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Since the beginning of humanity there have always been people attracted to the opposite gender, others attracted to the same gender, some attracted to both genders, and others who identify with the opposite gender that is other than their physical body.

At different times in history and under different cultures, this variety in the human experience received repression, toleration, or reverence, depending on popular sentiments.

In the late 1940’s through the 1950’s, Alfred C. Kinsey, with the help of Wardell B. Pomeroy and Clyde E. Martin, studied human sexuality. Kinsey founded his Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction in 1947, which continues its work to this day.

Kinsey was a zoologist who observed a variety of sexual behaviors among animals that were more fluid than any assumed rigid roles might suggest. In the research work at the Kinsey Institute, they interviewed men and women, guaranteeing their anonymity, so that the research subjects were able to discuss sexual topics openly and honestly, even those considered taboo at the time. The interviews, conducted over many years, involved many thousands of men and around 6,000 women.

Publication of the outcomes of the research came in the form of the “Kinsey Reports.” In 1948, came the publication of “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.” The following publication, in 1953, was “Sexual Behavior in the Human Female.”

The publication of the Kinsey Reports caused an outrage and shock because the content explicitly discussed sexual topics in ways that challenged conventionally held beliefs. One of the Kinsey reports’ conclusions was that homosexuality was more prevalent than previously imagined.

Even more controversial was Kinsey’s proclamation, based on the data collected from the interviews, that sexuality was not defined in a rigid way, nor could it be broken down into three simple categories of homosexual, bisexual, and heterosexual. Instead, Kinsey thought it was better to put sexuality on a seven-point sliding scale.

Kinsey found amongst the interviewed males that 46% reacted sexually to both sexes, even if they did not act on the attraction, 37% had at least one homosexual experience, 11.6% were actively bisexual, and 10% were exclusively homosexual. With females, about 4% to 7% were bisexual, with younger females being a higher percentage than older ones, and 1% to 6% were homosexual, with older females being a higher percentage than the younger ones.

The Birth of LGBT

What does LGBT stand for? The acronym LGBT meaning represents lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Detailed definitions of these terms and others are on the University of Michigan International Spectrum website and even more definitions are on Revel & Riot.

Lesbians are females sexually attracted to other females. Gays are males sexually attracted to other males. Bisexuals are males or females sexually attracted to both sexes. Transgender individuals are either a female or male physically; however, they like to wear clothes of the opposite sex and/or psychologically identify with themselves being the opposite gender, both genders, a third gender, or “above” gender distinctions.

The idea behind the LGBT community is to be as inclusive as possible with respect for any individually chosen distinctions.

Transgender, Transsexual, and Transvestite

The letter “T” in LGBT needs further explanation. The term “transgender” includes transsexuals and transvestites.

A person who is a transsexual has a gender identity that is opposite of their biological sex. Sometimes, transsexual people undergo sexual reassignment surgery (a sex-change operation) to change genders.

A transvestite is a person of one gender that prefers to dress in ways of the opposite gender. Another name for such a person is a “cross-dresser.” A transvestite does not necessarily want to change genders physically. A transvestite might be a male, who is perfectly happy being the male gender, yet loves to dress up in women’s clothes.

A famous example of a transvestite man is the comedian Eddie Izzard. Izzard performs on stage in either men’s or women’s clothes, depending on his mood, yet he is comfortable being male and does not want a sex change. He made a very successful career, while openly displaying his transvestite nature. A slang word for a transvestite is “tranny.”

Some add the letter “Q” to make it the full LGBT acronym LGBTQ. “Q” is for queer or for questioning. The queer definition is a reconfiguration of a word that can be derogatory when used in a hateful way against another person. Calling a male a “queer,” is a put down, unless done in fun by an LGBT person. When LGBT people use the word “queer,” it is a way to gain power over a derogatory term and transform it into sometime positive. Using “Q” for questioning also allows younger people the freedom to explore sexuality, without having to choose to be in a specific category.

LGBT History
The acronym LGBT came into popular use sometime during the 1980’s. The meaning of what is LGBT is to be more representative of those included in what was previously the “gay community.” It is interesting to see how the terms evolved.

Here is the historical timeline:

Lesbian
The English word “lesbian” has its origins in the ancient Greek word “lesbos.” Lesbos is a Greek island that still exists today. A famous female poet named Sappho from around 600 B.C. lived on the Isle of Lesbos. Sappho was bisexual. She wrote many erotic poems about women who love women.

