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Different ranges of sexual orientation ranging from

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Different ranges of sexual orientation ranging from exclusive homosexuality and exclusive heterosexuality Pansexual refers to attraction toward persons of all gender identities and biological sexes. Polyamorous is used to describe people in equality-based relationships with multiple partners. Queer is a term used= for non-heterosexual people who are not heteronormative or gender binary.
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- Each of these identities rejects traditional ideas about sexuality, especially those ideas that privilege heterosexuality and sometimes monogamy. Given that not everyone is interested in sexual acts new categories that distinguish both romantic and sexual categories have emerged - Jordan is a Demi-Romantic because she is attracted to an individual once a strong emotional connection has been reached. How many people are “gay”? - Question difficult to answers as what does “gay” classify as? Is it someone who has had homosexual relations or someone who identifies as one. - What experiences also count oral, masturbation, anal etc. - And will everyone self-report themselves as gay? In the 1940’s Kinsey’s research indicated that between 2 and 4% of the population was homosexual. This is indicated in the 6-point Kinsey scale. - Criticized as people said the scale assumed the homosexuality and heterosexuality were opposite things. In 1988 the compass survey, based its analysis on attraction rather than behaviour and found that 8% of male and 10% of females reported attractions to the same sex. - The study also suggested that less that 2% of men and women report exclusive same – sex attraction. The Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) specifically asked who may people identified as gay. - They found 1.3% of men and 0.7% of women identified as exclusively homosexual. The Gay Minority Video - People have guestimated for a long time. - Gallup after talking to 200,000 people in 50 states was that they compose about 3.5% of the population. They then guestimated that it was 10% of the population - This however may still be wrong as people may not have come out or realized that they were gay yet. - The self-reporting was also done in prisons. - Note from video: republicans are gay homophobes. - The highest concentration of gay people is in DC. Identity/Behaviour - The practice of engaging in sexual behaviours with people of the same sex has existed in all cultures and throughout history. - What is new in terms of human history is the identity category that now occupies same sex behaviours. No term before the 1800s. There were however beliefs from various religious doctrines that forbid sodomy.
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- There are still many people today that occasionally engage in homosexual activities but identify as straight. The Invention of Homosexuality - The word was coin in Germany in the 1800’s - Karl Ulrich 1845: In Germany was a gay rights supporter and challenged the sodomy laws. (urnings): body of men, brain of female.
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