International Human Rights Day MUST Include Sexual Rights

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Yesterday was International Human Rights Day.

On such a day, we think of journalists and political activists who are jailed, tortured or killed; people so poor they have no toilets or clean water; people forced to live under brutal religious or political regimes; and children deprived of school, sold into heavy labor, or forced into rebel militias.

That’s all so far away, though, isn’t it? So let’s talk about America. Let’s discuss the systematic government oppression of our human rights—our sexual human rights.

EVERY human being has the fundamental right to:

* accurate information about sexuality
* local access to qualified sexual health care
* local access to modern reproductive and contraceptive technologies and advice
* a medical system with professionals trained in sexual health
* a legal system with professionals trained in sexual behavior

EVERY human being has the right to live in a society that has:

* decriminalized consensual adult commercial sex
* decriminalized consensual adult sexual activities
* decriminalized “sexting” and other consenting adolescent sexual behavior
* ended government prosecution of adult “obscenity” & adult entertainment
* ended prosecutions of nudity in recreational spaces
* redefined child pornography to include only actual children in actual sexual situations
* ended public, open-ended sex offender registries
* ended punishment of practitioners of alternative sexual lifestyles in child custody disputes

To celebrate International Human Rights Day, and to become a model of human decency for the rest of the world, I call upon America’s Congress to affirm and guarantee these rights, making all necessary legislative changes.

Until then, hundreds of millions of Americans will continue to be vulnerable to legal harassment, financial damage, and the special, horrifying kind of emotional torment inevitably created by years in prison.

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