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.
President Obama was one of many to don a lavender tie to observe Spirit Day on Oct. 20.
On October 20, 2011, thousands of Americans wore purple to celebrate Spirit Day, a response to the national epidemic of anti-gay bullying. The observance was initiated in 2010 by teenager Brittany McMillan as a simple but powerful way to show support for glbtq youth.
The idea to display purple on Spirit Day stems from the fact that in some interpretations of the Rainbow flag the color is said to symbolize "spirit."
This year Spirit Day was observed by numerous celebrities including Chaz Bono, Cyndi Lauper, and Mia Farrow, among many others. At schools across the country, Gay Straight Alliances distributed purple wristbands and held assemblies and other meetings to commemorate the day.
The White House acknowledged Spirit Day in a blog on WhiteHouse.gov and by turning their Facebook photo purple.
President Obama donned a lavender tie in honor of the occasion.
MTV displayed its support in a number of ways. The channel turned its on-air logo purple, as well as its Facebook, Twitter, MTV.com, and MTV Act logos. In addition, stars of MTV shows demonstrated support by wearing purple.
According to GLAAD, which sponsored this year's observance, other media outlets that went purple for Spirit Day include CNBC, CNN, E!, Here Media, LOGO, MSNBC, Sundance Channel, and USA Network.
On his blog Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters, Alvin McEwen addressed "my beautiful gay children," telling them, "I want our lgbt children to remember something important. You are not alone.
"And while millions will show their support to you today, just keep in mind where you come from. You come from a long line of kings and queens, world builders and civilization savers.
"While some will stoop to their lowest level to take away things from you, remember that they can never take your dignity or self-worth.
"And especially your potential to do great things."
To illustrate his point, he posted this remarkable YouTube videomontage: Famous gays in history.