One of the most important things an organization like ours can do, most especially in uncertain times like these, is to listen. One of the hardest things, is knowing who to listen to. There are so many competing voices and agendas at play, each with a following and platform that seems to get louder with each passing day.
Over the years, as Slixa has grown into one of the leading adult entertainment directories, we have always tried to keep space to listen; to our advertisers, to our viewers, and to the community at large which we are privileged to serve.
Sometimes, though, listening isn't enough. And there are genuine limits to what changing or updating our site features can accomplish, or what we as an organization can do to prevent the very real dangers some members of this community face each and every day. In those cases, we have found it's more important to put our money where our mouths (and our ears, when we're doing all this listening) are.
In January, Slixa gave out $5,000 in awards for critical essays about the impacts of FOSTA/SESTA, in the US and globally. In addition to that prize money, we made $5,000 in donations to sex work-focused organizations to match the awards given for writing.
Last month, Slixa pushed to highlight the work of two important organizations (The Black Sex Worker Collective, and the Desiree Alliance) doing on-the-ground work with providers and advocating for the rights of marginalized peoples whose lives are most threatened by these vague and puritanical new Federal laws. Both organizations were awarded $1,000 by Slixa to match contributions they were able to raise from other donors during our pledge match period.
This month it is our goal to help the Woodhull Freedom Foundation make their 10th annual Sexual Freedom Summit more inclusive and more accessible by more people than ever before. Through the funding of Woodhull's Community Access Fund, the Foundation will be able to:
- Provide Lodging to 16 SWOP-USA members
- Offer Summit scholarships to 35 attendees
- Facilitate ASL Interpretation at one full-day Summit Institute
Slixa has already donated $2,500 toward the Woodhull Community Access Fund to get things kick-started with a goal to raise another $1,000 through your donations. Your donation will help to ensure that this important annual forum is available to as many individuals as want to attend, regardless of their economic situation or physical ability.
We are – truly I, as the CEO of Slixa.com am – asking you to contribute any amount you can to help us open the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit up to as many community members as possible. We have many battles yet to fight and it is imperative that we have informed supporters who know their rights and understand why they should be enraged at the ways those rights have been taken from them.