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Gay and Lesbian Spirituality - I began investigating gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (GLBTQ) representations of the sacred during my late adolescence. In college, my knowledge of same-sex desiring and gender-variant deities evolved into a study of the spiritual roles and legacies of GLBTQ people. Such legacies are abundantly evident in parts of the world where indigenous and pluralist religion have remained unhindered, such as on the Indian subcontinent where hijra (male-bodied female-identified individuals) are seen as harbingers of good fortune and curses and perform ceremonies at weddings and births....   [tags: gay, lesbian bisexual]
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Lesbian Honesty: Reading Between the Lines - ... In “Lesbian Panic”, under the heading “Sapphic Monstrosity”, Michel places the groundwork for the likelihood of a lesbian reading of Frankenstein with her substantiation of Shelley’s cultural framework. She expands on the lesbian panic, and the societal phobia of any female homosexuality. Of which, during Shelley’s time, the term Sapphist was used to describe a close female bond since their minds “and bodies had been corrupted from normal desires of their female bodies” (Michel 351). She argues that the creature in Frankenstein can possibly be read as the expression of this lesbian panic....   [tags: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, Lesbian Panic]
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The Challenges of Lesbian and Gay Youth - The Challenges of Lesbian and Gay Youth This research paper is missing the works cited “The unprecedented growth of the gay community in recent history has transformed our culture and consciousness, creating radically new possibilities for people to ‘come out’ and live more openly as homosexuals”(Herdt 2). Before the 1969 Stonewall riot in New York, homosexuality was a taboo subject. Research concerning homosexuality emphasized the etiology, treatment, and psychological adjustment of homosexuals....   [tags: Lesbian Gay Teens Adolescents] 2611 words
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Gay and Lesbian Marriage - Gay and Lesbian Marriage Andrew Sullivan and William Bennett argue profusely on the subject that is in almost every American’s mind, whether or not to civically let gays marry. Between Sullivan’s article “Let Gays Marry” and Bennett’s article, “Leave marriage alone, they pretty much sum up both sides of the argument. Andrew Sullivan, the editor of The New Republic and author of Virtually Normal: An argument about Homosexuality, discusses why gays should be allowed to marry. William Bennett, the editor of The Book of Virtues, and co-director of Empower America, responses to Sullivan’s piece....   [tags: Gay Lesbian Marriage Essays] 515 words
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Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies - Founded in 1991, the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) provides intellectual leadership towards understanding and addressing the issues that affect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender individuals and the members of other sexual and gender minorities. As the first university-based LGBTQ research center in the United States, CLAGS nurtures cutting-edge scholarship; organizes colloquia for examining and affirming LGBTQ lives; and fosters network-building among academics, artists, activists, policy makers, and community members....   [tags: Education, homosexuality] 1568 words
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My Life as a Lesbian - What I Already Knew Looking across the dinner table at age 7, I remember wishing for what my cousin had. She was holding hands with the love of her life, and had never looked happier. I remember thinking that someday, I would have someone who loved me as much as her fiance loved her, and once I had that, I wouldn’t let anything get in the way of it. Later that night, we were looking for wedding dresses, overly excited that we got to pick two, not just one. We sat for hours talking about what color the bridesmaid dresses would be, and we listened as the happy couple told us of their dream honeymoon....   [tags: personal narrative] 543 words
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Coming Out as a Lesbian - Lately it seems like everyone is "coming out" as lgbtq because it seems like the coolest thing to do. Kids at school don't understand that just a few years ago, coming out was horrible. In the past few years, so much has changed for the LGBTQ Community. Marriage is being legalized all over the place, and people are learning to speak out about their rights. Six years ago, my parents found out I was bisexual after they went through my computer. My mom screamed, cried, threw things, and questioned me relentlessly....   [tags: personal narrative] 529 words
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Lesbian and Gay Coparenting - As scholars investigate complex family system, the research on how partners work together to parent children increases. Coparenting is a unique component in a family relationship where parents function on a continuum between working together and struggling against each to make parental decisions. Historically, traditional coparenting referred to the collaboration between a man and a woman to raise their children. However, important social changes have led to other forms of coparenting in families....   [tags: complex family systems]
