GayHealth / MedicineScience

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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Health / MedicineIntersexQueerScience

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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PhilosophyPseudoscienceScienceSkepticism

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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Quickies

Quickies: Xena Gay in Reboot, Anti-LGBT State Laws, First Day of Spring

Xena Comes Out in New Reboot – Screenwriter and executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach revealed on Tumblr that the new reboot set to launch later this year will explore the romantic relationship between Xena and long time companion Gabrielle. “White House Appoints First Transgender Person As Primary LGBT Liaison” – “President Barack …

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Quickies

Quickies: Vote Tomorrow, Clinton AIDS Debacle, Gatekeepers vs. Informed Consent

Hilary Clinton’s AIDS Debacle – Started at Nancy Reagan’s funeral where she credited the Reagans [Warning: autoplay] for their bravery in starting the national conversation about HIV/AIDS. This outraged much of the LGBT community since it’s well known that the Reagan White House didn’t give a crap about the “gay plague.” …

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Quickies: Sex Binary Myth, The Trans Kids are Alright, Sam Smith’s Oscar

Putting to Bed the Notion of the Sex Binary – “Although attitudes towards people who identify as transgender or intersex, or simply ‘non-binary’, have not always been sympathetic, there has never been scientific (or philosophical, or sociological) consensus that there are simply two human sexes, that they are easily (and objectively) …

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Quickies: No ‘Gay Gene’, Anti-LGBT Violence Protests, National Coming Out Day

“No, Scientists Have Not Found the ‘Gay Gene’” – “What we have is an underpowered fishing expedition that used inappropriate statistics and that snagged results which may be false positives. ” The researchers used a tiny sample sized and tested a huge variable set. Using those methods, they were bound …

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