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When Is a Kinky Interest Really Sick?

Of kinks, crimes, and kinds: A look behind the scenes at how the American Psychiatric Association’s Paraphilias Sub-Work Group proposed revisions to the DSM for all manner of things relating to sexual arousal brought about by atypical objects, situations, or individuals.

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Since We Last Spoke: Digital Justice, the New Normal, and McAuliffe’s Moneyball

Updates to pastPacific Standard print stories.

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Homophobia Takes Years Off of Your Life

That’s the conclusion of a new study that compares death rates with Americans’ attitudes toward gay rights.

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Do You Have to Pee Standing Up to Be a Real Man?

This simple idea, encouraged by medical texts of the past that taught deviation from the norm would lead to confused sexuality and gender identity issues, has put a surprising number of babies under the knife.

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Prairie Home Companions

A homecoming in Red Cloud, Nebraska.

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The Re-Victimization of Homosexual Targets of the Nazi Regime

A brief look at Paragraph 175.

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Looking Back at Fashion’s Queer History

Paul Hiebert talks with the Valerie Steele, co-curator of A Queer History of Fashion, about the new exhibit.

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How Lou Reed Showed It’s OK to Be Gay

He may have been the world’s first out bisexual rock star—but what really matters is that everyone thought he was.

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Should We Be Allowed to Choose the Sexual Orientation of Our Children?

Imagine a prenatal test that, like the one for trisomy 21 (Down’s syndrome), could show a predisposition to gayness.

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How Being a Gay Boy Is Like Having a Physiological Problem With Milk

Both involve underlying biological states, but it’s the cultural setting that determines whether suffering will occur.

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