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2013; The Year Sex+ Community Saved My Life (Part 3) #Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance Summit

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If you have not seen Part 1 or Part 2 of this series which recaps the ups and downs I faced this past year, please take a read when you can, but I will recap it a little for you.  This year’s started out with dealing and being there for my ill wife, and how I almost lost her several times this past year due to cascading illnesses, sitting helpless as she was experiencing what to me was insurmountable odds as the medical professionals whom I had placed great trust in, strewn us along blindly while we spent great sums of money while they ran every test only to tell us she was faking the symptoms rather than have the courage to tell us they were not equipped or trained to provide the treatments she ultimately needed.

Every turn in this ordeal I felt more and more helpless and worthless and if it wasn’t for a group of friends, either knowingly or unknowingly, who took me under their wing and protected me while providing me warmth and love to recuperate.  These people became more of a family to me than my biological one.  Their open minds of judgment free womb made me feel more at home than my real family as I had to constantly talk them down or hear their lecture of how I should deal with this crisis with no contextual understanding of the situation. This new family allowed me to laugh, feel pleasure and expand horizons all the while experiencing my greatest despair.

I had also attended my first Sex Positive convention to expanding my horizons, obtain a better understanding about a subject I enjoy so much, meet individuals who were on the front lines fighting for everyone’s rights to be sexual or not; to express how we want to identify our sexuality free of judgment, violence and shame.  I heard the stories on how these people fight day-in and day-out, at great personal risk, for what I enjoy so much the right to be sexual.  But I still didn’t know what I could do to assist them or the cause then retweet their eloquent words, stories and articles while posting/re-posting images on my Tumblr account which I felt presented positive view of all types of sexuality while revealing the look of pleasure is exactly the same among all orientations.

Then along came…

Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance Summit (aka #SFS13)

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It was at this conference where I decided I need to have a voice as there were so many people doing all they could and for me to sit on the sidelines and bask in the victories of such brave people.  These people risked so much, and work so diligently to ensure the right of everyone is protected, but they also had genuine warmth and a real desire to ensure everyone is represented and accepted in this community.  The information flowed from the multiple presenters and session ranging from sex work, sex trafficking, sex education, sexual identity, activism and the list goes on.

I was honored to have the chance to speak with the #SFS13 keynote speaker, Carmen Vasquez and obtain a better understanding where the community came from had the direction it is going.    Such a true visionary & pioneer within the community.

I also had to opportunity and honor to meet many of the incredible  Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance board members, Buck Angel (@BuckAngel) and Nina Hartly(@ninaland ) and several members of the of the Woodhull leadership, such as Executive Director Ricci Levey and Deputy Director of Operations Justyn Hintze.

This conference showed where and how I can help and who to promote.  Organizations like HIPS (www.HIPS.org) which provides harm reduction services, education and advocacy for drug users, sex workers and their families in NE Washington DC with mobile services to Wards 1,5,6,7 and 8.

I found each of presenters and Woodhull member to be easily approachable, fun and down to earth individuals you just knew loved what they do and have a passion in what they preach: “Sexuality is a fundamental human-right to be identified and respected; until that happens,  we can never say we are truly free.”  I recommend everyone the 2014 Summit which takes place in August 2014.    


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