortion and support from advocates and activists help address intersecting oppressions that impact individuals who are most likely to choose self-management of their own abortion.

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Acknowledging Your Becky: An Exercise in White Female Accountability

August 3 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Presenters: Lindsey Cain, Bryce Komaroff

In every white woman's life there comes a time when she can continue to blindly (or not so blindly) accept the privilege she is given, OR she can take the steps necessary to acknowledge her problematic role in relationships, systems, and institutions. This workshop will challenge participants to own their past and current oppressive behaviors and begin to strategize ways to reduce their Becky carbon footprint.

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Towards More Holistic Palliative & Hospice Care: Special Considerations for LGBTQ Individuals

August 3 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Presenters: Stephanie C. Chando, MSW, LSW, MEd, Kara White, LGSW

This workshop will explore how to provide more holistic palliative and hospice care to LGBTQ individuals and their significant others. Participants will learn how to 1) Define and differentiate between the concepts of palliative and hospice care, and 2) Identify and address specific issues faced by LGBTQ individuals with terminal illnesses. This workshop is geared towards anyone who provides support, either personally or professionally, to those with terminal illnesses and their significant others.

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Platinum Grade Sex Toy Myths: Material Safety Between the Sheets

August 3 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Presenters: Ruby Goodnight, Kenton Johnston, Lilly Delvaux

The identification of affordable, safe sex toy materials is one of the foundation stones to sexual health. 'Platinum Grade Sex Toy Myths: Material Safety Between the Sheets' will address ways individuals can identify and determine which materials are safe to use, and which should find their place in the garbage pail.

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Reproductive Justice on the Frontlines: Showing up for Indigenous Communities

August 3 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Presenter: Jen Deerinwater

Through the use of policy and Indian law analysis and research gathered during Jen's travels to pipeline resistance camps this workshop will educate non-Indigenous people on the reproductive justice impacts of resource extraction on Native communities and how to stand in solidarity with Native nations. This workshop will be a safer space where Native People and other marginalized communities may create a sustainable dialogue on how to best support one another under white supremacy and settler colonialism. The education and…

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Using Sex Toys as a Tool to Heal from Trauma

August 3 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Presenter: Sarah Brynn Holliday

How can survivors reclaim pleasure after trauma? How can we use sex toys as tools for our healing journeys? How can we affirm pleasure as a human right for everyone—including survivors? Participants will learn sex toy basics, how to use sex toys to map your pleasure as a survivor, and self-care strategies. All survivors are welcome. Sarah's work is informed by an inclusive definition of trauma that recognizes many types of traumas can affect pleasure.

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Writing Grants for Sex-Positive Projects

August 3 @ 2:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Presenters: Kit Stubbs, Ph.D., Dalychia Saah, lola.rose.eros, Kae Burdo

Applying for grants is one way to potentially fund a sex-positive project. In this session, we'll talk through how to build a basic grant proposal and learn what reviewers are looking for using the Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity as a real-life example. This session is particularly geared towards people who have no prior experience writing grant proposals.

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