Challenges of Homosexuals in the 1960’s

Topics: Homosexuality, Sexual orientation, Marriage Pages: 5 (1820 words) Published: April 29, 2012
Challenges of Homosexuals in the 1960’s


Every day homosexuals face challenges that heterosexuals do not. These challenges include people giving them looks when they are walking down the street while holding hands with a person of the same sex. They also face challenges in being accepted as a true family, this is because in many states same sex marriage is deemed illegal. Over the decades people have become more adjusted to homosexuals in society. In the movie “If Walls Could Talk II Segment I” there is a lesbian couple who are very secretive of their relationship because of the fear of being misjudged. In the time period that the movie took place people who were gay were look down upon in society. During the movie Abby has a stroke and Edith is not allowed to see her in the hospital because the hospital staff did not know that they were in fact “family”. After Abby had passed Edith was not allowed to claim anything because they were not legally married. This paper will discuss the different ways that the movie “If Walls Could Talk II Segment I” proved to be effective and ineffective. Keywords: homosexual, legally married

“If These Walls Could Talk II Segment I” was a movie about a lesbian couple who had been living together for 30 plus years. In this movie they depict how the society does not accept homosexuals. This is seen when Abby falls off of the ladder and has a stroke, when she arrives at the hospital with Edith she is taken back and Edith asks to see her; she is told that she cannot see Abby because she is not family. She is also told that she would have to wait until visiting hours the next morning for non-family members to see her. What the hospital does not know is that in fact they are family. The next morning Edith goes to see Abby and she is told that she had passed away earlier that day. Edith becomes highly upset because she had asked to be told if anything had happened to let her know. After Abby’s passing Edith called Abby’s nephew Ted who had plans to sell the house to cover the inheritance tax that would be slapped on him. Edith is very distraught by what she was told and said that both Abby and I had paid the mortgage on this house and it is rightfully mine. At the time Ted’s wife had been going through the house gathering stuff they might want. They didn’t even leave one piece of Abby’s for Edith to treasure. My first reaction when I saw the movie was how greedy Ted was; all they wanted was Abby’s stuff so they could sell it and make a profit from it. If I was Ted I would have let Edith remain in the house because she had rightfully purchased it with Abby. I think that in the time period Abby and Edith’s relationship was very looked down upon, as depicted when Edith hid all the pictures of her and Abby together so Ted and his family would not know that they were together. I believe that Abby and Edith felt the need to hide their relationship because it was looked down upon in society at that time and if people had found out they would have been misjudged. The movie also showed how when Abby died everything by law went to Abby’s family members because they were not legally married; if same sex marriage was legal Edith would not have to face losing the house to Ted along with all of Abby’s belongings.

The challenges that homosexuals face today are somewhat different than they faced back in the 1960s. Today homosexuals are not looked down upon as much as they were in the 1960s. Also in the 1960s same sex marriage was illegal but today there are more and more states that are allowing same sex marriage.

I think that the film “If These Walls Could Talk II Segment I” had some very good points of effectiveness. These include selling the fact that homosexuality was not an accepted sexual orientation at that time, and if you so happen to be gay or a lesbian you were not of equal status as heterosexuals. They proved this by presenting how at the hospital Edith...
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