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.
On October 13, 2011, on a vote of 48 to 44, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nomination of Alison Nathan to serve as a federal district judge in the Southern District of New York. When she is sworn in, Nathan will become the second openly lesbian judge on the federal bench.
Nathan is the second of four openly gay or lesbian nominees sent by President Obama to the Senate for confirmation to win approval. In July, the Senate confirmed the nomination of J. Paul Ontken, also to the Southern District of New York. Awaiting confirmation are Michael Fitzpatrick and Edward DuMont.
Nathan was opposed by Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who described her as an "activist judge." She was defended by Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York, who had recommended her appointment to President Obama.
Joe Solomonese of the Human Rights Campaign hailed Nathan's confirmation, saying that "Ms. Nathan's demonstrated intellect and dedication to public service is a model of achievement. She will join Judges Deborah Batts and Paul Oetken in the Southern District of New York as the only openly lesbian or gay federal judges. We look forward to the day when the makeup of the entire federal bench truly represents the diverse American public."
Nathan, who is a counselor to the New York State Solicitor General, served as a special assistant to President Obama and clerked for retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. She and her partner, law professor Meg Satterthwaite, are parents of twin sons.