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LGBT Facts and myths

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Sam Mercier

on 26 December 2012

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Lesbian and Gay Myths vs Facts By Samantha Mercier Some stereotypes
All lesbians are butch
All lesbians hate men
All gay men have HIV/AIDS
All gay men are weak, coy, and flamboyant
No lesbian can have a committed relationship All Homosexuals are pedophiles
There is always a 'male' and 'female' in lesbian relationships
Gay men are obsessed with fashion
All lesbians are hard core athletes
Gay men are drama queens Lesbians are butch because they were too ugly for men
Gay men cant do 'manly' jobs
Lesbians were abused as children
Gay men hate sports Misconceptions and Beliefs Homosexual relationships aren't anything less of a 'real' relationship. Some people think homosexuals don't plan on marrying and having a family with, or love their partner. Lesbians dress in manly clothes because that's what they're comfortable in, not to look like a man People have no trouble when straight couples show affection in public, but when a homosexual couple does its like WWIII started In movies lesbians are almost always butch. Why? Because no one wants to believe a pretty smart normal girl could be gay Also, gay men are the typically weak and feminine. Because no one wants to believe the good-boy, honor student, and captain of the hockey team could be gay You can change sexuality Why?
Why is homosexuality so despised? 1. Its unnatural and goes against the laws of nature BUT.. Who decides whats unnatural and natural? 2. Man was not meant to be this way 3. Homosexuals are the 'way they are' because they were abused 4. How are these people different from rapist, exhibitionists, pedophiles, incestuous couples, and people who have sex with animals? Pedophiles- Adults who are attracted to young children and want relationships with them
Exhibitionists- People who constantly expose their genitals
Rapist- people who have sex with another person against their will
Incestuous_ couples who are closely family related
People who have sex with animals- Animals cannot speak, so some people take advantage of this How are women and men who fall in love with, wish to marry, show affection, and be fully committed to another woman or man relate to any of the before hand mention people? Nothing worries a 'normal' straight family more than a child coming out to them Homosexuals are more likely to get AIDS or STDS 6. If a gay or lesbian couple adopts a child it will have a horrid life, worse then if raised by straight parents So? IF a child is raised by straight parents who beat,neglect, and hate the child, he or she will have a better life then if raised by a loving gay or lesbian couple? Really? 7. Gays and lesbians are bad example for children Homosexuality is a choice and can be changed Studies are getting more and more evidence to prove that homosexuality is genetic NOT a choice. Counseling and prayer cannot make someone straight Troubles lesbian and gays face Discrimination in work and schools Harassment and accusations of molestation Drag and Butch Drag: Practice of dressing in womans clothing
Drag Queen: man who dresses in woman's clothing causally or professionally Butch: woman who dresses and acts in a masculine manner Many people don't understand that 'queer' isnt just lesbians and gays, it is anyone who is 'different' Definition of queer: strange, odd, out of the normal You cannot categorize sexuality, there is no right or wrong outcome. Yet all around the world people of different sexualities are discriminated against Terms Homophobia: One who dreads same-sex love
Biological essential-ism: the idea that a fixed portion of the population is gay
Heterosexism: discrimination of homosexuality and all the good of being heterosexual
Heterocenterism: more subtle discrimination which implies heterosexuality is normal and everythng else is queer Famous Gays and Lesbians Ellen Degeneres Portia De Rossie Jane Lynch Neil Patrick Harris Chad Allen Mark Feehily Kirsten Vangsness George Micheal THE END Where is is written the 'perfect' man or woman? First off some stereotypes There are many LGBT people who grew up wonderfully, not abused in anyway SO if a child meets a straight serial killer and a human rights activist that is gay who is the better role model? The only way to get AIDS is having sex with someone who already has it, no matter what sexuality you can get it LGBT Rights 1924-The Society for Human Rights in Chicago becomes the country's earliest known gay rights organization

1951-The Mattachine Society, the first national gay rights organization, is formed by Harry Hay, considered by many to be the founder of the gay rights movement.
1955-The first lesbian-rights organization in the United States, the Daughters of Bilitis, was established in San Francisco in 1955

1966-The world's first the transgender organization, the National Transsexual Counseling Unit, was established in San Francisco.

1969-The Stonewall riots transform the gay rights movement from one limited to a small number of activists into a widespread protest for equal rights and acceptance. Patrons of a gay bar in New York's Greenwich Village, the Stonewall Inn, fight back during a police raid on June 27, sparking three days of riots.
1973-The American Psychiatric Association removes homosexuality from its official list of mental disorders.
Harvey Milk runs for city supervisor in San Francisco. He runs on a socially liberal platform and opposes government involvement in personal sexual matters. Milk comes in 10th out of 32 candidates, earning 16,900 votes, winning the Castro District and other liberal neighborhoods. He receives a lot of media attention for his passionate speeches, brave political stance, and media skills. Here is a time-line of LGBT rights Future of LGBT Rights LGBT Rights do not show a sign of being reversed in the US. At times they will be slowed down, but for the most time more and more rights will be given to LGBT community and more of a reality. 1982-Wisconsin becomes the first state to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

1993-The “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy is instituted for the U.S. military, permitting gays to serve in the military but banning homosexual activity. President Clinton's original intention to revoke the prohibition against gays in the military was met with stiff opposition; this compromise, which has led to the discharge of thousands of men and women in the armed forces, was the result.
2007-In November, the House of Representatives approves a bill ensuring equal rights in the workplace for gay men, lesbians, and bisexuals.

2009-New Hampshire became the fifth state to legalize gay marriage

2010-December 18, the U.S. Senate voted 65 to 31 in favor of repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the Clinton-era military policy that forbids openly gay men and women from serving in the military. Eight Republicans sided with the Democrats to strike down the ban. The ban will not be lifted officially until President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, agree that the military is ready to enact the change and that it won't affect military readiness. On Dec. 18, President Obama officially repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" military policy.

2012-President Barack Obama endorses same-sex marriage. "It is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married," he said. He made the statement days after Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan both came out in support of gay marriage. And much much more.
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