Registered sex offenders rejoice!
The California chapter of the Reform Sex Offender Laws organization will have its first Orange County meeting later this month in Buena Park.
The national organization attributes much of its growth to the late Tom Reeves, a founding member of the North American Man/Boy Love Association. Reeves, who also went by "Alex Marbury", died of heart failure on Feb. 19. He was 72 years old.
Here's what was posted Feb. 23 at Reformsexoffenderlaws.org:
Alex Marbury was the very heart and soul of RSOL during its formative years. He loved RSOL and its people and, in turn, was the recipient of much appreciation and affection. Hundreds of those now connected to RSOL were first welcomed into the organization by Alex in his role as email contact and member of the Admin Team. He has been sorely missed since his retirement a few years ago.Alex died in the hospital on Sunday February 19 after a year-long debilitating illness.All of us in RSOL are deeply indebted for his indefatigable efforts to end the registry and stand against the demonization of people labeled sex offenders. But his work on behalf of human rights for sex offenders was only a small part of Alex's life and work for social justice and racial equality. No one of any background whose humanity was being violated would fail to receive Alex's support and love. In next month's Digest Alex's good friend and admirer, Paul Shannon, an initiator of the RSOL project, will share a few of the details of Alex's remarkable life.This month's RSOL Digest will be dedicated to the memory of Alex. He cared deeply about the Digest and enjoyed nothing more than being asked to write an article for an upcoming edition. His retirement left a gap in our hearts and our lives; the sadness at his passing is only mitigated by the knowledge that he is now at rest and at peace.
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, part of a tribute to Reeves, titled "We Remember Tom Reeves, One of NAMBLA's Founders" said the following:
Tom strove over many years to convey the message that sex was something to celebrate, not fear. However moral panics ensued in the 1980s and '90s, fueled by hysterias over the McMartin preschool case, 'Satanic abuse,' and recovered memories. All were shown to be without basis, but were used to hammer NAMBLA. Less radical gays soon to be mainstream separated from Tom on this issue.
RSOL does not condone sexual activity between adults and children in any way, nor does it condone any sexual activities that break laws in any state. RSOL is not affiliated with, nor do we support or condone, NAMBLA, Boychat, Girlchat, or any group with similar positions on age of consent or related behaviors.