Let's Talk About Sex
This past weekend I attended the SisterSong's 2011 Let's Talk About Sex National Conference. The conference brought together organizations working on reproductive justice. This four-day conference included workshops, plenary sessions and an exhibition, all through a reproductive justice lens.
At every session I was continuously reminded of the importance of having access to sexual and reproductive heath services and rights. It is unbelievable, that even in 2011, women’s rights are still under discussion, and even more unacceptable that many individuals live as second-class citizens and that we are denied these rights.
The conference also reinforced the importance of comprehensive sexual education so that each individual is well informed and empowered to make appropriate decisions. Education empowers every individual, and improves the world.
In these four days I reflected on the numerous injustices that occur against women of color, immigrants, working-class women and the LGBT community. As a gay man that is an immigrant to the U.S., I can confirm that everyone does not receive the same sexual and reproductive rights that we are entitled to and that each of us can promote a more equitable life for all.