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The Queering of Medicine August 30, 2009

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This article is one man’s story. A gay physician. I can’t print the
entire article due to copyright restrictions. However, it is short
and poignant. Click on (more…)
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Dissecting Gaydar August 30, 2009

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I’ve often wondered. Is “gaydar” real? Is it based on stereotypes? I admit. My gaydar is broken. If I even have one. Quite honestly, I’m more worried about my inability to follow directions…..

Arch Sex Behav. 2008 Sep 23.

Dissecting “Gaydar”: Accuracy and the Role of Masculinity-Femininity. (more…)

Butch or Femme? (Lesbians only) August 30, 2009

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*Note, grammatical error fixed. Just a little geeky OCD on my part.

This is the abstract for a publication. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to the entire article. Here’s where I need education from readers. I have several lesbian friends. I know some casually, some quite well. My best friend is a lesbian.

None has ever described herself to me as butch or femme. I just figured it was stereotyping going …that shouldn’t be going on. An I clueless? Or are the terms insulting? Clearly I was absent this day in LGBT 101.

Arch Sex Behav. 2009 Feb;38(1):34-49. Epub 2007 Sep 26.

The coming-out process of young lesbian and bisexual women: are there butch/femme differences in sexual identity development? (more…)

Married LGBT folks. Are they healthier? August 30, 2009

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Living together or being married? Which one is psychologically healthier? Is it different for straight people than for gays and lesbians?

Guess.

Does the “Marriage Benefit” Extend to Partners in Gay and Lesbian Relationships?

Evidence From a Random Sample of Sexually Active Adults (more…)

Coming out. Is it good for you? August 30, 2009

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It’s not news that if a straight person knows someone who is gay, they are much more likely to support LGBT folks. That’s what happens when we become human to one another.

But what about the LGBT individual and coming out? Do they feel better after coming out? Or do they feel better if they hide their sexual orientation? Let’s find out. (more…)

1959 Revolutionary thinking about homosexuality August 29, 2009

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The purpose of this blog is to publish the latest research on LGBT issues. However, today we go back 50 years in time. I came across an article submitted by a physician in 1959 to Lancet, a still prestigious British Medical Journal. That’s right. 1959. I found the article to be remarkably profound, prophetic and well reasoned.  Now, he does come to the conclusion that he does not believe that heredity nor genetics is involved. I remind you, in 1959, very little was known about genetics or heredity. One’s conclusions can only come from the information available. So let’s forgive him on this point, ok?

The author is anonymous, as one might expect in that era. And yet, he sees even beyond where we are now, 50 years later. While I believe the whole article is worthy of reading (grab a cup of tea), I’ve highlighted my favorite sections. But who knows, there may be other sections that speak to you.

One thing is certain. Speaking up has made a difference. LGBT or Straight, we are all capable of, and responsible for, speaking up for equality and an end to discrimination, misconceptions and lies.

The Lancet

Publication date  December 12, 1959

Conferences and Special Articles

MALE HOMOSEXUALITY

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A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER (more…)

Eggs with two moms still need a sperm August 29, 2009

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Monkey DNA Study May Eliminate Some Inherited Disease – ABC News

Lab Produces Monkeys with 2 Mothers

Same facts. Two headlines that sound completely different. These two news stories cover the same exact research, yet it is presented in two different ways. Quite frankly, ABC News got it right. The Washington Post decided to make the story sensationalist. Ahh, the need to draw readers. I don’t usually throw in commentary but today is different. I feel the need to set the record, ahem, straight.

So what are both of these stories really about? It’s so simple that I am afraid you might fall asleep. (more…)

Non-discrimination policies, nurses and homophobia August 27, 2009

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Nondiscrimination policies really do have an effect on people and treatment of LGBT individuals.

So before you go to the doctor or the hospital, check their website for their policies.

It just might help you get better care.

J Transcult Nurs. 2008 Oct;19(4):347-53. Epub 2008 Jul 24.

Registered nurses’ attitudes toward the protection of gays and lesbians in the workplace.

Blackwell CW. (more…)

Doctors August 26, 2009

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Doctors "playing God with children's sex"

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Teens more accepting when they know someone gay August 23, 2009

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Funny. Research keeps turning up the same result, over and over again. Know someone who is gay? Turns out, you know they are ok. This recent publication studied 14 through 18 year olds and their attitudes toward gays and lesbians. You already know the result.

But it’s just the abstract. So read it for fun and send it to a homophobe.

J Youth Adolesc. 2009 Aug;38(7):937-51. Epub 2009 Apr 16.

Intergroup contact and beliefs about homosexuality in adolescence. (more…)