Civil rights and boylove

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A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another gives rise to an action for injury and which ensure one's ability to participate in the civil and political life of the society and state without discrimination or repression.[1] The phrase "civil rights" is a translation of Latin ius civis (rights of a citizen). Roman citizens could be either free (libertas) or servile (servitus), but they all had rights in law.[2]

BLogo 1997 by Kalos

Boylove civil rights issues

Despite popular misconceptions, modern day boylove activists are, for the most part, not seeking to lower the Age of consent or normilalse sexual relations between children and adults. However, NAMbLA does continue to have "Opposing age-of-consent laws" listed as part of their FAQ.[3] Most current activism takes a more pragmatic approach in addressing the issues. "It's about having laws that are reasonable, and which punish transgression only as severely as similar non-sexual transgressions are punished. It's about non-discrimination based on a perception of ones sexual interests (Sexual orientation). It's about the freedom to enlighten the public without retaliation, so that they may make informed decisions on such matters. It's about not being sexually profiled and entrapped because you bought an art book or a DVD the government disapproves of." [4] In many western countries including the United States and the European Union, who have declarations of civil liberties, the rights of Boylovers are routinely violated or ignored. Boylovers throughout the world have been relegated to the position of being a criminal class and have seen their basic civil and human rights be eroded year after year and have little or no recourse under the law. Much of the main focus of boylove activism today is for boylovers to simply be viewed as human beings deserving of inalienable rights and civil liberties.


Some of the issues

  1. Human rights.
  2. Abolition of the Sex offender registry and associated restrictions.
  3. Official recognition as a Sexual minority/Sexual orientation.
  4. Abolition of Civil commitment based on sexual identity.
  5. Child rights/youth rights
  6. Right to peaceably assemble (freedom of association). [5]

Orginizations

Boylovers are not a homogeneous community and come from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and differing political beliefs. Not all boylovers are pedophiles as hebephiles and ephebophiles comprise the larger segment of the boylove community, and all three belong to the larger classification known as minor attracted people. The organizations listed below may not be completely representative, in whole or in part, of the diverse spectrum of political opinion within the boylove community.

NAMbLA

NAMBLA's goal is to end the extreme oppression of men and boys in mutually consensual relationships by:

  • building understanding and support for such relationships;
  • educating the general public on the benevolent nature of man/boy love;
  • cooperating with lesbian, gay, feminist, and other liberation movements;
  • supporting the liberation of persons of all ages from sexual prejudice and oppression.[6]

Virtuous Pedophiles

Virtuous Pedophiles is an organization attempting to reduce the stigma attached to pedophilia by letting people know (educating the public) that a substantial number of pedophiles DO NOT molest children, and to provide peer support and information about available resources to help virtuous pedophiles remain law-abiding, and lead happy, productive lives.[7]

B4U-ACT

Along with it's main objective of advocating for appropriate and compassionate mental health services for minor attracted people, B4U-ACT has the political goal of Stigma reduction. Their website states, "We recognize the severe stigma directed against minor-attracted people by the media, politicians, law enforcement officials, and some mental health professionals. We oppose the perpetuation of false stereotypes and the use of language that instills fear in the public, fails to promote understanding, and ignores the humanity of minor-attracted people. We realize that stigma and stereotypes force minor-attracted people to remain in hiding and prevent those who could benefit from mental health services from receiving them. We do not believe this serves the interests of children, minor-attracted people, or society in general. Therefore, providers have an obligation within their profession and community to speak up and confront stereotype-perpetuating statements made by professional colleagues, family members, friends, and the media. Providers need to educate professionals and the larger community regarding persons sexually attracted to children or adolescents." [8]

California Reform Sex Offender Laws Organization

California Reform Sex Offender Laws Organization is an organization dedicated to restoring civil rights for those accused and/or convicted of sex crimes.

Reform Sex Offender Laws, Inc

Reform Sex Offender Laws, Inc is an organization that "envisions effective, fact-based sexual offense laws and policies which promote public safety, safeguard civil liberties, honor human dignity, and offer holistic prevention, healing, and restoration.

The Center for Sexual Justice

The Center for Sexual Justice is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit organization that strives to change the cultural beliefs leading to unjust sex laws that effectively target sexual minorities and to nurture a community of sexually diverse populations and families adversely affected by public persecution.

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