A person from Lesbos would be a Lesbian, and that definition expanded to include all women who are sexually attracted to other women.

Gay
The word “gay” has an amusing history. It was first used starting in the 12th century in England to mean carefree, joyful, bright, and showy. Not long ago, during the early to mid 1900’s in America, “gay” was a popular term used by everyone to describe things that were enjoyable. A person who was gay, was carefree, fun, and having a good time.

The 1934 movie musical entitled “The Gay Divorcee,” starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, had nothing to do with homosexuality.

By the mid 1950’s, homosexual men adopted the word “gay” to describe themselves, preferring it over the term homosexual, which sounds so clinical. Homosexuality was, at that time, considered a mental illness. It is like the difference between a person calling themselves a little bit crazy, rather than psychotic. Among homosexual men, the term “gay” became a popular, friendly description of men who are sexually attracted to other men.

Bisexual

Bisexuality has always existed. Entire sophisticated cultures, such as the ancient Greeks revered it, considering it the only “normal” way to behave.

Charles Gilbert Chaddock gets the credit for the first known use of the word “bisexual” to mean sexual attraction to both genders. He used the words bisexual and homosexual in his 1892 translation of Kraft-Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis, with their modern meanings. Prior to this, bisexual meant hermaphroditic, which is a person who has both male and female genitalia.

Transgender

An article by KJ Rawson published on The News Minutes explores the history of the word “transgender,” which is fairly recent, dating back to the 1960’s.

The first use of the word was by a psychiatrist named John F. Olivan who explained transgenderism in a medical textbook, published in 1965, entitled “Sexual Hygiene and Pathology.”

Subsequently, the word “transgenderal,” used by Virginia Price in 1969, popularized the word, which later shortened to “transgender.” It is interesting to note that Price intended to create a special word for a person that wants to express an opposite gender, but does not want a sex change to become the opposite gender physically.

The contemporary definition of “transgender” is much more inclusive and covers a very broad category of humanity. It now includes transsexuals who want to change genders physically, cross-dressers (aka transvestites) who want to dress as the opposite gender, and those who define themselves as a third gender or “genderqueer.”

LGBT Flags
The most famous LGBT flag has the colors of the rainbow. Gilbert Baker invented the Rainbow Flag in 1978. He now lives in New York and is 65-years old. We love you Gilbert for coming up with such a great symbol! Listen to a recording as Gilbert Baker talks about the Rainbow Flag on his website in his own words.

The Washington Post wrote a fabulous story about Gilbert and his motivation for creating the Rainbow Flag.

Some of the most important ideas, concepts and facts include:

  • A rainbow represents diversity.
  • A rainbow is a natural phenomenal.
  • The colors are bright and cheerful.
  • A flag represent a nation, a tribe, or a people.
  • Gilbert, as a drag queen (now known affectionately as “Busty Ross”), had impeccable taste and a keen eye for design.
  • Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in the USA, asked Gilbert to make the flag for a protest rally. Gilbert made the flag for Harvey to use, just a few months before Harvey Milk was assassinated on November 27, 1978 by the same killer who shot Mayor George Moscone on that day.

Gilbert’s story is like the story of Betsy Ross, who during June 1776 created the first American flag, which she made. Gilbert created the first Rainbow Flag, sewn by him with the help of about thirty volunteers that were needed, especially to dye the massive amounts of white cotton bolts of fabric into the colors for the flag. This was not an easy undertaking.

The first Rainbow Flag debuted publicly, on June 25, 1978 at the United Nations Plaza in San Francisco. It was enormous. The width of each stripe was greater than the height of an average person.

In the strong San Francisco Bay breeze, it unfurled magnificently. If a person was there (this author was there), they knew that “gay pride” was real, palpable, and powerful that day.

The original Rainbow Flag had eight colors and each color had a symbolic meaning.

The original colors, listed in the order from the top of the flag downwards, with their meanings are:

  1. Hot Pink is for sexuality.
  2. Red stands for life energy.
  3. Orange is the healing color.
  4. Yellow is life-giving sunlight.
  5. Green is the color of nature.
  6. Turquoise represent magic and art
  7. Blue bring us serenity and harmony.
  8. Violet is for spirit awareness.

