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The monkeypox pandemic has seen an increase in the use of the term “men who have sex with men.” Westend61/Getty Images

‘Men who have sex with men’ originated during the HIV pandemic to focus on behavior rather than identity – but not everyone thinks the term helps

The term ‘MSM’ allows public health interventions to gloss over the social, political and cultural complexities of identity. But it’s not without its limitations.
People inquire about receiving a monkeypox vaccine at an outdoor walk-in clinic in Montréal on July 23, 2022. The World Health Organization has declared the virus a global health emergency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Why it’s important to tell people that monkeypox is predominately affecting gay and bisexual men

Engaging in open and honest dialogue with the public to increase understanding of health inequities has never been more important.
A same-sex marriage supporter waves a rainbow flag outside the Supreme Court in 2015. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Congress is considering making same-sex marriage federal law – a political scientist explains how this issue became less polarized over time

The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted for a bill that would federally protect same-sex marriage – and 47 Republicans signed on, too. Same-sex marriage isn’t the partisan issue it once was.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wipes his eye while he is applauded while making a formal apology to people harmed by federal legislation, policies, and practices that led to the oppression of and discrimination against LGBTQ2 people in Canada on November, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Pride and prejudice: With only 9 LGBTQ criminal record expungements, what’s to celebrate?

The Expungement Act was a centrepiece of the federal government’s apology to LGBTQ2 Canadians. But figures indicate only nine people have successfully had their convictions cleared.
Sexual encounters with men do not affect how these straight men perceive their identity. (Shutterstock)

Why some straight men have sex with other men

Why do men identify as straight if they have sex with other men? And why would a straight man have sex with another man in the first place?
Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Trump appointee, surprised many court watchers by authoring the decision to expand the Civil Rights Act. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

When Supreme Court justices defy expectations

Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the Supreme Court as a conservative. But his ruling in a major civil rights case is part of a pattern of justices setting aside ideology to address historic injustices.
Transgender activist Aimee Stephens sat outside the Supreme Court as the court held oral arguments dealing with workplace discrimination. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

What the Supreme Court’s decision on LGBT employment discrimination will mean for transgender Americans

In a national survey, transgender individuals had worse employment outcomes, lower incomes and higher rates of poverty than cisgender people.
A recent analysis of profile pictures on Grindr show that most people using the site emphasize their physical fitness and bodies indicating that they using it as the Uber of casual sex. (Shutterstock)

Grindr profile pics are all about the hookup

Grindr, the largest queer dating app worldwide, is all about the short term hookup; the currency used to attract your date is physical fitness versus wealth symbols, used by straight men on Tinder.

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