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Sexual Orientation:
What Is Sexual Orientation? - What Causes a Person To Have a Particular Sexual Orientation? - Is Sexual Orientation a Choice? - What About So-Called "Conversion Therapies"? - Is Homosexuality a Mental Illness or Emotional Problem? - Can Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals Be Good Parents? - Why Do Some Gay Men, Lesbians and Bisexuals Tell People About Their Sexual Orientation? - Why Is the "Coming Out" Process Difficult for Some Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual People? - What Can Be Done to Overcome the Prejudice and Discrimination the Gay Men, Lesbians, and Bisexuals Experience? - Why is it Important for Society to be Better Educated About Homosexuality? - Are All Gay and Bisexual Men HIV Infected? - Where Can I Find More Information About Homosexuality?

Some of The Effects of Homophobia:

When A Friend Comes OUT To You:

Being An Ally:
Active Oppression Indifference Oppression Through Lack of Action Growing as an Ally Challenging Oppression Joining an Ally Support Network Challenging heterosexist Systems

51 Fabulous Ways to Support Gay Lesbian and Bisexual Students on Your Campus

Some manifestations of heterosexism - Labeling Homosexuality, Bisexuality or Transgender a Problem Heterosexual Privileges

Bisexual Identity? - How Common Is Bisexuality? - Bisexual Relationships? - Bisexuals and AIDS? - Bisexuality and Politics?

Gender Variance:
Sex and Gender Dichotomies - Sexual Orientation vs. Gender Identity vs. Sexual Identity - Terms and Definitions

American Psychological Association Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Concerns Policy Statements:
Discrimination Against Homosexuals - Child Custody or Placement - Employment Rights of Gay Teachers - Use of Diagnoses "Homosexuality" and "Ego-Dystonic Homosexuality" - Hate Crimes - Sodomy Laws and APA Convention - Department of Defense Policy on Sexual Orientation and Advertising in APA Publications - Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youths in the Schools - State Initiatives and Referenda - Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation - Legal Benefits for Same - Sex Couples

The History of Gay and Lesbian Experience During World War II:
Symbols Paragraph 175 and other sexual deviance laws Lesbians

LGBT Timeline (from the 60s to the 90s):