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.
Lily Tomlin (left) and Jane Wagner.
Congratulations to comedy legend Lily Tomlin and her long-time partner, writer Jane Wagner, who wed on December 31, 2013. The couple, who are artistic collaborators as well as life partners, met in 1971 and began dating shortly thereafter. After forty-two years together, they married on New Year's Eve.
The news of the marriage comes from Liz Smith, who reported it in her New York Social Diary column, but the news was no surprise. The couple told E! News in August that they were thinking of getting married now that the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 have been struck down.
Tomlin first achieved fame in the late 1960s when she became a featured performer on television's groundbreaking Laugh-in, where she introduced a number of her most beloved comic characters. Her career has spanned television, comedy recordings, Broadway, and motion pictures.
As Tina Gianoulis writes of Tomlin in her glbtq.com entry, the rubber-faced comedian "manages to convey the universal silliness of the human condition while respecting the essential dignity of each of her characters." In 2003, Tomlin was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
Tomlin developed and refined her comedy style in her one-woman shows, which she has performed as television specials and on Broadway and other stages around the country. Many of these, including Appearing Nitely (1977), Lily--Sold Out (1981), and the Tony-winning The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1985, revived 2000), were written and directed by Wagner.
Tomlin and Wagner have long been supporters of gay and lesbian and feminist causes. The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Center's Cultural Arts facility is named in their honor. The two also share a star in Palm Springs' Walk of Stars.
In the video below, from March 2012, the couple, with characteristic humor, accept the Palm Springs honor.