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CSJ Stands in Solidarity with Rentboy, and Statement Round-Up

Sex work is a fact of life — it has been, it is and it will be as long as human beings are around.                                     – Russell Roybal, Deputy Executive Director of National LGBTQ Task Force The Center for Sexual Justice stands with many LGBTQ and criminal justice organizations in...

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Prep School Crime & Punishment

Owen Labrie, the prep school rape defendant in New Hampshire, who’s been accepted into Harvard, admittedly seems to have perpetuated a dorm culture where the sexual conquest of female peers is seen as manly virtue–the more the better. And there does seem to have been at least some element of...

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Yasmin Nair: On Rentboy, Sex Panics, Feminism, and More

Queer writer Yasmin Nair has a great post on today’s Rentboy.com raid and how it relates to larger issues of gay politics, sex work, and sex panics. I’ll let it speak for itself, and you can read the post in its entirety here. Allow me to state the obvious: that such...

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Gay Cruising Stings in 2015? Yes, They’re Still Happening, and Yes, This is Mass Incarceration

co-written by Andrew Extein and David Booth Believe it or not, gay cruising stings still happen. The Washington Blade reports that just last month 12 men were arrested in a park near Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, a once-popular gay vacation spot, on multiple criminal violations including offensive touching, criminal solicitation, lewdness, indecent...

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Beyond The Headlines: How We See Sex Offenders

The Google Alerts await me in my inbox every day: hundreds of new suspects, crimes, and mugshots ready to sift through. As someone who works with and advocates for the civil rights of people convicted of sex crimes, the language and sheer frequency of the headlines has become repetitive and...

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NY Times: Teenager’s Jailing Brings a Call to Fix Sex Offender Registries

A recent New York Times article raises questions about whether sex offender registries really serve the public as intended or if they are merely tools to further political whims. Zachary Anderson did what many youth do in today’s technology driven culture: he met a girl online and had a one night...