Debbie Hayton Debbie Hayton is a high school teacher and trade union officer. She teaches science to 11-18-year-olds at a school in central England. As a transgender person, she has written extensively about what it means to be trans and how trans people can be included in society without compromising […]

A lot of people are saying this year’s midterm election is the most crucial of our lifetime. It may well be, given the need to elect officials who will fight Donald Trump’s loathsome agenda. But another midterm election, 40 years ago, was one of the most crucial as well, at […]

By Sarah McBride Today, HRC announced it is significantly expanding its work dedicated to justice for the transgender community. The organization will advance new initiatives that address the urgent needs of the transgender community, with specific attention to community members deeply impacted by racism, sexism and transphobia. This major effort […]

Trucks with huge banners have made their way through the streets of Shanghai and Nanjing, with more protests to follow. ‘Clinic’ offering therapy to ‘turn straight people gay’ also opens in Shenzhen Phoebe Zhang   On a hazy day this week, a convoy of three white trucks is making its […]

Workshops, talks and advice on LGBT issues are on offer during five-day return journey from Shenzhen to Da Nang. With more than 1,000 gay Chinese and their families on board the ship, it’s also a place for some to come out Phoebe Zhang On the deck of a cruise ship […]

Medical professionals in the US and UK are sounding the alarm about the growing use of “hormonal and surgical interventions” for children who are confused about their gender identity, saying that more studies are required. Members of the conservative childrens’ advocacy group the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) wrote a letter on […]

By Christopher F. Schuetze and Christine Hauser BERLIN — A gay Afghan 18-year-old who was seeking asylum in Austria because he feared persecution in his country had his application denied because the authorities said he did not act like a stereotypical gay man, citing his walk, behavior and clothing, according to a Vienna-based […]

KEY POINTS: Transgender people are 49 times more at risk of living with HIV compared to the general population. Transgender people often face social and legal exclusion, economic vulnerability, and are at an increased risk of experiencing violence. Disempowerment and low self-esteem make transgender women, in particular, less likely or […]

Today we start a series of ten articles examining the relationship between homosexuality and the forces of history that have shaped the way various Asian countries now regard sexual relationships between men Japan – Rampant Amputations and The Rising Sun Sex! Yes, we all think about it. My problem is […]

  Josh Jackman A Brazilian dad’s beautiful message to his adopted son Deberth Araujo, who adopted William with his partner Guilherme Gatto in the same year that his father died, thanked the child for “saving him”. The post has attracted around 100,000 reactions and been shared more than 23,000 times. […]

by Kathy Belge What causes homosexuality? There has been much debate about what causes homosexuality. Is there a gay gene? Is homosexuality caused by environmental factors, such as upbringing, child molestation, an absent mother or affectionate father? Or is it something we’re born with, an inherited trait, like skin or […]

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