Hello Friends of Effing Foundation,
This month marks one year since SESTA/FOSTA, and sex workers continue to feel the impact. Meanwhile, these “anti-trafficking” bills have not been used to protect or end sexual violence in any recent court cases. This fallout makes it clear that this legislation is working as intended, to create barriers for sex workers to meet clients, screen for safety, and be seen as professionals using valuable skills to make an income.
That said, we’d like to remind you that our Open Call for Submissions from sex-positive artists and educators will be available May 1. That’s just ten days away! 🎉
We focus on supporting #ownvoices: that is, people who are members of disadvantaged groups doing work grounded in their experiences, and we prioritize projects that do not have other options for grant funding or government support. Learn more about Effing Foundation grants in our FAQ and Demographic Goals.
What’s new with our grantees?
Thanks to American Sex Podcast, you can now get educated by two Effing Grantees at once. Listen to Episode 84, “Unpopular Opinion: Sex Ed,” to hear Jimanekia Eborn and Dirty Lola examine what happens when our well-meaning feminist activism leads way to paternalism, savior complexes, and ‘intersectionality’ that’s more of a buzzword than something that’s widely understood. You can also catch Jimanekia on her podcast Trauma Queen – season 3 is available now!
J Mase III just released a brand new book. In choose-your-own-journey workbook style, “And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment & Inappropriate Jokes About Death” is an unexpected and lively conversation between the author and reader on grief, Black Trans survival, and the arts. Get ready for a healthy mix of poems, personal testimony, and bad jokes.
Looking to connect with Effing Foundation’s sex educators in person? Since 2015, PolyDallas Millennium has been a great space to learn about ethical non-monogamy and meet other polyam people. The symposium is being postponed… but it’s on for 2020! Ruby Johnson is also working on a Black Kink Fest gathering for next year, so be sure to follow @blacksexgeek for updates.
The Effing Foundation has funded 22 projects so far, and that’s in no small way thanks to you, our community! Every shout out, every retweet, and every donation goes a long way toward creating an inclusive and pleasurable future.
We’re sending a big thank you to the 46 folks who have used AmazonSmile to donate over $300 to the Foundation to date. If you choose to shop with Amazon, they can automatically donate 0.5% of your eligible orders to support sex-positive art and education. Signing up is as easy as following this link. There’s even a Smilematic browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari to ensure each purchase is counted.
Dom & Kit
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