Both LGBT population and anti-LGBT feelings may be underreported, study finds

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Researchers have found that public opinion polls may collect inaccurate data on two points: how many people are LGBT, and how many people harbor anti-LGBT feelings.

In a new study, researchers from Ohio State University and Boston University used a technique of information-gathering called “Veiled Report” that makes it virtually impossible for a respondent’s identity to be connected to their answer. They compared this technique to a traditional method of surveying, which does not have the same assurance of complete confidentiality. Here’s how that affected their results:

Using “Veiled Report,” the researchers found that 19% of respondents reported an identity other than heterosexual, compared to 11% in a control group polled using conventional survey techniques. The latter, which the researchers called “Direct Report,” still afford a high degree of confidentiality and anonymity, but there is a greater chance or connecting respondents with answers than in “Veiled Report.”

Also, 27% of respondents in the “Veiled Report” group reported they’ve had a same-sex sexual experience, while 17% in the control group did.

In the realm of antigay attitudes, the “Veiled Report” method found larger percentages of respondents opposed to marriage equality, antidiscrimination laws, working for a gay supervisor, and allowing gays and lesbians to adopt children than the “Direct Report” method did.

Interesting and kind of scary. 

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mizzsabrina14:

This
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hysterekal4tw:

Oh My God! I cried almost all the video, that was so lovely and exciting…

How I didn´t saw this before?

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"1. if you ever want to wear mommy’s make-up, just make sure you don’t eat it. when it’s time to go to bed, I will help you wash it off.

2. when school starts and you want to jump rope instead of play kickball, be careful not to trip and hurt your knees.

3. if you grow up and a boy makes your heart hurt, you do not have to be ashamed.

4. if you fall in love with a girl
who wears the same clothes
as you, it will be easy for me to buy you both presents.

5. if I teach you anything, I will teach you to be gentle.

6. you are not Atlas and the world
is not a burden for you to carry.

7. if you do not like your body, if you feel like you were put inside the wrong one, I will stand by and watch you become again.

8. because we are human beings and we do not always have to
take what we are given.

9. I will love you constantly, fervently, always.

10. I will teach you the value of
the word “no” so that, when you hear it, you do not question it.

11. when the war comes
and you want to fight, I will
sleep with clenched fists until you come home to me.

12. when the war comes and you don’t want to go, I will sleep soundly.

13. you are allowed to be soft. you are allowed to break and bend. you do not have to be strong. you do not have to be a soldier."
a letter to my future son | Caitlyn S. (via alonesomes)
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the-family-booty:

ageless-aislynn:

Boop to turn off kitten.

this is adorable

the-family-booty:

ageless-aislynn:

Boop to turn off kitten.

this is adorable

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knowhomo:




LGBTQ* Political Cartoons You May Have Missed
Homophobia
BY STEVE SACK, THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE  -  9/24/2012 12:00:00 AM

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LGBTQ* Political Cartoons You May Have Missed
Homophobia
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knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Dog Rescue and (WTF?!) Moment of the Day
Dog Sent to be Put Down in Tennessee because Owner Thought Dog was “Gay”
By DANIEL MILLER and JAMES NYE
PUBLISHED: 06:56 EST, 31 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:37 EST, 31 January 2013
 
The dog dumped at a Tennessee animal shelter to be destroyed because his owner thought it was gay has been saved at the last minute by a kindhearted animal lover.
After the the plight of the American Bulldog mix was seen by millions online, Stephanie Fryns, a veterinary technician from Jackson, stepped up this afternoon and adopted him from Jackson TN Euthanasia.
Naming him Elton, Fryns, who already owns four dogs said that she had planned to rescue him even before his story had traveled around the Internet. Describing the 50 pound dog as ‘pretty friendly’, Fryn said, ‘He’s pretty scared of everything, which is understandable. But he loved the car ride.’ She said she suspected that Elton had been involved in illegal dog-fights, but that it was impossible to confirm. However he did have some redness on his ears. Fryn doubted he had been used routinely in dog fights because of his ‘submissive’ nature.
The last minute reprieve for Elton came with only hours to go until he was scheduled to be euthanized at the Tennessee animal shelter. He was dumped there because according to the owner of the shelter, the dog’s master noticed him ‘hunched over’ another male dog, which led him to assume he was gay.
Yesterday a Facebook user became of aware of his plight after seeing his picture on the shelter’s timeline and contacted Jackson TN Euthanasia to discover the reason why he had been left there to be destroyed.
‘His owner threw him away because he refuses to have a ‘gay’ dog!’ wrote a user who calls herself ‘Jackson Madison Rabies Control Stalker’. ‘Don’t let this gorgeous dog die [because] his owner is ignorant of normal dog behavior! He’s in kennel 10L and he WILL be put down tomorrow because there is no room at the inn!’
Following an outcry over the Internet numerous people including Stephanie Fryns arrived at the shelter this morning to adopt the unloved dog.
While a male dog mounting another male dog is not considered conclusive evidence of homosexuality, biologists have recorded same-sex sexual activity in more than 450 species including flamingos, bison, beetles and warthogs. A 2010 study of Alaskan Albatrosses found that a third of the pairs actually consisted of two females. Research also shows around a fifth of all king penguin couples kept in captivity are gay.
Gay-rights campaigners have seized on evidence of animal homosexuality as proof that same-sex couples are a natural occurrence.
In his book, Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality And Natural Diversity, Bruce Bagemihl  argues against ‘heterosexist bias’, where researchers presume animals are heterosexual. He claims homosexual behavior has been observed in 1,500 species, and well-documented in 500 of these.
 
