History of LTAS

Standing in the distinguished legacy and framework of the twelve black women who first convened in 1994 and created the term reproductive justice, SisterSong established its own convening, Let’s About Sex!, in 2007, understanding that the liberative work of reproductive justice requires a roadmap that can only be achieved through our collective support.

Though advancements continue in our collective fight for reproductive justice when SisterSong started to plan the first conference, the topic of sex in the US was still treated as salacious and taboo – hardly coming up in discussions of reproductive justice. Thus, SisterSong set out to create a space to boldly spotlight the connections between sex and sexuality and the reproductive health and rights of ourselves and our communities. 

Initially helmed by young women as conference committee co-chairs, Let’s Talk About Sex! also offered attendees a generous scholarship opportunity. Providing the space for educational opportunity extending beyond the conference has been pivotal to forming a clear depiction of the critical connections that must be maintained between reproductive justice, sex and sexuality, and comprehensive education. 

Past convenings have covered a range of topics, including senior sexuality, gynecological health and wellness, STDs, erotica, youth sexuality, and more. Let’s Talk About Sex! has also hosted keynote speakers, including former US Surgeon General Jocelyn Elders and politician and author Stacey Abrams. 

Most importantly, Let’s Talk About Sex! was created as a critical convening space to expand the SisterSong mission of strengthening and amplifying the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve reproductive justice by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights

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