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.
Thomas Roberts (right) and Patrick Abner at a GLAAD function.
Congratulations to MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts and his long-time partner Patrick Abner, who have announced that they will wed in late September in Manhattan.
As reported by Daniel D'Addario in the New York Observer, the couple, who met in 1999 and have been partners since 2000, plan to invite about 150 guests.
In 2005, before he was publicly out, People magazine offered to include Roberts among the publication's "50 Sexiest Bachelors." He turned down the offer: "I'm not a bachelor," he later explained. "I thought it would be false advertising. . . . and I didn't think it would be the right venue to talk about it."
In 2006, however, Roberts appeared as a member of a panel entitled "Off Camera: The Challenge of LGBT TV Anchors" at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association meeting in Miami. He thus became the first out national television news anchor and quickly became a gay celebrity.
With his marriage to Abner, who works as a community liaison for Merck Pharmaceuticals, Roberts will become the first national news anchor in a same-sex marriage, unless, of course, he is beaten to the altar by Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, or Jane Velez-Mitchell.
Roberts admitted to D'Addario that while he attempts to maintain objectivity in his reporting, when it comes to equality, he is not objective. "I want it for you, for me, for everybody . . . It's written in our Constitution: life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, and what's wrong with talking about that? Nothing."
In 2010, in response to the youth suicide crisis, Roberts contributed an "It Gets Better" video in which he mentions both the Trevor Project and the Point Foundation.