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Gay and Lesbian Rights - Gay and lesbian people should have the same rights as everyone else in America. They are being driven away from their rights due to some rumors that Christian observationalists have assumed because of their own religious morals. I feel as though gay and lesbian people should have their rights because they are not as horrid as they assumptions that Christian officials have made them out to be. Gay and lesbian people should be allowed to adopt children; therefore, by revealing the lies behind rumors pertaining to the reason why gay and lesbian people aren't allowed to adopt children will help to make for better reasoning to why they should be allowed to have children systematically....   [tags: America, Equality, Equal Rights, LGBTQ]
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History of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement - THE HOMOPHILE YEARS (1940s-60s – WWII, Cold War, McCarthyism): 1940s · Growth in the urban subculture of gay men and lesbians. · Government and police harassment, persecution, and investigation of gays. 1950s-1960s · The homophile movement remained small and relatively marginalized. End of 1960s · Rise of activism + “Gay is good” · Reformist goals: ü decriminalization of homosexual acts, ü equal treatment and equal rights under the law, ü dissemination of accurate, ü “unbiased” information about homosexuality....   [tags: Gays and Lesbians in America] 758 words
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Lesbian Feminism - We live in a world where a 21st century woman can vote, work full time, and raise a family on her own terms. Woman can choose when to have children, if they want to achieve a higher education, and obtain jobs that women in the 60’s only dreamt about. Most of these accomplishments were brought on by the Women’s Movement of the 1960’s. They brought up conventional thoughts and ideas that changed the course of history. However, in their quest for women’s rights and equality amongst men, there were some that were left out of the mass movement....   [tags: social issues, woman, children]
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Gay and Lesbian Same Sex Marriage is a Civil Right - Interracial marriage is a topic that has been out of the national limelight for quite some time because most people in the United States have grown to accept it. When the Supreme Court ruled for the right for couples to marry interracially in 1967, they called the laws preventing interracial marriage nothing more than an attempt "to maintain white supremacy" (Stoddard 413). The conclusion of the United States Supreme court was that because laws against interracial marriage served no purpose other than discrimination, they should be eliminated....   [tags: Gay and Lesbian Marriage Must Be Legal]
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Zanele Muholi's Photograph, Miss Lesbian - ... “The making and interpreting of ‘symbolic forms’ involves the use of rules, codes and conventions of various kinds. Thompson talks about encoding and decoding symbolic forms, he suggests that these processes need not co-exist, nor even coincide. This is an important point with regard to the ways in which interpretation happens and the relationship between interpretation and intention. Interpretation relies on the reading of conventions.” THOMPSON, J.B. 1990. Ideology and Modern Culture: Critical Social Theory in the Era of Mass Communication....   [tags: art analysis, art piece, phtograph] 2293 words
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Outcomes for Children of Gay and Lesbian Parents - Children of gay and lesbian parents have the same potential as other children despite living in a nontraditional household, a growing trend in America. Same-sex parented families face many struggles such as discrimination based on sexual orientation of the parents. Individuals who do not support same-sex marriage or same-sex parenting believe that the child will not be raised in a stable household. Multiple studies have confirmed that a parent’s sexual orientation does not heavily influence a child’s performance in school or their social behavior....   [tags: Same-Sex Marriage Essays, nontraditional family]
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Lesbian Identity Politics and Associated Organizations - Identity politics were a major part of social reform in the Sixties and Seventies. Yet, the advent of identity politic reform originates in the Fifties, a decade that saw the African-American Civil Rights Movement start to gain momentum. On the heels of the Civil Rights movement, we also see the Women’s Liberation Movement begin to gain steam, shortly thereafter followed by the Gay Liberation Movement. And as an offshoot of these reform movements, we observe the dawn of lesbian identity politics – a movement very much its own amongst its predecessors....   [tags: Social/Political Issues] 931 words
