Dude, put down the pipe Facebook. You may have a problem. Alex Trimpe has put together a magnificent little infographic video about your addiction, and thankfully it looks like you’re not alone. We hate to throw stones in this big glass house of ours (at our 40,000 fans. *Cough*), but perhaps […]
We’re digging this incredible infographic detailing just how addicted we young folks are to our smartphones. The results are staggering, but the graphic is ooooh…so pretty! Are you one of the 42% of teens that can text blindfolded?
Yes, yes, yes! You might not immediately think of gay rights when you think of Kentucky, but a recent survey found that over 83% of Kentuckians favor anti-discrimination laws protecting gays and lesbians in the workplace. Booya! The poll, conducted by the Fairness Coalition – composed of groups like the […]
The Myth: You can tell if a person is gay by the size of their fingers. True or False? Shockingly, this one actually has some real truth to it! There is a correlation between the size of your ring and pointer fingers that is linked to your sexual orientation. Apparently […]
We hate to harsh your day, but we’ve got some serious boner-killing news on our hands here. All that oral sex you young folks are so fond of? It’s killing you. HPV, the nasty little Human Papillomavirus that we already know is linked in a major way to cervical and […]
We may have to start tuning in to Comedy Central’s Tosh.0. Somehow we missed this week’s Gay Porn Viagra Boner Challenge. You know, that thing where you give five of your best straight guy pals a Viagra, dress them in sweatpants (The Kryptonite of lap privacy), and turn on some […]
Sure your boyfriend pees on the seat, never does his dishes, and could stand to hit the gym a little harder – but if you had to choose between your dog and your spouse, which one would you send to the doghouse? According to a recent AP-Petside.com Poll, only 84% […]
A new study out of Oregon State University shows that 40% of straight couples in so called monogamous relationships have differing views on exactly what that entails – only one partner agreed to be sexually exclusive. Among heterosexual couples who did in fact agree to be in a sexually exclusive […]
While homosexuality has of course been around as long as humans have, medical and academic studies of homosexuality have been a relatively recent phenomenon.
Medical literature on LGBT individuals expanded in in the late 19th century as medical and legal experts were tasked with determining whether people accused of criminal sexual behavior should be considered innocent because of a physical or psychological defect.
Notable physicians and researchers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries included Magnus Hirschfield (1868-1935) and Sandor Rado (1890-1972). Magnus Hirschfeld was a German sexologist who argued homosexuality was a natural, biological variant in the spectrum between full maleness and femaleness. Hirschfeld was also openly gay and an advocate for homosexual rights. Analyst Sandor Rado considered homosexuality a phobic avoidance of the other sex that is caused by parental prohibitions against childhood sexuality.
Alfred Kinsey’s research studies on homosexuality in the 1940s and 1950s were incredibly influential and marked a cultural shift away from the notion that homosexuality was a pathology and toward the idea that it is a normal variant of human sexuality. Kinsey introduced a 0 to 6 scale to classify sexual behavior or fantasy from “exclusively heterosexual” to “exclusively homosexual”; this is called the Kinsey Scale. The Kinsey Reports, two books on human sexual behavior written by Kinsey and several others, found that 37% of males and 13% of females had at least some homosexual experience and 10% of males were essentially exclusively homosexual.
Despite progress on LGBT issues in the 20th century, it wasn’t until 1973 that the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. Around the same time, as there was increasing interest in gay and lesbian rights, queer studies and gender studies began to grow. There are currently at least five academic institutions in the U.S. with undergraduate programs in queer studies. In 2005, the first doctoral program for gender studies was approved.