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Born and Made to Live this Way: Part 3, Dad It’s All Your Fault

An understandably confusing aspect of LGBTQIA genetics is how LGBTQIA genes are passed from generation to generation if LGBTQIA people are less likely to have biological children. This confusion may lead an individual to dismiss born this way sentiments or feel affirmed in their understanding that people choose to be …

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Born and Made to Live this Way, Part Two: The Insanity Plea

The target audience of this website is most likely familiar with the history of pathologizing LGBTQIA people as mentally ill. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, more colloquially referred to as the DSM, listed homosexuality until the 1970’s. Only in the past few years has the DSM’s focus …

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Born and Made to Live this Way, Part One: “Baby We Were Born this Way”

“Born this Way,” is printed in bold gold glitter on a rainbow flag hanging in my historically gay neighborhood. Over Lady Gaga playing in my brain, I recall a troublesome aspect of the coming out literature and lived experience. The person coming out explains that they would never choose to …

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Skepticism Against Cynicism

‘Skepticism’ is a loaded term these days, associated as it is with the typical Dawkins-type “skeptical atheist”. We all know the type: the cynic who hides behind authoritative-sounding terms like “science” and “skepticism” to justify bigotry. The conflation of skepticism with cynicism has always bothered me; the two are in …

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Queering Ecology and Greening the Rainbow

I recently attended a panel discussion on why inclusive workplaces are an essential part of environmental sustainability and how to make workplaces inclusive. The material presented was interesting in its own right, but what it really got me thinking about was how infrequently these two movements (queer rights and environmentalism) …

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Science Twitter is Unhappy

Something struck a nerve with scientists on twitter a couple days ago. Now sardonic gallows humor, rage and genuine confusion fill my twitter feed. @DrStelling @chemstructbio This feels to me like loading the first-class folks in lifeboats and telling the steerage folks there is no room. — Jeremy Berg (@jeremymberg) …

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How Atheists Can Be Better Trans Allies

TW: TRANSPHOBIA We Humanists have a saying: “We’re good without God.” While that is certainly true, people can be assholes without God as well. Living in a problematic society such as ours–with systematic racism, sexism, ableism, and queerphobia embedded into our culture and politics–everyone has unconscious biases. Even so-called allies can …

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Still Waiting After All These Years: FDA and Gay Blood Donation

Update (December 30, 2014): The FDA recently announced that it would relax the lifetime ban on blood donation for men who have sex with men. Instead of banning all men who have had sex with men after 1976 for life the new rule permits gay men who have been celibate …

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