Straight men who have sex with men do so for a number of reasons, but in general such activity is about physical release and sexual behaviors, not about attraction or desire for another man.
Transgender people--more specifically, people who were born male but present themselves as female--are Brazil's single most marginalized group.
Although best known for her crusade for women's suffrage, Susan B. Anthony spoke out on a range of feminist issues.
Cross-dressers have often been misunderstood and maligned, especially in societies with rigid gender roles.
The homosexuality of Frederick the Great of Prussia was an open secret during his reign, yet some historians have attempted to deny it or to diminish its significance.
Butch-femme identities are controversial and difficult to define with precision, but both roles subvert prescribed gender and sexual expectations; ultimately, the butch-femme dynamic is a unique way of living and loving.
Compulsory heterosexuality is the assumption that women and men are innately attracted to each other emotionally and sexually and that heterosexuality is universal, a view that leads to an institutional inequality of power that privileges heterosexual males and denigrates women, especially lesbians.
The lesbian "sex wars" of the 1980s, centered on issues of pornography and s/m, constituted one of the most significant debates among second-wave feminists in North America and Europe.
Sarah Schmidt, Chair of LPAC, discusses the importance of this election with other glbtq political activists.
The 2012 presidential election is a high stakes affair. Much of the progress made by the equal rights movement could be reversed if Mitt Romney is elected President of the United States.
The difference between the candidates for President could not be more stark. President Obama has been an outspoken advocate for gay rights. He has not only achieved major legislative victories that benefit glbtq people, including the passage of a hate crimes bill and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but he has used the powers of the executive office to improve the lives of sexual minorities. Not only has the President directed the Department of Justice not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act and the Immigration Service not to pursue the deportation of foreign-born same-sex spouses, but in his administration, regulations have been put in place that accord greater recognition to same-sex couples, protect federal workers against discrimination, and ensure that the federal government recognizes the correct gender of transgender people.
In addition, the President has endorsed marriage equality and has moved the Democratic Party to a major policy change on the issue.
In contrast, Romney has pledged to support a Federal Marriage Amendment and to defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court.
Should Romney be elected President, he can be counted on to reward his ultra-conservative supporters by rolling back the progress made by the glbtq community. Should the Democratic Party retain control of the U.S. Senate, it is unlikely that a President Romney could enact a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, but he certainly will reverse many of the executive orders issued by President Obama and the regulatory interpretations initiated by his administration that have improved the lives of glbtq people.
These orders and regulations range from student bullying regulations to interpretations of the family leave act to enforcement of immigration laws.
As Jerame Davis, executive director of the National Stonewall Democrats, told Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade in June, "The bigoted wing of the GOP, which Romney has embraced with gusto, cannot stand the idea that same-sex relationships have been afforded near equal status in so many federal rules and regulations."
He added as an example, "It grates against their very being that transgender Americans can get passports with the appropriate gender marker and there are more than a few who want to see the HIV travel ban put back into place."
At a recent dot429 Straight Talk conference in New York City, veteran activist David Mixner, Pennsylvania State Representative-elect Brian Sims, LPAC Chair Sarah Schmidt, and San Francisco AIDS Foundation president Neil Giuliano discussed the high stakes of the 2012 election. The video below excerpts some moments in that discussion.