Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Sexual Orientation is Developed in the Womb | evoL =

Despite societal discrimination and religious persecution, homosexuality and bi-sexuality, like heterosexuality, are inborn traits that cannot be changed and are not a choice. Attempted suppression does not work. It always pushes through. Human sexuality is very complex. It is not simply one moment or one single dividing cell, that affects one’s sexuality but a series of changes and combinations of androgens released prenatally at specific times (or not) which establish a person’s sexual orientation...

Read on: Sexual Orientation is Developed in the Womb | evoL =

This 2012 post has some interesting information on the biological determination of sexuality, the definition of gender and intersex conditions. Links are provided for further reading. Above all, it nails very thoroughly the oft-repeated myth that we are all either male or female, and our sex/gender is determined purely by our genitalia.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Defriended Over a Wedding, a Straight Man Gains Perspective | evoL =

My younger brother is gay. Gay as laughter. Gay as the day is long. One of the finest moments in my life, and one of the greatest compliments anyone has ever paid me, was the day he felt safe to come out to me. He’s in his mid-30s now, but he’ll always be my little brother. And man, I love that kid. He’s brilliant, he’s funny, and he’s kind. And he just married a phenomenal man.

I was always predisposed to like his husband because, y’know, he’s my brother’s partner and therefore has automatic status in my heart. The wonderful bonus is that I really like him. He’s brilliant, he’s funny, and he’s kind. He’s a cool dude to hang out with. He also stood by my brother like a rock when my brother had a life-threatening cancer that cost him his left eye.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

New Website Highlights Businesses That Don’t Want To Serve Gay People

When the Family Research Council says it wants everyone to be "free to believe," it means "free to discriminate."

The Family Research Council (FRC), an anti-LGBT hate group, has launched a new site called “Free To Believe,” a new effort to emphasize “religious freedom” as a means of denying LGBT equality. The site is a catalog of the stories of 20 individuals, all of whom either run businesses that are committed to refusing service to same-sex couples or have otherwise experienced public backlash for opposing LGBT equality."

Leaflets linking homosexuality to Hitler and the Moors Murderers handed out in Dublin

Homophobic leaflets likening homosexuals to paedophiles and gang rapists have been handed out in Dublin.

The leaflet, shared on Facebook by prominent Dublin drag queen Panti Bliss, makes a number of outrageous and bizarre statements, going so far as to liken homosexuals and bisexuals to Adolf Hitler and the Moors Murderers Ian Brady and Myra Hindley.

It claims: “The Moors Murderers – bisexuals, a man and woman, killed many children, boys and girls. E.g. Leslie Ann Downey, 10, whom they tortured to death while tape-recording her pleas for mercy and taking pornographic photos of her.

“Politicians, liking homosexuality, paid no attention. It is said that homosexual centres sell, or direct people to, sexual torture aids.”

Florida trans ‘bathroom ban’ fails to pass

Republican Frank Artiles proposed the bill
in retaliation to a trans anti-discrimination law.
Plans to ban trans people from using toilets and changing rooms have been abandoned in Florida.

Miami Republican Frank Artiles’ proposed “Single-Sex Public Facilities” bill has failed to progress past the committee stage of the legislation process and has been abandoned.

The bill would have made it a crime for trans people to use single-sex facilities in workplaces, schools or any business that is open to the public.

It stated: “Single-sex public facilities are places of increased vulnerability and present the potential for crimes against individuals using those facilities, including, but not limited to, assault, battery, molestation, rape, voyeurism, and exhibitionism."

Court hears how transgender woman killed herself after being taunted in street

Scrabble champion Mikki Nicholson told 
psychiatric nurse she felt 'stigmatised'
A transgender woman who was a national Scrabble champion took her own life after receiving abuse for being different, an inquest has heard.

Mikki Nicholson, 36, told a psychiatric nurse that she “felt stigmatised” for being transgender and was being taunted in the street. She wanted to leave Carlisle where she was living because she hoped she would be less abused elsewhere, but had recently discovered that she would risk homelessness by moving.

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