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September 5, 2009 at 11:07 pm (homosexuality)

If you would like to know more about homosexuality, but don’t know what to ask, there’s always the world of books at your fingertips to guide you through the jungles from ignorance.

5. Fantabulosa: The Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang. For those like myself who are completely oblivious to the Polari usage in modern homosexual culture.
4. Homosexuality and Civilization. A trip through history and homosexuality.
3. What the Bible Really Says About Homosexuality. A good book that trumps all the gay-hate that the modern church promotes nowadays.
2. Sexual Preference. This is the book that got me interested in homosexual studies. Before this book, I honestly thought homosexuality and bisexuality were decisions that differentiated them from the norm. I also thought that homosexuality was a “cry for help.” This book turned my thinking process upside down and made me realize that it’s not a disease, etc.
1. Queer Science. This is the definitive book for those that want to know the hard science that has been put forth on the topic of homosexuality. It talks about the Xq28 gene and other fascinating and highly recommended studies that have been discussed throughout the scientific world.

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Vermont is the next in line of the New England states to recognize same-sex marriage.

The string of legislations of same-sex marriage was part of an campaign which began in November 2008, called Six by Twelve, and was organized by the Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) to legalize same-sex marriage in all six New England states by 2012.

According to http://www.huliq.com/3257/85711/verm…iage-law-kicks:

Strangely, unlike 2000 when there was a rush after civil unions were enacted, there’s no torrent of marriage applications. Some feel it’s because there are now other states that have enacted same-sex marriage.

Even Ben & Jerry’s is marking the occasion. Vermont-based, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream is renaming their “Chubby Hubby” flavor “Hubby Hubby” for the month of September.

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From http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi…09/828/1?rss=1:

During an epileptic seizure, waves of abnormal electrical activity sweep through the brain. That can create some strange experiences, including hallucinations and feelings of déjà vu. Even stranger is the recently reported case of an epileptic woman who feels that she has become a man during some seizures.

In a paper in press at Epilepsy & Behavior, Burkhard Kasper and colleagues at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany report that the 37-year-old woman’s momentary gender transformations include the sense that her voice is deeper and her arms have become hairier. On one occasion, she told the researchers, a female friend was in the room as a seizure came on, and she had the sense that her friend had become a male as well.

A magnetic resonance imaging scan revealed damage to the woman’s right amygdala, probably caused by a small tumor, and EEG electrodes recorded abnormal activity in the surrounding right temporal lobe, suggesting that this region is the source of her seizures.

Other than some symptoms of depression and anxiety, which responded well to treatment, the woman had no history of psychiatric illness, and she never experienced the transformation in the absence of seizures. Delusional feelings of gender transformation have been previously reported in people with schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses, the authors write, but not to their knowledge in a person with epilepsy.

The authors wisely avoid the conclusion that there’s a sexual identity center in the right amygdala, says Orrin Devinsky, a neurologist at New York University. If that were the case, one might expect that patients who’ve undergone surgical removal of the amygdala to treat intractable epilepsy would experience similar symptoms. But there have been no such reports, Devinsky says.

More likely, he says, the amygdala is one node in a network of brain regions essential for self-identity. When neural activity in this network goes haywire, a range of bizarre experiences can result, Devinsky says. The Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote of feeling the presence of God in the moments preceding a seizure. More common, Devinsky says, are feelings of déjà vu or its opposite, jamais vu, the sense that a familiar environment has become unfamiliar. “In epilepsy, you can experience these intense and extreme emotions and in some cases misidentification of yourself and where you are in relation in the world,” he says.

This is not to say that transgenders are epileptic. But it is interesting nonetheless.

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If you’re a podcast fan, you’ve probably heard of one of my favorites, This American Life. If not, don’t fret. It’s a nice podcast that shares short stories about life applications for American minorities.
One podcast that got my attention, and hopefully it’ll draw yours as well, is one on someone coming to terms with their sexuality. It’s entitled “I Like Guys” and is actually pretty funny. It’s about 26 minutes long, and is well worth the listen. You can check it out at http://www.thisamericanlife.org/Radi…spx?episode=27. Just click on “Full Episode” under the picture of the Care Bear.

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