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The Battle Over Same-Sex Marriage - Same-sex marriage has grown into to a national issue. In 2003, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had the right to marry which provoked a firestorm of debate. The discussion extends from private livings rooms and local watering holes; all the way to the floor of the U.S. Congress and the White House. The debate about same-sex marriage has become a hot button issue, which pits secular-progressives who support gay-rights against religious and social traditionalists fighting for the sanctity of marriage....   [tags: Gay Marriage]
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Gay Rights in Russia and Interview Analysis by Fareed Zakaria From CNN - Gay rights in Russia Gay rights has always been a controversial issue in Russia. Russia has anti-gay laws that cause big conflict in the country. Some of the laws that were passed include the gay propaganda law which is against exposing children to any gay media. Another big law which is on its way to being passed is they law against gay people adopting children. Because of this big issue going on, Fareed Zakaria a CNN news reporter investigates the situation. Zakaria interviews Valery Gergiev, an artistic and general director of Mariinsky Theatre....   [tags: Discrimination, Equality] 798 words
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The Effects of Gay/Lesbian Parenting Styles Correlating to Children's Social Acceptance - Scoot M. Myers conducted a research beginning in 1980 about the procedures of religiosity inheritance in families. He interviewed 471 parents in 1980 and their adult offspring in 1992 addressed the effects of childhood, parental, and family influences on the religiosity of adult offspring, factors that conditioned the ability of parents to transmit their religiosity, and how recent experiences of adult offspring modify earlier family influences on religiosity. According to the results, there were three variables that influence the impact of religion on adult offspring....   [tags: sociological analysis]
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Equal Fight for Equal Rights - “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” was a law established by congress that allowed homosexual men and women to serve in the military as long as they kept their sexual orientation private. On September 20, 2011, congress made history by passing a law repealing the “Don’t ask don’t tell” legislation of 1993 (CBS News). Thousands of service men and women came out of there proverbial closets, where many had been hiding their entire careers, to celebrate their new right to express themselves freely. Some even celebrated by marrying their longtime mates, an act that only brought to light a new issue....   [tags: Gay Rights]
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The Defense of Marriage Act Violates the Civil Liberties of Same Sex Couples - Marriage is the religious and legal commitment between two people, as well as the ultimate expression of love. However, marriages between same sex couples are not recognized by the federal government due to the Defense of Marriage Act. In essence, their civil right to be married is withheld from them. The Christian majority's influence in federal policy and lawmaking is one of the foremost reason why same-sex marriage has continually failed to gain long term acceptance in the United States. Same-sex unions have come to the forefront of American politics in the last couple of decades, but history has shown that it is a longstanding issue....   [tags: gay studies, gay marriage, argumentative] 949 words
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Interpersonal Communication and How It Leads To Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning, Homelessness - In the past three decades, gays and lesbians have become more assertive in expressing their rights within American society. Being gay comes as a source of pride for some, while being a social stigma for others. Though people who identify as LGBTQ are gaining legal rights and protection, they are still subject to discriminatory laws and social intolerance. Those who hold negative attitudes towards gays and lesbians are likely to have less likely to have interpersonal communication with them. This is because of the existence of negative attitudes, in addition to the anti-gay violence and harassment that some LGBTQ people continue to suppress their sexual orientation....   [tags: LGBTQ rights] 2238 words
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Adoption by Gay Couples Should Be Legal in All 50 States - ... Clearly neither comparison group does as well as children raised by their married biological parents, so on its face, these claims carry little weight even if they are true”. (George W. Dent Jr. "Same-Sex Parenting Is Harmful.") People may argue that a child needs both a mom and a dad to have a healthy childhood, however, it is sufficient enough to have a single mom or a single dad, and it is considered acceptable for those people to adopt. In 2012, a lesbian couple petitioned Federal Judge, Judge Bernard Friedman, with the right for them to adopt a child....   [tags: homosexual issues, equality]
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Transition of Gender Identities in South Africa - There has been much discussion about gender and the many different identities linked to it. Gender is the term used to describe the type of sex that a particular person identifies them self with. This sex can either be male or female. However, we live in a society with people having multiple identities. Therefore, I agree with the statement which states that gender identities are in transition in South Africa today. Many South Africans are identifying themselves to a particular gender identity. This essay will clearly show how gender identity is in transition in South Africa....   [tags: homosexual, gay, patriarchy, gay liberation]
