May 15, 1992 |
The Assembly on Thursday narrowly approved a bill affording protection in the workplace to homosexuals that resembles legislation vetoed last year by Gov. Pete Wilson, an act that provoked angry demonstrations in three cities. Thousands of gay-rights protesters took to the streets in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, accusing the governor of bowing to political pressure.
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May 16, 1998 |
A 17-year-old student at James Monroe High School was beaten by three other girls at the school, allegedly because her attackers believed she was a lesbian, authorities said Friday. The young woman was kicked and punched in a restroom at the high school. While beating her, the attackers made disparaging comments about her sexual orientation, said Sgt. Bruce Heschong of the Los Angeles Police Department. Heschong said police are investigating the May 6 attack as a hate crime.
March 12, 1993 |
The first large study of female sexual orientation has found a strong genetic component to homosexuality, researchers at Boston University and Northwestern University report today. Previous studies of male homosexuals have obtained the same result, but those studies have been highly criticized because the groups examined did not include women.
October 2, 1996 |
"The Twilight of the Golds" is a recent stage play about the agonies of a pregnant woman who ponders whether to abort her baby when a genetic test predicts that the child will be gay. When the play was written only a few years ago, the notion of testing to determine sexual orientation was not much more than a playwright's conceit.
December 8, 2003 |
With gay marriage now supported by Massachusetts' highest court and gay rights likely to be an issue in the presidential campaign, the question of whether sexual orientation is an innate or acquired trait is an increasingly urgent one. Since at least 1991, some scientific research has suggested a biological basis to homosexuality -- meaning sexual orientation is probably at least partly natural destiny, not simply choice.
March 5, 1995 |
When Joseph Hansen's "Living Upstairs" was published in late 1993, fans who mourned the passing of his Dave Branstetter private-eye series were cheered by this novel, which introduced us to 20-year-old struggling writer Nathan Reed, who was in the throes of a first love while living in side-street Hollywood in 1943.
August 30, 1991 |
A tiny segment of the brain believed to govern sexual activity is smaller in gay men than in heterosexuals, a trait that offers the first specific evidence of a biological cause for homosexuality, a San Diego researcher has reported. His conclusions, to be published today in the journal Science, are certain to enliven scientific and social debate over the role of choice in determining whether a person is homosexual. Opinions began to form this week even before the study was publicly released.
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April 5, 2006 |
The 15 young adults stepped onto the campus of Riverside's California Baptist University on Tuesday expecting some conflict. Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, they wanted to challenge students' ways of thinking about sexual orientation. They wanted to tell the school's possibly closeted students that God loved them, and that being gay and Christian was not a contradiction.
June 14, 1994 |
Fred Hersch doesn't have a lot of time for self-pity these days. With no less than seven albums on the market that include his participation as piano soloist, producer or composer, his 20-year career in the jazz business has suddenly begun to take off. Ironically, the increased attention is, in some measure at least, related to his announcement last year that he is HIV-positive and gay--the first such public revelation by a well-known jazz performer.
March 2, 1995 |
A broad-ranging legal challenge to the year-old "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military was filed this week on behalf of a California Army National Guardsman recently discharged for stating that he is gay. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco on Tuesday, joins a long line of court cases seeking to overturn the Pentagon's anti-gay regulations. This effort invokes some new arguments, principally that the ouster of 1st Lt.