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Today's History News paper
Transcript of Today's History News paper
“There will not be a magic day when we wake up and it’s now okay to express ourselves publicly. We make that day by doing things publicly until it’s simply the way things are.”
Who is part of this movement?
Today, we are still struggling with this issue ; not every country has accepted and legalized gay marriage, but in 2014 many countries did (half of the United State, parts of Europe...). This was a major advance for this movement which started 40 years earlier...
Monday, February 17, 2014
Today's History News Paper
What is going on?
Gay Rights Movement
The LGBT Rights movement started in
's and is still going on today.
It really started in
when a Quaker group (Committee of Friends on Bisexuality) issued the "Ithaca Statement on Bisexuality" supporting bisexuals.
The "Don't ask, don't tell"
law, making hard for homosexuals to work openly in the military without being scared of getting discharged being gay/lesbian [...].
, gay/lesbian marriages past in most of Europe, Canada, Mexico, Uruguay, some of South America, 25 states in the US, and South Africa.
What strategies are they using?
Who is opposing to this movement?
Homophobes: People who do not like LGBTs or scared of being identified as gay.
LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender)
Why is change necessary?
What is the situation today?
Has progress been made?
The main strategy is to make people aware of the issue through:
Art and literature
By making the Gay Rights movement known, it started to matter as people knew and thought about it.
At some point it entered politics.
Lesbian: A female homosexual. A female attracted to another female.
Gay: An homosexual (male/female). A person attracted by another person of the same gender.
Bisexual: A person (male/female) attracted by both male and female.
Transgender: A person who doesn't (entirely) refer to its biological sex.
What are our goals?
What are we trying to accomplish?
The goals are to make homosexuals equal under the law in every country : they should have the same rights as others. We also want to make gay marriage legal and recognized in the world.
Gay Rights are a major issue because some people are not represented as they should and aren't equal with
under the Law
In some ways, Thomas Jefferson's famous line "All men are created equal" was contradicted by the non-acceptance of LGBTs and acknowledgment under the law.
For the last 40 years or so, it has been a major topic in politics.
LGBTs were trying to get gay rights (gay marriage...), like, during the Civil Rights Movement, people were trying to, also, get civil rights (rights to vote, freedom of speech, equality in public places...).