Assignment 2: Investigate a Social Issue-Gay Rights
Gay rights has become more and more prevalent, particularly in the past 40 years Gays have actively sought to end prejudice and discrimination against them based on their sexuality. They have championed to change laws, fight job discrimination and harassment, eliminate homophobia and hate crimes against homosexuals. Gays and: lesbians believe they have made significant progress in a changing society and how society views the Gay community. Some believe that there is a lot of change needed before they have equality (Helicon Publishing, 2005) The issue of gay rights shows social stratification. Some say the “Gay Rights Movement” came into the limelight with the 1969 Stonewall riot. The New York police had a reputation of targeting gay bars for harassment and arrests. In June 1969, they raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village. This was the last straw, and the patrons of bar started a riot that lasted well into the following day. In today's society there, organizations, demonstrations, commemorative events, and parades, this includes the Gay Pride March. There were other movements in the 1940’s and 1950’s and more than 40 homosexual organizations prior to the riots (Social Stratification and Homosexuality). After the riots, gays and lesbians structured such political groups and service agencies as Act Up, the Gay Liberation Front, Gay Activists Alliance, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, Lesbian Rights Project, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, National Gay Rights Advocates, and Queer Nation, and many more (Helicon Publishing, 2005). The topic of gay and lesbian political activism is not without risk, and people with limited and compromised rights normally should not be putting themselves at risk. Society has had a wavering view on how homosexuality should be treated. It is difficult for some in society to accept that homosexuality exist as it...
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