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At Pelvic Sanctuary, we are dedicated to decolonizing pelvic health education and promoting inclusivity, cultural competence, and empowerment. We are committed to supporting and advocating for the rights and dignity of Sex Workers, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and BIPOC communities. We recognize the intersections between these populations and strive to address their unique needs and challenges through comprehensive, respectful, and affirming practices. 

Pelvic Sanctuary Code of Ethics

1. Commitment to Inclusivity and Equity

  • Inclusivity: We embrace the diversity within LGBTQIA+, Sex Worker, and BIPOC communities, ensuring our programs and services are accessible and welcoming to all.

  • Equity: We actively work to dismantle systemic barriers and biases, striving for equitable access to pelvic health education and care for marginalized populations.

2. Cultural Competence and Sensitivity

  • Ongoing Education: We commit to continuous learning about the cultural, historical, and social contexts that impact LGBTQIA+, Sex Worker, and BIPOC communities.

  • Culturally Relevant Practices: We integrate culturally relevant perspectives and practices into our educational materials and programs.

3. Respect and Dignity

  • Individual Respect: We treat every individual with respect and dignity, recognizing their unique experiences and challenges.

  • Community Leadership: We prioritize the voices and leadership of individuals from LGBTQIA+, Sex Worker, and BIPOC communities within our organization and collaborations.

  • Nothing About Us Without Us: We ensure that all discussions, policies, and programs impacting LGBTQIA+, Sex Worker, and BIPOC communities are led by and involve the members of those communities.

4. Advocacy and Empowerment

  • Health Equity Advocacy: We advocate for policies and practices that promote health equity and address disparities impacting LGBTQIA+, Sex Worker, and BIPOC communities.

  • Empowerment Through Education: We provide tailored education, resources, and support to empower individuals within these communities.

5. Safe and Affirming Spaces

  • Safe Environments: We create safe, welcoming, and affirming spaces for all individuals to discuss, learn about, and receive pelvic health care.

  • Zero Tolerance for Discrimination: We are committed to maintaining an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and violence.

6. Collaboration and Community Engagement

  • Community Engagement: We actively engage with LGBTQIA+, Sex Worker, and BIPOC communities to understand their needs, build trust, and co-create meaningful solutions.

  • Partnerships: We collaborate with community leaders and organizations to amplify voices and support initiatives led by these communities.

7. Accountability and Transparency

  • Transparency: We maintain transparency in our operations, decisions, and policies to build trust with the communities we serve.

  • Continuous Improvement: We regularly assess and reflect on our practices, seeking feedback to continually improve our services and programs.

8. Healing and Holistic Approaches

  • Trauma-Informed Care: We acknowledge the impact of historical and ongoing trauma and integrate trauma-informed, holistic approaches into our pelvic health education and care.

  • Overall Well-being: We address the social determinants of health to support the overall well-being of LGBTQIA+, Sex Worker, and BIPOC individuals.
     

Advocacy Principles
For Sex Workers

  • "Rights Not Rescue": We prioritize the legal rights and protections for sex workers, emphasizing their autonomy and agency over misguided rescue missions.

  • "Decriminalize Sex Work": We advocate for the decriminalization of consensual adult sex work, removing criminal penalties and focusing on harm reduction.

  • "Sex Work is Work": We affirm that sex work is a legitimate form of labor deserving of the same rights and protections as other forms of work.

  • "My Body, My Business": We uphold the principle of bodily autonomy, supporting sex workers' rights to make decisions about their own bodies and work.

For LGBTQIA+ Individuals

  • "Love is Love": We affirm the fundamental right of all individuals to love whomever they choose, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.

  • "Equality for All": We advocate for equal rights and protections for LGBTQIA+ individuals in all areas of life, including healthcare, employment, and education.

  • "Visibility Matters": We recognize the importance of visibility and representation for LGBTQIA+ individuals to foster understanding and acceptance.

  • "Gender is a Spectrum": We uphold that gender is not binary but exists on a spectrum, and we support the rights of all individuals to express their gender identity freely.

  • "Trans Rights are Human Rights": We assert that the rights of transgender and nonbinary individuals are fundamental human rights that must be protected and respected.

For BIPOC Communities

  • "Black Lives Matter": We affirm that the lives, rights, and dignity of Black individuals are paramount and must be respected and protected.

  • "Indigenous Sovereignty": We recognize and support Indigenous peoples' inherent rights to self-determination and cultural preservation.

  • "Decolonize Now": We are committed to decolonizing our practices, education, and policies to dismantle systemic racism and oppression.

  • "Racial Justice is Health Justice": We acknowledge that achieving racial justice is integral to ensuring equitable healthcare and wellness for BIPOC communities.

  • "Unity in Diversity": We celebrate the rich diversity within BIPOC communities and advocate for unity and solidarity in our collective struggles for justice.
     

Our Symbols

  • Red Umbrella: We recognize and embrace the red umbrella as an international symbol of sex worker rights, representing protection from stigma and discrimination.

  • Rainbow Flag: We embrace the rainbow flag as a symbol of LGBTQIA+ pride, diversity, and solidarity.

  • Transgender Flag: We recognize the transgender flag as a symbol of pride and support for transgender and nonbinary individuals.

  • Pan-African Flag: We recognize the Pan-African flag as a symbol of unity and solidarity among people of African descent.

  • Native American Symbols: We honor the various symbols and flags representing the diverse Indigenous nations and their cultures.
     

Our Commitment
At Pelvic Sanctuary, we are dedicated to decolonizing pelvic health education and promoting inclusivity, cultural competence, and empowerment. We envision a world where pelvic health is understood, respected, and accessible to everyone, regardless of their background. We strive to uphold the rights and dignity of all individuals, particularly those from marginalized communities, and to ensure their voices are at the forefront of our work.

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