Subsequently there was the removal of hot pink because that color of fabric was too expensive and unavailable for the mass production of the flag. Then later, the color there was a deletion of turquoise, so that when the Rainbow Flag was in two halves on the opposite sides of the street, there would be an equal number of three colors hanging from each side. Red, orange, yellow hanging on one side and green, blue, violet hanging on the opposite side of the street. This was OK! Queens know how to re-decorate.

The most common “commercial” version of the Rainbow Flag now has six colors and it is flown horizontally. Those colors in order are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. With the exception of the removal of the color indigo, this matches the colors and sequences of colors in a natural rainbow, which are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.

The original Rainbow Flag, with eight colors, flies over the Castro in San Francisco in honor of Harvey Milk and from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in New York. Gilbert himself states that the changing colors are not important, nor is which color is on top. He says, what is important is the concept of the rainbow.

The Rainbow Flag is also known as the Gay Pride Flag, LGBT Pride Flag, Pride Flag, and Queer Flag. The word “queer,” once derogatory, now incorporates everyone. If you do not know that already, as Gilbert might say, “Honey, get over it!”

There are other symbols of the LGBT community and its subgroups. Some symbols, like the pink triangle, have a negative historical significance. The Nazis used a pink triangle to identify homosexuals in the concentration camps.

No other symbols of the global LGBT come close to being as recognizable and delightful as the Rainbow Flag. Those who support the LGBT community all know what it stands for and they love it! LGBT people fly the Rainbow Flag in front of their homes. They put stickers of it everywhere. They wear it as a pin on their clothing.

In 1994, Gilbert made a one-mile long Rainbow Flag carried down the streets of New York with him in the lead in memory of the 25th anniversary of the “Stonewall Riots.” The Stonewall Riots happened in 1969 in New York, when the drag queen patrons of the Stonewall Inn were fed up with police harassment. They decided to take it to the streets and fight back. This event was the birth of the Gay Liberation Movement in the USA.

The Rainbow Flag now is the most powerful and enduring symbol of the LGBT community and its use is worldwide.

LGBT Community

What is the LGBT community and its events? The one word that describes the LGBTQA+ community is diversity. As mentioned before, adding “Q” to the end of LGBT means queer or questioning. Adding the letter “A” is for those that are asexual. An asexual person has no interest in sex whatsoever. The “+” sign is for anyone else that wants to add their own personal definition to the categories. There are plenty of people without the need for a specific label and the “+” category includes them as well. An example of this would be a heterosexual person who is gay-friendly.

How refreshing it is to see such a diverse spectrum of humanity, support and embrace the right to be unique. Instead of fearing this, they applaud it.

LGBT Events

This is why in any “gay parade,” now called a LGBT parade or Pride Parade, there are wild wonderful expressions of human diversity and individuality.

Here are just a few of the groups that stand out:

Dykes on Bikes – This group uses a derogatory term of “dyke” to take power over a negative word and change its meaning to be more positive. This is a motorcycle group of lesbian “womyn.” The change of the spelling from “women,” to “womyn,” is another distinct way to claim personal freedom. The Urban Dictionary explains this very clearly. Changing the letter “e” in women to the letter “y,” changes the status of women from a subset of men to a distinct power in their own right.

Womyn who ride in motorcycle gangs can show strength and be “macha” The beauty of the Spanish language is there are both a feminine word and a masculine word to describe almost everything. The masculine word is “macho.” Therefore, the womyn’s word for a masculine womyn would be “MACHA!” that is a wonderful word and not derogatory at all.

Dykes on Bikes started in San Francisco, USA during 1976. That year the group led the San Francisco Pride Parade and continued to do this every year since. Dykes on Bikes is now headquartered in Chicago, has twenty-two chapters, with many affiliations all over the world including, UK, Australia, and Canada, Besides San Francisco, they lead the Pride Parades in Greece, London, Melbourne, Paris, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, and Zurich.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence – This group of gay men dress up in drag as outrageously funny catholic nuns. They are a hoot. They made their first appearance in San Francisco during 1979 on Easter Sunday.

This group works in community service and uses the shocking look of their fabulous attire to uplift human rights, promote diversity, and spiritual enlightenment. Since the group formed just before the AIDS epidemic hit in San Francisco, during the 1980’s, they worked tirelessly to help those who were ill.

They use intelligence, grace, and humor to expose bigotry. The catholic nun-like outfits, taken to colorful extremes, are a direct response to the Catholic Church’s early condemnation of gay men with HIV/AIDS.

