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.
Video still from a satirical video by Rob Tisinai.
Activist and blogger Rob Tisinai has created some excellent videos parodying the messages of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage (NOM). The videos, produced on behalf of his fictitious National Marriage Organization, are amusing. In addition, however, they deliciously expose the absurdity of the arguments against marriage equality put forth by NOM.
Tisinai blogs regularly at Box Turtle Bulletin and at his own blog, Waking Up Now. His commentary is invariably insightful. He is also an avid cyclist who participates in the annual AIDS/Life Cycle Ride to End AIDS.
Tisinai recently announced the startling news that he has "given up the battle for so-called marriage equality," has "started an organization to promote traditional marriage," and would be posting "public service announcements to promote his new cause."
The first of these announcements is called "Redefining Marriage."
This announcement was quickly followed by one called "Think of the Children," which echoes the ominous tones of NOM's infamous "Gathering Storm" video.
The latest video in the series is called simply "Leviticus."
The videos manage to be good-humored even as they engage in piercing satire.
Tisinai is using the videos to publicize his participation in the AIDS/Life Cycle Ride, a seven-day event in June in which cyclists ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in order to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS.