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"A lesbian is a woman or girl who is sexually or romantically attracted to females, or who engages in same-sex behavior or relationships." - From: Cardozo,
Patricia R., et al.
"Lesbians." Encyclopedia of Human Development.
G is for Gay
"Individuals who identify as gay or lesbian have a
sexualorientation toward members of their own gender." -From: Else-Quest,
"Gender and Sexual Orientation."
21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook.
B is for Bisexual
"...bisexuality is believed to indicate the
potential to feel attracted to members of both sexes, regardless of
whether the feelings are acted upon or not." - From: Bronson,
"Bisexuality." Encyclopedia of Human Development.
T is for Transgendered
"Transgendered persons exemplify the fluidity of gender and complexity of sexuality. Transgendered individuals assume a different gender identity than that which corresponds to their physiological sex." - From: "Introduction to Transgendereds and Transsexuals." Gender Issues and Sexuality: Essential Primary Sources. Ed. K. Lee Lerner, Brenda Wilmoth Lerner, and Adrienne Wilmoth Lerner. Detroit: Gale, 2006.
Q is for Queer & Questioning
"People who are
uncomfortable claiming a sexual orientation identity are referred to as questioning. Many people have reclaimed the word queer as a
term of empowerment. Some use it primarily as an inclusive term for all people who have a
homosexual or bisexual orientation and for those who are intersexed or transgendered. Others
use it to emphasize the complexity and fluid nature of human sexuality and gender, to
deconstruct the dominant belief in a heterosexual/homosexual binary." - From: Graves,
Sexuality, Theories of."
Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration.
I is for Intersexed
"Intersex is a term used to describe someone who
has an anatomy that is not clearly either male or female." - From: Sherry,
Encyclopedia of Disability.
Cisgender” replaces the terms “nontransgender” or “bio man/bio woman” to refer to individuals who have a match between the gender they were assigned at birth, their bodies, and their personal identity. - From: Schilt, Kristen; Westbrook, Laurel (August 2009). "Doing Gender, Doing Heteronormativity: 'Gender Normals,' Transgender People, and the Social Maintenance of Heterosexuality". Gender & Society 23 (4): 440–464.
Part of the community that urges power "to confront the harassment, violence, and discrimination often directed toward LGBT and questioning students." - From: Blount, Jackie M. "Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Issues in Education." Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration. 2006. SAGE Publications.
"Gender, the socially constructed roles, behaviors, and expectations regarding what it means to be male and female, shifts over time and between cultures and varies from person to person." - From: Graves, Karen. "Sexuality, Theories of." Encyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration. 2006. SAGE Publications.
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Topic: Gay Marriage
For articles on the topic of same sex marriage or unions, see these entries from the database Academic Search Premier.
This article examines whether legally recognizing (or prohibiting) same-sex marriage has any adverse impact on societal outcomes specifically related to "traditional family values." From: Langbein, Laura, and Mark A. Yost. "Same-Sex Marriage and Negative Externalities." Social Science Quarterly (Blackwell Publishing Limited) 90.2 (2009): 292-308.
This article provides a frame for the articles on same sex marriage presented in this issue of "Studies in Gender & Sexuality". From: Harris, Adrienne, and Gilbert W. Cole. "Conversation on Marriage for Lesbian and Gay People: Introduction to Lesbian and Gay Marriage Roundtable." Studies in Gender & Sexuality 9.2 (2008): 140-145.
This issue of from the Congressional Record provides a complete overview on the issue of gays in the military. Includes a Gay Rights Timeline and a legislative history of the issue. From: "Gays in the Military." Congressional Digest 89.4 (2010): 97
This study analyzes data from a 2006 survey of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans that shows declining support for the policy of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. From: Moradi, Bonnie, and Laura Miller. "Attitudes of Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans toward Gay and Lesbian Service Members." Armed Forces & Society (0095327X) 36.3 (2010): 397-419.
Topic: Homosexuality and Psychology
For articles on the topic of the view of homosexuality in professional psychology, see these entries from the database Academic Search Premier.
"This review explores how criticisms of the existing Gender Identity Disorder diagnoses parallel and contrast with earlier historical events that led American Psychiatric Association to remove homosexuality from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in 1973." From: Drescher, Jack. "Queer Diagnoses: Parallels and Contrasts in the History of Homosexuality, Gender Variance, and the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual." Archives of Sexual Behavior 39.2 (2010): 427-460.
"Gender identity disorder is the only disorder in which treatment is designed to confirm, reinforce, and validate the belief that is the basis of the mental disorder. In all other diagnoses, the symptoms in the diagnostic criteria are viewed as pathological and the goal of treatment is to remove the symptoms. In gender identity disorder, however, the body is altered to match the belief that is said to be a symptom of mental disorder."
"The DSM-III treated homosexuality as a personality disorder, but the DSM-III-R downgraded it to an ego-dystonic disorder. By the time the DSM-IV was published, homosexuality had been dropped as a mental disorder because of social and political pressure to treat homosexuality as a normal gender choice." - From: Sparrow, G. Scott. "Dsm-IV." Encyclopedia of Multicultural Psychology. 2006. SAGE Publications.
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An overview of the three-day period of rioting and protest that followed a 1969 police raid on New York City's Stonewall Inn. From: Glanville, Priscilla. "Stonewall Rebellion." Encyclopedia of Leadership. 2004. SAGE Publications.
This article provides a comparative-historical analysis of Stonewall and four events similar to it that occurred in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York in the 1960s. From: Armstrong, Elizabeth A., and Suzanna M. Crage. "Movements and Memory: The Making of the Stonewall Myth." American Sociological Review 71.5 (2006): 724-751.
This article from New Republic discusses the gay rights movement at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village around the planning of Stonewall 25 in 1994. From: Bawer, Bruce. "NOTES ON STONEWALL. (Cover story)." New Republic 210.24 (1994): 24-30.