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LA Times: San Bernardino Inmates Allege Gay Discrimination in Jail

LA Times writer Hailey Branson reports on a new lawsuit against West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga for discrimination of queer inmates. We encourage any readers with experience in gay/LGBT housing units who want to share their stories to contact us at info@centerforsexualjustice.org: San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies called gay, bisexual...

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Fear the Bogeyman: Sex Offender Panic on Halloween

With Halloween coming up, I thought it was important to repost this essay that I wrote last year and published on The Huffington Post. With the glacial speed at which sex law reform is happening, we fear that this essay will be all too relevant in the years to come. It can be said that...

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Was John Grisham Right? How Child Porn Laws Fuel Mass Incarceration

Popular author John Grisham made headlines this week for speaking out against harsh sentences for child pornography, citing the recent prosecution of a friend for downloading child porn. His friend was sentenced to three years in prison for downloading pornography that claimed to depict 16-year-old females. Predictably there was an immediate backlash,...

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Video: More Laws Equals More Violence–Criminalization as a Failed Strategy for Anti-Violence Movements

This incredibly on-point video created by The Barnard Center for Research on Women and the Columbia Center on Gender and Sexuality Law explains the many reasons why fighting for more punitive measures counteracts any agenda to reduce violence. The wonderful Dean Spade, Andrea Ritchie, Shira Hassan, and others talk about...

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NY Times: Lawyers Challenge Lewdness Arrests at Port Authority Bus Terminal

Kudos to the The New York Times for reporting on the anti-gay stings that still persist in our most “gay-friendly” cities. Port Authority Police are arresting men for allegedly masturbating at urinals, despite any evidence or oversight. Some of the men arrested and Legal Aid Society are saying that the police are targeting men...

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Coalition Urges CA Governor: Protect Patients, Stop Gutting Confidentiality

(Los Angeles, California, August 20, 2014) — A coalition of nonprofits alarmed about the gutting of patient confidentiality urges California Governor Jerry Brown to veto pending legislation that requires mental health practitioners to police their patients and report a growing list of statements to law enforcement—or face prosecution and potential...

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CSJ Stands with Ferguson

The events in Ferguson, Missouri this past week highlight the very real ways that race and class are criminalized in America.  The unwarranted killing of Michael Brown at the hands of law enforcement is just another example of a system of police brutality that significantly impacts communities of color.  It...

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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...