Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Why you should think twice before you talk about 'the LGBT community'

What does the phrase “LGBT community” mean to you? Chances are if you don’t identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans yourself, you might think about what you’ve seen on TV – so Queer as Folk, Orange is the New Black, or The L Word , to name a few TV hits. It might also bring to mind images of brightly coloured rainbow flags or Pride parades.

But just stop for a minute and think about how often you’ve heard someone talk about “the heterosexual community”? Rarely I imagine – but the term “LGBT community”, or sometimes “gay community”, is frequently used by pretty much everyone...

Read on: Why you should think twice before you talk about 'the LGBT community'

Sunday, 6 August 2017

WATCH: What does science actually say about whether there's a gay gene? - ScienceAlert

It's thought that between 2 and 6 percent of people identify as same sex attracted – but the jury is still firmly out on the science on why and how it occurs.

Is being gay genetic, and if so, is there a gay gene?

WATCH: What does science actually say about whether there's a gay gene? - ScienceAlert

Friday, 4 August 2017

Guys don’t tape your penis shut instead of using a condom | Dr. Jen Gunter

I admit the penis is not my professional wheelhouse but after someone sent me the horror that is Jiftip the Diktip I could not resist. After all Alex Jones has proven that men are equally vulnerable to snake oil and I do not want any guys trying this or any female partners getting pregnant because of it (it seems aimed at that demographic).

The product, Jiftip, is an adhesive plaster for the penis. Like a penis Post-It Note (sorry 3M).

I believe this image says it all.

First of all there are no studies. Yes, I looked. As far as medical products go “beta-testing” appears to be snake oil Parseltongue for send-us-your-cash-we-have-done-absofuckinlutely-no work-on-this-what-so-ever-but-it-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-3 a.m. Ethical researchers do not release “beta” products they complete Phase 1 studies and then recruit for Phase 2 studies.

Read the full post: Guys don’t tape your penis shut instead of using a condom | Dr. Jen Gunter

While not explicitly stated, this dangerous-sounding gadget is almost certainly completely useless against STIs as well.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

UK Govt: National LGBT survey


This survey is for people who are:
  • lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex, or have a minority sexual orientation or gender identity
  • 16 years old or over
  • living in the UK
The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete.

Complete the questionnaire here: National LGBT survey

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Between the (Gender) Lines: the Science of Transgender Identity - Science in the News

First, some (controversial) definitions. It would be remiss to claim to be able to define or categorize all variations in human sexuality and gender (hence the continually lengthening acronyms used, sometimes tongue in cheek, by the community); one of the larger acronyms, LGBTQQIAAP, still humbly accepts that it is not all-inclusive. These lists, while not exhaustive, are exhausting. The labels are useful in some respects, much like any other label denoting origin or role – they help us navigate social situations and can often be signs of respect. It is a natural human inclination to categorize, but broad assumptions can also lead to stereotyping. To limit the scope of this article, we will focus on transgender identity...

Read more: Between the (Gender) Lines: the Science of Transgender Identity - Science in the News

Meet The Doctor Social Conservatives Depend On To Justify Anti-Transgender Hate

Conservatives champion McHugh as an expert on transgender identities, but his antiquated rhetoric and biased rejection of what transgender people experience set him drastically apart from the consensus of psychiatrists and the standards of care that best support transgender people’s health...

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Meet The Doctor Social Conservatives Depend On To Justify Anti-Transgender Hate at ThinkProgress