Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

The concepts of sex, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity are commonly confused, but there are important distinctions between these ideas that can be vital parts of a person’s identity. Sexual Identity vs. Sexual Orientation Sex Sex is a term used to describe the biological status of a person. Sex is determined by one’s anatomy,…

Situational Homosexuality

Situational homosexuality is a term used to describe individual homosexual behaviors performed outside of a typical homosexual lifestyle. This article discusses situational homosexuality, its origins, and its presence in modern society. Definition and Origin Situational homosexuality, sometimes referred to as pseudo-homosexuality, is sexual behavior that is different from the mannerisms that person normally exhibits. This behavior is…

Finding a Queer Partner

Regardless of one’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or geographical location, dating can be a frustrating, intimidating, and confusing experience. For queer people, the concept of finding a partner can be especially daunting. Fortunately, there is an increasing variety of resources and methods for queer people to navigate finding relationships, casual sex, and friends in their…

Being Out In The Workplace

Today nearly three percent of all federal employees self-identify as LGBTQ.1 Recent polling suggests that workplaces are becoming increasingly inclusive of the queer community. Additionally, states are adopting progressive legislation that extends many employment benefits to queer-identified employees. Nevertheless, there may be some facts to consider before choosing to come out in the workplace. Regulations and Laws Employment non-discrimination…

Supporting Someone Who is Coming Out

Disclaimer: In this article, the term “queer” will be used as an umbrella term for all gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and other non-heterosexual orientations; the term “trans” refers to all individuals who experience gender differently from the assumed gender based on their sex assigned at birth. In the 21st century, countries around the world have made tremendous changes surrounding LGBTQ issues….

Advice on Coming Out

“Coming out” or “coming out of the closet” is a significant aspect of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) life that refers to a non-heterosexual person accepting their sexuality and beginning to tell others about it. Coming out is not a one-time, all-revealing event, but rather an ongoing process involving self discovery, acceptance, and integration.2 The experience of coming out can vary greatly…

The Kinsey Scale

Contrary to popular belief, sexuality is not binary. Sexual orientation is not limited to the two categories of heterosexual and homosexual. Rather, there is a whole spectrum of sexuality and people may fall in between certain categories or change their minds over time. Biologist and sexologist Alfred C. Kinsey captures this idea with his seven-point…

LGBTQ Rights in the U.S.

Legislation specifically designed to protect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) population are relatively new. Historically, the Supreme Court has overwhelmingly chosen to limit the rights of the LGBTQ community. In the 1973 court case Baker V. Nelson, the Supreme Court ruled that there was no guarantee of marriage for same-sex couples in…

Sodomy Laws in the U.S.

  Perhaps the most difficult laws to define regarding sexual behavior are sodomy laws. The most widely used definition of sodomy is “crimes against nature,” meaning that any non-penile/vaginal intercourse, such as oral and anal sex, is considered illegal.1 However, sodomy laws can vary from state to state. Though some states target both homosexual and…