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December 26, 1991 | BY MICHAEL BAILEY AND RICHARD PILLARD, From the New York Times
Science is rapidly converging on the conclusion that sexual orientation is innate. It has found that homosexuals often act differently from heterosexuals in early childhood, before they have even heard of sex. A recent study by Simon LeVay, a neurobiologist at the Salk Institute, reported a difference in the hypothalamus, a part of the brain that develops at a young age, between homosexual and heterosexual men. If true, a biological explanation...
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June 14, 2011 | By Karen Gullo, Bloomberg News
SAN FRANCISCO - The federal judge who struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage should have disqualified himself as having a conflict of interest because he's gay, proponents of the overturned law argued in court - running into a buzz saw of skepticism from the judge they argued before. Charles Cooper, an attorney representing supporters of California's Proposition 8 prohibition on gay marriage, said at a hearing Monday that U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, now retired, should have revealed his "substantial interest" in the outcome of a trial that weighed whether the law violated the rights of gay couples.
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June 7, 1993 | by Jill Ellen Steinberg, From the New York Times
There must be something about males that I just don't get. Listening to servicemen spout a litany of fears of sharing showers and close quarters with homosexuals - even listening to my otherwise liberal husband - has me wondering: Just what are they afraid of? For many years I've played senior women's ice hockey, trudging off to practice every Tuesday and Thursday evening and spending many weekends each year on the road with my teammates. Like many women's sports teams, ours is probably about half gay and half straight.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 26, 2011 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: Do you have any short, clever responses for nosy relatives inquiring as to the sexual orientation of an adult child? The holidays are fast approaching and I have no doubt the question will be asked at least once, particularly because said child will not be in attendance. Answer: Why be witty when you can provide all the necessary information, and all necessary attitude, without deviating a millimeter from a straightforward response: "I'm sorry, you'll have to talk to Child about that.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2005 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's been a rough 12 months for many in the gay community after last year's national elections, in which some politicians used same-sex marriage as a polarizing - and sometimes effective - campaign tactic. So Malcolm Lazin, executive director of the Equality Forum, the Philadelphia-based advocacy group for sexual minorities, often takes his victories where he finds them. And this Labor Day, Lazin says, there are reasons for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender workers to celebrate.
NEWS
September 10, 1993 | By ANN ROSEN SPECTOR
Judge Buford Parsons of Virginia seems to be under the mistaken impression that homosexuality is contagious. Or maybe he thinks it's a matter of "monkey see, monkey do. " Certainly, he doesn't seem to have read the bulk of social science literature on the subject. How else can one explain Parsons' ruling this week that Sharon Bottoms' lesbian relationship rendered her an unfit mother to her son, Tyler Doustou. The judge appears to have based his decision largely on the testimony of Sharon's mother, Kay Bottoms, that Tyler would grow up unable to distinguish between men and women if raised by a lesbian couple.
NEWS
May 11, 2001 | By Chuck Colbert
Two new studies, each with an entirely different set of findings, have refueled public debate over whether or not gays can go straight. The resulting controversy reminds us that this conversation is not about science but about religion and politics. On one hand, research conducted by Robert L. Spitzer, a Columbia University psychiatrist, suggests that some "highly motivated" gay men and lesbians are able to change their sexual orientation through psychotherapy or religious counseling.
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March 30, 2000 | By Stacey Burling, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a finding that will undoubtedly have people around the world comparing fingers and searching for rulers, a California researcher has concluded that there is a connection between finger length and sexual orientation. In women. Men are a lot more complicated. We'll get to them later. This new study is the latest in a relatively recent type of research examining finger length - actually the ratio of the lengths of the index and ring fingers - and behavior. Previous studies have looked at fertility, left-handedness, musical ability, and skill at English "footballing.
LIVING
August 16, 1994 | By Jo Bennett, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Auto mechanic John Gill swallowed the insults for two years. "Queer," they called him. And "faggot. " But after a co-worker slammed him against a wall, injuring his back, he says, it was time to leave his workplace of 17 years. Since 1975, Gill, 41, had worked without incident at Gabriel's Goodyear in Roxborough. But the mood changed, and the harassment began, he says, when a new man was hired in 1990. "I don't think I was called by my real name on more than one or two occasions," Gill says.
NEWS
March 30, 1993 | By Mark Thompson, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU This article contains information from the Los Angeles Times
As the Senate Armed Services Committee began hearings yesterday on President Clinton's plan to end the ban on gays and lesbians in the military, committee Chairman Sam Nunn offered a compromise on the contentious issue. In a round of television appearances before the opening session, Nunn (D., Ga.) suggested that an interim policy of not asking recruits about their sexual orientation, put in place by Clinton, be made permanent. That policy "is rather a good place to be. . . . It may be a pretty good place to end up," Nunn said.
