Sunday, 29 May 2016

Study: Homosexual Behavior in Female Mountain Gorillas (in the wild)

Humans are unique among primates for not only engaging in same-sex sexual acts, but also forming homosexual pair bonds. To shed light on the evolutionary origins of homosexuality, data on the occurrence and contexts of same-sex behavior from nonhuman primates may be of particular significance. Homosexual behavior involving females is poorly researched in most primate taxa, exceptions being Japanese macaques, rhesus macaques, Hanuman langurs and bonobos. We present data on homosexual behavior in female mountain gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes (Rwanda) and test four functional hypotheses, namely reconciliation, affiliation, dominance expression and sexual arousal. Homosexual interactions between females involved both ventro-dorsal and ventro-ventral copulations accompanied by vocalizations and courtship displays.

Read the full article Homosexual Behavior in Female Mountain Gorillas: Reflection of Dominance, Affiliation, Reconciliation or Arousal?

Friday, 6 November 2015

No Hate Speech Movement official Campaign video

NO HATE logo
"Hate speech, as defined by the Council of Europe, covers all forms of expression which spread, incite, promote or justify racial hatred, xenophobia, anti-Semitism or other forms of hatred based on intolerance, including: intolerance expressed by aggressive nationalism and ethnocentrism, discrimination and hostility against minorities, migrants and people of immigrant origin."

(Don't read the comments to this on YouTube: they are of course mostly ignorant hate from the very bullies the movement seeks to reeducate).

Objectives of the No Hate campaign

• To raise awareness about hate speech online and its risks for democracy and for individual young people, and promoting media and Internet literacy;
• To support young people in standing up for human rights, online and offline;
• To reduce the levels of acceptance of online hate speech;
• To mobilise, train and network online youth activists for human rights;
• To map hate speech online and develop tools for constructive responses;
• To support and show solidarity to people and groups targeted by hate speech online;
• To advocate for the development and consensus on European policy instruments combating hate speech;
• To develop youth participation and citizenship online;

The official site of the No Hate Speech Movement is here.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Charity head claims gay people ‘take children’ and praises Russia’s anti-gay laws � PinkNews

The President of Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse has praised Vladimir Putin’s support anti-gay laws, and claimed that homosexuals “take people’s children”. 

Franklin Graham, the son of Christian evangelist Billy Graham, made the claim in an interview in Russia, according to Right Wing Watch.

Graham is the President of international charity Samaritan’s Purse. He is listed as a trustee of Samaritan’s Purse UK, which runs the annual Christmas Shoebox Appeal...

 Read on: Charity head claims gay people ‘take children’ and praises Russia’s anti-gay laws - PinkNews

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Sex and consent - it's not hard to grasp

An excellent video produced by Thames Valley Police for their campaign #ConsentIsEverything. It is even suitable for showing in schools.

Saturday, 26 September 2015

Guest post: Gametes don’t prescribe your gender either

I see a variation of the usual cis-centric perspective of “We just need to get down to brass tacks and accept the reality of male and female!” being trotted out in the comments. This time, it’s all about which gametes a person’s body produces.

If only it were that simple...

Sunday, 20 September 2015

I’m Sarah Nyberg, and I Was a Teenage Edgelord. — Medium

A story of Internet bullying. It could also be entitled: "Being a dick is a choice".
If you’ve interacted with or publicly shown your support for me on twitter within the past few weeks, you’ve likely been accosted by an army of frothing reactionaries insisting that I’m a terrible person; often this is accompanied by “proof” in the form of screenshots, conspiratorial Youtube rants, or links to Breitbart.
Read the full post here: I’m Sarah Nyberg, and I Was a Teenage Edgelord. — Medium