Tagged: Andrew Extein

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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...

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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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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,”...