During the 1980’s, the Catholic Church and Pope publicly announced the opinion that gay men deserved to die from AIDS. Now, the Catholic Church is the largest private supplier in the world of services to HIV/AIDS patients. In 2010, the UK Telegraph reported that the Catholic Pope Benedict XVI, dropped the centuries old ban on condom use, if the condoms use is put in place to prevent infection with HIV. It seems the Catholic Church picked up some of the spiritual enlightenment expressed by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. God bless them.

PFLAG – PFLAG are the parents, families, and friends of lesbians and gays. They also include support for those who are bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning. This organization operates in the Unites States and has affiliations with other groups around the world. They march in the LGBT Pride events to show their public support for the LGBTQ+ community and its members.

ACT UP – This organization, founded in 1987 by Larry Kramer (who is now 81), is the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power. The mission of this organization is political activism, staging protests, civil disobedience, and media outreach to protest the key issues surrounding the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Besides appearing in Pride Parades, ACT UP staged protests on Wall Street, at the FDA headquarters building, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, at the National Institute for Health, at Grand Central Station in New York, T the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, and many other public places.

The slogan for ACT UP is “Silence = Death.”

ACT UP brought desperately needed attention to the AIDS crisis in America, when government policy makers and others ignored the crisis. In 1989, ACT UP got Burroughs Wellcome, the maker of the first HIV drug called AZT, to lower the price from $10,000 per year to $6,400 per year to make the treatment more affordable, so more people with HIV could take the medicine.

In contemporary times, the group continues to be active and take direct action to end the AIDS crisis and work for issues of improving LGBT health.

This is just a small sampling of the organizations that are part of the LGBT community that celebrate with parades, an annual pride month, and are part of the movement. There are thousands of others.

LGBT Organizations

There is a huge amount of LGBT organizations found worldwide. Most major cities have a resource centre for LGBT people.

These two lists are extensive:

Surprisingly, there are Muslim organizations that support LGBT Muslims, which are outside of the countries of the Middle East, where, in some countries, homosexuality is a crime punishable by death.

These Muslim LGBT groups, located in the more progressive parts of the world, include:

Friendly churches, religious, and spiritual groups that welcome LGBT people include many organizations. As shown above, there are Muslim groups. There are also many Christian groups that are LGBT affirming and Buddhist groups.

LGBT People and Buddhism

Buddhist groups are already LGBT affirming. It is the nature of Buddhism as a spiritual practice, not to be a religion. Buddhism is mind training and all LGBT people are welcome. However, there are the teachings of the Supreme Buddha, which say, “Be aware of sexual misconduct.”

Sexual misconduct is a generic way to describe things that block a person from spiritual enlightenment. Buddhist monks and nuns agree to refrain from sexual contact, just like they release attachments to other things such as money. Laypersons (not monks or nuns) can have any sexual contact that they are comfortable doing, as long as it is not harmful to others or to themselves.

An example of self-harm would be excessive masturbation and addiction to pornography. There is no condemnation from Buddhists about such things, because Buddhists are extremely compassionate. However, this behavior blocks a person on the path of spiritual enlightenment from progressing due to the mind’s inappropriate focus on the attachments.

LGBT Churches for Christians

A wonderful resource offered by GayChurch.org helps LGBT Christians find an appropriate place for worship and spiritual experience in the USA and Canada. There are also resources available on the GayChristian.net and it is very interesting to read what they believe.

Some Christian religious organizations deserve special recognition and these include:

Metropolitan Community Church
Rev. Troy Perry, now 76 (July 2016) is one of the LGBT treasures. His Christian love outshines any bigoted nonsense, such as “God Hates Fags.” The loving savior Jesus Christ would never say he hates anyone. Rev. Perry loves Jesus and Jesus loves him and everyone else.

Dignity

It takes tremendous courage to become an organization of LGBT Catholics. For centuries, the Catholic Church attacked LGBT people, even when its own priests committed crimes of homosexual pedophilia. LGBT people do not condone pedophilia. This is simply not a LGBT thing to do.

It seems that repression of sexual desires, by the vow of celibacy made by catholic priests, might not be such a good thing. Many repressed sexual desires came out in inappropriate ways.

Dignity had to deal with all of this controversy and deal with discrimination by the church against gays Catholics at the same time. They did so in extraordinary ways. They proved it is possible and it is exceptional to be LGBT people able express the love of God through the Catholic Faith.

