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Affectional/sexual orientation
Resources I am personally connected with and also local/Washington state ones are listed first, then national, international and internet-only ones.

Affectional orientation is an alternative term for sexual orientation. It is based on the perspective that one's orientation is not limited to sexuality but also to one's affectionality. To holders of this view, one's orientation is defined by whom one is predisposed to fall in love with, sexual attraction being only a part of a larger dynamic.  From Wikipedia ... see

Family Life and Sexual Health curriculum (F.L.A.S.H.) -  a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum published by Public Health - Seattle & King County includes sections on family; self-esteem; sex roles; friendship; decision-making; sexual exploitation; puberty; reproductive system; pregnancy;. HIV/AIDS and more.

Father and Son - a coming out story by my husband, Alec Clayton.

Puget Sound OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change) - a chapter of the national organization below. "Connecting old lesbians in the Puget Sound area to form community, and to encourage participation in activities and causes that improve our lives and increase our visibility. ... Our Goals: 1. Promote the visibility of old lesbians among themselves, to the LGBTQ communities, and to service agencies around the Puget Sound. 2. Provide an organizational structure that supports group interaction, individual actions, and the flow of pertinent information. 3. Collect and preserve the herstories of old lesbians. We have fun too!"

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) - "A  national network of old lesbians over age 60 working to confront ageism in our communities and our country. We use education and public discourse as our primary tools. Old Lesbians Organizing for Change is a national organization for Old Lesbians age 60 and over, and will: Promote Old Lesbian Pride. Educate, support and empower Old Lesbians. Challenge ageism in our society and educate the general public about the effects of ageism and oppression. Celebrate our strengths, our talents, our experiences, and document our lives. Convene national gatherings of Old Lesbians. Encourage, establish, and support local chapters and regional events."

American Institute Of Bisexuality - The American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) - encourages, supports and assists research and education about bisexuality. Founded by Dr. Fritz Klein (see "Using the Klein Scale to Teach about Sexual Orientation" below) the goals of AIB are: to educate the general public, civic and professional organizations on bisexuality and the needs and concerns of bisexually oriented people; promote and fund research on bisexuality; sponsor and organize conferences, public forums, panels, social and cultural activities that increase understanding about bisexuality.

Are there asexuals among us? On the possibility of a "fourth" sexual orientation - by Jesse Bering Oct 29, 2009 in Scientific American.

The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) - goals: creating public acceptance and discussion of asexuality and facilitating the growth of an asexual community, serving as an informational resource for people who are asexual and questioning, their friends and families, academic researchers and the press. AVEN members throughout the world regularly engage in visibility projects, included but not limited to distributing informational pamphlets, leading workshops, arranging local meetups and speaking to interested press. The AVEN community centers around the web forum, which provides a safe space for asexual and questioning people and their partners, friends and families to discuss their experiences.

Avoiding Heterosexual Bias in Language - American Psychological Association's Committee on Lesbian and Gay Concern developed this to assist authors in avoiding bias when writing specifically about lesbians, gay men, and bisexual persons, as well as in general discussions of sexuality.

BiNet USA - a voice for bisexual people, facilitating the development of a cohesive network of bisexual communities, promoting bisexual visibility, and collecting and distributing educational information regarding bisexuality. BiNet USA encourages dialogue and participation as a way of creating and maintaining a cohesive bisexual community and empowering individuals to feel proud of their bisexuality.

