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.
As the debate on marriage equality heats up across the world, a number of new videos have been released. Video activism is by no means new, but in the age of YouTube gay videographers have seized upon the medium as a means of reaching a large audience with a simple and heartfelt message about the joy of commitment, one that is made poignant and urgent through drama, image, and music.
Perhaps the gold standard of marriage equality videos is the Australian release entitled "It's Time." Telling a straightforward but richly detailed story about the universality of emotions, the video, produced by GetUp, an independent, grass-roots community advocacy organization that has adopted marriage equality as a cause, immediately went viral upon its release in November 2011.
A recent video produced for the Italian gay rights groups Arcigay, Agedo, and Bologna Pride also tells a simple story that equates homosexual and heterosexual love.
Eliot London's film "The Wedding Dance" tells the same simple story, but from a slightly different perspective.
The socially conscious band Bye June (Gil Kline, Gunner Sledgeski, and Daniel McGreal) recently collaborated with shadowgrapher Sati Achath to create a video based on their song "Shades of Purple" from their recent cd My Life Is an Independent Film. The band has dedicated the video to the cause of marriage equality, particularly in Maryland, where a bill legalizing same-sex marriage is currently before the state legislature.
Bye June has established a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/swanpride. The page is open to comments from 'swans' who have joined the movement; it contains many touching stories shared by young people.
More lighthearted is this delightful video posted by a Connecticut couple who made the video to be played before their wedding reception in late 2011. Although studiedly avoiding the political, the video beautifully captures the mundanity of gay domestic life, as well as the pleasing personalities of the two men.
Finally, the National Black Justice Coalition, a civil rights organization dedicated to fighting homophobia and racism and to empowering black glbtq people, has released excerpts from a documentary, Black Love: The Quest for Marriage Equality. Although more overtly political than the other videos, the film, by following four gay and lesbian couples on their quest to marry, demonstrates in very personal ways how a commitment to love impacts people's lives regardless of sexual orientation.