LGBT-Friendly Tours
There are many tour companies that offer LGBT-friendly tours and there are wonderful gay cruises for holidays as well. Groups of LGBT people can enjoy travel destinations with accommodations that are gay-friendly and staff that treats them with dignity and respect.

Some of the tours are “hedonistic” tours, so be prepared to have a wild time. Others are calmer, like a traditional tour, however, no one will look at you strangely if you hold the hand of your lover, whoever that person may be.

LGBT TV Shows

One of the most important changes in the popular culture that supports the LGBT community is the inclusion of LGBT themes and LGBT characters in television shows and movies.

Wikipedia gives an extensive list of television programs with LGBT characters. The list is quite impressive. Decades ago, the LGBT people where in hiding. This was called being in the closet or closeted. This was a terrible way to live. To deny one’s true nature and always have to pretend to be someone else meant having to lie constantly.

In Hollywood, the stigma of the public finding out someone was gay was enough to get an actor banned for life.

This was true even though, many of the most famous Hollywood actors (actor now includes both sexes), were LGBT people and so were a majority of the support staff. Nevertheless, a false façade needed to be in place to keep the public unaware.

A terrific expose’ of this is the documentary entitled, “The Celluloid Closet.

In more recent times, Hollywood relaxed somewhat, but not completely, about its paranoia of being identified as full of gays. Nevertheless, there is still a contextual problem as noted in the documentary film, Gay Hollywood: The Last Taboo.

It is refreshing to see the media success that goes contradictory to this bigoted past completely. We love Ellen Degeneres!

Here are two shows that make the top of the LGBT TV list:

  • The Ellen Degeneres Show – Ellen is so cool and she is married to the gorgeous Portia de Rossi. Could any “womyn” be more exceptional than Ellen? We think not.
  • Queer as Folk – This sexually hot and provocative show did not hold back in showing the intimate details of the real life of contemporary gay men. It started in the UK in 1999 and went on in 2000 to conquer the audiences in the USA with the American Queer as Folk as well.

LGBT Movies on Netflix

Ranker lists the top 25 LGBT movies on Netflix (July, 2016) as:

  1. The Way He Looks
  2. Boys
  3. Weekend
  4. North Sea Texas
  5. G.B.F
  6. A Single Man
  7. Rent
  8. Kinky Boots
  9. The Kids Are All Right
  10. Bridegroom
  11. Kiss Me
  12. White Frog
  13. Paris is Burning
  14. Naked as We Came
  15. Loving Anabelle
  16. Edge of Seventeen
  17. Eating Out
  18. Quatro Lunas
  19. Sordid Lives
  20. Beginners
  21. Boy Culture
  22. Patrick Age 1.5
  23. Heavenly Creatures
  24. Camp
  25. Bear City

LGBT Publications

Magazines and Ezines for LGBT people are abundant. Besides pornography, there are many addressing political issues, fashion, and popular culture.

Wikipedia has a huge list of global LGBT periodicals.

Csion reports the top ten, based on print circulation, as the following:

  1. OUT has 203,039 subscribers
  2. The Advocate  has 187,791 subscribers
  3. Instinct Magazine has 128,258 subscribers
  4. Metrosource has 126,487 subscribers
  5. The San Francisco Bay Times subscribers 120,000 subscribers
  6. The Official New York City Pride Guide has 100,000 subscribers
  7. Pink Magazine has 100,000 subscribers
  8. Passport has 73,800 subscribers
  9. Cybersocket has 69,900 subscribers
  10. Curve has 69,650 subscribers

LGBT Books

Goodreads.com has a huge list of hundreds of LGBT themed books that are comedic and some have funny titles, which include the books on this top ten list (July 2016):

  1. Dick, It’s What’s for Dinner
  2. I’ll Be Your Drill, Soldier
  3. Sno Ho
  4. Frat Boy and Toppy
  5. Shattered Glass
  6. My Roommate’s a Jock? Well, Crap!
  7. Pricks and Pragmatism
  8. Dark Lord Seeks Friendship, Maybe More
  9. Butt Pirates in Space
  10. There’s Cock in this Book

LGBT Rights

LGBT politics, issues, and laws have made significant progression over the past decades since the Gay Liberation Movement started in the 1960’s. The vast majority of the world is at least tolerant of LGBT people and in some places, LGBT people have made terrific strides from freedom.