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A Celebration of Freedoms - Same sex marriage is an ongoing and heated debate in America. Many states face the issue daily in legislature, and eventually in the courtrooms as well. In the interest of civil liberties and the rights of each individual the question being asked is, “Should the traditional laws of marriage be broadened to add gay unions?” Churches are torn apart with the influx of new denominations and ministers who support and encourage gay parishioners. Some are struggling to hold onto old values and standards of living, while others are standing by waiting to be allowed to celebrate life with their loved ones....   [tags: Gay Marriage] 1065 words
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A Case for Same-Sex Marriage - Equal Rights for All What is marriage. Recently, people argue with respect to the definition of marriage. The definition of the word marriage is a topic that often comes up when discussing same-sex marriages. To get married is a very important event for almost everyone. Many people believe that getting married to the one whom he or she loves is natural. However, what do you think if you cannot get married to him or her because it is socially unacceptable. There are numerous opinions and standing views on same-sex marriage....   [tags: gay rights]
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My Analysis on Same-Sex Adoption - ... Same-sex couples who are fortunate enough to be allowed by the courts to adopt, are still being judgmental. The judgments are based on their parenting abilities and the effects their lifestyle they live, whether it will have a negative backlash on the children. The intention of my analysis on same-sex adoption is to examine some of the bifurcation and the challenges that these individuals encounter while trying to legally adopt a child. To understand some of these issues, the focus will primarily be directed towards how the law views same-sex adoptions....   [tags: gay rights] 670 words
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The Psychology of Homosexuality - For many years, psychologists described homosexuality as a disorder or a treatable complex. Recently, homosexuality was removed from the DSM and is no longer considered a disorder. The gay population is no longer treated as sick but accepted as a diverse set of individuals. The many distinguishing attributes and characteristics of a gay or lesbian individual are considered to be personality attributes. Many psychologists have analyzed homosexual individuals throughout the history of psychology and attempted to explain their behavior....   [tags: The Gay Personality]
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The Case Against Passing a Law or Bill that Would Allow Gay Marriage - America was founded on the ideals of freedom. Written into the first amendment of the constitution is the basic right to freedom of speech, press, protest, and religion. However, where does one draw the line to how far these freedoms can go. Are they limitless, or should they be regulated. In reality, the regulation of these freedoms is necessary, otherwise they could be interpreted and used in many different ways that are potentially detrimental. The main complication is how far to let these rights stretch, and when they must be cut off....   [tags: homosexual rights, legislation]
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Commentary of Adam Liptak´s Article Regarding Gay Marriage and Child Rearing - ... SPSSI also found that these children do not exhibit greater tendencies towards psychosocial problems like low self-esteem or depression than other children (Wainright, Russel, & Patterson, 2004). Research confirms that there are no negative social effects for children raised by a loving and supportive homosexual couple. Liptak painted children from homes of homosexual parents as if at a disadvantage. Under this argument people who are disabled, poor, uneducated, and those of ethnic and cultural minorities would also be under a disadvantage....   [tags: Parenting, Homosexuality, Argument]
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Analysis of Friedrich Nietzsche´s Book 5 of The Gay Science - ... Nietzsche declares that even if some of these interpretations may include “too much devilry, stupidity and foolishness”, it does not matter because it does not rely on faith (Nietzsche 336). The new infinite that arises is ours, in which the abundance of perspectives is too overwhelming for any scholar to give meaning to such chaos. There is no logical reason how such disorder should be confined to a single perspective in order to better understand the world, as the world is infinite in all its glory....   [tags: god, science, rationality, freedom, progress] 1632 words
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Legalization of Same-Sex Marriages - ... The data that she collected during her home visits, interviews, and questionnaires resulted in the conclusion that children raised in the environment of same sex parents had enough contact with adults of both genders both outside and inside their families to compensate for the lack of gender missing from their parents. Furthermore, children’s self-concept, playmates, and activities were very much similar to those of children their age (Patterson, 1996). In parent child relationships, it is important to understand that a biological link is not essential....   [tags: gay rights] 2268 words
