LGBTQ+ Community By: ryan Collins

In recent years, the LGBTQ+ community has been gaining many rights and many people have become fine with the idea of two men or women marrying each other. There are many examples of this in the United States of America right now, one example of this is a California law that is trying to make schools teach young children the history of the LGBTQ+ community. This is designed to teach the kids that being gay is okay.(Green)

On the other hand, some people aren't okay with people being gay. In 2013 a professional basketball player admitted to being gay. Many people were surprised by this because of who aggressive he was on the court. The following year, he was cut by the Atlanta Hawks and he was never signed again. These two documents clearly show that many people have different opinions on the LGBTQ+ community. This is an important civil rights issue because people shouldn’t judge people based on the gender that they prefer.(Newsela)

In the two civil rights periods there are many similarities between the two. For example, the two time periods harass a certain group of people. One source shows that a transgender high school student feels like she needed to win prom queen so she could be cool like the other girls at her high school. This source shows that many young teens harass gays because they think it is funny or that they are cooler by doing it, but they are wrong because it’s a cruel thing to do for those who want the marry the opposite gender.(Newsela)

In Alabama many gay couples were forming and the Alabama government noticed it. That is why Alabama’s government is trying to make a law to prevent gay marriages in Alabama. I think this is a terrible idea because it is taking away rights for the LGBTQ+ community and they need those rights so that they can feel safe in our community. As a website says, “Gay rights movement, also called homosexual rights movement or gay liberation movement, civil rights movement that advocates equal rights for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals; seeks to eliminate sodomy laws barring homosexual acts between consenting adults; and calls for an end to discrimination against gay men and lesbians in employment, credit lending, housing, public accommodations, and other areas of life.”(Levy)

In the two civil rights periods there are many differences between the two. For example, gay people today don't be harassed like the blacks were back then. One of the reasons is that there weren't gay people back in the 1940's.(Green)

Another reason that they were different is because they gays weren't in danger like the black people were. Many black people were killed, lynched, beaten, and hosed by the power hungry white people. Many important events include the lunch counter sit ins and the freedom rides by the blacks but they were ruined by whites who almost killed the blacks involved.

Groups that are helping the cause are the groups that started the gay pride parade because it is a perfect day for the gay people to show how proud they are to be gay because they are picked on a lot by people who don't know what it feels like to be gay.

Works Cited

BLOW, CHARLES M., Penelope Green, The Editorial Board, RACHEL L. SWARNS and DARCY EVELEIGH, John Leland, Benjamin Mueller, Alan Feuer, Tina Rosenberg, Charlie Savage, RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA, BRAD EVANS and RICHARD J. BERNSTEIN, CHARLIE SAVAGE and ERIC LICHTBLAU, David Brooks, KAREN ZRAICK and SANDRA STEVENSON, Dwight Garner, Matt Apuzzo, Liam Stack, Jason Sokol, and Ashley Ross. "Civil Rights." The New York Times. The New York Times, 20 Feb. 2017. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

Levy, Michael. "Gay Rights Movement." Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 17 July 2015. Web. 22 Mar. 2017. <>.

"A Mile In Our Shoes: LGBTQ+." Newsela. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017. <>.


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