Consensual sexual and emotional relationships can and do occur between men and boys

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I am a member of NAMBLA, and have been since I was 15 years old, because NAMBLA is fighting for my rights as a young person. The state says I have no right to control my own body, to have sex with whomever I choose. The state restricts my ability to earn a living, and says who I can and cannot live with. NAMBLA concerns itself with the rights of young people to have some measure of control over their own lives. We believe that the sexual oppression of children is one of the important tools society uses to control its young. NAMBLA is a political and civil-rights organization. Its members are young and old - I am 17 - male and female, gay and straight. We recognize that sexual abuse of children does occur, and we deplore it. But we also know from experience that meaningful, consensual sexual and emotional relationships can and do occur between men and boys.

source: 'Official Statements at NAMBLA News Conferences, December 28, 1982 - Statement by Mr. Bill Andriette'; Published in the book 'A Witchhunt Foiled: The FBI vs. NAMBLA'; Published by the North American Man/Boy Love Association; New York; 1985; Statement from: 28 December 1982