LGBT Movement Nancy

In the United States there has been many social changes that have occurred throughout history. The LGBT Movement was one of the most important movements for lesbian, gays, bisexual and transgender people. Discrimination of these people in the United States has been going on for decades, but the movements roots began in December 10, 1924 when Henry Gerber founded the Society for Human Rights, publishing the first American newsletter for homosexuals, “Friendship and Freedom”. Many important events that involve the discrimination against LGBT peoples have included the government and law. For example, Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order banning homosexuals from the workforce. Organization of GLAAD, also known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation helped launch a resistance against lesbian, gay, bisexuals, and transgenders discrimination. As a result of this leadership the LGBT movement was able to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, as well as putting pressure on the government to change legislation. Images being display by the media via GLAAD promoted understanding, increased acceptance and advanced equality. The LGBT movement was important to the United States establishing that discrimination of people’s sexual orientation was unfair and would no longer be tolerated in this country. Also, as a result of the movement, in 2015 the Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. Today LGBT people live in the United States free to marry their same gender. They have the right to work no matter who they are because discrimination based on sexual orientation is now against the law, and they also have the right to join the army since the US Army repealed the ban to serve openly transgender individuals.

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