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iPods Being the slaves to fashion that we proudly are, there’s no missing the iPod revolution currently taking over Oxford and King Streets. White headphones have become the accessoire du jour among young and young-at-heart gays and lesbians

The fact that they actually play music makes them much more practical than rubber wrist-bands (2005), turny-uppy polo shirt collars (2004) or visors (2003) and the bonus is we don’t have to talk to each other any more, and we can make snap judgments on people based on their music selection. Not sure if your boy/ girlfriend’s hot? Check out their most-recently played songs, and they’re sure to blame the machine’s shuffle function.

An anonymous wag wrote on craigslist that his iPod believed he was, in fact, a gay man. I recognise that there are several up-tempo dance songs on my playlist, along with a few Madonna and Britney Spears tracks, he wrote. However, I am curious why whenever I choose the shuffle mode you select these songs and only these songs to play.

US president George Bush’s playlist was outed in the press last year. An analysis by The Times‘s Caitlan Moran showed the Pres had no black artists, no gay artists, no world music, only one woman, no genre less than 25 years old, and no Beatles.

Intersex Otherwise known as the I in the GLBTIQ sandwich, the intersex community is often referred to but rarely heard from.

According to the Intersex Society of North America the term intersex refers to people born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male. This occurs in something like one in 2,000 births, according to some statistics (scientific opinions are divided).

While the I title in GLBTIQ suits some gay- or lesbian-identified intersex people, others don’t want to be lumped in with gays, for various reasons. The issues involved are not always related, one person wrote on an intersex bulletin board. I find it frustrating also that you start mentioning GLBT and people whack you with the transsexual label and are not interested in listening further.

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