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This Week in Sex: Bisexual Men Have Unique Needs, Casual Sex Is Good for Some, Later Childbirth Linked to Longer Life

This Week in Sex: Bisexual Men Have Unique Needs, Casual Sex Is Good for Some, Later Childbirth Linked to Longer Life | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
This week, new studies accuse the public health community of ignoring the unique needs of bisexual men, find that casual sex is good for some people's self-esteem, and show that women who get pregnant naturally at older ages may live longer.


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Why I Asked Alicia Menendez About Her Vagina & Other Invasive Questions

Why I Asked Alicia Menendez About Her Vagina & Other Invasive Questions | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Janet Mock flips the script on the Fusion host asking about her body, vagina and identity to demonstrate how transgender people are treated by journalists.

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Anti-Trans Slurs and Drag: Who Exactly Is Transgender, and Does It Matter?

Anti-Trans Slurs and Drag: Who Exactly Is Transgender, and Does It Matter? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Within the LGBT community's activist sphere, marriage is also becoming increasingly boring, with few debates or arguments arising on the topic. Where the fireworks exist and are expanding is on the issue of gender: gender identity, gender expression, and gender roles. The more fundamental issues of sex and gender are now the locus of debate, and sides are being taken that are exposing increasingly contentious ideological positions.


This arose last week on one of my lists, where it was mentioned that RuPaul was using the slurs "tranny" and "shemale." RuPaul is the drag queen and host of RuPaul's Drag Race, and he identifies as a gay man.


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Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden History of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples

Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden History of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
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“ From Beacon Press, a charming history of devotion: Outlaw Marriages: The Hidden History of Fifteen Extraordinary Same-Sex Couples, by Rodger Streitmatter. Among the couples...
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Idaho bill would allow doctors or cops to refuse service to LGBT people on religious grounds | The Raw Story

Idaho bill would allow doctors or cops to refuse service to LGBT people on religious grounds | The Raw Story | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

An Idaho Republican can’t think of anyone in his state who has been forced to render aid to a gay or lesbian person against their will, and he’d like to keep it that way.


Rep. Lynn Luker outlined a proposal Tuesday backed by his conservative Christian allies to shield religious people from the threat of losing their professional licenses for refusing service or employment to anyone they conclude violates their religious beliefs.

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US Justice Department to give married same-sex couples sweeping equal protection

US Justice Department to give married same-sex couples sweeping equal protection | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

The Justice Department on Monday will instruct all of its employees across the country, for the first time, to give lawful same-sex marriages sweeping equal protection under the law in every program it administers, from courthouse proceedings to prison visits to the compensation of surviving spouses of public safety officers.


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No, Being Gay Is Not a Choice

No, Being Gay Is Not a Choice | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Last Wednesday, Brandon Ambrosino—continuing his swift ascent as chief homophobia apologist of the gay blogosphere—wrote a vacuous and meandering piece in the New Republic claiming that homosexuality (including his own) is a choice. Predictably, the article launched a thousand think pieces, including E.J. Graff’sexcellent retort in The Nation on Tuesday, arguing that America isn’t yet progressive enough to contemplate homosexuality as a choice.


But it’s really pointless to quibble with Ambrosino’s philosophical points, because science proved his factual assertions wrong long ago. In study after study, biologists have found that homosexuality, at least in men, is clearlyundoubtedlyinarguably aninborn trait. And although the scientific community hasn’t yet settled on a precise explanation for sexual orientation, many biologists agree that the fraternal birth order effect is likely the cause of homosexuality in 15 to 30 percent of all gay men. The physiological mechanism behind this effect, meanwhile, may soon help scientists understand the broader biological basis for homosexuality.


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The 6 Minute Sex Talk

Pretty much everything you need to know about sex in 6 minutes.
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Southern Poverty Law Center: Monitor Gender Identity Watch as a Hate Group

Southern Poverty Law Center: Monitor Gender Identity Watch as a Hate Group | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

As a feminist organization, Secular Woman promotes gender equality. We stand against and combat sexism, hate, intolerance, and misogyny.


Transgender women are women.


Cisgender women are women. 


We do not, in any way, view the existence of transgender women, genderqueer individuals or transgender men as a threat to the safety of women, female identity, or the goals of feminism.


As intersectional feminists we acknowledge the privilege that cisgender people experience. We aim to dismantle the axis of oppression that this represents.


Unfortunately, not all who claim the label “feminist” agree with us.  They do not represent us and we reject their actions and views as unethical and devoid of reason.


We stand in opposition.


Members of our community have been targeted by trans-exclusionary radical feminists (TERFs). Personal information such as former names, current legal names, and photographs have been compiled and displayed on the website “Name the Problem”.  Several of the entries are self-attributed to “Pegasus” ("PegasusBug" is a pseudonym of Cathy Brennan, the head of Gender Identity Watch). This information was presented alongside reports describing rapists and batterers of women.


Countless others, including members of transgender advocacy groups have reported similar treatment, as well as other alarming behavior, such as Cathy Brennan contacting employers, schools and medical doctors of transgender women, girls and young men.


This is unacceptable.

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Laverne Cox flawlessly shuts down Katie Couric’s invasive questions about transgender people

Laverne Cox flawlessly shuts down Katie Couric’s invasive questions about transgender people | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

"The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people," the actress explained to Couric


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When Katie Couric questions Laverne Cox about her transition, Laverne positively redirects the question to something more important to her; educating the world about transgender issues.  The homicide rate is highest for trans women. If we always address the  transition, we don't focus on the other important issues. 

