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 Homosexuality and transgender - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Homosexuality usually refers to romantic/sexual attraction or behaviour between people of the same gender, while transgender is a matter of gender identity, meaning that a person identifies as a different gender than the one they were assigned (usually) at birth.
Clear-cut distinctions between homosexuality and transgender are often impossible to make in different cultures and across time, especially where third gender social categories or gender-structured homosexuality exist.
Transgender people not only usually feel misunderstood by caregivers because of this practice, it can also lead to very confusing descriptions, when for example a relationship between two people is characterised as heterosexual merely because one partner is a transman; although both have a male gender identity and live in a male gender role.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Homosexuality_and_transgender   (2120 words)

Homosexual men are usually referred to as gay while homosexual women are referred to as lesbians.
Some people recognize that they are homosexual early in their lives while others do not become aware of their own gayness until much later in life due to the many pressures society puts on us to follow a heterosexual lifestyle.
The basis behind the nature theory for homosexuality is that individuals are born with a certain genetic makeup which predetermines their homosexual orientation.
www.coolnurse.com /homosexuality.htm   (1554 words)

 Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
Transgendered and gender-variant people are among the most invisible and marginalized of all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and it is important that our issues be addressed in any attempt to discuss the needs and concerns of the larger lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) Asian Pacific Islander community.
Transgendered individuals are often marginalized from the mainstream gay and lesbian communities and many are ostracized by their families of origin.
The transgendered AAPI population in San Francisco is estimated to number 2,500, or 40% of the local transgender population, and tend to be immigrants and refugees from Asian countries such as the Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and China where transgendered individuals have a distinct social role.
www.apiwellness.org /article_tg_issues.html   (4060 words)

As educators of a society still ignorant to the facts of homosexuality, PFLAG members are knowledgeable and credible sources of information about homosexuality and issues related to their gay, lesbian or bisexual friends and family members.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people are often accused of "flaunting" their sexuality when they publicly acknowledge their sexual orientation, when they are publicly affectionate with a same-gender partner, or when they wear gay symbols and t-shirts or participate in gay parades.
Gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people may hold back from telling their families and friends as long as possible, because it has taken them a long time to determine what they're feeling themselves.
www.pflagatl.org /FandFarticles/Journey.htm   (3739 words)

 UCLA Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender
Homosexual (or gay and lesbian) refers to people whose sexual and romantic feelings are primarily for those of the same sex.
Transgendered people can include transsexuals (not all transsexual people need or want sex reassignment surgery), masculine women, feminine men, drag queens/kings, cross-dressers, gender queers, two-spirit, butches, transment, transwomen, etc. Like other people, transgender people can be straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual.
Homosexuality is not an illness or a disorder, a fact that is agreed upon by both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association.
www.lgbt.ucla.edu /Family_friends.htm   (3629 words)

 Rethinking Homosexuality
Transgenerational homosexuality is found in primitive societies where homosexual relations occur between a young male and an older teacher or tribal holy man. Here homosexuality is transitional, part of the initiation into adulthood of the younger male; it comes to an end when the boy is inducted into marriage.
Science contributes to the development of the modern homosexual identity by inviting people to think in deterministic ways about their feelings: if people sense within themselves homosexual feelings, they are more likely to interpret these feelings as inevitable and as determined by some necessary biological or psychological force.
Greenberg's chapter on "The Medicalization of Homosexuality" is a brilliant catalog of the various theories--inheritance, degeneracy, childhood deprivations, masturbation, biological determination--advanced during the 19th and 20th centuries as scientific explanations of homosexuality.
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=246   (2162 words)

 Lynchburg College: FAQ
Homosexuality is not a disease, an illness, a disorder, or a psychological problem, a fact the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association have both agreed upon.
Homosexuality was once thought to be a mental illness because mental health professionals and society had biased information.
Transgender people can include transsexuals (not all transsexual people need or want sex change surgery), masculine women, feminine men, drag queens/kings, cross-dressers, gender queers, two-spirit, butches, transmen, transwomen, etc. Like other people, transgender people can be straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual.
www.lynchburg.edu /x2035.xml   (2925 words)

