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How the Criminalization of the Queer Community Affects Us All

In 2005, when Danny was 17 years old, he began dating a 16-year-old boy. Like many teenage romances, this one did not end well — but not for the reasons you might expect. When the 16-year-old’s parents found out about the relationship, they blamed Danny for “turning their son gay,”...

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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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Letter to the Center: From a Mother Heartbroken by the Imprisonment of Her Son

We received this letter from a mother who reached out to us after reading our essay Capitol Punishment: The Troubling Consequences of Federal Child Pornography Laws.  With her son in prison on a possession of child pornography conviction, she found that our arguments against the currently flawed child pornography laws resonated...

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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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Why Queers Should Care About Sex Offenders

This piece that I wrote for The Huffington Post summarizes a lot of what The Center for Sexual Justice stands for.  While it received a wave of criticism from some on both the left and right, many people reached out to me thanking me for publishing something that they have...

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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...