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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 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.
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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.
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.
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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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April 23, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Mayor Kenney has banned nonessential business travel by city employees to North Carolina and Mississippi after the states enacted controversial laws that critics say discriminate against LGBT people. "They're going to learn as a state that the powers of good and decency are well overpowering those of discrimination and hate," Kenney said Thursday. "And they're going to lose a lot of money as a result of making this stupid decision. " The mayor notified employees of the change in an email Wednesday, according to his spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt.
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April 19, 2016 | By Jenice Armstrong
A FUNNY THING happened when I stopped by the White Privilege Conference that took place at the Philadelphia Marriott last week. I was told I couldn't stay. The conference's policy was not to admit reporters unless they had registered for the five-day event. So not only couldn't I hang around - as I had intended to do - for the rest of that day, but I was told I wasn't allowed to record any of the sessions or interview panelists. If I was caught slipping into any of the sessions without having registered - which I'd also thought about doing - I would be asked to show my registration badge.
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April 9, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis, Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Gov. Wolf on Thursday signed a pair of executive orders expanding protections against discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. In signing the orders, which will apply not just to state agencies but also to state contractors, the Democratic governor urged the Republican-controlled legislature to pass long-stalled legislation that would expand employment and housing protections for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender individuals across the state under Pennsylvania's Human Relations Act. "This is not the end of the game," said Wolf, flanked by several dozen advocates for equality under state laws.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I am a single father of teenage boys. I have always played an active role in my children's lives, physically, emotionally, and financially. My older son lives with me; my younger sons live with their mother. I am bisexual and have always been attracted to men and women. It took me a long time to admit it to myself. I suffered from depression for many years as I struggled with my sexual identity. Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with HIV. Since then, I have been on medication and live a very healthy lifestyle.
NEWS
December 31, 2015
Robert Spitzer, 83, a psychiatrist who played a leading role in establishing agreed-upon standards to describe mental disorders and eliminating homosexuality's designation as a pathology, died of heart problems Friday in Seattle, said his wife, Janet Williams, a Columbia University professor emerita. Dr. Spitzer's work on several editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or the D.S.M., defined all of the major disorders "so all in the profession could agree on what they were seeing," said Williams, who worked with him on D.S.M.-III, which was published in 1980.
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October 27, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
CLAUDIA Brenner survived five gunshot wounds from a deranged mountain man near the Appalachian Trail - only to be humiliated on the witness stand by a defense lawyer who wanted to portray Brenner and her dead girlfriend as reckless lesbians who might've brought the shooting on themselves. Brenner's girlfriend, Rebecca Wight, 28, was killed that day in 1988 along the Rocky Knob Trail in south-central Pennsylvania. The gunman, Stephen Roy Carr, was convicted of first-degree murder and is serving a life prison sentence.
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July 29, 2015 | BY ANNIE PALMER, Daily News Staff Writer palmera@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
THE BOY SCOUTS of America last night moved to end a ban on gay leaders, with 79 percent of the Texas-based organization's executive board voting for the resolution. But some equal-rights activists weren't quite ready to rejoice. The resolution still allows religious charter organizations, which oversee 70 percent of local scouting programs, to make hiring decisions based on sexual orientation. Civic groups, such as rotary clubs and fire departments, can no longer discriminate based on sexual orientation.
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July 3, 2015 | BY REKHA BASU
THERE ARE days in our lives that stand out as historic, defined by a seminal event that upended the world as we knew it. We can remember exactly where we were when we got the news on those days. When John F. Kennedy, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. or John Lennon were shot. When the Challenger blew up or when the Twin Towers came down. Friday, June 26, was such a day. For all of America's deep political, economic and other divides, we knew that one gulf had been irreversibly bridged.
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June 15, 2015 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
Before the Affordable Care Act, it wasn't unusual for people in the LGBT community to be locked out of health insurance. Insurers could legally deny coverage based on a person's sexual orientation, gender identity, or pre-existing health condition. "It was everything from trans men and women being denied health coverage because their health history was confusing to a hospital or an insurance company, to young LGBT people not being able to afford coverage," said Brian Sims, a Pennsylvania state representative, lawyer, and LGBT civil rights activist.
NEWS
April 3, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
When Gov. Mike Pence refused seven times to say whether a new Indiana law allows discrimination against gay people, the logical assumption was that he didn't want to admit that it does. Since that Sunday interview on ABC's This Week, however, it has become clear that the law was not written to allow discrimination, which means Pence's dance around the truth was likely calculated to score political points with opponents of gay marriage. Pence changed his tune after the public reaction to the new law threatened events such as the coming NCAA Final Four basketball tournament in Indianapolis.
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