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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...

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Legalized Gay Marriage, But Not Legalized Queer Lives

Last week’s Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage was undeniably a landmark victory for queer rights. Years of petitioning the courts for the same legal protections afforded heterosexual couples finally paid off, but I find myself feeling largely unimpressed. Obergefell v Hodges provides in part, No State shall make...

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New Study Finds Harsher Sex-Crime Sentencing for Gay Men

A newly released report from The William A. Percy Foundation takes an important first step towards quantifying sexual offending sentencing disparities between gay and straight offenders. In a survey of 85 incarcerated male sex offenders, they found that those jailed for “male-male” offenses received disproportionately longer sentences than “male-female” offenses...

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Is Queer Sex Legal? How Homophobia Is Fueling Today’s Sex Laws

By Andrew Extein and David Booth. The Mattachine society was one of the earliest American gay rights groups, formed in 1950 to address the overwhelming discrimination gay men and other queer people faced. The criminalization of gay sex in the mid-twentieth century is well known and federal anti-sodomy laws weren’t off...