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Are Gay Men Happier?

UCLA examines the mental health of homosexual men; Todd Akin maintains that abortions are given to women who aren’t pregnant; meanwhile, Internet addiction is being studied as a possible psychological disorder. These discoveries and more below.

On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Sexual Orientation and Psychological Attitudes
A neat little study from UCLA psychologists Francisco J. Sánchez and colleagues examines the mental health of homosexual men using a unique identical twin design.

Obama admin put pressure on Japan not to go nuke free
It has been revealed that the United States government was strongly urging [the Japanese government] to reconsider its policy of “zero nukes in 2030s” which was part of the energy and environmental strategy of the Noda administration, as “President Obama wishes it”….

The Latino Vote: population flourishes but electoral sea change is yet to come
Across America an electoral giant is stirring. The country’s growing Latino population – projected to be almost a third of the US population by 2050 – is changing the demographic face of the nation, with potentially huge political consequences.

PBS head unloads on Romney
During the first presidential debate, Republican Mitt Romney repeatedly rode over the moderator, PBS’ Jim Lehrer, and then proceeded to tell voters that, if given the chance, he planned on running over Big Bird too.

U.S./Colombia Free Trade Agreement Fails to Stop Killings of Unionists
In November of 2011, six months before the United States gave Colombia a clean bill of health and allowed the US-Colombia Free Trade Agreement to take effect, paramilitaries invaded the home of Juan Carlos Galvis in Barrancabermeja.

Todd Akin Campaign Says He Still Believes Doctors Give Abortions To Non-Pregnant Women
Senate campaign confirmed on Wednesday that the candidate stands by a comment he made in 2008 that doctors regularly perform abortions on women “who aren’t actually pregnant.”

All Eyes on Brazil
If it seems like all the university presidents and vice provosts are visiting Brazil these days, that’s because they are.

‘Internet-Use Disorder’ Being Added to New Edition of DSM
Everybody panic: Internet-use disorder is a thing now. Kind of.

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