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    Debate surrounds intersex inclusion in the DSM V by Jennie Kermode 13
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 5, 2012

      Debate surrounds intersex inclusion in the DSM V

      by Jennie Kermode
      13 June 2012, 11:31am


      The DSM is undergoing revisions for its fifth edition

      The DSM, or Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, is the American Psychological Association (APA) guidebook used by psychiatrists all around the world. It is currently undergoing revisions for a fifth edition, which has sparked controversy in many areas. Among these is its inclusion, for the first time, of intersex people.





      Study: Male homosexuality ‘strongly genetic,’ and related to female fertility

      by Edmund Broch
      13 June 2012, 10:28pm


      Why the so-called 'gay genes' have not driven themselves to extinction is something of an evolutionary mystery

      A new study has suggested that male homosexuality is much more genetically determined than previously thought, and is directly related to the fecundity of female relatives.





      Study: Absence of male role-models not affecting teenage children of lesbian parents

      by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
      20 June 2012, 3:43pm

      The absence of male role models did not adversely affect the psychological adjustment in a group of nearly eighty 17-year-olds raised in lesbian-headed households, the Williams Institute said today.





      Google celebrates 100th anniversary of gay war hero’s Alan Turing’s birth with Doodle

      by Benjamin Cohen
      23 June 2012, 11:15am

      Google has celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alan Turing, the gay mathematical genius and codebreaker who not only was the effective inventor of the computer but also a key driver behind the victory over the Nazis.





      Aussie Doctor No More: Banned for Prescribing Gay Castration Cure

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Friday Sep 7, 2012

      A doctor from Sydney, Australia, who is also a member of a conservative Christian sect, has been banned from practicing medicine because he prescribed a chemical castration drug to a teenager to "cure" his homosexuality, the Global Post reported.

      In 2008, Dr. Mark Craddock, 75, prescribed an unidentified 18-year-old patient Cyprostat during a 10-minute consultation after he came out as gay.





      College Course Lumps Homosexuality, Rape, Murder

      by Jeff Brady

      Listen to the Story

      All Things Considered

      September 10, 2012

      The Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio faces questions about its accreditation because of a course description that links homosexuality with crimes like murder, rape and robbery.

      The university's social work program offers the course, called SWK 314 Deviant Behavior. The course description reads: "The behaviors that are primarily examined are murder, rape, robbery, prostitution, homosexuality, mental illness and drug use."





      Studies Show Openly Gay Military Has No Negative Impact, Here or in Israel

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Thursday Sep 13, 2012

      It’s been a year since Congress repealed the much-detested Clinton Era "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" rule. No longer would LGBT members of America’s Armed Forces only be allowed to serve their country if they told no one their sexual orientation and no one found them out.

      A year later, an academic study now shows what every industrialized nation from Israel to Great Britain to Argentina has already experienced: The repeal of the controversial policy has "no overall negative impact on military readiness or its component dimensions, including cohesion, recruitment, retention, assaults, harassment or morale,"





      Malaysian government criticised for hosting seminars to spot ‘gay children’

      by Staff Writer, PinkNews.co.uk
      14 September 2012, 6:24pm

      The Malaysian government has been criticised by Amnesty International for hosting a series of seminars for parents and teachers, claiming how to identify if a child is gay.





      Malaysia Gives Seminars on How To Spot Gay Students

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

      Government officials in Malaysia are holding seminars to help the country’s school teachers and parents to identify "signs of homosexuality in children, underscoring a rise in religious conservatism" in the Southeastern Asian nation, Reuters reported.

      The organization Teachers Foundation of Malaysia put together 10 seminars across the country. According to the group’s spokesman, about 1,500 people attended an event held last Wednesday.





      US: Texas school shuts down entire course, to prevent possibly gay student from joining

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      15 September 2012, 3:29pm


      The Principal reportedly cancelled the course after realising he could not legally dismiss a student for being gay

      The principal of a school in Texas has cancelled an entire course, reportedly to prevent a man he thought might be gay, from enrolling.





