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Can the biology of being gay combat bigotry?

Simon LeVay’s theory of homosexuality in Gay, Straight, and the Reason Why nicely balances solid science and common sense

Deborah Blum, contirbutor

IN THE summer of 1991, neuroscientist Simon LeVay published a paper that would make him famous. It reported a study that clearly demonstrated a structural difference between the brains of gay and straight men. For nearly two decades since, LeVay has been in pursuit of more evidence to support the study’s core implication: that sexual orientation derives from biology, not from personal choice.

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Dec 7

Petition to pardon computer pioneer Alan Turing started


An online petition calling for the government to posthumously pardon Alan Turing and quash his conviction for gross indecency has been launched.

Something I feel strongly about :) thanks noor for bringing it to my attention :D

Lifetime ban on gay men donating blood is 'prejudicial'

The UUP and Sinn Fein are accusing the health minister of prejudice over his decision to maintain a lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.

Edwin Poots of the DUP, told the assembly on Wednesday that the law in Northern Ireland should not change.

This will put NI out of step with the rest of the UK where a ban following the 1980s Aids threat has been eased.

Under the UK’s new rules, men whose last sexual contact with another man was over a year ago, can donate.

This comes after advice from a Government Advisory Committee.

Mr Poots had defended his decision.

He said “all other European Union countries” would continue to operate a lifetime ban along with the US and Canada.

"Safety must be my primary concern and I want to ensure public confidence in our blood supply," he said.

Clue to sexual attraction found in lesbian brain.

Lesbian and heterosexual women respond differently to specific human odours, a brain-scanning study has found. The homosexual women showed similar brain activity to heterosexual men when they inhaled certain chemicals, which may be pheromones, the researchers say.