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Andrew Extein, MSW
Andrew Extein, MSW, is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, advocate, and writer on issues of sexuality and criminal justice, including LGBT/queer sexuality, sexual minorities, and sex offender legislation. He is the Executive Director of The Center for Sexual Justice.

Entries by Andrew Extein, MSW

The Center for Sexual Justice: How the Criminalization of the Queer Community Affects Us All

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 10:07 AM


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...

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Capitol Punishment: The Troubling Consequences of Federal Child Pornography Laws

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 8:14 PM

Co-authored by Galen Baughman


Until Dec. 11, 2013, Jesse Ryan Loskarn was a popular chief of staff for a Tennessee senator. But on that winter day, police broke down the door of his rowhouse in southeast Washington, D.C., and searched for the illegal digital items that had led them...

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Fear the Bogeyman: Sex Offender Panic on Halloween

(14) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 5:09 PM

It can be said that sex offenders are the new bogeymen, mythical monsters invented to scare children into social order. People convicted of sex offenses, and subsequently placed on the public registry, are transformed into a concept of evil, which is then personified as a group of faceless, terrifying, and...

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Why Queers Should Care About Sex Offenders

(231) Comments | Posted June 8, 2013 | 9:00 AM

"So, how are the pedophiles doing?"

As a group psychotherapist for convicted sex offenders on parole and probation who also operates a private practice for queer people, I am bombarded with comments and questions from friends and family:

"Aren't you scared?"

"I could never do that."

"What's it like to...

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Beyond the Orange Glow: How We Gay Men Use Grindr

(97) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 6:38 PM

It's Saturday night, and I'm at a Silver Lake gay bar with some friends. Despite the packed room, my friend Zack is fixed to his iPhone. Our friends' nudges and pokes can't shift his eagle eyes from the warm, orange glow. He is determined, as he is every night, to...

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