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Sexual Orientation in the Biology Curriculum

I received an email this morning, from a Biology instructor seeking help on lesson plans regarding the biology of sexual orientation

If you are interested, please contact Stacy Howard via the listed email address.


Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 08:20:46 -0700
Subject: [ap-bio] Sexual Orientation in the Biology Curriculum

I have been an AP Biology instructor and science educator for many years now.

I am looking for people who have included sexual orientation as a lesson topic in his/her AP Bio class.

The reason for this is two-fold.

First, I am interested in accumulating lesson plans that are related to this topic.

Second, from a research standpoint (I am a doctoral student in Science Education) I am interested in learning about experiences you may have had with respect to including this as a lesson topic in your "taught" curriculum.
If you have any information to offer you can respond here or email me personally.
Thank you for your time,
Stacy B. Howard
AP Biology/Microbiology Instructor
Berkmar High School
Lilburn, Georgia
Doctoral Candidate
Science Education
University of Georgia
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(Call for Submissions) And Then It Shifted: Women Open Up About Leaving Men for Women (Seal Press, 2010)

I received this call for writing, today.  I can't wait to read the finished volume.  So, dear readers, bloggers and community - if you have a story to tell, then you can get paid for it.  In the process, you will have the chance to point the way for the women who follow you.  All the better.



Call for Submissions
Working Title:  And Then It Shifted: Women Open Up About Leaving Men for Women (Seal Press, 2010)

2,000-4,000 words

Payment: Upon publication. Amount will vary, depending on experience and other variables ($50 and up). Please include a list of any previous publication credits with your query or submission. Contributors will also receive two copies of the published book.

Deadline: December 1, 2009. That said, we strongly encourage you to send us a query well beforehand, so that we can review it, give you helpful feedback, and have a good sense of what will be coming our way that month. If you are able to submit the piece earlier, we prefer that you do.

Editors: Candace Walsh and Laura André. Candace Walsh is the editor of the recently released anthology Ask Me About My Divorce: Women Open Up About Moving On (

As Dr. Lisa Diamond’s recent groundbreaking book Sexual Fluidity makes clear, women’s sexual desire and identity are capable of shifting. Cynthia Nixon, Carol Leifer, Wanda Sykes, Portia de Rossi, and countless others have left the fold of heterosexual identity to enter into or pursue same-sex relationships.

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Request: Transgender folk for upcoming podcast

I received an email from a podcaster seeking a transgender individual or two who are willing to be interviewed for an upcoming podcast.  If you are interested, please reply to



As per the earlier twitter, I’m attempting to locate someone willing to be on my podcast show, Closet Talk. Preferably, this Wednesday at 8pm Central Time as I had a cancellation somewhat last minute, but the 15th will work as well if that notice is too short. The podcast is intended to offer an inclusive forum for all members of the LGBTQA community to tell their stories, discuss their own coming out and answer questions and expose myths about the community they reside it. It is a call in show, so no travel will be required.

One particular aspect I would like to cover is a transperson’s coming out. I imagine emotionally, it is similar to a gay man’s coming out (of which I am). A few months ago I ran into an old friend of mine. When I knew him, he identified as a lesbian woman, but has since “come out” as a transman. Is that a typical progression for transpeople, to identify as gay prior to trans? That would, of course, be the focus of the conversation, but not the entirety of it.

You mention placing a call for it on the site, but I wasn’t sure what that meant. I’ll be happy to write something up for that purpose, but appreciate suggestions/information.

In solidarity,


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