Gender and sexuality are enormous, interlocking and overlapping spheres of society which affect everything from how we label public restrooms to what kind of private conversations we can have with our doctors. However, the power of gender and sexuality to govern the rules of our society is changing dramatically. Legal same-sex marriage and adoption, broken barriers to women and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) citizens in military combat, and advances in reproductive technology are all driving changes. In the future, what role will religion, popular culture, and education curricula play in sex policy? How will emerging science in reproduction, gender assignment, population control, and sexual health affect policy? What new ethical quandaries will emerge around sexuality in business, child welfare, and global humanitarian aid?
One phase of the Future of Sex Policy discussion project led by IF fellow Dr. Natalie Hopkinson and IF program associate Jess Solomon has been completed. The purpose of this project is to explore, develop and articulate a vision for future policy regarding sexuality and gender. Selected panelists included scholars in sexuality and practitioners sex ed as well as artists, policy-makers, philanthropy, journalism, psychology, and more. During a series of conversations, panelists developed policy ideas that will eventually be edited into an IF discussion guide, freely downloadable and distributed at no charge to schools, faith organizations, individuals, and community organizations.
In 2015, the general public was also engaged in a three-part series of discussions that examined urban dimensions of gender policy in partnership with Ronald Moten of the Art Of Peace, the Open Society Foundation, and numerous other community partners in Washington, D.C. For video excerpts, read more HERE.