Tagged: Queer

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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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CSJ Stands in Solidarity with Rentboy, and Statement Round-Up

Sex work is a fact of life — it has been, it is and it will be as long as human beings are around.                                     – Russell Roybal, Deputy Executive Director of National LGBTQ Task Force The Center for Sexual Justice stands with many LGBTQ and criminal justice organizations in...

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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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New Study Finds Harsher Sex-Crime Sentencing for Gay Men

A newly released report from The William A. Percy Foundation takes an important first step towards quantifying sexual offending sentencing disparities between gay and straight offenders. In a survey of 85 incarcerated male sex offenders, they found that those jailed for “male-male” offenses received disproportionately longer sentences than “male-female” offenses...

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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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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...