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Stop The Madness: Gay Marriages Should be Banned - On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that the US Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry. Should gay marriages be legal. Why should our nation accommodate such a dreadful Supreme Court ruling. Gay couples have become a major problem for our children. Children only repeat what they hear, see, and other habits from their role models. Our children are the ones who are being subjected to these horrifying situations.       Gay marriages should be banned because God did not intend women to sleep with each other, nor men with men....   [tags: Same Sex Marriage Essays] 670 words
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America Needs More Gay Rights and Tolerance - Change is a constant something that I am always told and it’s a fact truth, but another key concept to remember is that change is slow it is glacial. Meaning change is very slow but despite the speed of change it is still change and the significant point is that change does occur. For the past 40 years the change for the gay society has been steady and constant the events of the stonewall riots gave the gay movement a voice and has allowed reasons for change. Gays are given rights that were once denied and violence against gays is considered illegal society is leaning towards gay rights and the word tolerance meaning to be socially and lawfully recognized and accepted is being unde...   [tags: Persuasive Essay, 2014]
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Homophobia and Self-hatred - Essays - A Debt that Must be Paid Adolescence, under the best of all circumstance, is a time of great stress and confusion for young people. Bodies, relationships to friends and family, and moods change rapidly as social, psychological, and physiological puberty is navigated. In this society, to be an adolescent who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered (hereafter referred to as 'gay') means to be at significant risk for suicide, depression, dropping out of school, violence, homelessness, rejection from family, prostitution and substance abuse....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 608 words
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Social and Legal Obstacles of Gay and Lesbian Parenting - Social and Legal Obstacles of Gay and Lesbian Parenting In the last decade there has been a rise in the number of lesbians and gay men forming their own families. Many do this through adoption, foster care, artificial insemination, and other means. Today, researchers have estimated that the number of children living with one gay or lesbian parent is six to fourteen million. Some have described this current period as a lesbian and gay “baby boom”. However, lesbian and gay parents face many social and legal obstacles (Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 1997)....   [tags: Homosexuality Families Parents Essays] 1675 words
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A Social Worker's Perspective on the Gay and Lesbian Community - A Social Worker's Perspective on the Gay and Lesbian Community The community I chose to research is the Gay and Lesbian community. I chose to look at this community because, as I meet more and more people in my life, I have found that I come into contact with many Gay and Lesbian people, and to understand their issues, would be beneficial to a social worker. As Berkman and Zinberg (1997), states, social workers are "susceptible to absorbing the explicit and implicit biases held by mainstream society." I personally feel that the more you learn about other communities, its history and its struggles, it gives us a broader range of understanding and empathy, in which to do our work....   [tags: Papers] 1771 words
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Gay Marriage Should be Legal Despite Being Immoral - On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled that the US Constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry. Many conservatives are completely against gay marriage and they have stated that they will fight to have the Supreme Court ruling overturned. There are a number of reasons opponents to gay marriage argue that the Supreme Court has made a huge mistake . First, certain religious interpretations maintain that gay marriage is sinful. Fortunately, our country is not a theocracy and public policy should not be based on any religion's values....   [tags: Same Sex Marriage Essays] 916 words
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Why Black Churches Oppose Gay Marriage - The topic that Keith Boykin brings up is the issue that the Black community, black ministers and churches specifically, do not support same sex marriages. He addresses the hypocrisy he sees in this, as the black community was once the group fighting for equality. According to Boykin, blacks don’t support gay marriage rights for two reasons. Blacks only see images and representations from the gay white community, so they don’t feel like it involves them. There is not many people in the black community that are openly gay in their churches, so the community is lacking a face of their own to tie the issue to....   [tags: Same Sex Marriage Essays] 607 words
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The Stonewall Riots - In the past decades, the struggle for gay rights in the Unites States has taken many forms. Previously, homosexuality was viewed as immoral. Many people also viewed it as pathologic because the American Psychiatric Association classified it as a psychiatric disorder. As a result, many people remained in ‘the closet’ because they were afraid of losing their jobs or being discriminated against in the society. According to David Allyn, though most gays could pass in the heterosexual world, they tended to live in fear and lies because they could not look towards their families for support....   [tags: Gay Rights]
