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More on Intersex – A Professional Opinion July 30, 2009

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I was delight to hear from Dr. Drantz after I posted the article about CAH and intersex. Dr. Drantz shared links to two of her blogs on this topic. I encourage you to read the opinion of a professional researcher in this area.

Thank you Dr. Drantz!

http://drdrantz-sciencesexuality.blogspot.com/2009/07/intersex-people-disordered-or-different.html

http://drdrantz-sciencesexuality.blogspot.com/2009/07/milton-diamond-reviews-half-century-of.html

Intersex. Cause, Treatment, and Ethics July 28, 2009

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Intersex. It’s a physical condition that not many of us understand. Essentially, it is when it is difficult to tell the sex of a child by their genitalia. Is it a girl or is it a boy? When we hear these things, because it is so rare, our minds tend to put these individuals into the “freak” category. Something we should never do to any human.

It is also a controversial topic in the LGBT community. Should it be corrected at birth? How do you know which gender is the right one? Not to mention, the surgical results are often less than satisfying.

What causes a person to be born with ambiguous genitalia? (more…)

Tobacco Companies like LGB people July 26, 2009

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Do you smoke? Did you know that the tobacco industry has marketing plans designed to reach LGB folks? Did you know that it works? LGB people have higher rates of smoking than straight people. I’m old enough to remember when it was discovered that tobacco companies purposely targeted the poor and blacks.

Nicotine actually does help one’s mind focus. That’s part of how it becomes addictive. But smoking is a pretty high price to pay. Just have another coffee instead. Don’t let tobacco companies purposely use you. Did that sound like your mom? Yea, well, I’m a mom. So don’t even bother to register a complaint. (more…)

Defense Mechanisms of Homophobic Adolescent Males July 26, 2009

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Brief report: The defense mechanisms of homophobic adolescent males: A descriptive discriminant analysis.
Dr. Andrew J. Lewis and Dr. Jennifer White
School of Psychology, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia
Journal of Adolescence Volume 32 (2009) pg. 435-441.

We all know that gay teens are exposed to, and are damaged by, bullying. What makes teenagers bully others? In particular, why bully gay teens? Researchers Dr. Andrew Lewis and Jennifer White in the Psychology Department at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, wanted to know if, by using standardized tests designed to measure defence mechanisms, could they identify the most significant predictors of homophobia?

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Dr. Herek, Featured Researcher in LGBT Psychology July 25, 2009

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Want to meet some of the researchers in LGBT Science? I encourage you to visit Dr. Herek’s personal blog  Beyond Homophobia also his work as posted on the University of California-Davis website, Sexual Orientation, Science, Education and Policy. If you are looking for real facts to dispute the lies that are told about LGBT folks, Dr. Herek is a great resource. (more…)

HPV, Anal Cancer and Clinical Trials for a Vaccine July 24, 2009

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You may or may not have heard of human papilloma virus. It is the most common cause of cervical cancer in women and is a very prevalent virus. Almost everyone has the virus and it is easily transmitted through vaginal or anal sex. This is why women get Pap smears every year.

What you may not know is that it can also be a cause of anal cancer.  It is not the only cause. But individuals who have anal sex, straight or gay, can transmit the virus and be at risk for developing anal cancer. For anal cancer, there really isn’t a lab test that is as simple as a Pap smear. (more…)

Dr. Veronica Drantz, Researcher in Human Sexuality July 20, 2009

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This past weekend I spent some time looking for research and researchers in the area of LGBT Science. I came across Dr. Veronica Drantz, a researcher who actually does research on human sexuality. I wrote to her and let her know that I admired her own blog and that I would be very grateful for any words of wisdom. I was so surprised to receive a lovely email from her and even more surprised that she was gracious enough to post a comment on the blog entitled “Should Scientists Research Why People Are Gay?” Dr. Drantz shares her perspective on the value of this research. (more…)

Prejudice – Can it be reduced subconsciously? July 19, 2009

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“Before you judge a person, walk a mile in their shoes”. How many times have we heard this saying? More importantly, how many times do we try on someone else’s shoes.  Ever taken the time to imagine having someone else’s life? (more…)

Are You a Right Wing Authoritarian? July 18, 2009

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Is your personality that of a right wing authoritarian? While doing research for this blog, I’ve come upon many psychology studies, not just genetic or neurobiology studies. After all, there are some big issues in the LGBT community. Discrimination, homophobia, bullying, hate crimes. Why do people feel this way? What is it based on? Expect to see more blogs on this topic as, quite frankly, I’ve got a stack of scientific papers to read.

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Do gays get better grades? July 15, 2009

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What is college like if you are gay? Data from earlier studies (Decennial Census in the year 2000) shows that among 25 to 50 year olds,  LGB individuals are 5 to 6% more likely to attend college than their straight counterparts.

Do gay students do better in school? What do they do with their time? (more…)