Many laws that made certain sexual acts illegal between the same gender have been repealed. In the more advanced nations, LGBT people are beginning to gain acceptance as part of the wonderful human tapestry. This does not mean all things are perfect. In fact, LGBT discrimination still exists and there is so much evidence that there is much more to do.

Examples of the most negative situations include the LGBT bullying of teens that leads them to suicide. The facts about bullying of LGBT people show it has not disappeared. For those experiencing Anti-LGBT discrimination, the serious oppression in Russia, the death sentences in the Middle East, and the attacks by the Christian fundamentalist conservatives on the “gay” agenda, are all examples of the continual work that faces the LGBT global community.

The negative statistics can be disheartening. The Washington Post has a comprehensive report on the negative circumstances for LGBT people around the world including the countries were being homosexual means the risk of getting a death sentence simply for sexual orientation. There are also 77 countries were homosexuality is illegal. The concentration of this bigotry is in the Middle East and Africa, as well as some parts of Micronesia. LGBT news from the seriously repressive parts of the world is horrifying. However, in the end, good wins. The LGBT community position is clear. It is just to be treated simply as another human being as part of the general population.

LGBT Marriage

Marriage of same-sex couples now has acceptance in many parts of the world. Dating, weddings, equality, and adoption are all possibilities for same-sex couples in many countries according to Pew Research. The basic premise is a simple one. Any adult has the right to fall in love with any other adult that loves them as well.

LGBT Friendly

This group includes companies that support LGBT people with jobs without discrimination. This group includes those who work on LGBT awareness and create an organization such as a Gay-Straight Alliance club at a school with support for the LGBT people. There are friendly colleges, scholarships for LGBT people, and the Obama LGBT support that included permanently changing the laws that gave the rights for same-sex persons to marry in the USA.

LGBT People now include celebrities, youth, and people from all lifestyles. The LGBT online experience includes the power of the social network, dating sites, blogs, YouTubers, a website of every imaginable kind, and a forum for everyone’s free expression.

LGBT Future

It was a delight to help bring a bit of understanding the depth of the meaning of LGBTQ+, so that everyone can embrace his or her own individual excellence.

Something any person really gets sexually excited about and “turns them on,” can easily be disgusting to others. This is part of what makes human beings so interesting!

If a person self-identifies and prefers to join a particular category, more power to them.

If a person is unsure and prefers not to be limited by definition more power to them as well. If a person wants to limit the sexual expressions of others to conform to their own personal tastes, this is not appropriate.

This is what the LGBTQ+ community means. It is freedom of personal expression, without oppression by others.

It would be good to add “H” to the list. The LGBTQ+ wants the “H” community to express themselves in any way they like. “H” is for heterosexual. Heterosexual is defined as a male or female comfortable with their own biological gender, who is sexually attracted to those of the opposite sex. This sexual orientation is 100% supported by the LGBTQ+ community!

We would never want to force you “H” people to do sexual things you find abhorrent. That would be disgusting. This is the key in understanding sexual freedom. Everyone has personal tastes, likes, dislikes, and preferences. This is normal. The LGBT community respects everyone’s tastes and asks only that you do the same.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_Institute_for_Research_in_Sex,_Gender,_and_Reproduction

Kinsey Reports
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinsey_Reports

LGBT
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT

LGBT Community
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_community

LGBT Terms and Definitions
https://internationalspectrum.umich.edu/life/definitions

LGBTTIQQ2SAA+ Definitions
http://www.revelandriot.com/resources/lgbtq-and-trans-definitions/

Eddie Izzard
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How ‘Gay’ Came to Mean ‘Homosexual’
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The Gay Divorcee
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0025164/

Bisexuality
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_bisexuality

Charles Gilbert Chaddock
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Gilbert_Chaddock

Debunking the origin behind the word ‘transgender’
http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/debunking-origin-behind-word-transgender

Gilbert Baker
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Rainbow Flag
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How the rainbow became the symbol of gay pride
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/06/29/how-the-rainbow-became-the-symbol-of-gay-pride/

Gay Pride Rainbow Flag
http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/qq-rb.html

Harvey Milk
http://www.biography.com/people/harvey-milk-9408170

Harvey Milk Assasination
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvey_Milk#.22City_in_agony.22

