The Top 18 LGBTQ OMG Facts

Posted Mar 06, by Jose Duarte

To commemorate National Coming Out Day, here are the top facts about LGBTQ topics we've published on OMG Facts

The high-five is one of the most common male rituals in the world. Nothing's more macho than giving a buddy a high five after a manly conquest right? Well, it'll surprise many to learn that the man who is credited with giving the very first high five on record was gay!
Glenn Burke was a second season player for the Dodgers. One time late in the 1977 season, he was on plate in the batting order following Dusty Baker, who had just hit his 30th home run and was coming around to home plate. When Baker was passing past him, Burke lifted his hand, Baker did the same and their hands slapped. This was the very first high five on record!
Burke retired early in 1982 and was the first major league baseball player to openly declare his homosexuality. He is remembered by the gay community as a groundbreaking figure, who was 'athletic, clean cut, masculine. He was everything that we wanted to prove to the world that we could be."

Homosexuality has been observed in several species of animals.

These include: birds, beetles, sheep, fruit bats, dolphins, among others. The bonobo, an African ape closely related to humans, has displayed strong bisexual tendencies, and 75% of its sexual activities are said to be nonreproductive! Some animals even go through a temporary phase of homosexuality. Young male dolphins often find temporary male sexual partners. Scientists believe this sort of behavior helps to establish lifelong bonds of friendship.

The first lesbian couple to be married in NYC were 76 and 85.

Phyllis Siegel and Connie Kopelov have been together for 23 years, and they finally tied the knot on July 24. In addition to finally having their partnership formally recognized by the state of New York, the couple bears the distinction of being the first same-sex couple in New York City to do so.

It's called Fraternal Birth-order effect, or 'older brother effect,' and recent science supports its claim. It is the strongest known biodemographic predictor of sexual orientation, and claims that the more older brothers a man has, the more likely he is to be gay.

Scientists are not exactly sure why it occurs, but they believe it is due to a maternal immune response after giving birth to a son. The mother's body reacts to the foreign H-Y antigens of her son, and creates antibodies to counteract them. These antibodies then remain in the mother's body the next time she gives birth.  Although this theory is not unanimously supported, it is generally accepted, and for sons with older brothers, can increase the likelihood of homosexual tendencies up to 48%! 


EDIT: To clarify, actual probability of a boy being gay or not is still relatively low (there's no consensus, but it's somewhere between 5- 10% of all males). 

The fact deals with probabilities. Say... for example, your sister's kids (I'm assuming it's your sister) had this scenario:

Kid 1: 10% probability to be gay. Hit the 10%, he's gay
Kid 2: 11% probability. Didn't hit the 11%, not gay
Kid 3: 12% probability. Didn't hit the 12%, not gay
Kid 4: 13% probability. Didn't hit the 13%, not gay.

Kid 4 still was "more likely" to be gay than Kid 1, despite the end result of Kid 1 being gay and Kid 4 not being gay

In 1979, people called in sick to work with a case of “being homosexual”!

This happened in Sweden. The event was a protest, because in the country, homosexuality was classified as a sickness at the time. After this happened, there was also a protest outside the National Board of Health and Welfare to try and get them to change this classification. Sweden had been one of the first countries to legalize homosexual acts in 1944, but people wanted them to go further. 

Within a few months of the calling-in incident, Sweden became one of the first countries to de-classify homosexuality as a mental illness.

Another fact about homosexuality in Sweden? It was the first country, in 1972, to allow transgender citizens to legally change their genders with free hormone therapy!


\"\" The first gay couple in recorded history lived in Ancient Egypt in the year 2400 B.C.

Two (male) royal manicurists named Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep were found buried together in a shared tomb similar to the way married couples were often buried. Along with that are hieroglyphs combining their names together to say “joined in life and joined in death”. Strangely enough, Niankhkhnum actually did have a wife, but in most of the artwork in the tomb she has been replaced with Khnumhotep.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling, admitted that Dumbledore is gay. He was in love with a wizard named Grindelwald whom he later defeated in a duel.

\"I had always seen Dumbledore as gay, but in a sense that's not a big deal. The book wasn't about Dumbledore being gay. It was just that from the outset obviously I knew that he had this big, hidden secret and that he flirted with the idea of exactly what Voldemort goes on to do, he flirted with the idea of racial domination, that he was going to subjugate Muggles. So that was Dumbledore's big secret.

He's an innately good man, what would make him do that? I didn't even think it through that way, it just seemed to come to me, I thought, 'I know why he did it. He fell in love.' And whether they physically consummated this infatuation or not is not the issue. The issue is love. It's not about sex. So that's what I knew about Dumbledore. And it's relevant only in so much as he fell in love and was made an utter fool of by love. He lost his moral compass completely when he fell in love and I think subsequently became very mistrusting of his own judgement in those matters so became quite asexual. He led a celibate and a bookish life.\"
J.K. Rowling, in a March 9, 2008 interview

In Samoa, it is acceptable for a family who has too many sons, to raise the youngest boy as a daughter.

In Samoa, there is a third gender called the Fa'afafine, which literally means "in the manner of a woman." The origin of it used to be that in families with too many boys, the young ones would be recruited to work in the house helping the wife. They would be raised as girls and would even be dressed in women's clothes, even if their gender was well known.

Nowadays, Fa'afafine is considered a third gender, standing with the male and female gender. It's not common for Fa'afafines to have sex with other Fa'afafines and it's also not considered homosexual for males to have sex with Fa'afafines. 

They are known for their hard work and dedication to the family. It is said that while it may be tempted to call Fa'afafines crossdressers or homosexual, there is no cultural equivalent in the English language to describe this particular cultural phenomenon. 

(Sources 1, and 2)

It's incredibly ironic, but prior to his presidency, FDR signed off on a secret Navy unit to seek out homosexuals. In 1919,  Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the assistant secretary of the Navy. While the Navy secretary was in Europe, FDR signed off on an undercover Navy unit to investigate homosexual acts within the military.

It later became known as the Newport Scandal. Newport, Rhode Island’s Naval Base had numerous complaints of sexual solicitation by males around the base. So, FDR’s Navy unit sought to entrap these men. Surprisingly, the unit was ordered to perform oral sex on suspected homosexuals on base, including a clergyman! Once the story broke, FDR claimed memory lapse and never admitted to signing off on the operation.

Surprisingly, this could have completely destroyed FDRs political career. Many people credit his later illness that left him paralyzed as the reason his career did not spiral down. FDR, of course, later went on to become the president of the US.


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