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August 11, 2014

Flings with ‘curious’ guys on their way to being straight, bi or gay have taught Topher Gen some important lessons

When someone mentions their sexuality do you automatically put them into specific categories: ‘gay,’ ‘lesbian’, ’bi’ or ‘straight’? Or do you, like me, blur the lines and believe that a person’s sexuality defies categories?

Do you think these groups we place people in will one day cease to exist and sexuality will be fluid, unlimited and not boxed into one teeny-weeny category?

July 16, 2014

The US Census Bureau published its first ever data on the sexual orientations of the American people this year and found 3.4% answered with something other than heterosexual

The US Census Bureau has this month published data on the sexual orientations of the American people for the first time in its 57 year history.

The bureau found 1.6% of adults aged 18 or over were prepared to say that they were gay.

Another 0.7% identified as bisexual, while another 1.1% refused to answer the question, identified as something other than bisexual, gay or heterosexual, or were unsure.

The total percentage of respondees that were prepared to say they were something other than heterosexual was 3.4%.

May 30, 2014

A senior fellow with the anti-gay Family Research Council has tried to connect gay marriage to the Isla Vista shooting by heterosexual student and virgin Elliot Rodgers

Family Research Council senior fellow Ken Blackwell made the extraordinary claim on Tuesday that last Friday’s Isla Vista shootings by self confessed heterosexual virgin Elliot Rodgers are linked to gay couples being able to marry.

In YouTube videos and a 140 page manifesto Rodgers stated the reason he had gone on a shooting rampage that killed three and stabbed another three people in his apartment was because he was angry at women denying him sex.

However Blackwell has a different theory.

May 28, 2014

Core Issues Trust were criticized by the Royal College of Psychiatrists for 'misinterpreting' their statement about sexual orientation

A Christian group fighting to keep ‘gay cures’ legal in the UK has been left red-faced after they ‘misinterpreted’ a statement made by psychiatrists.

The Core Issues Trust pronounced their victory today after saying Royal College of Psychiatrists had made it clear people are not born gay.

Calling it a ‘major admission’, they criticized the college for continuing to support a ban on conversion therapy.

Mike Davidson, the director of Core Issues Trust, interpreted two lines of a two-page document as proof of the change in view.

May 14, 2014

'I emotionally lean towards male relationships, so I’m happy to say I’m gay, too, if it’s a one-syllable, easy answer'

Bryan Singer dropped out of doing press to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past because he did not want a recent lawsuit filed against him to divert attention from the film.

But by the time the lawsuit - in which a man alleges Singer sexually assaulted him in 1999 when the man was still a teenager - was filed Singer had already done an extensive interview with Out Magazine that was posted today.

May 2, 2014

In the latest research to suggest sexuality is hardwired in the brain, Chinese researchers have shown that gay men and women react to the pheromones that other men release when aroused

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have released the latest research suggesting that sexuality is hardwired in the human brain by showing that gay men and women react to male sex pheromones while heterosexual men ignore them.

The scientists set up an experiment in which they exposed men and women to the pheromones androstadienone (found in male sweat and semen) and estratetraenol (found in female urine).

April 29, 2014

According to the Latter Day Saints, you are either 'struggling with your same-sex attraction' or 'not struggling'

Being gay is not an option for young Mormons in a new survey on sexual orientation and marriage.

This past week, the Latter Day Saints Church has been surveying Mormon ‘millennials’ on their views.

But even though it is about sexuality, the survey does not give young believers a chance to identify as gay, homosexual, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

The survey was sent to students by email at Brigham Young University, in Utah, and to members who attend a Young Single Adult Mormon congregation.

February 5, 2014

Singapore’s leading public health organization has declared that LGBTI people are normal and not mentally ill in publishing an online Q&A on LGBTI issues – though homosexuality is still technically banned in the South East Asian nation

Singapore’s Health Promotion Board has said that gay people are normal and not suffering from mental illness in a new online resource aimed at better educating Singaporeans around LGBTI issues.

December 3, 2013

A Weber State University study shows bisexual women attending university are five times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts

Bisexual female university students in the US are more likely to deal with depression and suicide than their straight peers, according to a recent study by a Weber State University assistant professor.

The study by Laura Santurri found lesbians are four times more likely than straight girls to attempt suicide.

October 24, 2013

An Ohio State University and Boston University study has found significantly larger numbers of people are prepared to admit some same-sex attraction if nobody can trace their answers back to them

A new study suggests a much larger segment of the population has some level of same-sex sexual attraction and is only prepared to admit it if no one can find out who they are.

Researchers at Ohio State University and Boston University conducted an experiment with 2,516 Americans where they were randomly separated into two groups.

One group were given a private and anonymous computer survey, whereas the other group was given a survey that further concealed their responses using a so-called ‘veiled’ method.

October 2, 2013

The ‘Sexonality Test’ app encourages people to move beyond narrow categories like ‘gay’ and ‘straight’ but Apple has refused it for their platforms

Apple has rejected an app designed to give a ‘fun read-out on individual sexuality’ and refused to say why.

The app, otherwise known as the Sexonality Test, is described as a ‘playful, private and interactive way of exploring sexual desire and sexual orientation’.

Users are presented with a short menu of questions, and then, based on answers given, they receive a score somewhere between zero (100% heterosexual) and 100 (wholly gay).

