Tagged: Queer Youth

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Michigan Teen Arrested for Grindr Hookup: Homophobia and Why We Shouldn’t Criminalize Queer Youth

Late last week four Michigan men were arrested for allegedly hooking-up with a teenage boy. Eighteen-year-old Cody Swatling is among four men facing felony charges for engaging in sexual acts with the 15–year–old, whom he met on the gay app Grindr. The teenage boy bypassed Grindr’s age restrictions and created...

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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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Queerly Precedented: More Gay Bias in Sex Offender Registration

An LA Times article reported that the California Supreme Court overturned People v Hoffsheier (2006), in which they ruled that mandatory registration for one sex crime and not another violates equal protection. Last Thursday, the courts decided, in Johnson v Department of Justice (2015), “that adults convicted of engaging in...