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Follow the Yellow Brick Road: Re-learning Consent from our ForeQueers

This workshop will explore how Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBPTQ) communities have historically worked to build healthy sexual relationships by normalizing open, ongoing communication about safety, boundaries and consent. The workshop will discuss the past and current work done by individual communities within the broader Queer and Trans Community in order to create and maintain social norms that promote healthy and positive examples of sex and sexuality. The workshop will also discuss how mainstream anti-sexual violence movements can utilize and credit the wisdom of these communities in their efforts to build effective primary prevention strategies.

Please note that this workshop is about consent, and, as we discuss different ways in which communities have explored consent,this workshop will include a lot of discussion about sex. There will be sexual words used. The resources we will offer may contain information that is sexual in nature. Some of the links we will share, and many of the links within those links may very likely not be work-safe and may contain adult content to be viewed only by people 18 and over.


  • Reinforce the concept that the promotion of healthy sexuality and true consent is integral to the prevention of unhealthy and nonconsensual sexual contact.
  • Provide participants with history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Pansexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBPTQ) communities that have developed effective means of communication regarding safe sexual boundaries and true consent.
  • Explore with participants how creating and maintaining a culture that promotes healthy, safe, consensual sex is social norms change work and a primary prevention strategy.
  • Encourage participants to utilize and credit the work already done in LGBPTQ communities in their efforts to build primary prevention strategies based on social norms change around sex positivity and negotiation of true consent.

Date: January 10, 2012

Presenter: Jessica Gilbertson and Dustina Haase-Lanier

Materials & Recordings

  • Audio Recording (press play below)

Reviewed: April 25th, 2016