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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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