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2010 Study on Homeless Youth in Wisconsin January 17, 2011

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Homeless LGBT Youth in Milwaukee, WI

A study for the year 2010 by the Cream City Foundation.

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Scientific Heterosexism July 3, 2010

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scientific heterosexism

An analysis of heterosexist bias in the fields of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons.

In other words, do you recognize names like Paul Cameron and Focus on the Family?

Oppression by Scientific Method:

The Use of Science to “Other” Sexual Minorities

James M. Mohr


Lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) civil rights have become a major
focus of the legislative agenda of a variety of organizations in support of
and in opposition to those rights. This growing interest in LGB civil rights
can be seen through the increasing news reports and political discussions
concerning marriage equality, the addition of sexual orientation as a protected class
to hate crime laws and workplace nondiscrimination legislation,
the elimination of the military’s “don’t ask don’t tell” policy, and the right of LGB people to adopt children.
As these issues move to the forefront, different groups attempt to use scientific reports,
studies, and perspectives as one way to promote their viewpoints.


Studying Complex Families in Context April 4, 2010

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From ABBIE E. GOLDBERG Clark University

‘‘How Does the Gender of Parents Matter?’’ is an intriguing follow-up to Stacey and Biblarz’s meta-analysis of the research on lesbian and gay parenting, in which they asked the question ‘‘(How) does the sexual orientation of parents matter?’’ The authors concisely and thoughtfully summarize much of the research on lesbian and gay parenting and single parenting and raise some interesting questions about how, specifically, the gender of parents matters.

Their review stimulated me to consider several key, interrelated issues.

First, it prompted me to reflect upon the ways that we have chosen to think about and study gender. Specifically, Iwould like us to consider a lens that seeks to probe the intersections of gender with other relevant social categories and contexts, as opposed to a framework that aims to identifyhow gender operates ‘‘independent’’ of these.

Second, this review compelled me to consider some of the ways in which our definitions of family have caused us to overlook important elements of diversity within lesbian-parent and gay-parent families.

Third, I was prompted to consider how the data that we rely upon assources of knowledge—that is, quantitative and qualitative—necessarily shapes the conclusions we draw regarding the nature, meaning, and implications of gender and family. In my commentary, I discuss these three issues as they relate to the authors’ review.

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Studying Complex Families in Context

Religion’s Effect on Attitudes Toward LGBT April 3, 2010

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Sacred Rites and Civil Rights: Religion’s Effect on Attitudes Toward Same-Sex
Unions and the Perceived Cause of Homosexuality
As you might expect, those who believe that being gay is a choice are more likely to have  negative attitude.
Link to the entire publication religion and homosexuality

Women Partners of Transgender Men Doing Housework and Emotion Work April 3, 2010

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‘Women’s Work’’? Women Partners of Transgender Men Doing Housework and Emotion Work
CARLA A. PFEFFER Purdue University North Central

Journal of Marriage and Family, February 2010

Despite increasing family studies research on same-sex cohabiters and families, the literature is virtually devoid of transgender and transsexual families. To bridge this gap, I present qualitative research narratives on household labor and emotion work from 50 women partners of transgender and transsexual men. Contrary to much literature on ‘‘same-sex’’ couples,the division of household labor and emotion work within these contemporary families cannot simply be described as egalitarian. Further, although the forms of emotion work and ‘‘gender strategies,’’ ‘‘family myths,’’ and ‘‘accounts’’with which women partners of trans men engage resonate with those from women in (non-trans)heterosexual and lesbian couples, they are also distinct, highlighting tensions among personal agency, politics, and structural inequalities in family life.
Purdue University North Central, Department of SocialSciences, Schwarz Hall 30G, 1401 S US Hwy. 421,Westville, IN 46391 (cpfeffer@pnc.edu).

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Women Partners of Transgender Men

Sexual minority youth bullied more than heterosexual youth February 5, 2010

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Biology of Sexual Identity and Orientation – Part 2 December 22, 2009

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Summarized from Sexual Hormones and the Brain: An Essential Alliance for Sexual Identity and Sexual Orientation

For many individuals, their anatomy, gender identity and sexual orientation fit the mold of heterosexual and cisgender. What does this mean? If a person has male genitals, they usually identify as male and like girls. For a long time, we have considered this normal and have used negative, hurtful words to describe humans who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. We’ve seen it as an illness, a choice, a sin, or just plain freaks.

Most of us don’t realize that our sense of sexuality extends beyond our genitals. (more…)

Study shows no difference in adopted children raised by gay parents – insciences December 20, 2009

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Study shows no difference in adopted children raised by gay parents – insciences.

ARLINGTON – Three college educators have determined there is no significant difference in emotional problems experienced by children adopted by heterosexual and gay or lesbian parents.

The study, published in this month’s Adoption Quarterly, was authored by Scott Ryan, the new dean of The University of Texas School of Social Work, and Paige Averett and Blace Nalavany, assistant professors of social work at East Carolina University. (more…)

A Brilliant, Logical Transgender Physician December 12, 2009

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Genetic influences on female infidelity December 6, 2009

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Not LGBT. But fascinating none the less. We haven’t found the gene for infidelity. But it appears to be lurking inside us.

Twin Res. 2004 Dec;7(6):649-58.

Genetic influences on female infidelity and number of sexual partners in humans: a linkage and association study of the role of the vasopressin receptor gene (AVPR1A).

Cherkas LFOelsner ECMak YTValdes ASpector TD.

Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology Unit, St Thomas’ Hospital, London, United Kingdom.

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In humans, in contrast to animals, the genetic influences on infidelity are unclear. We report here a large study of over 1600 unselected United Kingdom female twin pairs who confidentially reported previous episodes of infidelity and total lifetime number of sexual partners, as well as attitudes towards infidelity. Our findings demonstrate that infidelity and number of sexual partners are both under moderate genetic influence (41% and 38% heritable, respectively) and the genetic correlation between these two traits is strong (47%).

Conversely, attitudes towards infidelity are driven by shared and unique environmental, but not genetic, influences.

A genome-wide linkage scan identified three suggestive but nonsignificant linkage areas associated with infidelity and number of sexual partners on chromosomes 3, 7 and 20 with a maximum LOD score of 2.46. We were unsuccessful in associating infidelity or number of sexual partners with a locus implicated in other mammals’ sexual behavior, the vasopressin receptor gene.

Nonetheless, our findings on the heritability of sexual infidelity and number of sexual partners provide support for certain evolutionary theories of human sexual behavior, as well as justifying further genetic and molecular research in this domain.