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Gay in the 1980s: Showtime’s Pioneering “Brothers” – Boogieman in Lavender

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The Nineteen-Eighties. It was literally a different era. Cable television was just catching on. Home computers were almost prohibitively expensive. “Google” was a misspelling of a Ukrainian writer. There were hardly any openly gay regular characters on T. V. Steven Carrington on “Dynasty,” and Jodie Dallas on “Soap” in the early 80s and that was about it. The intervening decades brought us “Will and Grace,” “Tales of the City” and the real and fictional versions of “Ellen.” And somehow the Waters Brothers and their friends have gotten lost in the shuffle and in the dim and musty years. In the … Read more

SCIENCE: We May Now Know Why Gay Men Tend To Have Older Brothers

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Scientists believe they may now know why gay men tend to have more older brothers. A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Anthony Bogaert—the culmination of more than 20 years of research—shows that antibodies to one particular protein may be responsible. Bogaert, a human sexuality researcher at Brock University in Canada, first began looking at what is now known as the “older brother effect” in 1996. Basically, what Bogaert and his collaborators found is that having older brothers increases the chances a man will be gay. In 2006, they published a study showing that … Read more