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  • Bottoms Have More Older Brothers, According to Science

    It is well known that cisgender gay men are more likely to have older brothers versus cisgender straight men. Of course this isn’t true for everyone but it is on average.  Researchers call this phenomenon the fraternal birth order effect or FBOE, and it’s been relatively well-established across 30 different studies over the past three decades. (There is no equivalent effect among lesbian versus straight women; to the best of our knowledge, this is a strictly cis male thing.) There have been two recent studies that suggest that FBOE is particularly strong among gay cisgender men who identify as bottoms versus tops or versatiles.

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  • Study Finds Queer Folks Are 20 Times More Likely to Be Activists Than Cishets

    Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are more likely to be activists in more than just the LGBT movement, according to recent research. It wouldn’t come as a surprise that people are most likely to engage in activism for their own group: There are far fewer men than women at feminist rallies, for example, and far fewer heterosexuals than queer folks at pride marches. But is there some crossover between social movements? In other words, are people who belong to one stigmatized group more likely to be also active in social movements that primarily affect other stigmatized groups? A new study using a

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  • Research Shows Many Trans Folks’ Sexual Attractions Change After Transition

    According to research, it isn’t uncommon for sexual attraction or orientation to change after transitioning from one gender to another. Most of these changes include shifts from exclusive attraction to one gender pre-transition toward some level of bisexuality post-transition…But some people claim almost complete reversal of their sexual orientation. For example, 13% of the trans women in the 2005 study switched from exclusive or primary attraction to women to exclusive or primary attraction to men (there were no such drastic changes among those who were initially attracted to men). Of the trans men in the 2013 study who were initially attracted to either men

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  • New Research Shows a Vast Majority of Cis People Won’t Date Trans People

    A new study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships shows that very few cisgender people show interest in dating transgender people. 958 participants (all but seven cisgender, ranging in age from 18 to 81, with an average age of 26) were asked to indicate which genders they would consider dating. The options included cisgender man, cisgender woman, trans man, trans woman, or genderqueer, and participants could select as many genders as they wanted. Only 12% of all participants selected “trans woman” and/or “trans man.” This is just another way trans people are discriminated against in everyday life, but

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