WASHINGTON, D.C.—Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Vicki Sexual Freedom Award; Mandy Carter, Heather Corinna and Matt Foreman.
Mandy Carter is one of the leading African-American lesbian activists in the country. She has a 45-year movement history of social, racial and lesbigaytrans justice organizing since 1968 and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. She helped co-found two ground-breaking organizations: Southerners On New Ground (SONG) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC).
Heather Corinna is the founder of Scarleteen.com, the inclusive and progressive online resource for teen and young adult sexuality education and information founded in 1998. An author, educator and activist, Heather is considered one of the pioneers of positive human sexuality on the internet.
Matt Foreman has been a leader in the LGBT rights movement for over 25 years. Matt has served as Executive Director of the NYC Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project; the Empire State Pride Agenda, the nation’s then-largest statewide LGBT political advocacy organization; and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (The Task Force), the nation’s oldest and second-largest national LGBT rights organization.
Hardy Haberman, Woodhull's Board Chair, said, "Each year I am inspired by the work of all of our colleagues and proud to be able to recognize individuals who have made landmark contributions to the sexual freedom movement through their work."
The Vicki Sexual Freedom Award, established in 2010, is named after Victoria Woodhull, the namesake of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance. Ms. Woodhull was an American suffragist born on September 23, 1838, who was described by Gilded Age newspapers as a leader of the American women's suffrage movement in the 19th century. She became a colorful and notorious symbol for women's rights, free love, and spiritualism as she fought against corruption and for labor reforms. A strong advocate for collaboration and for full equality rather than "just" individual rights, Woodhull was generations ahead of her time.
The Vicki Awards will be presented during Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Summit, September 19-22, 2013, in Washington, DC. For further information about the Summit, or to register for the event, click here.