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2010-03-18 10:26:19

All clinical trials have guidelines that clearly state who can and cannot participate, but according to the National Institutes of Health these guidelines are typically based on age, gender, previous treatment history, the type and stage of a disease, and other medically relevant factors. However, researchers at Fox Chase Cancer Center have gathered evidence indicating that some trials explicitly exclude individuals based on their sexual orientation. Their findings are published in a research...

2010-03-08 16:03:00

FALLS CHURCH, Va., March 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nicholas F. Benton, the owner of an award-winning Northern Virginia newspaper, the Falls Church News-Press, who is also an area business leader and statewide gay rights activist, assailed today the "unprovoked, inflammatory act of bigotry" by Virginia's new Republican Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli addressed a letter to the state's colleges and universities last week advising them to remove any policy language...

2010-02-07 07:29:02

Same-sex sexual attraction and behavior less critical than self-identity Mental health professionals have long-known that gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) teens face significantly elevated risks of mental health problems, including suicidal thoughts and suicidal attempts. However, a group of McGill University researchers in Montreal has now come to the conclusion that self-identity is the crucial risk-factor, rather than actual sexual behaviours. Their results were published in February in the...

2010-02-05 13:28:43

Cites large body of scientific research The American Psychological Association urged both the Pentagon and Congress today to move swiftly to end the restrictions on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military, noting that there are decades of scientific research demonstrating no threat to military readiness or morale. "While we were heartened by the congressional testimony of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, we believe that a year to study the matter and another...

2010-02-04 23:30:09

Male homosexuality doesn't make complete sense from an evolutionary point of view. It appears that the trait is heritable, but because homosexual men are much less likely to produce offspring than heterosexual men, shouldn't the genes for this trait have been extinguished long ago? What value could this sexual orientation have, that it has persisted for eons even without any discernible reproductive advantage? One possible explanation is what evolutionary psychologists call the "kin selection...

2010-01-21 14:13:04

New study examines if the gender of parents matter The presumption that children need both a mother and a father is widespread. It has been used by proponents of Proposition 8 to argue against same-sex marriage and to uphold a ban on same-sex adoption. On the other end of the political spectrum, Barack Obama endorsed the vital role of fathers in a 2008 speech: "Of all the rocks upon which we build our lives, we are reminded today that family is the most important. And we are called to...

2009-11-10 11:20:00

New Research Shows Openly Gay Service Not Linked to Unit Cohesion SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the first ever statistical analysis of whether openly gay service has any impact on military readiness, a new study shows that knowing a gay or lesbian unit member has no bearing on the unit's cohesion. The study, "Attitudes of Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans toward Gay and Lesbian Service Members," appears in the prestigious journal, Armed Forces and Society,...

2009-10-13 06:35:00

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Concerned Disney stockholders have submitted a shareholder resolution asking the Walt Disney Company to include the prohibition of discrimination based on ex-gay status in its sexual orientation policy and diversity training programs. "The resolution cites the need for diversity and equality in the workplace," said Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX). The supporting statement for the...

2009-09-30 14:53:00

Military Opponents of Gay Ban Increasingly Vocal; 'Unit Cohesion' Argument Suffers a Blow SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An official Pentagon journal has published a report calling for the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The article, entitled, "The Efficacy of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'" was written by Col. Om Prakash, and appears in the new issue of Joint Forces Quarterly, a top military journal published for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs...

2009-08-31 08:55:46

New research from UCSF examining HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) in the township of Soweto in South Africa has found that a third of gay-identified men are infected with HIV.The study's authors were the first to examine HIV and the community of men who have sex with men in the Soweto Township, an area on the periphery of Johannesburg reserved for black South Africans during apartheid.The researchers found that Soweto MSM identified themselves as straight, bisexual or gay, with the...