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.
Congratulations to openly gay journalist Steven Petrow. He has been commissioned to write a new advice column for the New York Times. The column, entitled "Civil Behavior," will appear every other week. Petrow will answer readers' questions about issues of particular interest to glbtq people, as well as their straight friends, co-workers, and family members.
Petrow began his career at The Wall Street Journal and has since held editorial positions at Life magazine, HotWired, Time, and Everyday Health.
He is author of Steven Petrow's Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners (Workman, 2011), The New Gay Wedding (Workman, 2011), and the forthcoming book Digital Manners: Life in An Age Without Rules.
In Petrow's first "Civil Behavior" column, which appeared on September 18, 2012, he gives advice about the role of parents in the wedding ceremony of gay men. It may be read here.
In the column Petrow speaks of "the ritual importance of dancing with family members . . . because it symbolizes the melding of families" and refers to Elliot London's video "The Wedding Dance."