 Leadership U. Special Focus: Can Gays Go Straight?
This story of a former homosexual excerpted from his book by the same name is part of collection of dozens of changed lives stories on Stonewall Revisited and Another Way Out.
A father learns of his son's homosexuality and laments that he allowed the boy to be too close to his mother to the exclusion of closeness with him and with his male peers.
Homosexuals who do want out of their lifestyle are often told that they cannot be helped.
www.leaderu.com /focus/exgays01.html   (1294 words)

 Gender Identity Disorder Reform
If homosexuality and transgender identity or expression were classified as mental disorders for essentially the same reasons, then a reexamination of the DSM-IV categories of Gender Identity Disorder and Transvestic Fetishism is called for.
As homosexuality was considered a maladaption to underlying oedipal conflict, it represented a symptom of assumed pain, even among those happy with their sexual orientation.
In the past, homosexuals have been denied civil rights in many areas of life on the ground that because they suffer from a "mental illness" the burden of proof is on them to demonstrate their competence, reliability, or mental stability (Stoller, et al., 1973, p.1216).
www.transgender.org /gidr/kwapa98.html   (5367 words)

 Gay - Homosexual - Crystalinks
Homosexuality is a lifestyle - as with all others having its learning lessons - both positive and negative.
Homosexuality is usually contrasted with heterosexuality and bisexuality.
Starting with Alfred Kinsey in the 1940s, scientific research has pointed to the existence of exclusively homosexual and heterosexual minorities, with the majority being potentially bisexual to varying degrees, a position also supported by historical studies.
www.crystalinks.com /gay.html   (384 words)

 Frequently Asked Questions about Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Homosexuality is emotional, romantic, and sexual attraction to persons of the same sex.
Similarly, a transgender person does not have to have lived as a gender to know that it is his/her correct gender.
Transgender is an umbrella term referring to people whose gender identity differs from the social expectations for the biological sex identified as theirs at birth (using primary sex characteristics).
www.advocatesforyouth.org /publications/safespace/faq.htm   (2122 words)

 RE: Homosexuality - One Stop Thread   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Homosexuality is gender dysfunction that stems from issues that occur during gender development.
Homosexuality is usually caused by a distant or absent father, an extremely overprotective mother, and emotional/sexual abuse, sometimes even physical abuse (one or more of these is the cause, not all).
Also, homosexuality (as I have read in two books) is what happens when a child has more needs for affection and affirmation from another person of the same gender and hits puberty- it manifests itself in sexual attraction when all they need is affection and affirmation.
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 PFLAG: Frequently Asked Questions
Homosexuality was removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association in 1974.
Being transgender or gender variant is not a disorder either, although Gender Identity Dysphoria (GID) is still listed in the DSM of the American Psychiatric Association.
Transgender people can include transsexuals (not all transsexual people need or want sex reassignment surgery), masculine women, feminine men, drag queens/kings, cross-dressers, gender queers, two-spirit, butches, transmen, transwomen, etc. Like other people, transgender people can be straight, gay, lesbian or bisexual.
www.pflag.org /index.php?id=83   (2432 words)

 Depression and mental health among GLBT people
While we know that homosexuality, bisexuality, and transgender identity are not mental illnesses, the stresses caused by society's negative messages, condemnation, and violence can sometimes result in depression and other types of emotional difficulties for GLBT persons.
Homosexuality is neither mental illness nor moral depravity.
Lesbians, gay men, and bisexual and transgender individuals are no more or less likely to have serious mental illnesses than heterosexuals and non-transgender people.
www.metrokc.gov /health/glbt/mhdep.htm   (1843 words)

 Transgender - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Transgender (IPA: [tʰɹænz'dʒɛndɚ], from trans (Latin) and gender (English)) is an overarching term applied to a variety of individuals, behaviors, and groups involving tendencies that diverge from the normative gender role (woman or man) commonly, but not always, assigned at birth, as well as the role traditionally held by society.
Transgender does not imply any specific form of sexual orientation (transgender people may identify as queer, heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, pansexual or asexual.)
Often in older writings (pre ~1990s), but more rarely today, the term transgender is used to refer to those who live as the gender not assigned to them at birth, without medical or surgical intervention.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Transgender   (3251 words)

