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.
Equestrian Carl Hester demonstrates dressage.
Congratulations to out Olympians Judith Arndt, Carl Hester, and Edward Gal on winning medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
As Jean Ann Esselink reports at The New Civil Rights Movement, Arndt, a cyclist from Germany, became the first of the 23 out athletes to win a medal at the 2012 Olympics when on August 1, 2012 she won the silver in Women's Cycling Time Trials, finishing with a time of 37:50:29, less than 15 seconds behind American Kristin Armstrong who took the gold.
As a twenty-year-old Arndt won silver for the 3000 Meter Pursuit at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. She also won a bronze in Road Race at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
On August 7, 2012, equestrians Carl Hester and Edward Gal won medals in the team dressage competition.
Earning record Olympic scores, Hester led his teammates on Great Britain's team to the country's first gold medal in dressage.
Hester grew up on the tiny Channel island of Sark, where there were no cars. Equines provided the transportation, and Hester got his start in the sport by riding on donkeys and ponies. He enjoyed early success in dressage by winning the 1985 Young Dressage Rider Championship. In 1992, he became the youngest rider ever to represent the United Kingdom in the Olympics.
Hester also competed on the British dressage teams at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics but met with disappointment in 2008, when both of his top horses had injuries during the season and so could not qualify.
As Linda Rapp observes in her glbtq.com entry on Olympic Equestrians, Hester is a popular figure in the British horse world. He is much admired for the elegance of his riding style and respected as a first-rate trainer. In addition to giving lessons, he has co-authored several books and produced instructional videos to help others learn to excel at the sport he loves.
Edward Gal and his colleagues won the bronze medal for the Netherlands.
Gal and his mount won three gold medals at the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games, becoming the first horse-rider partnership ever to sweep the three available dressage gold medals at a single FEI World Games.
In the video below, Carl Hester explains dressage.
The video below features Edward Gal training his mare.
The video below profiles Judith Arndt.