 

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Sounding the public health alarm about criminalisation of homosexuality in India –

Sounding the public health alarm about criminalisation of homosexuality in India – | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
The Indian government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court in India, asking it to review its decision to reinstate a 153-year-old law that criminalises homosexuality.
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The Mandrake Society

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St. Louis is replete with history when it comes to its queer community. In the months prior to the June 1969 Stonewall Riots in New York City’s Greenwich Village—widely hailed as one of the catalysts for the modern LGBT rights movement—the seeds were already being sewn for The Gateway City’s first LGBT rights organization, The Mandrake Society.


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In reversal, Board says Gynecologists may Treat Men

In reversal, Board says Gynecologists may Treat Men | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) released an updated statement clarifying the policy and listing a number of select cases in which certified physicians are “allowed” to treat men


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 Being legally medically identified with your assigned gender is a requirement for getting coverage for some transition-related healthcare.

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The fight over the “v” word

The fight over the “v” word | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
A debate over a word reveals feminism's complicated relationship to trans rights
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Why Many Young Chinese Women Are Writing Gay Male Erotica

Why Many Young Chinese Women Are Writing Gay Male Erotica | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

An antipornography campaign in China has netted many young female writers of danmei, erotic fiction focusing on relationships between gay men, a popular outlet for those seeking to escape stifling social identities, scholars say.


...Danmei is part of an ‘‘ongoing sexual revolution’’ with feminist characteristics in China, perhaps the country’s first, said a Chinese academic who requested anonymity. China is currently undergoing a crackdown on pornography that has netted danmei writers and website managers, and closed some sites, sexual rights advocates said. ‘‘The campaign is really having an impact,’’ the researcher said.



Creating and consuming danmei is a way for women to explore their long-repressed sexuality, said Ms. Jacobs.



‘‘I think Chinese culture is still harsh on women in terms of how far they can go in developing a fantasy life or erotic art forms,’’ she said. ‘‘I think they have to be very careful in coming out with their fantasies. The norm is stifling.’’


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The Myth of Gay Affluence

The Myth of Gay Affluence | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Despite a commonly held belief that LGBT Americans tend to live it up in classy urban neighborhoods, they struggle with disproportionately high levels of poverty compared to straight people.

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Poverty: one of the "rights" of being second class.

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Ellen Page Comes Out As Gay: 'I Am Tired of Lying by Omission' (Exclusive)

Ellen Page Comes Out As Gay: 'I Am Tired of Lying by Omission' (Exclusive) | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Ellen Page has come out as a gay woman.
The star of the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past made the announcement in a moving and deeply personal speech delivered at Time to THRIVE, a conference to promote the welfare of LGBT youth held at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics

The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics, a new documentary-style film produced by Catholics for Choice, sets the record straight about Catholic social teaching on issues related to sex and sexuality.


“The Secret History of Sex, Choice and Catholics” features interviews with leading experts in the fields of theology, philosophy and ethics who examine Catholic traditions, teachings and beliefs on the following key issues:

  • Abortion & Contraception
  • HIV & AIDS
  • Sex & Sexuality
  • New Reproductive Health Technologies
  • Religion in Public Policy

Download a discussion guide for the film.


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Great (short & concise) video clips that are worth watching ~ and sending to others.


(Includes marriage equality too.)

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Call in sick!

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Two Dads, Two Daughters, Why the Hate?

Two Dads, Two Daughters, Why the Hate? | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Meet the gay black fathers who outraged the internet with their "typical family morning".

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Va. Gov. McAuliffe Sworn In, Signs Nondiscrimination Order

Va. Gov. McAuliffe Sworn In, Signs Nondiscrimination Order | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe signed four executive orders immediately after his inauguration today, including one that outlaws discrimination against LGBT state employees.
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There Is a Daily Pill That Prevents HIV. Gay Men Should Take It.

There Is a Daily Pill That Prevents HIV. Gay Men Should Take It. | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Today’s AIDS landscape reveals that an unyielding devotion to condom usage isn’t enough to halt the spread of HIV. It takes a variety of safe-sex practices to shield gay men from infection, and Truvada should be a linchpin of that strategy. Given the seemingly unstoppable drop in condom usage among gay men, this is no time for ideological disputes or intergenerational conflict. Every gay man with multiple sex partners should take Truvada, and AIDS activists should do everything they can to get the drug in the hands of those who want it.


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Sex work is a game of risk, repeated outings and marginalisation

Sex work is a game of risk, repeated outings and marginalisation | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

The discrimination I face, both because of my work and as an activist, are compounded in complex ways by the fact that I am both queer and a sex worker. Yet each is distinctly different and cannot be compared. Queer and sex work communities are diverse and no-one should attempt to speak to collective experience – I speak to my lived experience only.


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Beautiful Photo Series Explores How One Person Can Take On Two Genders

Beautiful Photo Series Explores How One Person Can Take On Two Genders | Sex Positive | Scoop.it

Alone Timeis a photo series by Canadian artist JJ Levine, in which he configures one model into two different genders within the same frame.


Artist JJ Levine speaks about his process and inspiration, and debuts a new photo on BuzzFeed.

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'Kinky Boots' Responds To Macy's Parade Outrage In AMAZING Way

'Kinky Boots' Responds To Macy's Parade Outrage In AMAZING Way | Sex Positive | Scoop.it
Homophobia reared its ugly head in response to the supposedly cheerful Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, as some Americans took to social media to criticize the performance of "Kinky Boots," an award-winning Broadway musical about a shoe...
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