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.
Cross-dressers have often been misunderstood and maligned, especially in societies with rigid gender roles.
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.
Glbtq people have been in the vanguard of gentrification, a process of renewing neighborhoods that has both positive and negative effects.
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.
Since the advent of the Internet, lesbians, gay men, and sexual and gender nonconformists of all kinds have been able to use a variety of computer-mediated communications to meet and network both on- and offline.
Formed soon after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the short-lived but influential Gay Liberation Front brought a new militancy to the movement that became known as gay liberation.
Legendary activist David Mixner has endorsed Speaker of the New York City Council Christine Quinn in her quest for election as Mayor of New York City. Mixner made the enthusiastic and unqualified endorsement in a video posted on his Live from Hell's Kitchen blog. Mixner praises Quinn's "persistent and passionate leadership" over the years, including during the AIDS crisis and in the struggle for marriage equality.
Mixner, who has been described as "one of the great activists of our time," has been fighting for gay and lesbian rights since the 1970s, when he led the Southern California campaign against the Anita Bryant-inspired Briggs Initiative that would have banned gay teachers in the state's public schools. He subsequently helped mobilize the glbtq community on behalf of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, only to break with the newly-elected President over his "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy. Along with Cleve Jones, Mixner led the National Equality March on Washington on October 11, 2009. He is one of the founders of the Victory Fund.
Christine Quinn, the first woman, the first openly gay person, and the first Irish-American to serve as the Speaker of the New York City Council, is vying to also become the first openly gay person to serve as Mayor of New York.
Quinn is in a tight race for the Democratic nomination. The primary election will be held on September 10, 2013. If no candidate obtains 40% of the vote, a runoff between the top two finishers will be held on October 1. The general election is scheduled for November 5.
If Quinn succeeds, she will join Houston's Annise Parker as one of two openly lesbian mayors of large American cities.