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The Laverne Cox Effect

Laverne Cox's breakout role in "Orange Is the New Black" was a watershed moment for transgender representation on television. Cristen and Caroline talk to trans activist and writer Raquel Willis about Cox's Hollywood activism, the Caitlyn Jenner interview and trans representation progress that still needs to be made.

Transgender TV

Transgender characters are beginning to come alive on television. Cristen and Caroline talk to trans activist and writer Raquel Willis about the pop culture's historical relationship with transgender narratives, stereotypical trans roles and the cis actors who've played them, and why trans TV matters.

A White, Marmorean Flock

Why did an exceptional group of ex-patriot, 19th-century female sculptors become known as a "white, marmorean flock"? Cristen and Caroline discuss their artistic sojourns to Italy and what it meant to be a female sculptor at that time.

The Gay Best Friend

Pop culture tells us gay men and straight women make the best of friends, but why? Cristen and Caroline dissect the sociology, culture and evolutionary psychology of these relationships to figure out whether these presumed besties are a product of nature or nurture.

Gay Wedding Traditions

With same-sex marriage increasingly becoming legal around the world, Cristen and Caroline celebrate with a look at how gay weddings combine somethings old and new.

SMNTY Weekly Must-Reads: The Olympics' Gayest Sport

The Best Little Boy in the World Hypothesis

When it comes to gay men, the positive stereotypes abound. In the words of Northwestern University associate professor Brian Mustanski, gay men are often characterized as being "fit, well dressed, good looking and rich," which doesn't sound like bad thing at all. A pair of psychologists has examined whether these stereotypes of gay men as striving for (and apparently attaining) perfection holds any merit and have come up with, as a result, The Best Little Boy in the World Hypothesis.

Public Displays of Affection Politics

How do public displays of affection compare to etiquette-friendly social kissing? How is PDA an act of love - and defiance -- in the LGBT community? And, do you love it or hate it? Listen in to learn how onlookers respond to PDA.

Life Costs More for Same-Sex Couples