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John Gay's Use of Music for Satire in The Beggar's Opera - John Gay's Use of Music for Satire in The Beggar's Opera John Gay=s The Beggar=s Opera is a rather complex work, despite its apparent simplicity. Critics have interpreted it variously as political satire, moral satire, even (at a stretch) Christian satire. Common to many interpretations is the assertion that the Opera is a satire directed at both the politics and the art of its day. A fairly conventional interpretation of the play and its composition shows that it is, and was intended by its author to be, specifically a satire of Italian opera and of the aristocrats that patronized that form....   [tags: Papers] 2421 words
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Compare and Contrast Two Views of Gay Marriage - William Bennett, editor of The Book of Virtues and co-director of Empower America, responded to an article that Andrew Sullivan had written supporting gay marriage in America. Bennett started out by first issuing two key points as to what divides the proponents and opponents of same-sex marriages. The two articles are derived from Sibylle Gruber’s Constructing Others: Constructing Ourselves edition. Bennett notions that legalizing same-sex marriage would weaken the meaning of it and outlines what the basic concept of marriage is....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison Essays] 823 words
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Gay Men Should Be Allowed To Donate Blood - “A man who has had sex with another man within the last five years, whether oral or anal sex, with or without a condom or other form of protection, is not permitted to donate blood and must please not do so.” This was the statement issued last Thursday by a spokesman from the South African National Blood Service (SANBS). This statement had caused a huge dispute between the SANBS and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GLA) Every newspaper has headline after headline about this new topic, every news update on all radio stations, every news program on the television, everybody is talking about this latest disruption in our some-what peaceful lives....   [tags: essays research papers] 467 words
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Can God Love a Good Gay Guy? - Can God Love a Good Gay Guy. To begin my project, I’ll give you some of my background, so you can understand why the topic of Christianity and homosexuality is so relevant to me. I have been fortunate to be raised Christian with many family members who are regularly active within the church. We are members of the Fairland Brethren in Christ Church in Cleona. I have always felt very welcomed and loved by that Christian body, even during my younger years when I was dorky and rejected by many of my peers....   [tags: Homosexuality Religion Essays]
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Compare and Contrast Two Views of Gay Marriage - One of the most controversial issues around today is gay marriages. Many believe that the media is primly responsible for the idea of same-sex marriages, but when it all comes down to it there are really only two sides; those who support gay marriages, and those who oppose them. Two authors write their opinions on their opposite views on this issue. Sullivan (2002) supports same-sex marriages and believes marriage to be a universal right, not just restricted to heterosexuals. Contrary to Sullivan, Bennett (2002) believes that marriage is a sacred traditional family value that should be set aside for heterosexual couples....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison Essays]
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Homosexuality and the Media - Homosexuality and the Media       There are many different aspects of life that Americans are exposed to on television each day. Some examples are things such as violence, sex and alcohol and in today's more accepting society, the issue of alternative lifestyles. This issue was not as predominant ten years ago as it is today. Yes, for many years there have been sexual undertones in many popular television shows or movies, but it was not until recently that these actors and actresses were actually said to be living an alternative lifestyle....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Gay and Lesbian Partners Deserve Health Benefits - In the United States today, one to twelve percent of the population is homosexual (Gilbert, 17). In recent years, gay men, lesbians and bisexuals have been fighting long and hard to get the same rights and benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. Now, employers and health care providers are being forced to listen to their cries for equality. Should employers offer health benefits for domestic partners of gay employees. This question is forcing society to think about, and possibly change, what their definition of couple/family truly means....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays] 1762 words
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Discrimination Against Gay Marriage is the Voice of Ignorance - Discrimination Against Gay Marriage is the Voice of Ignorance Marriage is one of the fundamental establishments of the United States. As a young person, one looks forward to many goals in their lifetime: career success, a good life, and very often marriage to the person they love and a family together. This is one of the biggest parts of our "American life" and culture. Very few heterosexuals would be willing to put their right to marry on a ballot for voter approval, or even in their wildest dreams [nightmares?] have to consider doing that....   [tags: Papers] 1435 words
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Gay Rights: All Men are Created Equal - Gay Rights Every family has one, the uncle that always brings fat and ignorant women home for Christmas. No one approves, yet no one says anything. Why, because it is his life. No one has the right to judge him simply by whom he dates or doesn’t date. Just because he likes fat women, does that mean he deserves fewer rights. Of course not, no one would ever try and take any away from him. How is that any different from the aunt that brings home another woman for Thanksgiving. How can she be discriminated upon simply because of whom she is dating....   [tags: Papers] 294 words
