In this day in age almost everyone knows someone who is a homosexual. I say in this in age because homosexuality is more accepted today then it ever was. In America we have legalized gay marriage, martial benefits, an annual gay parade, and there are many others. Everyone has an opinion on gays, so more positive then others, but at the same time there are a lot of negative ideas that comes with being openly gay. Heavily religious groups are against gays and make it very hard for you to be open with your sexuality. You may not be welcomed in their place of worship, your family make look at your differently, or even disown you. For example, some Christians refer to homosexuality as a "sin against nature", and for Jewish it is forbidden by the Torah, and is considered a capital offense.
Despite religion and other factors it is okay to be open and free with your sexuality here in New York. It is considered okay for a man to be dressed as a woman or a woman dressed as a man to be walking down the street carefree, in most cases. In other countries you might be tortured, killed, or be harassed while walking down the street. In New York City there is a Gay Pride Week dedicated to all the homosexuals, which ends in an a gay parade that is held everywhere. People of all kinds are encouraged to come out, they could be gay, straight, a transvestite it doesn't matter. The parade is all about being who you are and comfortable enough to enjoy yourself around people like yourself.
Gay marriage became legal in New York June 24, 2011. Prior to that a couple could have been together for over 50 years, but if suddenly something were to happen to their partner they would have no say into anything. Along with legalizing gay marriage came automatic inheritance, sick leave to care for a partner, immunity from testifying against your partner, wrongful Death. Same sex couples were also now allowed to adopt children, although that is still highly controversial. There are many other...
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