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China’s Weibo Reverses Ban on LGBT Content

Sina Weibo, China’s leading microblogging platform, has reversed its ban on gay content. The decision, announced Monday, is a rare instance of a Chinese institution bowing to public pressure. The company’s proposed three-month operation to clean up its site, user groups and user-generated comments will “no longer apply to homosexual content,” Sina said on its […]

China Bans Gay Content Online (Report)

Gay-themed content has been scrubbed from Sina Weibo, one of China’s largest social media platforms. The action was reported by state-owned tabloid newspaper The Global Times, which said that the detoxification program is to last three months. Sina said that it had cleaned up over 56,000 unregulated posts, closed 108 accounts and removed other discussion […]

Study: Having Older Brothers Increases Men’s Likelihood Of Being Gay

(CNN) — If you’re a guy with an older brother, there’s an increased chance you’re gay. Scientists have noticed this pattern in previous research, but now they think they have a biological explanation as to why, and it starts long before birth. The results were published in the journal PNAS on Monday. The researchers say that if their findings can be replicated, we may know at least one of the biological reasons some men are gay. Many factors may determine someone’s sexual orientation, but in this case, researchers noticed a pattern that may be linked to something that happens in the womb. The phenomenon is related to a protein linked to the Y chromosome (which women do not have) that is important to male brain development. Researchers think it’s possible that when a woman gets pregnant with her first boy, this Y-linked protein gets into her bloodstream. The mother’s body recognizes the protein as a foreign substance, and her immune system responds, creating antibodies. If enough of these antibodies build up in the woman’s body and she gets pregnant with another a boy, they can cross the placental barrier and enter the brain of the second male fetus. “That may alter the functions in the brain, changing the direction of how the male fetus may later develop their sense of attraction,” said study author Anthony Bogaert, a Canadian psychologist and professor in the departments of psychology and community health sciences at Brock University. Earlier research has shown that the more older brothers a boy has, the more of a chance that boy will be attracted to men. A 2006 study showed that with each brother, the chance that a man will be gay goes up by about a third, but the researchers didn’t determine why that was. Bogaert and his co-authors tested a small group of 142 women and 12 men ages 18 to 80 and found a higher concentration of the protein, known as NLGN4Y, in blood samples from women than from men. They found the highest concentration of the protein in women with gay younger sons who had older brothers, compared with women who had no sons or who had given birth to only heterosexual boys. The study builds on research Bogaert and his co-authors have been exploring for more than 20 years. Since their initial research that noted the trend, other research — although not all studies — have detected the phenomenon, even across cultures. One found that a man’s chances of being gay increased even if he was raised apart from his older brother. Researchers did not see a similar pattern in families with adopted brothers, so scientists started to think there must be a maternal developmental explanation. The research does not give biological explanation for why some men may be bisexual or may not be attracted to anyone at all, nor can it give a biological explanation for gay only children, gay oldest sons or women who are attracted to women. J. Michael Bailey, a professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University, thinks the latest research is important. “It is significant, and I believe science granting agencies should put a high priority into additional research to see if this is true,” he said. Bailey was not involved in the new study but has worked on studies that have found genetic factors that may explain some differences in sexual orientations. Bailey’s latest paper, published this month in the journal Nature Research, looked at people’s genomes and found several regions with single-letter DNA changes that were more common among gay men than straight men and may be relevant to the development of sexual orientation. Bailey believes this new study may be even more significant than general genetic findings if the findings can be replicated. “Our studies only show that there may be genes that matter in sexual orientation,” he said. “It is not like this study, that shows there is a potential specific mechanism by which sexual orientation may have changed prenatally. This is important work and fascinating if it proves to be true.” The-CNN-Wire
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Zendaya To Receive Gamechanger Award From GLSEN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network is calling Oakland actress and singer Zendaya a game-changer.

The organization known as GLSEN says it will recognize the 21-year-old entertainer with its Gamechanger Award at a gala ceremony next month.

The executive director of GLSEN says the award was created to spotlight the next generation of leaders, and Zendaya was chosen for her commitment to social justice.

The star of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and TV’s “K.C. Undercover” used her acceptance speech at last month’s Teen Choice Awards to call on young people to become engaged with current events and to speak up for what they think is right.

Zendaya will receive the Gamechanger recognition on Oct. 20 at the 2017 GLSEN Respect Awards in Beverly Hills, California.

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Judas Priest’s Rob Halford Discusses Coming Out And LGBT Rights

By Hayden Wright

(RADIO.COM) – Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford came out as gay in 1998, and recalls the “warmth” and “love” he felt from the heavy metal community. In a new interview Halford lamented the state of equality in 2017 and said tolerance and open-mindedness are being rolled back in America and the UK.

“I just get so frustrated and angry that here we are in 2017,” Halford told Fox Sports. “Because of that society I grew up in, and to a still great extent today, we have this tremendous push back in equality. I always kind of felt as I was going through my teen years, my twenties and my thirties, things would be better – but they’re not. There’s still a long way to go in America and in my home country. And in some parts of the world, people like me get thrown off buildings. People like me get hung, just because of who we are.”

Halford added that practicing tolerance and acceptance is actually very simple, and he’s baffled by cultural resistance to LGBT rights and visibility.

“It’s a crazy world,” he said. “You’d think that by now we’d have just figured things out – live and let live, love each other and just accept each other for who we are. Life is short.”

The singer also opened up about his experience before coming out, specifically how he arrived at self-acceptance after years of hiding who he was from the world. When he finally came out, Halford says he feared backlash from his musical community.

“The thing about gay people is that, until we come out of the closet, we’re always protecting other people – ‘I can’t do this, because it’s gonna hurt so-and-so.’ We’re trying to live the lives of other people, and that’s the worst thing you can do,” he said. “You’ve gotta learn to love yourself, then you can go out in the world and try and figure everything else out. So I said that thing, and I went back to the hotel and I thought, ‘What have I done? There’s going to be a fallout.’”

However, Halford was pleasantly surprised by the affirming, accepting response he earned from heavy metal fans and peers.

“I’d never seen such an outpouring of love in all my life from everybody in the metal community,” he said. “‘Rob, we don’t care. We want you to be who you are.’ That was a tremendously uplifting moment for me. This just goes to show you that we in the metal community – probably because of the push back we felt because of the music we love – we are the most tolerant, the most open-minded, the most loving, the most accepting of all the kinds of music in rock’n’roll. So it was a great moment.”

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