The right to sexual autonomy. The right to choose if and when you have children. The right to privacy and freedom from the invasion of the state into your bedroom. The right to qualified, non-stigmatizing sexual healthcare.
These are rights many of us take for granted, even as they are systematically chipped away by lawmakers and public officials. And for many disenfranchised groups—trans* people, sex workers, people of color, migrant workers, and undocumented immigrants—these rights have already vanished, if they were ever a reality.
We’re not used to talking about sexuality as a human right. But thankfully, someone is.
The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance has worked to change the conversation on sexual rights as well as human rights since 2003. August 13 – 16th is their annual Sexual Freedom Summit, where some of the strongest advocates in the country will come together to educate and advocate for greater access, better care, and more robust protection of our sexual rights.
Bianca Palmisano is proud to represent a panel of amazing reproductive justice advocates speaking at the Sexual Freedom Summit. Yatzel Sabat, Ash Hall, and Sarah Audelo will be addressing the conference at their workshop InterSEXionalism: New Lessons in Inclusive Reproductive Justice Advocacy.
They will discuss how reproductive justice—that is, the right to control if, when, and how you have children—looks different when it intersects with other important advocacy movements, including the rights movements of young adults, LGBT individuals, rural and migrant individuals, and people of color.
What does that mean in practice? It means remembering that birth control is affordable and accessible for everyone…unless you live in a rural area with little access to primary care or a pharmacy. Unless you lack insurance coverage because you are poor and undocumented. Unless you have been harassed by medical staff or denied treatment because you are transgender.
The fight to make sure sexual health needs are met is complicated and is directly connected to how our country has failed the people who are most vulnerable. This panel is one way that we can push the conversation forward.
Palmisano is also privileged to run Intimate Health Consulting, a business that pushes healthcare providers to offer the best possible sexual health care to their patients. That means doctors who are well-versed in caring for trans* clients, who are comfortable talking about sex and sex work, and who fight to make sure you get access to the services and medicine you need to live a healthy and satisfying sexual life. If you’d like to learn more about Intimate Health Consulting, or want to refer Palmisano to a doctor who needs help, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org .