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:
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*.
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:
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:
Better interventions are needed to reduce HIV risk among men who have sex with men.
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:
Mean-spirited in the South -- ACLU Sues Mississippi School For Excluding Teenager Wearing Tuxedo From Yearbook -- Group Charges Gender Discrimination.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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....
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:
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.
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: