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.
Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry at at a L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center event in 2012.
On April 8, 2013, actress and talk show host Sara Gilbert announced on The Talk that she and rock singer and songwriter Linda Perry are engaged to marry. She described Perry's elaborate and thoughtful proposal in a Los Angeles park. The women have been a couple since 2011.
Gilbert first came to national attention when she was cast in the role of younger daughter Darlene on the long-running television series Roseanne (1988-1997). Gilbert's Darlene was a devilishly sarcastic tomboy who became an immediate favorite with lesbian audiences.
She came out publicly in 2004, when she announced that she and her then-partner, television writer and producer Allison Adler, were in a committed relationship and that they were the parents of a baby boy, Levi Hank Gilbert-Adler. Adler gave birth to the child, who was conceived with the aid of an anonymous sperm donor. In 2007, Gilbert gave birth to the couple's second child.
Since 2010, Gilbert has served as an executive producer and co-host of The Talk. She also appears as a recurring character in the CBS comedy series, The Big Bang Theory.
In 2011, Gilbert announced that she and Adler were no longer a couple.
Linda Perry achieved fame as lead singer and primary songwriter of the San Francisco-based band 4 Non Blondes in the 1990s, but has since become better known as songwriter and producer of hit songs by several other female singers, including Pink, Christina Aguilera, and Courtney Love, among others.
In the clip below, Gilbert describes Perry's proposal.
In the video below, Perry sings her song "Beautiful," which was a huge hit for Christina Aguilera. It was nominated for a Grammy Award as "Song of the Year" in 2004 and won Aguilera a Grammy Award for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance." Perry performed the song on The Talk in May 2012.