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Transcript of Modern Transcendentalists:
They are not on a solo mission; they are out to change the world.
What motivates the LGBT Rights Movement?
Homosexuals were socially and legally discriminated against in the mid 1900s. Then, in 1969, after a police raid on a gay bar, people began protesting. These riots, called the Stonewall Riots, brought this discrimination to the public eye, leading to formation of America's first Gay Rights Organization, The Gay Liberation Front. GLF was motivated by these riots to work to improve the lives of LGBT Americans.
Role models of the Gay Rights Movement:
Harvey Milk was the first openly homosexual man to be elected to public office in America. He used his position to protect homosexuals from being fired from their jobs and was assassinated eleven months after his election.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa's last president, included protection from discrimination of sexual orientation in South Africa's new constitution. He's become an important role model for the Human Rights Campaign and other Gay Rights Organizations around the world.
Two famous homosexuals, Neil Patrick Harris and Ellen DeGeneres, help bring Gay Rights to the public eye.
How do they work to achieve their goal?
The Gay Rights Movement uses peaceful protests, social media, and marches to reach their goals.
How are they viewed by society?
In the early 1900s, homosexuals were often arrested for sodomy or hospitalized in mental facilities. Homosexuals were fired from their jobs and due to the 1917 Immigration Act, were banned from entering America. This time in history was later known as the "lavender scare."
Homosexual opposition still occurs today. One well known organization, the Westboro Baptist Church, pickets anti-gay messages at the funerals of homosexuals.
Although opposition still exists, the Gay Rights Movement has been gaining support every year. Currently, Celebrities and social media help spread tolerance of the LGBT community.
Successes of The LGBT Rights Movement:
In 1962, Illinois repeals it's sodomy laws. IT is the first state to decriminalize homosexuality.
In 1982, Wisconsin becomes the first state to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.
In 1993, The Department of Defense stops homosexuals from being banned from the military, but the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy is put in place.
In 2003, the Supreme Court rules that sodomy laws are unconstitutional.
In 2004, Massachusetts becomes the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.
In 2010, the U.S. Senate repeals the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy, allowing gays to serve openly in the military.
In 2011, President Obama announces that his administration will no longer support the Defense of Marriage Act, which bans same-sex marriage.
How is the LGBT Rights Movement an example of transcendentalism?
Members of the LGBT community are true
. Their way of life stands out from society.
. Instead of being who society thinks is best, they fight for he right to be themselves.
LGBT Rights members
. They think differently than most members of society. They openly express who they are and what they stand for.
LGBT members are
in themselves despite society's ridicule. They aren't afraid to be themselves and fight back.
Quotes that connect the Gay Rights Movement to transcendentalism:
"What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This...is harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it." - "Self-Reliance," Ralph Waldo Emerson
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears..." -
Henry David Thoreau
"To be great is to be misunderstood..." - "Self-Reliance," Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Be not simply good - be good for something." - Henry David Thoreau
The Gay Rights Movement
Goals of the Gay Rights Movement:
Equal rights and benefits in the workplace for all LGBT citizens
Equal treatment of LGBT families under the law
The legalization of same-sex marriage
Equality for all people
Even our president supports gay rights!
The first Pride Parades were held on the 27th and
28th of June, 1970. One march, in NYC, was coordinated by Brenda Howard, leading to her nickname the "Mother of Pride."
To this day, Pride Month is still held every June and annual Pride Parades happen all month long.
This art shows self-reliance, nonconformity, and confidence.
Connecting Music To Transcendentalism
Notice how the music sounds different than most rap songs of this generation. Also notice how the video shows people being themselves and enjoying the little things in life.
These quotes, "It's human rights for everybody; there is no difference. Live on and be yourself," and "I might not be the same, but that's not important. No freedom 'til we're equal; damn right I support it," from "Same Love" show the LGBT push for self-reliance, free thought, and confidence.