Friday, March 28, 2014

A nod to the late PHB - a Vicki Award from Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance

What a wonderful surprise! Nine years of online activism and one award that I never expected to receive is a sexual freedom award. Does the content my former labor of love, Pam's House Blend's rate that honor?

The good people at the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance (Facebook, Twitter) thought so, and contacted me recently to announce that I will receive its Vicki Award (and I'll deliver a keynote address) at the Sexual Freedom Summit  (@WoodhullSFA) on August 14-17, 2014, in Alexandria, VA. Hashtag: #SFS14.

About the award:
Established in 2010, the Vicki is named after Victoria Woodhull, the namesake of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance. Ms. Woodhull was an American suffragist born on September 23, 1838, who was described by Gilded Age newspapers as a leader of the American women's suffrage movement in the 19th century. She became a colorful and notorious symbol for women's rights, free love, and spiritualism as she fought against corruption and for labor reforms. A strong advocate for collaboration and for full equality rather than "just" individual rights, Woodhull was generations ahead of her time.
I am in terrific company. From the press release:

The 2014 Honorees

Carol Queen is an American author, editor, sociologist and sexologist with a doctorate in sexology who is very active in the sex-positive feminism movement.  The founding director of the Center for Sex & Culture in San Francisco, Queen serves as Staff Sexologist at Good Vibrations, where she’s worked since 1990.  Read more here.  

Cory Silverberg has developed and facilitated workshops for hundreds of agencies and organizations serving both youth and adults across North America on a range of topics including sexuality and disability, sexual pleasure, sexual communication, sex toys, and sex and technology. Cory has also delivered keynotes, lectures, and interactive public talks for professional conferences and student groups. Read more here.

Pam Spaulding considers herself an accidental activist.  The founder, editor and publisher of Pam’s House Blend, a startling honest and astute blog focused on the LGBT community, Pam has guest posted/contributed to Americablog, Pandagon, Firedoglake, The Rude Pundit, The Bilerico Project, Glenn Greenwald’s Unclaimed Territory on Salon, and written for The Independent Weekly.   Read more here.

The event will be a rare occasion for me these days - traveling, due to impact on my RA. Woodhull and its Executive Director Ricci Joy Levy have been very accommodating re: my need for rest and recovery. It's sad I have to live by the clock for meds and such these days. But I'll go down fighting.

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