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Study finds genes on X chromosome linked to male homosexuality

A study of gay men in the US has found fresh evidence that male sexual orientation is influenced by genes. Scientists tested the DNA of 400 gay men and found that genes on at least two chromosomes affected whether a man was gay or straight. A region of the X…

Turkey’s LGBT groups say government turns a blind eye to hate-driven murders

Gay rights groups in Turkey voiced dismay Friday that proposed legislation fails to make it a hate crime to target people because of their sexual orientation. “The definition of hate crime must immediately be broadened. The government has to guarantee our right to live,” Ebru Kiranci, an official from Istanbul’s…

Text error classifies pedophilia as sexual orientation in medical manual

The American Psychiatric Association issued a correction Thursday to its newly published Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The fifth edition of the DSM listed “pedophilia” as “pedophilic disorder” to maintain consistency with the chapter’s other disorder listings, according to the correction. The medical association said sexual orientation is…

Russian legislators introduce bill to take children away from LGBT parents

A Russian lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow the state to remove children from homes headed by LGBT parents. According to the Associated Press, the draft bill was published on the Russian parliament’s website Thursday morning and proposed to make the “fact of nontraditional sexual orientation” grounds for…

Russia defends anti-LGBT ‘propaganda’ law in letter to Olympic Committee

Russian officials sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee saying that while they intend to respect the rights of LGBT visitors to the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, the country stands by its brace of recently introduced anti-LGBT laws, including the ban on “homosexual propaganda.” According to the Associated…

Study finds unexplored source of sexual prejudice against gay and bisexual orientations

The Associated Press last year abandoned the use of the term “homophobia,” saying the word was an inaccurate way to describe the disapproval of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender individuals. Anti-gay sentiments are not driven by a fear of LGBT people. Or are they? Research published online May 6 in…

Senate bill to protect LGBT workers from discrimination now has majority support

Delaware Senator Tom Carper (D) on Monday became the 51st cosponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, according to the Huffington Post. “Senator Carper believes it is important for federal law to explicitly prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation — in the same way that current law addresses…

Gay men say online dating helped them accept their sexual orientation: study

Online dating websites help some gay men accept their sexual orientation, according to research published June 7 in New Media & Society. Nuno Nodin of the Instituto Superior De Psicologia Aplicada in Portugal and his colleagues investigated how the use of the Internet by gay men changed them in relevant…

Georgia approves ‘GAYPWR’ license plate under new state rules

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) – A gay man will be allowed to order a vanity license plate that describes his sexual orientation, but Georgians’ car tags must not refer to sex acts, weapons, drugs and much else under new rules issued by the state. The regulations are part of…

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell? Don’t Work.

It appears that Iowa Republican Steve King is strongly suggesting that if you’re sexual preference is anything other than straight, you should not inform your boss or co-workers or clients at all in order to spare the job creators of the awful, intolerable hell of having to deal with laws…

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