      US: Bisexual pride day could officially become a reality in Berkeley

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      18 September 2012, 6:48pm

      Bisexual Pride Day, separate from other LGBT pride events across the globe, could officially come into existence in the city of Berkeley, North California, if approved by the council there.





      Berkeley Lawmakers Recognize Bisexual Pride Day

      Associated Press

      Wednesday Sep 19, 2012

      BERKELEY, Calif. - Berkeley on Tuesday became what is thought to be the nation’s first city to officially proclaim a day recognizing bisexuals, a sexual minority that often complains of being derided as sexually confused fence-sitters.

      The City Council unanimously and without discussion declared Sept. 23 as Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day. Since 1999, bisexual activists have claimed the date to celebrate their community, and bisexual pride events routinely are held in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and other cities across the nation.





      US: High School student starts gay-straight alliance

      by Joseph Patrick McCormick
      25 September 2012, 8:54pm

      A 15-year-old from Columbus, Indiana, has started her high school’s first gay-straight alliance, after seeing her gay friends being bullied for years.





      Retired Battleship Hosts NYC Gala a Year After DADT Repeal

      by Winnie McCroy

      EDGE Contributor

      Wednesday Sep 26, 2012

      Celebrities and military top brass gathered aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Sept. 18 for "Celebrating Our Heroes: A Tribute to America’s Service Members & Veterans," presented by Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), OutServe, and the Interbank Roundtable Committee (IRC).

      The Intrepid is a decommissioned Navy battleship that is now part of the Smithsonian Museum. It is permanently anchored on a pier in the Hudson River in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.





      Sally Ride’s Posthumous Outing Sparks Debate

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Wednesday Sep 26, 2012

      Sally Ride will be remembered for the many accomplishments she achieved throughout her 61-years. But most of us will always associate her with being the first American woman to enter space.

      After the pioneering astronaut lost her 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer in July, however, many will now recognize her as the first gay person to enter the Last Frontier.





      US: Gay rights group releases huge study of LGBT youth

      by Scott Roberts
      3 October 2012, 12:15pm

      The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has surveyed over 10,000 LGBT youth aged between 10 and 13 in the largest known sample of its kind in the US.





      Lawsuit Filed Over California Gay Teen Therapy Law

      Associated Press

      Wednesday Oct 3, 2012

      SAN FRANCISCO - A Christian legal group has filed a lawsuit to overturn a first-of-its-kind California law that prohibits licensed mental health professionals from practicing therapies aimed at making gay and lesbian teenagers straight.





      Gay Pride March Banned in Serbia

      by Dusan Stojanovic

      Associated Press

      Thursday Oct 4, 2012

      BELGRADE, Serbia - Serbia’s police on Wednesday banned a Gay Pride march in Belgrade, citing security concerns but also complying with a request from Serbia’s Christian Orthodox church.

      Police said they were banning the march planned for Saturday because they feared a repeat of the violence in 2010, when right-wing groups attacked a Gay Pride event in Belgrade. That triggered day-long clashes with the police which left more than 100 people injured.





      Gay Texas Couple Find ’Leave or Die Fags’ Painted on Porch

      by Jason St. Amand

      Web Producer / Staff Writer

      Thursday Oct 4, 2012

      A gay couple from a small town in the Texas panhandle said they woke up Monday morning to find an anti-gay phrase painted on their front porch, Pronews 7 reported.

      The two men, Joshua Harrison and Jeremy Jeffers of Clarendon, Texas, say they discovered their front porch vandalized with "leave or die fags" painted on it early Monday.





      California: Second lawsuit filed against gay ‘cure’ ban

      by Scott Roberts
      5 October 2012, 2:44pm

      A second federal lawsuit has been filed seeking to overturn California’s new ban on gay conversion therapy for those under the age of 18.



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