September 20, 2013

Russian President Vladimir Putin has told a group of journalists that people would have ignored disgraced Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s sex with an underage prostitute if he was gay

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the extraordinary claim that former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is being persecuted because of his heterosexuality over claims he had sex with an underage prostitute.

‘Berlusconi is being tried because he lives with women,’ Putin said Thursday in Valdai, Russia.

‘If he were homosexual, no one would lift a finger against him.’

During the same speech Putin accused pro-LGBT rights countries of abandoning the ‘Christian values that form the basis of Western civilization.’

March 12, 2013

What you 'like' on Facebook can reveal more about you than you might like, including your race, religion, and sexuality

Your sexuality can be revealed by what you choose to ‘like’ on Facebook, a new study suggests.

Researchers at Cambridge University have used algorithms to predict religion, politics, race and sexual orientation.

Using the algorithms, published in the journal PNAS, proved 88% accurate for determining if a man was gay or not.

It was also 95% accurate in distinguishing African-American from Caucasian-American and 85% for differentiating Republican from Democrat.

March 6, 2013

Mall officials maintain couple was involved in 'sexually explicit conduct' when reprimanded by a security guard

A California shopping mall where a gay couple says they were singled out for kissing and holding hands will be the site of a 'Kiss In' protest on Saturday (9 March).

There has been growing public support for Daniel Chesmore and Jose Guzman who were shopping at Westfield Galleria in Roseville last week when they were reprimanded by a security guard.

Organizers say the 'gay peace protest' will take place at 11 am PST.

February 8, 2013

A study carried out by The University of East Anglia in England has found BBC wildlife shows hosted by Sir David Attenborough do not present enough 'alternative views of animal behavior'

Sir David Attenborough's wildlife documentaries do not show enough gay animals, a study has shown.

Research carried out at the University of East Anglia in England found BBC wildlife documentaries hosted by the famous nature documentary-maker portray animals as heterosexual families too often, even though animals can also be gay.

Dr Brett Mills who carried out the study said: 'The central role in documentary stories of pairing, mating and raising offspring commonly rests on assumptions of heterosexuality within the animal kingdom.'

February 5, 2013

Roger Scruton and Philip Blond posted an anti-same-sex marriage message asof UK parliament debates gay marriage

Two English political commentators have claimed same-sex marriage is homophobic.

The philosopher and lecturer Roger Scruton, writing with fellow political commentator Philip Blond, made the claim on The Spectator's website, a UK political magazine known for its right-wing political leanings.

The article spoke of their 'profound reservations' about same-sex marriage because it would mean gay people conforming to 'heterosexual norms'.

January 30, 2013

A Tennessee bill that would ban teachers from discussing sexuality has been resurrected and now would require outing students

A bill nicknamed ‘Don't Say Gay’ that aims to prohibit teachers from discussing any sexuality except heterosexuality until students have completed grade eight has been resurrected in Tennessee.

The bill proposed by Republican State Senator Stacey Campfield, entitled officially ‘Classroom Protection Act’, prohibits elementary and middle school teachers from discussing sexual activity that is not related to ‘natural human reproduction’. It even bans the acknowledgment that homosexuality exists.

January 26, 2013

A new US study finds that bisexual women have a higher prevalence rate of rape and sexual violence when compared to lesbian and straight women

Bisexual women in the US experience more violence than their gay and straight counterparts, a new study finds.

The Center for Disease and Control (CDC) released findings this week from a study that gauges the prevalence of sexual violence among LGBT men and women in the US.

The data, gathered in 2010 through first-person interviews consiting of questions that separate cases of physical violence, rape and stalking, reveals that:

October 2, 2012

Jamaica’s minister of education says schools should promote heterosexual relationships, but not gay

Jamaica minister of education Ronald Thwaites said that the 'homosexual lifestyle' would not be promoted in the education system.

The decision follows an announcement by the minister last month to withdraw and to revise the Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) curriculum for public schools as the teaching manual mentioned homosexuality.

September 19, 2012

Jamaica’s Ministry of Education has withdrawn suggestions that students should answer questions on sexuality and imagine being gay

Jamaica’s Ministry of Education has withdrawn its health and family life curriculum from high schools after references to homosexuality upset some parents.

The controversy surrounded the ‘Sexuality and Sexual Health: Personal Risk and Assessment Checklist’ segment of the third edition of the curriculum geared at grades seven to nine.

August 1, 2012

Leading scientist Dr Qazi Rahman introduces us to his new research which sheds light on the fascinating question of what makes us gay

Small, dark and fiercely intelligent, Dr Qazi Rahman speaks quickly and excitedly about his specialist subject - what makes us gay?

We met over a glass of white wine - it was a warm evening in London and we sat outside Farringdon wine-bar Vinoteca, entertaining the nearby tables as I asked naive questions about biology and sexuality.

Rahman is the assistant professor in cognitive biology at London’s Queen Mary University and I start by asking what that means.

December 15, 2011

Why Michael Fassbender's predominantly heterosexual character in Shame ends up in a gay bath house

Michael Fassbender was nominated for a Golden Globe Award on Thursday and finds himself competing in a most handsome leading man field that also includes George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Fassbender's nod came for his performance as a sex addict living in New York City in the film Shame.

His character of Brandon is addicted to sex and has no emotional connection to any of the women he picks up or the female prostitutes he pays for. In one scene, he even has sex with a man he meets when he goes to a gay bathhouse.