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This Guy is Gay - ... It vastly impacted my life in the most dramatic way possible. After her passing, it was like a great icon in my life was now gone… an icon that would never return. The months that followed were the hardest in my life. But with the help of my loving father and brothers I would prevail; I would eventually fill this hole in my heart and raise to an enhanced me. The void left from my mother’s passing helped bring the family even closer; it was like a cliché: for the most intense of hopes come from the saddest tragedies....   [tags: personal story] 532 words
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Gay Rights: A Logical Progression of the Civil Rights Movement - “Even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed – ‘we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal’.” -Martin Luther King Jr. The Civil Rights movement may have started out as a mission to improve the lives of the large population of African-Americans, but who would have guessed that King’s quest for racial integration would provoke the same quest for individual rights by another group of people, Gays and Lesbians....   [tags: The LGBT Rights Movement] 1582 words
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I Am Poor and Gay...and I Will Practice Law - I Am Poor and Gay...and I Will Practice Law One of the few things I remember about my childhood is my mother's beige linen suit. It was her "best" suit, and she wore it to work for years. The more it faded and frayed, the more it became a symbol to me of our poverty, and the more I hated it. Being poor made me feel like a second-class person. We never really outgrew the poverty; I just left it to go to college. By my second year, I was working up to fifty hours a week to support myself....   [tags: Law College Admissions Essays] 1026 words
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Freedom to Love - ... I mean, this seems like Germany: Let’s round up the Jews. Let’s round up the gays. Let’s round up the blacks. I mean, it starts with that.”(Herszenhorn 2) We can call people who killed Jews totalitarians; we can call people who have prejudices on black racialists; however, how can we call those people who have a bias towards homosexuals.     Why are the government dictating what two people can or cannot do when nobody is hurt in the process. Nowadays, a large number of gay girls, boys, women, and men choose to remain hidden to society due to fear and personally internalized homophobia....   [tags: gay rights] 1099 words
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Essay on the Gay as a Literary Figure in The Picture of Dorian Gray - The Gay as a Literary Figure in The Picture of Dorian Gray           This paper shall explore the gay as a literary figure based on Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. The aim of the essay is threefold. Firstly, to show how the gay is related to two of the most potent archetypal images: those of Dionysos and Apollo. Secondly, to demonstrate that the Wildean gay is profoundly afraid of life, and that his interest in form and aesthetic proportion rests on a principle of "evasion." Thirdly, to contend that the humor in this novel, and by extension also in Wilde's plays, is a symptom of the author's fascination with an archetypal "gay." The Picture of Dorian Gray revolves around Dori...   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays]
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Comparing Two Views of Gay Marriage in America - Marriage, by definition, is the institution whereby men and women are joined in a special kind of social and legal dependence for the purpose of founding and maintaining a family. In today’s society however, things are changing. People of all genders are forming bonds with one another, and homosexuals are vying for the right to have their love established as marriage as well. Should men and men, and women and women, be allowed the right of marriage just like heterosexual couples in America....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison Essays] 767 words
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Same-Sex Marriages - Same-Sex Marriages Currently in the United States there has been much debate over the controversy surrounding the legalization of same-sex marriages. There are many people who are opposed and feel it is morally and ethically wrong and others who feel that same-sex marriages are acceptable. Prior to writing about this topic I had no strong feelings toward or against the issue on same-sex marriages. After researching and finding out more information on the topic, I became in favor of allowing those of the same-sex to have there marriages legalized....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 1305 words
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Courage and Homosexual Desires - Essays - Courage and Homosexual Desires Persons with homosexual desires have always been with us, however up to recent times, there has been little if any outreach in the way of support groups or information. Most were left to work out their path to chastity on their own. Many found they were unable to do this and folded to the pressures of the increasingly secular society opting to act on their desires in gay circles. Choosing this direction locked them into a way of life that does not bring benefit to one's existence....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essay Examples] 704 words