Bisexual health: An introduction and model prctices for HIV/STI prevention programming - by Marshall Miller, Amy André, Julie Ebin and Leona Bessonova. From The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute, The Fenway Institute, and BiNet USA. The report includes: Timeline: The Bisexual Health Movement in the US ~ What is bisexuality? ~ Who is a bisexual person? ~ What does it mean to have, or be open to having, sex with partners of a same or different gender? ~ Theories describing bisexuality ~ Gender, sex and bisexuality ~ Race, ethnicity and bisexuality ~ Biphobia, bi-invisibility and health ~ Bisexual youth ~ Why focus on bisexual health? ~ Sexual prejudice: A case study on the erasure of bisexuals in academia and the media ~ What are bisexual health issues within the context of HIV and STI prevention? ~ Tips for health care providers when working with bisexual clients ~ and more.  (143 pages ~ pdf format)

Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) - "envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Because bisexuals today are still misunderstood, marginalized and discriminated against, the BRC is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people." They have created materials that are available to adults and youth, bi support groups, LGBT organizations, and other groups that want to know more about bisexuality or raise awareness about it.

born different - Meet Norman, the dog who moos - from the Gill Foundation Moo Campaign. - A photo/essay project for gay adults (of all genders) to submit childhood pictures and stories (roughly ages 2 to 12), reflecting memories & early beginnings of their innate LGBTQ selves. Nurture allows what nature endows. It's their nature, their truth!

The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) Sexual Orientation/Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (GLBTQ) Youth Issues Program - CWLA in partnership with Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund are working together to build the child welfare system's capacity to deal equitably and constructively with young people, family members, and employees who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning their sexual orientation (GLBTQ), with particular emphasis on those making the transition to adulthood. See the "Facts and Information" section for "GLBTQ Knowledge Assessment Tool" - created by Rob Woronoff, MS - "GLBTQ Terminology" and more. 

CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing Up Gay In America - a book by philanthropist and longtime human rights advocate Mitchell Gold, with unique blend of up-close and personal stories. Chapters include Religious Discrimination, Family and Community Rejection, School and Social Discrimination, In the Workplace, What I Know Now: On Losing a Child, The Sin Question, and Exposé: A Silent Epidemic of Depression, Isolation, and Fear.

Gay Native Americans Rediscover 'Two-Spirit' Identity - Young, gay American Indians are rediscovering tribal heritages that often revered "Two-Spirits," people who manifested both masculine and feminine traits. By Shadi Rahimi, Pacific News Service.

The Genderbread Person: Breaking through the binary: Gender explained using continuums - an infographic by Samuel Killermann of It's Pronounced Metrosexual that breaks down gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation into an easy to understand visual. - devoted to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (glbtq) education and culture and houses a comprehensive encyclopedia of glbtq culture: literature, arts, and social sciences with hundreds of complementary illustrations help showcase the lives and contributions of thousands of glbtq people who have influenced society through literature, the arts, law, politics and more. Also a discussion board.

HERE I AM. Envisioning a national museum about gender and sexual identity - dedicated to sharing the heritage of LGBT people, the Museum will be located in the District of Columbia. The envisioned Museum will bring the LGBT experience out onto the museum floor, opening new doors of learning and understanding.

Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation & Youth: A Primer for Principals, Educators and School Personnel - information on sexual orientation development, reparative therapy, transformational ministries, relevant legal principles, resources, and more. This pamphlet was developed and is endorsed by the following organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, Interfaith Alliance Foundation, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, and National Education Association. and available here (pdf format) and is also on the PFLAG site here (pdf format)

LGBT Resource Clearinghouse - articles by Rachel Miller and lots of resources. Links to non-commercial resources and organizations that provides information or support for the LGBT community and those who care about them. "There are several distinct series of articles that address various aspects of discrimination, injustice, unthinking dogmatic religious positions, and LGBTQ issues. All of the articles endorse emotional health and wholeness through self-acceptance. All promote unity through the improved understanding that results from dialog. All encourage us to work together to end discrimination and injustice by demonstrating love and respect for all people. Hopefully they will provide you with valuable insights."