 PrideSource: Gays and transgender people should be careful about using science in politics
For years, scientific evidence has been mounting to indicate that sexual orientation is determined by a mix of biological and genetic factors, and that it is not, as opponents of homosexuality try to argue, a "choice," or learned behavior.
Obviously, transgender and queer activists will be happy with this news, and will no doubt add it to their arsenal of arguments for fighting discriminatory public policy against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
Obviously, activists are eager to use the scientific evidence that bolsters the theory that sexual orientation and being transgender are not conscious choices.
www.pridesource.com /article.shtml?article=5187   (916 words)

 Homosexuality, Bisexuality, Transgender in the Bible PAGE 2
Surely if homosexuality was the glaring historical reason for the destruction of the cities He would have taken the opportunity to teach on the evils of the "sin of Sodom"!
but homosexuality (which we know was present in his day) called for no such correction from the Son of God.
Most people consider the Story of Sodom and Gomorrah to be the most important proof for Biblically based condemnation of Homosexual practices; however, when we apply correct linguistics and correct translation of text (producing the LITERAL METHOD) to the story, we find there is absolutely no basis for this conclusion.
www.rayofhopechurch.com /sexual2.htm   (1553 words)

 I came across this surfing the net - Forums
The term gay is used predominantly to refer to homosexual males.
The adjective homosexual is also used for same-sex sexual relations between persons of the same sex who are not gay or lesbian.
Three major forms of homosexual relationships are proposed by anthropologists: egalitarian, gender-structured, and age-structured.
www.flashportal.com /vb/showthread.php?p=13993   (216 words)

 Sexual Identity Hard-Wired by Genetics, Study Says | California | Medical Research | Transgender Crossroads
The UCLA study was supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Science Foundation and with start-up funds from the UCLA Department of Urology.
TG Crossroads is a project of the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance (INTRAA).
This site’s design is only visible in a graphical browser that supports web standards, but its content is accessible to any browser or Internet device.
www.tgcrossroads.org /news/?aid=770   (777 words)

 FIRST-PERSON: Silencing the opposition - (BP)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
I felt I had done well against my debate opponent in maintaining the position that homosexual practices are aberrant and unhealthy and should not be promoted as natural and normal at any level of public education.
Thus, AB 1056 would instruct teachers and students that homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender are equal to heterosexuality.
Taken as a whole, if these four bills become law they will not only promote homosexuality, bisexuality and transgender as natural, normal and healthy, they also will represent a huge step toward silencing those who believe the aforementioned behaviors are aberrant and unhealthy.
www.bpnews.net /bpnews.asp?ID=23857   (712 words)

 Homosexuality, Bisexuality, Transgender in the Bible PAGE 3
But, up to the present, persons who commit homosexual acts are subject to severe prison sentences in many countries, including the United States - even in the case of consenting adults.
Both of these Greek words are not words that would point exclussively to Homosexuals or their mutual sexual expressions of love.
The Greek malakoi and arsenokoitai, McNeill concludes, were not necessarily homosexuals; the former were simply debauched individuals and the latter were probably male prostitutes or those given to anal intercourse.
www.rayofhopechurch.com /sexual3.htm   (2272 words)

 Traditional Marriage Crusade
Although homosexual behavior is very common in the animal world, it seems to be very uncommon that individual animals have a long-lasting predisposition to engage in such behavior to the exclusion of heterosexual activities.
In conclusion, the homosexual movement's attempt to establish that homosexuality is in accordance with human nature, by proving its "animal homosexuality" theory, is based more on mythological beliefs and erroneous philosophical tenets than on science.
The expression homosexual movement is used to designate a vast network of organizations, pressure groups, intellectuals and activists who strive to impose changes in laws, customs, morals and mentalities, so that homosexuality is not only tolerated but also accepted as good and normal.
www.tfp.org /tfc/animal_homosexuality_myth.htm   (2980 words)

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