In most states, LGBTQ Americans have no legal protections against discrimination in the workplace.
- The Supreme Court will decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to gay and transgender people.
- The court, which currently has a probable conservative majority, will likely decide on the cases in 2020.
- Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws effectively extending the Civil Rights of 1964 to gay and transgender people.
Evolutionarily speaking, being gay is still something of an enigma
- Heterosexual people have been less interesting to scientists than gay people, in terms of where they come from, because, evolutionarily speaking, being gay doesn't lead to a higher "higher reproductive fitness" — meaning, it doesn't lead to more babies.
- Across cultures, gay boys tend to be more interested in spending time with their mothers.
- We still don't really know why gay people are attracted to each other.
The study suggest implicit biases can change significantly over a relatively short timeframe.
- The study examined the results of more than 4 million tests designed to measure implicit and explicit biases.
- The tests measured attitudes toward groups defined by age, disability, body weight, race, skin tone, and sexuality.
- All explicit biases decreased during the study's timeframe, while several categories of implicit bias diminished.
How did human homosexuality evolve?
- Standard evolutionary theory may not tell the full story of human sexuality, says Yale professor Richard Prum.
- Same-sex attraction may have evolved to contribute to female alliances, and male-male sexual attraction may have also evolved to enhance female freedom of choice, posits Prum.
- Richard Prum is the author of The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin's Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World. Read more about Prum's theory of same-sex evolution here.
A study suggests people act aggressively on their prejudices when they have plausible deniability.
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