Saturday Session 3: 5:15PM - 6:45PM

Transforming Masculinity: Is It Possible?

When looking at the impacts of misogyny and sexism it is clear that there are many layers to unpack. How do we begin to heal from the daily effects of patriarchy? What does healing even look like when things like street harassment are normalized? This session will host breakout caucuses for people of color and for white people to have safer spaces to unpack and examine the strategies we use for challenging and healing from the trauma of gender-based violence.

HIV Criminalization as a Reproductive Justice Issue: Dispatches from the South

There are presently 32 states that have laws that punish people for exposing another person to HIV, even in the absence of actual transmission. Research shows that rather than preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, laws that criminalize HIV/AIDS status stigmatize people living with HIV/AIDS, and, in some cases, actively discourage people from getting tested and knowing their status. Presenters will share their own experiences as HIV-positive advocates on the front lines of fighting HIV criminalization laws in the South.

Gynoticians & the Fourth Estate: Debunking Media Myths & Anti-Choice Lies in the 2016 Presidential Election Cycle

According to the Guttmacher Institute, more than 282 anti-choice restrictions have been enacted since 2010, including many based on junk science and outright lies. Misinformation about abortion is running rampant as conservatives and their media allies gear up for the 2016 elections.

Genitals Roadshow: BYOJ (Bring Your Own Junk)

This inclusive, fun, and interactive workshop aims to help people feel empowered and in control of their healthcare. Participants will learn and practice techniques for providing a comprehensive self-chest exam assessing either their own chest tissue or a Mammacare model. We will also review the techniques of self-pelvic exams — one of the presenters, a gynecological teaching associate, will use their body to explain the pelvic exam and will demonstrate correct speculum placement and invite participants to view their cervix.

Blood, Memories and other Brujerias: The Role of Cultural Preservation and Menstrual Education in Reproductive Justice

This session is intended for Brown, Indigenous, Black, Asian, Pacific Islander, and other people of color. Memories are carried between generations in many different ways. Many of us, cultural workers, full spectrum birth workers and reproductive justice organizers of color understand the importance to (re)learn and (re)member traditional medicine as we work towards body literacy, autonomy and freedom.

#FlipTheScript: Centering Adoptee Voices Within Reproductive Justice

Within reproductive justice movement spaces, conversations about adoption are often centered on the rights of potential adoptive parents, especially LGBTQ people & same-sex couples, single people, disabled people, and/or people of color. Where are the adult adoptees in these discussions? How has the language of "equality" been appropriated to promote an agenda that excludes adoptees' voices and the social conditions that lead to transnational adoption? What are the ways in which adoptees' rights to connect to their first and birth families are ignored when we are not included?

When the state is the enemy: radical lawyering for safety and survival, and to build political power

What tensions arise for lawyers who are providing advocacy and legal services, while at the same time seeking to transform systems — and end state violence? The presenters are activists, lawyers and members of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Peter Cicchino Youth Project, and the Incarcerated Parents Project. Come to hear about their experiences, why they have chosen to pursue advocacy work as lawyers, and how they are now using the law to advance systemic change.

Voter Suppression and Reproductive Justice: When Voting is a Privilege, Not a Right

The connection between voting rights and reproductive rights is a crucial one. When citizens vote, they have the power to decide who should be a lawmaker and who should not, the outcome of ballot initiatives, whether or not abortion friendly judges will sit on the bench, and more. But what does it mean when a trans person is barred from voting because of the gender listed on his or her driver’s license? Or when a formerly incarcerated person reenters the community but is permanently barred from voting?

Sick and Disabled and Queer: Community Building and Disability Justice

This is a community-building space for sick and disabled folx to talk, strategize, connect, skillshare, and envision movements and families that go beyond failed accessibility and towards the centering and prioritization of sick and disabled queer/trans Black and indigenous people and people of color. This is a space for discussion, skillsharing, venting, loving, holding and sharing feelings, hurting, healing, and more!

Selfies!: A Generation

Selfies, selfies, selfies: what a beautiful thing! Attend this workshop and experience discussions about media representation, gender, race, and, you said it, selfies! In this workshop, we will use self portraits as a way of challenging the stereotypes they sometimes create.

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