WASHINGTON — The Woodhull Freedom Foundation will host its annual Sexual Freedom Summit Aug. 4-6 in Alexandria, Virginia.
The 2022 edition will be held “amidst an increasingly pitched battle over privacy, policing, sex work and censorship,” a rep noted.
The three-day summit by the leading sexual rights advocacy group brings together “some of the most important voices in battles over sex and sexuality,” added the rep.
This year’s speakers and contributors include Nikki Gililland, the former sex worker who recently won $1.7 million in an antidiscrimination suit against an Oregon community college; Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March; Zander Moricz, the Florida student filing suit against Gov. Ron DeSantis’s “Don’t Say Gay” law; Will Creely, legal director for the Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression; and noted First Amendment lawyer Lawrence Walters, co-counsel in Woodhull’s ongoing lawsuit to have FOSTA/SESTA declared unconstitutional.
“This will be the most important Summit in our history,” said Woodhull Freedom Foundation President Ricci Joy Levy. “In the past year, we’ve seen the rapid growth of a reactionary movement seeking to strip away our right to privacy and bodily autonomy, and a coordinated effort to censor discussion about sexuality and gender identity. Roe was not a culmination, but a shot across the bow. Sexual rights are human rights, and the Summit is where we will mobilize to fight back.”
Over three days, the rep explained, speakers and panel discussions will “lay the groundwork for a year of activism and action. Participants will come together to share experience, information and strategy in the fights for sex worker rights, trans rights, reproductive justice, sexual expression and other battles.”
The centerpiece of the event, which will take place at the Alexandria Hilton Mark Center, will be a plenary session of Woodhull’s Human Rights Commission, bringing in a diverse cross section of voices and experiences in the current censorship battles.
The full schedule and list of speakers can be found here; press passes are available on a limited basis.
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