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 February 21, 2013 financial advisor, author, and television host Suze Orman chaired a panel discussion at New York University on the economic harms of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and marriage inequality generally.
The panel, which was sponsored by the Respect for Marriage Coalition, was held at New York University, and included, in addition to Orman, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee, law firm partner-in-charge Nanette Lee Miller, and couples from Maryland and New York. They focused on the economic implications of barring same-sex couples from accessing the full legal rights and benefits of marriage.
The Respect for Marriage Coalition includes over 80 organizations working to protect the rights of same-sex couples.
Orman has become increasing vocal in her support for same-sex marriage and has frequently decried the financial losses incurred by surviving same-sex partners due to marriage inequality. She recently devoted multiple episodes of her CNBC television show to the financial issues faced by same-sex couples.
Orman came out publicly as a lesbian in a February 2007 interview with the New York Times Magazine, in which she acknowledged her relationship with her long-time partner, Kathy Travis. She and Travis subsequently married in South Africa in 2010.
In the video below from January, Orman explains her concern with the lack of federal recognition of same-sex relationships.
In the video below, Orman and Governor Chafee appear on Thomas Roberts's MSNBC show to discuss the NYU panel discussion.