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June 18, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Same-sex marriage is legal in Pennsylvania, but equality advocates say that without a nondiscrimination law, a gay person married on a Sunday could be fired by an employer on Monday for having a wedding picture on the office desk. Some two dozen lawmakers, gay rights advocates, and faith and business leaders came together Monday in the Capitol to push for passage of a long-stalled bill to ban discrimination in employment and accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation.
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February 8, 2014 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
In one of the broadest efforts in the nation to bring sexual minorities into the medical mainstream, the University of Pennsylvania is unrolling an LGBT health initiative that spans the medical, dental, and nursing schools as well as the region's largest health system. With issues like gay marriage fast gaining in public acceptance, hospitals and universities have begun tackling LGBT health, but usually within a specific area. Drexel University, for example, started a certificate program two years ago in the School of Public Health.
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December 19, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - In a marked shift toward the political center, Gov. Corbett said Tuesday that he would support legislation banning discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, housing, and public accommodations. Corbett, who has previously staked out conservative positions on social issues, told The Inquirer that he was "coming out in support" of the bill after learning that federal law does not cover discrimination in the state. "I've had people come and talk to me about how they were discriminated against," said Corbett, who served for eight years as the state's attorney general.
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July 9, 2013 | By John Mooney, NJ SPOTLIGHT
New Jersey's new anti-bullying law has stepped onto the sports field, with the state's high school athletics association taking steps to clamp down on "trash-talking" that goes too far. The new rules have won national attention - and captured the talk-radio airwaves - with their requirements for referee warnings for any talk or gestures that demean fellow athletes, officials, or spectators, specifically citing those targeting race, ethnicity, religion,...
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June 21, 2013 | By Randall Chase, Associated Press
DOVER, Del. - Transgender people are now protected under the state's antidiscrimination laws. The Senate voted, 11-9, Wednesday to approve a bill adding gender identity to the list of protected discrimination categories, including race, age, religion, and sexual orientation. The legislation also allows for enhanced penalties under Delaware's hate-crimes law for targeting someone based on his or her gender identity. Democratic Gov. Jack Markell signed the bill into law Wednesday evening, calling discrimination against transgender people "inherently wrong.
NEWS
May 22, 2013 | BY ROB McCORD
SINCE ITS birth more than two centuries ago, this nation has extended a guarantee of freedom and equal opportunity. Yet, at various periods and in various places during this country's history, we have faced hard struggles to extend that guarantee to all Americans. Through poor excuses - including race, gender, religion, wealth or other factors - some of our fellow Americans were denied the right to vote, work, to live where they wished, and some were literally enslaved. Always, however, there have been those among us who fought for the cause of equal rights.
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May 10, 2013
DEAR ABBY: We have a grandson who is 4 and very much a "princess boy. " He likes girl toys and dresses and doesn't like any of his boy toys. He's an adorable little boy and we love him to pieces. His parents don't accept this behavior, and I'm afraid it will affect him now and in the future. How would you handle this? We don't say anything to his parents because they are pretty much in denial. - Worried Grandma DEAR WORRIED: If he were my grandchild I'd talk with the parents.
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May 9, 2013 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Perennial fixtures on the legislative calendar, bills to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation have gone nowhere in the last decade. This time, the tables may be turning. Companion bills in the House and Senate have attracted a record number of cosponsors, among them the General Assembly's first two openly gay lawmakers, while a new poll shows solid majority support across the state for such a ban. The bills, introduced Tuesday with 102 cosponsors including both Republicans and Democrats, would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations.
SPORTS
May 1, 2013 | Associated Press
WASHINGTON - With the simplest of sentences, NBA veteran Jason Collins set aside years of worry and silence to become the first active player in one of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. In a first-person article posted yesterday on Sports Illustrated's website, Collins begins: "I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay. " Collins has played for six teams in 12 seasons, most recently as a reserve with the Washington Wizards after a midseason trade from the Boston Celtics.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Take five or 10 minutes, the professor said, and write down things that you love, like, need, or enjoy. Now pair up with someone you don't know and spend 20 minutes introducing yourself. Talk about whatever you want. But don't mention anything that you wrote down. Try going on for a half-hour without a word about the most important things in life. Imagine a full day. "It might be difficult," said instructor Robin Brennan. "That's what this course is about. That is just a glimpse of what it is like for somebody who is LGBT" - lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
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