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The Marginalization of Homosexuals

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Renee Larsen

on 21 January 2013

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The Marginalization of Homosexuals Homosexuality is defined as sexual attraction to one's own gender Identifying the percentage of the population that is homosexual is next to impossible because so many people are ashamed to admit that they are gay. Studies have shown that anywhere from 1-5% of people identify homosexual or bisexual. Why are homosexuals so afraid to "come out of the closet"and admit that they are gay? Because homosexuals have been marginalized throughout history, and are discriminated against today. “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads."
~Leviticus 20:13 According to the bible, homosexuality in a sin punishable by death. Early christians tried to annihilate homosexuals. Any person found would to be gay would be tortured or burned alive. The last recorded burning of a homosexual occurred in Amsterdam in 1730. In the 19th century there was a shift in the attitude towards homosexuals. Homosexuality was viewed as a sickness instead of a sin. People believed that homosexuality was a curable disease (some people still believe this). They tried to cure it in number of ways that ranged from drugs to electric shock therapy to psychotherapy. None of these treatments were ever found to be effective in curing people of homosexuality This is because contrary to some people's beliefs homosexuality is not a sin, or a disease. In the 1960s the gay rights movement followed the black liberation movement. Gays started fighting for protection against discrimination and equal rights. 1969 - The federal government removed criminal sanctions against same sex practices.
1974 - Homosexuality was removed from the American Psychiatric Associations list of mental illnesses.
1996 - The federal government amended the Human Rights act to include a prohibition of discrimination against homosexuals.
2000 - The federal government passes legislation in that gives same-sex couples who have lived together for more than a year the same benefits and obligations as heterosexual couples.
2003 - Bill C-250 was passed, which added homosexuals to the list of groups who are protected against hate propoganda.
2005 - Canada becomes the fourth country in the world to legalize gay marriage. The Gay Rights Movement has been progressing slowly since the 60s. Some major milestones in Canada are as follows: The attitude towards homosexuals have drastically changed over past 100 years. Today, the majority of society, especially the younger generation, accepts homosexuality, and supports the gay rights movement. The acculturation model has shifted to from annihilation to accomodation. Homosexuality is featured in all variety of media, from TV shows to magazines. Many famous and powerful people have admitted to being gay, and gay subcultures have developed in most major cites. Homosexuality has become part of the social norm in Canada, but there people who discriminate against homosexuals. Gay-hate crimes account for 16% of all hate crimes in Canada. 42% of all gay-hate crimes are of a violent nature. People still protest gay marriage, and harass people who identify as homosexual. People like this are the reason why so homosexuals are ashamed of who they are. They are afraid of all the people who will judge them because of their sexuality. Gays have worked hard at changing the way people view homosexuality. There devotion to equal rights and protection against discrimination have paid off in many ways. There are still some challenges they need to overcome. In the US, only 9 states legally recognize gay marriage. There are still many people who believe homosexuality is as sin, or something that is curable. This is just plain wrong. Homosexuality is not a choice, and no deserves to be discriminated against because of their sexuality.
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