Should Parents Be Allowed to Choose the Sexual Orientation of their Children?

Recently in the news, it was reported that a certain medical treatment carries the possible side effect of limiting homosexuality -- bringing up once again the thorny issue of sexual orientation and whether or not it can be changed or "fixed" and raising the spectre of "engineering in the womb". Bioethicist and writer Jacob Appel talks to BigThink about why he thinks parents should be allowed to choose the sexual orientation of their child and how much of sexual orientation is genetically determined. Watch:

Homophobia Rears its Head in Halifax Taxi Cab

Homophobic Cabbie -- Gay Couple in Halifax Share a Kiss in a Cab & End Up Walking Home.

A Memory by Edward Carpenter

The following poem, A Memory, was written by Edward Carpenter, (August 29, 1844 – June 28, 1929) an English socialist philosopher, poet, anthologist, women's rights champion, sexual reformist and early gay activist*.

Featured Music Video: Ice Cream Truck

This week's featured music video is Cazwell's hot "Ice Cream Truck". Watch:

Bryan Safi Salutes Focus on the Family

Back to School with That's Gay Salutes: This week, Bryan Safi salutes Focus on the Family for making sure children aren't tricked into giving up homophobia as they head back to school. Even pictures of cute animals aren't safe anymore! Watch:

Ken 'No Regrets' Mehlman Has Some Rethinking To Do

Blogger Mike Rogers and radio talk show host Stephanie Miller talk with Cenk Uygur about the irony of Ken Mehlman’s decision to announce he’s gay after he headed one of the RNC's most anti-gay campaigns. Watch:

Looking For A Better Way of Reducing HIV Through Intervention

Better interventions are needed to reduce HIV risk among men who have sex with men.

Filmmaker Rob Epstein On Film Editing

Award-winning filmmaker Rob Epstein of Telling Pictures and Erinn Clancy (BFA Media Arts 2010), a film editor who worked as an intern at the industry-celebrated production studio on HOWL, talk with California College of the Arts' web editor Jim Norrena about what it's like to work as a film editor. Watch:

Featured Music Vid: Freeway of Love

This week's featured music video features dance recording artist Pepper MaShay and her latest single, "Freeway of Love". Watch:

Thom Filicia on Design, TV, 'Queer Eye' and Coming Out

Interior designer, Thom Filicia talks to Big Think on various aspects of interior design, TV, 'Queer Eye' days and coming out. Watch:
Big Think Interview With Thom Filicia

Ricky Martin's Summer Book Buzz

Ricky Martin's Highly-Anticipated Memoir To Hit The Shelves November 2nd, 2010 -- English- and Spanish-Language Editions, Entitled Me and Yo Respectively, To Be Released Simultaneously.

'It hurts that I'm not included in my senior yearbook' :Tux Wearing Teen

Mean-spirited in the South -- ACLU Sues Mississippi School For Excluding Teenager Wearing Tuxedo From Yearbook -- Group Charges Gender Discrimination.

Prop. 8 Case Could Take A Year or More Before Reaching US Supreme Court

Gay marriages are on hold in California -- Msnbc's Norah O'Donnell talks with Emory University professor Robert Schapiro about the latest Prop. 8 ruling -- why the stay was ordered and what's next.

Rhetoric, Framing Efforts in Same-sex Marriage Debate Have Little Effect

ATLANTA, GA -- A study by Indiana University researchers found that terminology and efforts to frame an issue -- often effective in influencing public opinion -- have no effect on public opinion concerning the ongoing debate in the U.S. over legalizing same-sex marriage.

Neil Patrick Harris: We're Having Twins!

Busy, Busy! That's the forecast for Neil Patrick Harris and his long-term partner David Burtka. Over the weekend NPH revealed on Twitter that he and David are going to become daddies to twins this Fall. Hands-on gay daddy Ricky Martin who has twin boys of his own had some advice for the gay daddies to be.

Featured Music Vid: Ooh Ooh Ooh

This week's featured music video is from Jason Antone's video single "Ooh Ooh Ooh" from his album "Start To Move." Watch:

Obama's Promises, Maddow's Reminder & Message

Rachel Maddow notes promises by President Barack Obama to do away with the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy -- Plus tells Obama to do the right thing. Watch:

Meet the West Point Cadet Who's Transfering to Yale

Rachel Maddow talks with high-achieving West Point Cadet-Sgt. Katherine Miller, who is leaving the military and transferring to Yale to avoid having to deal with the strain of remaining closeted to satisfy the military's "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. Watch:

Yet Another Soldier Fired from the Army for Being Gay

Rachel Maddow talks with Captain Jonathan Hopkins who was fired from the U.S. Army under the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy Tuesday. Watch:

Gay U.S. Fighter Pilot Fighting to Serve

Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, a U.S. Air Force Fighter Pilot facing discharge under "Don't ask, don't tell," is accompanied by his attorny, M. Andrew Woodmansee, in talking with Rachel Maddow about the lawsuit they've filed to block Fehrenbach's discharge. Watch:

Carl Van Vechten's Impertinent Catalogue of Modern Composers

History File: On August 8, 1917, Carl Van Vechten, an American writer and photographer, patron of the Harlem Renaissance and literary executor of Gertrude Stein, wrote a short piece titled: "The Modern Composers at a Glance - An Impertinent Catalogue". Given some of his remarks in this piece it seems almost unsurprising and delicious to learn that Van Vechten, despite having married twice, was indeed a homosexual or at the very least bisexual....

ONN: Loveless Couples Lash Out

Onion News Network Reports: New Law Would Ban Marriages Between People Who Don't Love Each Other. Watch:

Featured Music Video: ALEJANDRO Parody

This week's featured music video is the outrageous parody of Lady Gaga's ALEJANDRO by Sherry Vine. Watch:

Alaskan Couples Challenge Discriminatory Tax Law

Three Alaskan Same-Sex Couples File Lawsuit Against State Of Alaska And Municipality Of Anchorage Over Discriminatory Tax Laws

Rachel Maddow Reviews the Prop 8 Victory

David Boies and Ted Olson, the attorneys who argued against Prop. 8 talk with Rachel Maddow about their victory Wednesday and their expectations for the appeals process going forward. Plus more coverage from Rachel -- Watch:

Big Day - Big Victory - Ban on Same-sex Marriage Struck Down in Calif.

It's a big day with a big victory in California. On Wednesday, a federal judge in California struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage. CNN's Dan Simon examines the details of a California judge's ruling that Proposition 8 violates the U.S. Constitution. -- Plus more Prop 8 Coverage.

Iraq War Vet Dan Choi: 'This Is Clearly a Failure of Our Government'

Amy Goodman at Democracy Now! talks to openly gay discharged Iraq war vet, Dan Choi on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the failure of the U.S. government. Watch:

PSA: Beware The Homosexual Menace!

OMG! A short, yet informative piece highlighting the perilous proclivities of the homosexual gay man...Watch:

Gay Games Cologne Opens With Fire, Music & Fun

The 2010 Gay Games VIII in Cologne, Germany kicked off this weekend. Here's some highlights, videos and news from the first two days:

A Peek At the Vancouver Queer Arts Fest

The Queer Arts Festival is happening right now, (until Aug. 14th) in Vancouver, BC -- Xtra went to check it out: