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Sexual Orientation

Turning the Tables: Do People 'Choose' to Be Straight? Is Being Straight a 'Lifestyle Choice'?

Murray Lipp | Posted 08.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Murray Lipp

Within the context of discrimination, one of the most used "weapons" of those against equality is the notion that people "choose" to have a homosexual orientation. It is important to challenge this myth, because it forms a key part of opposition to equal rights for gay and lesbian people.

Born This Way? (VIDEO)

John Corvino | Posted 06.18.2013 | Gay Voices
John Corvino

Why are some people so quick to latch on to bold claims about the biological origins of homosexuality? I think it's because they believe that we need to show that we're born gay in order to establish that our sexuality is a deep, important and relatively fixed part of who we are.

'Did You Ever Think You Might Be A Lesbian?'

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 06.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

Now that I'm blogging about growing up with two mommies, a friend of mine recently asked me, "Did you ever think you might be a lesbian, since that's the lifestyle you knew from home?" Obviously I have to answer this one with a story.

Laws Should Not Dictate Love

The Miami Hurricane | Posted 06.01.2013 | College
The Miami Hurricane

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said, "What gives the federal government the right to be concerned at all about the definition of marriage?" Sotomayor is correct.

The Problem With Political Correctness

BJ Gallagher | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
BJ Gallagher

If we can't talk about differences that puzzle us, or things we're curious about, without fear of giving offense, then how can we ever overcome our ignorance about cultures and races -- or even the opposite sex?

Equality And Gender Roles Don't Coexist When A Woman Loves A Woman

Robyn Harper | Posted 03.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Robyn Harper

A question often asked of same-gender couples is, "Who is the man and who is the woman in the relationship?" It is perhaps the most illustrative example of gender-role conformity at its worst. We are not just genders with roles to fill. We are individuals.

Are African Americans Changing Their Mind About Gay Marriage?

Lisa Wade | Posted 03.20.2013 | Black Voices
Lisa Wade

Last month, Jet -- a magazine marketed to African-American population -- featured their first gay male couple in their wedding announcements. The announcement may be a sign that African-American attitudes towards gay marriage may be turning around.

Gay Couple Offered Refund From Texas Bowling Alley

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.10.2013 | Business

A gay couple was offered a refund at a Texas bowling alley on Sunday night after being told it was a family environment. Alberto Lesmes and his par...

Coming Out to the Girl With the Blue Volvo: A Lesson in Living an Authentic Life

Patrick Wallace | Posted 03.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Patrick Wallace

What seemed like life-saving road trips at the time ultimately gave me the courage to turn to Leigh one night and tell her a story -- my first story -- about a guy that I "liked" rather than the standard story about guys who I thought were "cool."

No Words: The Limitations Of Language And Cultural Values

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 03.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Joe Wenke

What about my sexual orientation? I'm most strongly attracted to transgender women. I am certainly not straight, but I'm not gay, either. So what's my sexual orientation? There is no word that describes a person who is primarily attracted to transgender women.

Sexual Orientation Change Therapy and the First Amendment

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

This line is not always easy to draw, but it is easy in Welch. What the state is regulating in the context of SOCE is not the speech of the therapist as such but the use of a method of therapy.

No Gays Left Behind

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

Now that the courts are recognizing that sex and gender overlap, and now that Americans realize that gender identity and sexual orientation are rooted in the biology of our brains, we are nearing the moment that the entire LGBT community may be protected under an expanded Title VII.

Is Sexual Orientation Innate?

Dennis McFadden | Posted 01.09.2013 | Science
Dennis McFadden

Many would argue that discrimination against left-handers or homosexuals is indefensible regardless of the origins of those attributes, but human prejudices are complex, and the simple reality is that many people find it easier to accept a difference that is believed to be innate.

My Bisexual FAQ

Lauren Michelle Kinsey | Posted 11.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Lauren Michelle Kinsey

Questions are always an opportunity for learning and growth. So in that spirit, here is a list of my personal answers to the top eight burning questions people ask about my sexual orientation.

Confessions of a Girl Boy Scout

Emily Henry | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
Emily Henry

The Scout Association of the UK decided to officially accept girls as Venture Scouts in 1976. Then, in 1991, allowing girls to join the Scouts became optional for all other sections. It was official -- girls could be Boy Scouts.

The Military Asks, and I Will Tell

Joe Kort, Ph.D. | Posted 10.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Joe Kort, Ph.D.

Believe it or not, many therapists still think many of these myths are true.

Partnering to Promote Equality for LGBT Communities

Kris M. Balderston | Posted 10.14.2012 | Gay Voices
Kris M. Balderston

In 76 countries, consensual sex between same-gender partners is a crime with a prison sentence. These kinds of human rights abuses are unacceptable, and the Obama administration is committed to combating them -- but we also need your help.

Eyes Reveal Who's Straight & Who's Gay, Study Suggests

Posted 08.04.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 08/03/2012 05:41 PM EDT on LiveScience Whether you're gay, straight or somewhere else...

Is the Debate on Gay Marriage Effectively Over?

Nigel Barber | Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics
Nigel Barber

So what has happened in this country that has pushed young Americans to the opposite side of the gay marriage see-saw from their parents?

Sexual Orientation And Civil Rights

Richard Lyon | Posted 09.04.2012 | Gay Voices
Richard Lyon

Establishing lesbians, gays, and bisexuals as a legally protected class is an important goal in the quest for equal civil rights under the Constitution. The fact that Judge Walker made the finding that he did is no guarantee that other federal judges will make the same finding.

Be A Proud Ally Year-Round

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices
Nancy K. Kaufman

The more your speech and behavior contributes to the general sense that being LGBT is normal, the more LGBT persons will be able to enjoy acceptance and normality in everyday life. And the more others who believe in equality will be empowered to say so.

'Brave' Heroine Isn't A Lesbian, But She Could Be

Jezebel | Posted 06.26.2012 | Women

Brave was the number one movie over the weekend, earning $66 million, and proving that a Disney princess (or at least, a Pixar princess) doesn't need ...

What's So Funny About Being Gay?

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 08.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Gone are the days when no one could take a joke about what might happen in a bed shared by two men or two women. These days, we know gay sex is just as funny, and sometimes tragic, as the other kind.

New Research Points To Genetic Basis Of Male Gayness

Posted 06.14.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 06/12/2012 12:59 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries While female sexuality appears to be more fluid, research sug...

Metro State Student Claims Heterosexual Discrimination By Prof.

Posted 06.04.2012 | Denver

Metropolitan State College of Denver is currently investigating the claims of a student that a political science professor discriminated against him f...