Betsy Ross
http://www.biography.com/people/betsy-ross-9464205

7 Colours of the Rainbow
https://www.englishclub.com/ref/esl/Power_of_7/7_Colours_of_the_Rainbow_2940.htm

LGBT Symbols
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_symbols

Stonewall Riots
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_riots

Dykes on Bikes
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dykes_on_Bikes

Womyn
http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=womyn

San Francisco Pride Parade
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Pride

The Sisters of Perpectual Indulgence
http://www.thesisters.org/

Catholic Church and HIV/AIDS
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church_and_HIV/AIDS

The Pope drops Catholic ban on condoms in historic shift
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/the-pope/8148944/The-Pope-drops-Catholic-ban-on-condoms-in-historic-shift.html

PFLAG
https://www.pflag.org/

PFLAG International Affiliations
https://www.pflag.org/intlfamilygroups

ACT UP
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ACT_UP

Larry Kramer
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Kramer

List of LGBT rights organizations
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LGBT_rights_organizations

University of Michigan Internation Spectrum List
https://internationalspectrum.umich.edu/global/worldwideorgs

LGBT Muslims
http://islamandhomosexuality.com/organizations/

The Inner Circle
http://theinnercircle.org.za/

The Inner Circle – About Us
http://theinnercircle.org.za/about-us.html

Imaan
ABOUT

British Muslims for Secular Democracy
http://bmsd.org.uk/

Salaam Canada
https://www.facebook.com/Salaam-Canada-153766412578/

Muslims for Progressive Values
http://www.mpvusa.org/

Stances of Faiths on LGBTQ Issues: Buddhism
http://www.hrc.org/resources/stances-of-faiths-on-lgbt-issues-buddhism

Sexual Misconduct
http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_budd1.htm

LGBT-affirming Christian denominations
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT-affirming_Christian_denominations

Gaychurch.org

Find an Affirming Church

The Gay Christian Network
https://www.gaychristian.net

The Gay Christian Network – What They Believe
https://www.gaychristian.net/aboutgcn.php

Metropolitan Community Church

Inside MCC

Rev. Troy Perry
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_Perry

Rev. Troy Perry – MCC video

Dignity
https://www.dignityusa.org/

List of LGBT periodicals
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LGBT_periodicals

Top 10 Gay and Lesbian Magazines

Top 10 Gay and Lesbian Magazines

Out
http://www.out.com/

The Advocate
http://www.advocate.com/

Instinct Magazine
http://instinctmagazine.com/

Metrosource

Home

The San Francisco Bay Times
http://sfbaytimes.com/

The Official New York City Pride Guide

Pride Guide

Pink Magazine
https://www.facebook.com/pinkmagazine/

Passport
http://passportmagazine.com/

Cybersocket
http://www.cybersocket.com/

Curve
http://www.curvemag.com/

Lists of television programs with LGBT characters
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_television_programs_with_LGBT_characters

Closeted
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closeted

The Celluloid Closet
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112651/

Gay Hollywood: The Last Taboo

The Ellen Degereres Show
http://www.ellentv.com/

Portia de Rossi
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005577/bio

Queer as Folk – UK version
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queer_as_Folk_(UK_TV_series)

Queer as Folk USA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queer_as_Folk_(2000_TV_series)

Best LGBT Movies
http://www.ranker.com/list/best-lgbt-movies-on-netflix-instant/polkadotking

Funniest Gay Titles
http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/14425.Funniest_Gay_Titles

The state of gay rights around the world
https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/world/gay-rights/

77 countries where homosexuality is illegal
76 countries where homosexuality is illegal

Same-Sex Marriage
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Same-sex_marriage

Gay Marriage Around the World
http://www.pewforum.org/2015/06/26/gay-marriage-around-the-world-2013/
rly illustrates this point:

A mother who loved her son very much, found out he was gay. She asked him, “When did you decide to be gay?” He said, “I have always been gay.” She questioned him more and said, “What do you mean?” He answered, “Mother, when did you decide to be heterosexual?” She answered honestly, “I have always been this way; I did not have to decide.” Her son said, “Same for me.”

This conversation is the same for lesbian, bisexual, asexual, transgender and all the inclusive “T’s”, and more. These wonderful LGBT people come into this world exactly as they are. They are here. We embrace them and love them. When a person’s particular taste does not directly hurt someone else, why would anyone be offended? Get over it and have some fun by enjoying the LGBTQA+H community.

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