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Track Coach

A Gay Track Coach Tells His Story

In the spring of 1993, Eric “Gumby” Anderson was scared. He was a closeted gay man behind the “Orange Curtain” – the term commonly used to refer to the politically ultra-conservative Orange County in California. He didn’t know a single other gay man. And, he was also in the homophobic world of high school sports-track in particular, where no coach …

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Trans Rights Are Human Rights

My Teenage Son Wants to be a Woman

Beth Thomas always knew her son Adam was different she just couldn’t put her finger on it. At times she grew despondent at his mood swings. Adam was spending more and more time alone in his bedroom and when Beth asked what was wrong he wouldn’t answer properly. “I’d always wondered if Adam was gay,” says Beth, 49, an office …

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Gender Benders

Little boys in high heels, jewellery and make-up seem cute at three, less so at school age. And what if your little girl would rather play footie than dress her dolls? Denise Thornton has some sound advice All societies treat boys and girls differently and expect different things from them, so understanding about gender is a crucial stage in a …

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Male on Male Sexual Violence

Male Survivors of Incest or other Sexual Assault It is estimated that 5-10% of reported cases of rape or sexual assault each year involve male victims (Scarce, 1997) . Some rape crisis centers see nearly equal numbers of girls and boys up to age 12. Researchers report one out of six boys will have been assaulted by age 16. Experts …

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HIV & AIDS

What Are Young Gay Men’s HIV Prevention Needs?

Are young gay men at risk? Unfortunately, yes. Accumulating research shows alarmingly high HIV prevalence rates among young gay men and high rates of sexual risk-taking, suggesting that young gay men in their 20’s are forging a “second wave” of the AIDS epidemic. During the 1980s, the median age at HIV infection was older than 30 years. It dropped to …

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Bogazici University

Making Colleges and Universities Safe for Gay & Lesbian Students

The following is a summary from Making Colleges and Universities Safe for Gay and Lesbian Students: Report and Recommendations of the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, Warren J. Blumenfeld, Principal Author. (For a free copy of the report, write to: The Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, Room 111, State House, Boston, MA 02133) I. Policies Enact …

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Intersex and Gender Identity

There is a growing tendency to assume that all the varieties of phenotype (apparent physical sex), gender identification and sexual orientation are all merely different shades in one large rainbow. It is becoming increasingly common to hear people lump together transsexual, intersexual, transgender, gay and lesbian in the one sentence with the implication that all these issues share a common …

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Changing Sex: Transsexual Teens

Sarah Green is 17 and she was born with the body of a boy. But since the age of six Sarah has felt that she is supposed to be a girl. She dresses like a woman and wants people to see her as female. ‘The first time I went out as a woman I felt really embarrassed but it was …

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Some Notes on the Special needs of Young Transsexual People

What do the younger ones need ? This is a little of what I have picked up over the last few years. Please bear in mind that everyone who is TS seems to be able to “cope” and pretend to be happy in their biological gender for a certain length of time, until suddenly a crisis enters their life and then they …

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Feminine Boy forced out of Private Georgia School

Crossdressing Student Matthew Alex McLendon, shown dressed as a female, was ‘invitd to withdraw’ from private high school earlier this month. ‘Alex wasn’t causing any problems. She got along well with everybody,’ said classmate Meayghan Denkers. CARROLLTON, Ga. – Patrick Nelson had heard there was a cross-dressing boy enrolled at his high school. But darned if he could figure out …

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