Friday, May 15, 2009


Gay Men, other Queers (and One Straight Guy)
Talk about Sex Offense
LISTEN (57 min)

Over the last four decades sexual repression and sexual violence have intertwined to produce a bizarre U.S. reality called the crime of sex offense. In this sixty-minute program we look at the slice of this reality that pertains to gay men. We’ll hear from many people -- from a gay man who remains in jail although he has already served out his sentence to a therapist who works with men who have had sex with underage boys. Their stories will shock, surprise and leave you thinking.

You’ll hear from experts who believe current sex offender laws threaten our civil liberties. A man from Bangladesh fondly remembers his first sexual experience with an older man when he was nine. Another man sees his former activities with young boys as an addiction that can and should be conquered.

In the U.S. today, someone can be busted for consensual sex with a slightly younger man and be forbidden to enter neighborhood parks for the rest of his life. And, these we hope to protect, children, are rarely able to wander freely through their neighborhoods for fear of stranger abduction.

“…sex offender registration, community notification, and residency restriction laws are ill-considered, poorly crafted, and may cause more harm than good.” --Human Rights Watch, ReadReport: No Easy Answers
We turn away from information and discussion about these issues to our peril. Have draconian sex offender laws made children safer? Families less sexually abusive? Are gay men, lesbians and bi-sexuals being caught up in legal nets created for sex offenders? What role should feminists play?


Larry P. lives here.
It's owned and operated by the GEO group.

Laura Levin
LCSW (licensed clinicial social worker),
working with both
survivors and perpetrators
of sexual abuse since 1992.
(707) 217-1398.

Music by
Juba Kalamka

Jake Goldenflame
author, former sex offender
Overcoming Sexual Terrorism

Yasmin Nair
Lesbian writer, activist

Joey Piscitelli
Northern California
Northwest Director

Survivors Network of
those Abused by Priests

Aziz (pseudonym) lives here.

You Can Help!

ucer: Adrienne Lauby
adrienne at sonic dot net

This program was produced in 2009 for Gay Pride Month
Sadly, very little has changed since.


  1. Excellent discussion, thank you.

  2. This is one of the best radio documentaries I have ever heard. Hugely inspiring depth, sensitivity, and reflection.

  3. Ditto to Ann Garrison's comments above.
    Great Job!