Tagged: Mass Incarceration

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Gay Cruising Stings in 2015? Yes, They’re Still Happening, and Yes, This is Mass Incarceration

co-written by Andrew Extein and David Booth Believe it or not, gay cruising stings still happen. The Washington Blade reports that just last month 12 men were arrested in a park near Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, a once-popular gay vacation spot, on multiple criminal violations including offensive touching, criminal solicitation, lewdness, indecent...

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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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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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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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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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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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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...