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 July 18, on a vote of 80 to 13, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Obama's nomination of J. Paul Oetken as a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York. Although he will not be the first glbtq judge in the federal judiciary, he is the first openly gay man confirmed as a U.S. District Judge by the Senate. Oetken, who worked in the Justice Department and as Associate Counsel to the President during the Clinton administration, is senior vice president and associate counsel of Cablevision.
Deborah A. Batts, an African-American lesbian, became the first openly gay federal judge upon her 1994 appointment by President Clinton to the U.S. District Court in New York. President Obama's nomination of Edward C. Dumont to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal District has not yet been considered by the Senate. President Obama has also nominated out lesbian Alison Nathan for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; her nomination has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and awaits action by the full Senate.