Gay Rights

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Natalie Heidenfelder
March 19, 2013
Professor Monroe
Gay Rights
“I'm a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being... by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.”- Paul Newman, an actor who gave his thoughts on the gay rights movement. The Gay rights movement has made great strides towards a better and brighter future. Today, there are nine states that give gays the option to get married. This was a huge step forward and it will not be slowing down anytime soon. I want to talk about the gay rights movement and how people feel and think about it. I want to bring to light the issues and talk about what is being done about them.

The gay rights act dates back to the early 1920s, with the Society of Human Rights in Chicago being the first gay organization. (Essman, Elliot 2010) It was not until the 1960s that the movement started to become huge. Back then, being gay was looked upon as being a sin. When someone admitted to being gay, they would be beaten, fired, kicked out of public places, disowned from their family, and many more. In the United States, the gay rights movement goes back to the Stonewall riots that occurred following a police raid in New York City. Police bombarded the gay bars and the gays finally fought back. This event lasted for three days and marked the beginning of the gay rights movement. After the Stonewall riots, there were a few gay organizations that formed. From 1969 and 1974, the amount of gay organizations have increased up to nearly fifty thousand. By 1973, there were about eight hundred organizations that formed. Most of them would get together in big cities and on university campuses. Even though the amount of organizations surrounding...
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