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Social Justice Issue - Gay Rights and Homosexuality

Religion
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Joshua Warren

on 25 March 2014

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Transcript of Social Justice Issue - Gay Rights and Homosexuality

GAY ANCIENT HISTORY
Same-sex relationships were normal and socially accepted in Ancient Greece
Homosexuality
Adult male + Adolescent boy = Pederasty

Relationship took place until boy could grow body (specifically a full beard)

Man's Duties: protect, love, be a role model and educate the boy on the ways of Greek Life
Back in the day, Gay was OK!
GAY HISTORY: 1900s
In World War I & World War II, Gay = WRONG

In 1916, Blue Discharges were handed out in the American Military
In 1933, all gay organizations were banned

Any scholarly books about homosexuality were burned

Even homosexual Nazis were persecuted
http://www.ushmm.org/
GAY HISTORY: 1900s CONTINUED...
Approximately 100,000 Homosexuals were arrested for being gay

Half (50,000) were actually persecuted

10,000 gay people were killed in the camps alone
1950, Harry Hay co-finds Mattachine Society

First sustained LGBT rights group in the United States
http://www.ushmm.org/ &
Gay Rights
GAY HISTORY: 1900s CONTINUED...
In 1973, The American Psychiatric Association dropped homosexuality from the list of mental disorders
In 1977, equal job opportunities? 56% said NO
In 1986, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) founded the LGBT project
Gay Rights & aclu.org
GAY HISTORY: 1900s CONTINUED...
1993, Bill Clinton passed the law "Don't Ask Don't Tell"
In 1996 passed a law which defined a marriage as a union between a man and woman
In 1992, Bill Clinton promised to end discrimination against Homosexuals
Gay Rights
CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
The Life and Dignity of the Human Person
GAY HISTORY: 2000s
In 2001, a record breaking 1,273 people were discharged from the military for being homosexual

By 2006, there was a decrease of over 50% resulting in only 612 people being discharged



73% of people were somewhat to very comfortable around gays and lesbians

June 2003, 69% of Canadians agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society
Homosexuality
GAY HISTORY: 2000s CONTINUED...
A poll in 2008 showed that 89% of people believed that homosexuals should have equal job opportunities
homosexuality
BEING GAY AIN'T NO CHOICE
GAY MARRIAGE & ADOPTION
In July 2005 Canada legalized gay marriage nationwide

Canada has also changed the definition of marriage from a union of a man and a woman to a union of two individuals to accommodate same-sex couples

Only parts of the United States have legalized Gay Marriage

Child adoption is legal for both countries except for Florida in the U.S.A.
Gay Rights
"We are going against nature and what we all know is true if we accept gay marriage. Two people of the same sex cannot and never will make a marriage." (Dan Nelson)
REFERENDUM 74:
To approve or reject legalized same-sex marriage in Washington DC.
BULLYING
Homophobia: the unreasoning fear of or antipathy towards homosexuals and homosexuality.
BULLYING
Did you know that there are approximately 4400 suicides per year because of bullying?

In 2008, 13% of students in the U.S. were bullied because of their gender expression (10 MILLION)

In 2007, it was voted to add sexual orientation to the hate crimes legislation

Only 8 states have anti-discrimination sexual orientation laws

Only 12 states have gender identity and sexual orientation laws
Dictionary.com
Bullyingstatistics.org & Homosexuality
CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
Rights and Responsibilities
Wanka
A TALE OF TWO MOMMIES...
SLANG AND SLANDERS
"That's so GAY!"
"No Homo"
"Queer"
"Dyke!"
"Faggot..."
CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
Solidarity
Wanka
THERE IS HOPE
The

ACLU

LGBT

Project

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the creation of a society in which lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people enjoy the constitutional rights of equality, privacy and personal independence, and freedom of expression and association.

The

It
Gets
Better

Foundation -

was created to show the young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach.
ACLU.org & ItGetsBetter.org
CONTACT INFORMATION
If you or someone you know is being bullied for who they are or is struggling to accept themselves, visit:

http://www.aclu.org/action-center

OR

http://www.itgetsbetter.org/pages/get-help/
WORKS CITED
By: Joshua Warren
Huffingtonpost.com
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