Exploration of a Journal Article in Sociology

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Exploration of a Journal Article in Sociology

In the scholarly journal, “Sex and Gender in the 1970’s” the article used existing research to study homosexuality and why it is viewed as “deviant” and a stigma. The author conducted several interviews, of gay white male individuals in “Sun City” of whom she was friends with to gain better knowledge on homosexuality and why it has remained a secret in society.

Homosexuality in the 1960’s was kept as a secret in society. Gay communities did everything in their power to appeal to society that they leaved a heterosexual lifestyle. Not only were there gay males but also females who were part of this community. Gay men would marry gay women to appear normal in the eyes of their families. They would live next door to each other with secret passage ways and live homosexual lifestyles but was kept secret only within their community. Homosexuals had to pose as heterosexual individuals because they could potentially be disowned by family or fired from their job. Researchers were even ridiculed by this community as interviewers questioned their ability to understand if they had not been in a homosexual relationship before. Chapter 8 in the textbook charts information on the public’s attitude toward homosexuality has been moving toward greater acceptance. (Macionis, 2010). In the early 1970’s the views of homosexuality were on the verge of change and gay liberation movements begin. Survey conducted in 1973 over 75% of adults in the US viewed homosexual relations as wrong and by 2006 less than 60% of adults in the US viewed homosexual relations as wrong (Macionis, 2010). In 2004 gay marriages became legal in the state of Massachusetts. This made making homosexual individuals comfortable in the world in which they lived in. Other states like Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, Iowa, and New Hampshire also adapted laws for gay marriages and the number of states is still increasing today. As stated in the textbook in...
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