Read more HERE
(Photo Above: Now safely with a new owner - Elton the dog is pictured in his pen at an animal shelter.)

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Dog Rescue and (WTF?!) Moment of the Day

Dog Sent to be Put Down in Tennessee because Owner Thought Dog was “Gay”

By DANIEL MILLER and JAMES NYE

 

The dog dumped at a Tennessee animal shelter to be destroyed because his owner thought it was gay has been saved at the last minute by a kindhearted animal lover.

After the the plight of the American Bulldog mix was seen by millions online, Stephanie Fryns, a veterinary technician from Jackson, stepped up this afternoon and adopted him from Jackson TN Euthanasia.

Naming him Elton, Fryns, who already owns four dogs said that she had planned to rescue him even before his story had traveled around the Internet. Describing the 50 pound dog as ‘pretty friendly’, Fryn said, ‘He’s pretty scared of everything, which is understandable. But he loved the car ride.’ She said she suspected that Elton had been involved in illegal dog-fights, but that it was impossible to confirm. However he did have some redness on his ears. Fryn doubted he had been used routinely in dog fights because of his ‘submissive’ nature.

The last minute reprieve for Elton came with only hours to go until he was scheduled to be euthanized at the Tennessee animal shelter. He was dumped there because according to the owner of the shelter, the dog’s master noticed him ‘hunched over’ another male dog, which led him to assume he was gay.

Yesterday a Facebook user became of aware of his plight after seeing his picture on the shelter’s timeline and contacted Jackson TN Euthanasia to discover the reason why he had been left there to be destroyed.

‘His owner threw him away because he refuses to have a ‘gay’ dog!’ wrote a user who calls herself ‘Jackson Madison Rabies Control Stalker’. ‘Don’t let this gorgeous dog die [because] his owner is ignorant of normal dog behavior! He’s in kennel 10L and he WILL be put down tomorrow because there is no room at the inn!’

Following an outcry over the Internet numerous people including Stephanie Fryns arrived at the shelter this morning to adopt the unloved dog.

While a male dog mounting another male dog is not considered conclusive evidence of homosexuality, biologists have recorded same-sex sexual activity in more than 450 species including flamingos, bison, beetles and warthogs. A 2010 study of Alaskan Albatrosses found that a third of the pairs actually consisted of two females. Research also shows around a fifth of all king penguin couples kept in captivity are gay.

Gay-rights campaigners have seized on evidence of animal homosexuality as proof that same-sex couples are a natural occurrence.

In his book, Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality And Natural Diversity, Bruce Bagemihl  argues against ‘heterosexist bias’, where researchers presume animals are heterosexual. He claims homosexual behavior has been observed in 1,500 species, and well-documented in 500 of these.

 

Read more HERE

(Photo Above: Now safely with a new owner - Elton the dog is pictured in his pen at an animal shelter.)

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The Boy Scouts want to know if you’re for or against repealing discrimination against gay scouts. Call now 972-580-2330. Takes literally 15 seconds. 
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knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Inforgraphic and Map Sites You SHOULD Know

FriendFactor’s (Ff) Freedom Index

 Photos above highlight different indexes you can explore on the map. Scrolling over each state (while on the site) will lead you to local political offices and share state information with you.

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everyoneisgay:

Webcast 69 {fratsnap fratsnap}!!

1. A girl I’ve been talking to for three years wants to date me but not be seen with me. What do I do?

2. My gf of two years cheated on me. Help.

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