New York City Public Library Gay and Lesbian Studies: A Research Guide - biography, autobiography, memoirs, history, literature, drama, legal, behavioral sciences, AIDS, religion, philosophy, film studies, periodicals, and more.

reteaching gender and sexuality - In 2008-2009, a group in Seattle’s eastside suburbs came together to create the PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} pilot documentary. The project combined participatory action research strategies with youth leadership and community development. The result was the completion of a 34-minute documentary film in 2010. To meet the growing demand for screenings and trainings, they expanded in March 2010 and launched an education program reteaching gender and sexuality. The program has demonstrated its power to both strengthen schools and communities while providing youth trainers valuable skills and experience working as trainers and consultants. In November 2010, they launched Reteaching Gender and Sexuality – a 3-minute video campaign. The video was co-written by PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} educators and members of the Seattle-based coalition Queer Youth Space. The video highlights current workshop themes and announces the launch of our first national tour! On tour, they will be gathering media for thier next documentary.

Fed up with a lack of queer visibility, PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} documents young people who challenge their polished suburban community to do more than sweep their existence under the rug. Professing expertise over their own lives, youth provide an honest evaluation of their schools and families. From getting beat-up in a schoolyard to being picked up as a runaway, we learn that queer youth in the suburbs exercise courage daily. Personal accounts of experiencing depression, isolation, and violence are woven together with optimistic portraits of fearlessness and liberation. Queerness comes to be defined as one part of a whole identity, as youth “come out” as not just queer, but also as writers, photographers, activist, and much more. PUT THIS ON THE {MAP} is unpretentious in its call to action, yet decisively instructive for improving schools and communities for all young people.

Queer Questions Straight Talk: 108 frank & provocative questions it’s OK to ask your lesbian, gay or bi loved one - book by Abby Dees.

The Queer Resources Directory (QRD) - this is an amazing resource.  

The Science of Sexual Orientation: Researchers Focus On Twins - CBS 60 Minutes, Aug. 27, 2006.

Sex Files: Sex & Gender Diversity project (2008) -

The Shared Heart - Portraits and Stories Celebrating Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Young People - Educational Resources on Sexual Orientation. This photo exhibit, book and curriculum package features the photos by Adam Mastoon and the writing of forty young people. 
The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project has a great brochure for The Shared Heart 
(pdf format)

Rutgers University's Libraries - browsing aids to selected titles (below) in the Rutgers video/DVD collections include (among others there):  

Gays & Lesbians -

Sex Roles -

Sexuality -

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack II ~ Sexual Orientation ~ Daily effects of straight privilege - based on Dr. Peggy McIntosh’s: White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, this was written by a number of straight-identified students at Earlham College who looked at a few examples of the privilege which straight people have. and as a PDF file at

Using the Klein Scale to Teach about Sexual Orientation - an excellent teaching tool by Bobbi Keppel & Alan Hamilton. They first describe the Kinsey Heterosexual-Homosexual Scale with a 0 - 6 point continuum from exclusively heterosexual to exclusively homosexual; then Fritz Klein's extended work with his Klein Sexual Orientation Grid - which uses 7 less emotionally "loaded" reference point descriptions. Keppel & Hamilton then present their own "Aspects of Sexual Orientation" which looks into much more - sexual attraction, sexual behavior, sexual fantasies, emotional preference, and social preference. They acknowledge: "how a person thinks of herself or himself is often not a matter of choice (preference), the politically correct term has become "sexual orientation."They also looks at past, present & ideal and more. I recommend it. (which compares it briefly to the Kinsey Scale) and The Klein Sexual Orientation Grid from American Institute Of Bisexuality here:

What Does Gay Mean? - a new anti-bullying program designed to improve understanding and respect for youth who are gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT). Centered on an educational booklet, called “What Does Gay Mean?” How to Talk with Kids About Sexual Orientation and Prejudice, the program encourages parents and others to communicate and share values of respect with their children. This is a program of Mental Health America, at community based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives. Centered on an educational booklet  this program encourages parents and others to communicate and share values of respect with their children. (available in print and on their website as a PDF file)

Working with Gay Male Survivors - an interview with Talcott Broadhead, MSW, Office of Sexual Assault Prevention at The Evergreen State College. What, if anything, is particular to working with survivors of sexual assault who are gay or bi men? (starting on page 14 of this pdf document)



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