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 May 21, 2013, the United Kingdom's House of Commons passed the marriage equality bill on its third reading by a vote of 366 to 161. The bill now moves to the House of Lords.
The bill is expected to face more opposition in the House of Lords, but the overwhelming margin of victory in the Commons makes it unlikely that the Lords will be able to prevent the bill from becoming law. Prime Minister Cameron's government has said that if necessary it would invoke the Parliament Act to override opposition from the House of Lords.
In its "second reading" on February 5, 2013, the House of Commons voted 400 to 175 in favor of the coalition government's plan to permit same-sex marriage. The bill enables same-sex couples to be married in both civil and religious ceremonies, where a religious institution has formally consented, in England and Wales. It also allows couples who have previously entered into civil partnerships to convert their relationship into a marriage.
The bill, which was formally introduced on January 24, 2013, is the result of a long period of consultation. The consultation received a record 228,000 responses, a healthy majority of which were in favor of marriage equality.
Following its approval on February 5, the bill was subjected to the scrutiny of an MP's committee before making its way back to the Commons for a third reading, where it survived a number of poison-pill amendments designed to halt it before its approval on May 21.
Despite pressure from Tory back-benchers, Prime Minister David Cameron is committed to enacting the legislation.
Polls in Britain indicate healthy support for same-sex marriage despite the fierce and sometimes extreme opposition from the hierarchies of the Church of England, the Roman Catholic Church, and from some Evangelical Christian and Muslim organizations.
In the video below, from 2011, Prime Minister Cameron declares that he supports gay because he is a Conservative.