Composition 1 101
2014 April 7
Ours is a noble cause because we are engaged in a fight for the very promise of America. —Lord L. Jean, executive director, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, 2000^
The gay rights movement has been an ongoing struggle dating back to the 1920s. Still in 2014 there is still a stigma attached to gay and lesbian relationships. Our country was founded on equality for all people, yet we still have such bigotry towards gay and lesbians. Everyone has the right to pursue their happiness no matter what or who may make that person happy. Who are we as people to tell others who they should and shouldn’t love? We have no right to tell homosexuals that they can’t have the same rights as straight people just because of their sexual preferences. Gay rights isn’t just an issue here in the U.S. it stretchers worldwide. Countries around the world have laws that criminalize homosexual relations. Countries in Africa have laws that state homosexual acts are punishable with life imprisonment. Gay and lesbians across the world are still met with such bigotry based on their sexual orientation. Just here recently in the U.S. Arizona passed a bill (SB1062), which allowed business owners to refuse service to gays and lesbians. According to the Huffington Post there are roughly 4 million adults who identify themselves as being gay in the United States alone. Dating back to the 1940s scientist tried many things to figure out what made people homosexual. They would have women get hysterectomies and inject estrogen to see if that would change their sexual preference. On male patients they would undergo frontal lobe lobotomies to see if that to would change sexual preference. To the scientists dismay neither method worked to stop patient’s homosexual feelings. Psychiatrists labeled homosexuality as a form of...
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