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Luke Malone: You’re 16. You’re a Pedophile. You Don’t Want to Hurt Anyone. What Do You Do Now?

Gay journalist Luke Malone follows up his This American Life piece with this article about minor-attracted teenagers. Too often young people experiencing sexual attraction to younger teens or kids are faced with extreme self-loathing, anger, confusion, and suicidality. Believing that the entire world thinks you’re an incurable, violent, monster is an impossible way to...

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Gay Shame Sanctioned “Prison of Love” Party Protest Results in 3 Arrests

From the words of Gay Shame: Here are some other links related to the events, and some more context for the protest below: Exclusive: Protesters From Prison-Themed Party At Armory Released Pending Further Investigation The Gay Shame 3 are out — and questioning Kink.com’s version of events Gay Shame Facebook Page

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Bitch Media: Letters Reveal the Lives of Transgender Women in Prison

From Bitch Media, a great print and online resource for critical thought about feminism from a queer-inclusive perspective.  It’s great to see that they are speaking about incarcerated transgender women, among the most silenced populations. Last August, the Army private now known as Chelsea Manning was sentenced to 35 years in...

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VICE: California Has Realized That Sex Offender Registries Don’t Work

VICE has a good run-down of the recent admission by the California Sex Offender Management Board that lifetime sex offender registries don’t work.  While this board recommends certain changes, it is still unclear what political response will actually happen, and if actual change to a tiered registry will result. The...

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Women Against Registry Dropping Jaws in DC

“The people in the studio literally dropped their jaws as I spoke,” Vicki Henry told me after her hour-long interview on the In Our Voices radio program on WPFW here in DC. “It had never occurred to any of them to consider the millions of innocent children and female relatives whose lives...

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Yasmin Nair: There Is A Lot More to the Gay Marriage Story Than What Is In Jo Becker’s Book ‘Forcing the Spring’

Against Equality’s Yasmin Nair writes this illuminating response to Jo Becker’s new book documenting the Proposition 8 saga in California.  In her critique, she covers many of the core values of Against Equality including dismantling the harmful, violent, and dominant systems of marriage, the military, and prisons.  While these systems...

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Video: Mass Incarceration in the US

This animation eloquently and concisely explains the complex economic, social, and political issues that contribute to American mass incarceration.  As the video states, the US has 4% of the word population, yet has 25% of the world prison population.  Rapid prison expansion feeds off of faulty legislation in a number...

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The Bilerico Project: When People With HIV Became Suicide Bombers

Mark S. King guides us through the false history of HIV hysteria and explains how it relates to the ways that people with HIV are criminalized today.  A person with HIV can be charged and prosecuted for a number of crimes, including reckless endangerment and attempted murder.  The mere fact...

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The Huffington Post: Judge OKs Transgender Inmate’s Hormone Treatments

Transgender citizens in confinement must deal with a host of issues, and one major roadblock can be continuing hormone therapy while incarcerated.  Discrimination against trans* folk is especially bad in jail and prison environments, with many hormones denied through arbitrary and unofficial pathways.  Being denied hormones can cause physical and...