The Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance in Washington, DC has announced that Ajuma Baraka, Robert Corn-Revere, and Carmen Vasquez will be this year’s recipients of the Vicki Sexual Freedom Awards, to be presented on Sexual Freedom Day (September 23) at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel in DC.
“These are outstanding leaders and courageous activists,” said Ricci Levy, Executive Director of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, in a news release this week. “We are fortunate to have such dedicated colleagues in the effort to recognize sexual freedom as a fundamental human right. We are inspired by their work.”
The Vicki Awards are named for Victoria Woodhull, a suffragist, women’s rights pioneer, and “Free Love” advocate. Here’s more on this year’s honorees, via WoodhullAlliance.org:
Ajamu Baraka is a founder of the US Human Rights Network, a coalition of over 300 human rights organizations committed to applying international human rights standards to governmental processes and laws in the United States. Baraka is an internationally recognized leader of the emerging human rights movement in the U.S. and has been at the forefront of the effort to apply the international human rights framework to domestic social justice advocacy for more than 20 years. In 1998, among his many honors, Mr. Baraka was honored by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as one of 300 human rights defenders from around the world.
Robert (Bob) Corn-Revere has extensive experience in First Amendment, media, communications and Information technology law. An aggressive advocate for freedom of sexual speech and expression, Mr. Corn-Revere has been involved in challenging the FCC’s indecency rules, mandatory content filtering of public library Internet filters, and the Telecommunication Act’s restrictions of programming on sexually explicit cable networks.
Carmen Vazquez is a seasoned activist and incisive movement leader in causes ranging from immigrant rights to lesbian health. Ms. Vazquez has held significant positions in many of the most influential activist and advocacy organization in California and New York, including Director of Public Policy for the New York City GLBT Center and Deputy Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda. She is currently Coordinator of the LGBT Health and Human Services Unit of the AIDS Institute, New York Department of Health.
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