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Gay and Lesbian Issues - Gender Identity in Gumby's Adventures - Gay and Lesbian Issues - Gender Identity in Gumby's Adventures When Jerry Falwell's conservative paper "outted" Tinky-Winky (the purple Teletubby) as being gay, fans of the Teletubbies television series usually fell into two camps: those who supported Tinky-Winky as a positive gay character and those who maintain Tinky-Winky has no developed sexual identity. A few unfamiliar with the BBC/PBS show asked the question, "how can you even tell if Tinky-Winky's male?" Brushed off by most fans as a naive inquiry, this concern does merit discussion....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - The Struggle of Sexual Minorities - The Struggle of Sexual Minorities Explaining how to challenge the discriminatory attitudes that remain rampant throughout the world, Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in a recent article, quotes the incisive words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "We are all of equal worth, born equal in dignity and born free and for this reason deserving respect. . . . We belong in a world whose very structure, whose essence, is diversity almost bewildering in extent, and it is to live in a fool's paradise to ignore this basic fact." The archbishop's words lay bare an essential, wonderful truth about humanity, ignorance of which continues to create suffering for people everywhere....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics] 713 words
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Same-Sex Marriage Legalization - ... Every commercial you see with a couple getting married is between a man and a woman. I can tell you for certain, in the near future that will change. Why do I think that. As you can see in our everyday lives the opinion on same sex marriage is changing every day. Not only is America changing their views, but a great portion of the world is coming together on the idea that marriage can not only be between a man and a woman but as well as the same sex. Without showing you statistics and graphs on people’s views on same sex marriage, you can take a look at the youth of today and have a good idea of what the future will hold....   [tags: gay rights] 891 words
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The Stonewall Riots - Life for most homosexuals during the first half of the Twentieth century was one of hiding, being ever so careful to not give away their true feelings and predilections. Although the 1920s saw a brief moment of openness in American society, that was quickly destroyed with the progress of the Cold War, and by default, that of McCarthyism. The homosexuals of the 50s “felt the heavy weight of medical prejudice, police harassment and church condemnation … [and] were not able to challenge these authorities.” They were constantly battered, both physically and emotionally, by the society that surrounded them....   [tags: Gay History] 1946 words
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Homosexuality is Abnormal and Immoral - Homosexuality is Abnormal and Immoral      Of all topics most popular in today's media, issues concerning homosexuals and homosexuality in general top the list. Homosexuality is generally defined as a sexual relationship between partners of the same sex. Debate concerning its causes and consequences has been going on for many centuries and almost in every period in human history. However, never before in human history has it been granted such wide scale acceptance in western society as it has now....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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Gay and Lesbian Issues - The Nazi Extermination of Homosexuals - Gay and Lesbian Issues - The Nazi Extermination of Homosexuals The Holocaust is the greatest atrocity ever committed. Millions upon millions of people were ruthlessly tortured and executed during the infamous reign of the Third Reich. The events and conditions surrounding Adolf Hitler’s rise to power have been extensively studied by historians, sociologists, political scientists, and psychologists in the hopes of preventing this state of merciless dictatorship from ever recurring. Due to the immensity of the Nazi campaign against those of the Jewish faith, that ethnic group is most often mentioned in association with the concentration camps and exterminations of the Third Reich....   [tags: World War II History]
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Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Same-sex Marriage - Same-sex Marriage The argument of same-sex marriage is important, not only for the religious and legal precedent, but because the welfare of families, especially the interest of children now and in the future, may be profoundly affected by the proposals before Hawaii's courts and the state legislature relating to same-sex marriage. Marriage is a unique practice, in that it is both a religious sacrament and legal registration controlled by the state. For the time being, marriage is defined by "84% of the population as the union of two people of the opposite sex" (Johnson p.49)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essay Examples] 2169 words
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Same Sex Marriage - I was about 7 years old when I was exposed to same sex couples. I had two really close friends in elementary school who has same sex parents, one of my friend’s name was Devin she had two dads and my other friend’s name was Tessa, she had two moms. When I would come over for playdates I always wondered why Devin didn’t have a mom and why Tessa didn’t have a dad, and thats when they told me their parents were homosexuals. At the age of 7 I didn’t understand what that meant until one day at school when Tessa was getting bullied because she had two moms and one of her moms came to father daughter day....   [tags: gay rights] 889 words
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