Aly Mirasol

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Deeply conservative Oklahoma adjusts to sudden arrival of same-sex marriage

Kathryn Frazier and Tracy Curtis wondered if anyone would come to their wedding in red Oklahoma. Sixty people did.<p>Kathryn Frazier and Tracy Curtis wondered if anyone would come to their wedding in red Oklahoma. Sixty people did.<p>The “polite gays,” was how Tracy and Kathryn described themselves. Not …

Empathy

My Life as a Gay Congressman

It took me 32 years to come out. This is what happened when I did.<p>In 1986, I was as ready to leave the closet as I would ever be—but how would I do so? Though I was a third term Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, I had lived too long with the burden of “the gay thing” to treat coming out as …

LGBTQI

Can you be homosexual without being gay? The future of cruising, drag, and camp in a post-closet world.

1 That’s Gay<p>“You know,” observed a recent dinner guest, glancing around our living room between sips of his digestif, “there are <i>a lot</i> of strong women …

LGBTQI

To Love and to Cherish

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>In a 5-4 ruling on June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that the Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to</i> …

Why should gay rights depend on being ‘born this way’? – Shamus Khan

Last month, the US Supreme Court affirmed the rights of same-sex couples to marry. The decision was a major achievement for a liberation movement …

Would you be the same person if you were a different gender? – Charlotte Witt

A few years ago a blog called <i>The Philosophy Smoker</i> hosted a discussion of women’s dress. The blog’s motto (‘In which issues concerning the profession …

New Hampshire

The demise of guys?

Psychologist Philip Zimbardo asks, "Why are boys struggling?" He shares some stats (lower graduation rates, greater worries about intimacy and …

Boys and Girls, Constrained by Toys and Costumes

A web search for Halloween costumes of scientists produces only boys wearing lab coats and goggles. A search for nursing costumes turns up girls in skirts with stethoscopes. Cats and cupcakes are also girls, while sharks and astronauts are boys.<p>The same gender division exists not just in toys — …

Kids

If Our Sons Were Treated Like Our Daughters

Come with me. Let's open the door to a parallel universe. You unlock this door with a key of imagination, just like on <i>The Twilight Zone</i>. Here in this parallel world, the rules are different because gender roles are flipped. Loving parents and teachers accept this strange culture as if it's not so …

Parenting

Beyond Sexual Orientation - Issue 41: Selection

Lisa Diamond’s seventh interview is the one that she remembers best. She had recruited “subject 007” at Cornell University, where she was studying …

Sexuality

The high five

In 1977, Glenn Burke, a rookie outfielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Los Angeles Dodgers, lifted his arm high above his head and slapped …

Los Angeles Dodgers

The F Word

How queer families redefine the terms we use.

San Francisco

What It’s Like to Be Gay in the Ultra-Masculine NatSec Community

A few months ago, I was at one of those boozy, early evening events that bind together professional life in Washington, D.C. I was there to meet a …

The Transgender Dating Dilemma

Trans women are taught to feel grateful for any scrap of affection we receive. I'm relegated to the role of teacher and therapist in my dating life — and too often, I fear for my safety.<p>“I have to tell you something,” I said. He looked at me, eyes narrowing. We’d just met, so I can only imagine the …

Relationships

Why Boys Need to Have Conversations About Emotional Intimacy in Classrooms

Amy Schalet, <i>University of Massachusetts Amherst</i><p>American classrooms do not talk frankly about teenage love or emotional intimacy. Brett Sayer, CC BY-NC<p>Last month, Tom Porton, an award-winning, veteran Bronx high school teacher, handed in his resignation after colliding with the school's principal. …

Relationships

Love, Identity, and Genderqueer Family Making

<i>Maggie Nelson | The Argonauts | Graywolf Press | May 2015 | 17 minutes (4,137 words)</i><p><i>Published to great acclaim earlier this year, The Argonauts</i> …

Aretha Franklin

How ‘Empowerment’ Became Something for Women to Buy

At my day job as an editor at a women’s website, I receive a daily mess of emails promoting random products and activities as “empowering.” Recent offerings include the Pure Barre workout, divorce, Miley Cyrus, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ancient Egyptian sex rites, leggings, sending …

Feminism

The child I love

When Maddy Ralston came into this world almost 21 years ago, it was love at first sight.I cradled her in my arms, my adopted miracle, and couldn’t …

North Carolina

Can parents be trusted with gene editing technology? – Erik Parens

When the international project to sequence the human genome started in 1990, nearly everybody agreed: to use genetics to control the shape of future …

When A 14-Year-Old Chooses To Die Because Of Religion, Can Anyone Stop Him?

The first time I interviewed Dennis Lindberg, he was alone on a weekday evening. He had just turned 12, and he had set out Saltine crackers on a …

Medicine

My Right to Die

Schizophrenia In America - The Huffington Post

In his quiet, modest way, Glenn was proud of his robot. It was 1974, at a local high school science fair in Boca Raton, Florida, and Glenn, a 15-year-old sophomore, had spent months painstakingly constructing a jumble of wires and circuits on wheels with three arms, each containing a photosensitive …

Mental Health

The sugar conspiracy

In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?<p>Robert Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist at the …

Diabetes

Where Are All The Autistic Women And Girls?

One in 100 people are diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum, but there's a perception that it's a predominantly "male" condition.<p>“I am quite eloquent, I can chat to people – my job is all about communication and meeting new people every day,” says Emily Swiatek, 29, who was diagnosed with …

The forgotten survivors of AIDS

So when he ran into an old friend volunteering at a banquet last Christmas Eve, he couldn’t wait to dust off the stories he rarely got to tell. The …

The Believer

My job title is Medical Actor, which means I play sick. I get paid by the hour. Medical students guess my maladies. I’m called a Standardized …

Baby’s First Beneficial Microbes: On Breastfeeding and Immunity

If they held a contest, I’m fairly confident I’d win a prize for the World’s Weakest Immune System. A celiac sufferer (the real deal, diagnosed in …

Biology

The perils of being your own doctor

When an experienced physician became convinced he had ALS, none of the specialists he consulted could persuade him he was perfectly healthy<p>In the summer of my 44th year, when everyone did the ice bucket challenge for ALS, when friends and strangers and celebrities soaked themselves with iced water …

Mind

How the ‘war on drugs’ entrenches patterns of drug addiction

Since Richard Nixon famously called for an ‘all-out offensive’ on the war on drugs in 1971, the US government has funnelled a trillion dollars into …

Consciousness