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One of the best poets of the twentieth century, Dr Seuss, once said, "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.” That is, really, the greatest advice a person can receive. As a young homosexual grows into adulthood and enters the "real world" he or she will, without a doubt, meet someone who "minds." Whether it is socially, legally, religiously, or even internally challenges will emerge. These challenges must be recognized, understood, confronted, and, hopefully, overcome. Some of these challenges cannot be confronted without taking legal action or changing the way another person thinks, therefore picturing the challenge, for most people, difficult or otherwise impossible to overcome. In these cases the individual's only method of overcoming the issue is through different resource organizations or support from friends and/or family. In other cases, the challenge is an emotional one and can only be overcome through an internal process of acceptance and understanding. Those cases are the most common for homosexuals and include important processes such as "coming out." In the movie J. Edgar they show a scene where he reveals to Clyde Tolson, his associate that he wants to ask a girl to be his wife. Tolson responds with anger and throws a fit. The agruement escalated into a fistfight and then Tolson aggressively kissed Hoover on the lips. With confusion and not wanting to admit his feelings Hoover pushed him off and told him to never do that again. Assumptions and homophobia are one of the biggest problems for homosexuals if they are to get the majority of people to accept their lifestyle. Homophobia, as defined by the American Psychological Association, is, "the fear, anxiety, anger, discomfort and aversion that some... heterosexual people hold for gay individuals.”One of the biggest challenges for homosexuals is overcoming homophobia. Oftentimes, homophobia is based on incorrect assumptions. It is...
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