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Civil Rights: Gay and Lesbian Rights - Famous children’s author Dr. Seuss once said, “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind". Gay rights, at the moment, are one of the most publicized and well known controversial subjects of this decade. The sides clearly drawn one fighting for rights as simple as being married the other stating that it defames their religion and goes against the definition of marriage, being between a man and a woman. The individuals who are fighting for their civil rights are fallowing the same path that African Americans and women have taken, but the change has started and in over 13 states gays have been given their basic rights and more st...   [tags: don´t ask, don´t tell, same-sex]
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Inclusion - What is equality. Is it just a political nomenclature or an ideological concept. Or is about working towards creating a fairer society in which each individual can enjoy his/her rights and freedom without any judgement considering that “[w]e will never have true civilization until we have learned to recognize the rights of others.” Will Rogers (1924, p210). The task of this is essay is not so much to find the bona fide implications of the word “equality”, but rather to clarify its meaning towards individuals....   [tags: LGBT Inclusion]
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Lesbian By Choice - There are many labels, names and categories that have been assigned or given to lesbians. What is "lesbian". Is it a certain type of woman. Does one lesbian have an identical feature or character as another lesbian. Does a lesbian have something extra or something missing from heterosexual women. This notion that we can classify a human being by their sexual preference is absolutely ludicrous and unsubstantiated. Women are just that, women. Sexual attraction to humans, be it the same sex or not, is not a concrete science that can allow society to label women....   [tags: essays research papers] 646 words
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Rape and Intimate Partner Abuse In The Lesbian Community - In every 45 seconds, someone is sexually violated in the United States. Out of every 6 women, one has experienced an attempted rape or complete rape. Lesbians and bisexual women remain at increased risk of sexual victimization compared to heterosexual women. In order for a woman to determine the direction of her life, she must first determine her sexuality. Sexuality is a deep, integral part of any human’s life. This should not be a subject of coercion or debate. The society must recognize that a woman has the right to freely pre-determine her sexuality without oppression and discrimination (Burn, 2004)....   [tags: Relationship Issues]
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Oppression and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Persons - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Oppression Generations ago, the United States was a country of the male wardrobe. Today's movements for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community are leveraging the existence of more globalized and open systems. Besides, the promotion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender population have been acknowledged through smart partnerships within conventional, political and economic scene, while the males and heterosexuals are still pervasive....   [tags: Sexual Issues]
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Gay or Lesbian Parenting and the Psychological Effects on Their Adoptive Children - ... Same-sex couples do not raise their children any differently than heterosexual couples raise their children. Throughout the adoptive child’s life, the adoptive parents must explain to the child why he/she was adopted, but for gay adoptive parents, explanation of their sexual orientation must also be explained using “age appropriate language” (Gateway Child Wellfare Information). Recently, research has shown that gay and lesbian parents share the parental characteristics of support, protection, and stability that children need....   [tags: same-sex couples, non-traditional households]
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Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sxual, and Transgendered: Significance - LGBT as a subculture has been a driving force in our society by paving the way for individuals to be proud to be homosexual. They have influenced important officials to change the way they are perceived in media and other forms of society. After a long fight they are slowly being allowed to legally marry whoever they want. Throughout history gay rights grouped was formed because of this group of people. Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and transsexual/transgender individuals are significant to our society because they helped start some of the changes our nation has encountered....   [tags: positive effect of LGBT subculture on society] 1237 words
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I Am Not a Lesbian (for now) - My mother is not a lesbian. Her fraternal twin, Marty, was a lesbian. Marty died of lung cancer when I was seven; she and my mother were thirty-four. My mother’s twin is a martyr in my family, the perfect child, the perfect person. She loved people; she was smart, athletic, active in the fight for women's rights. She taught me how to jump rope on Sanibel Island in Florida. It was windy, but that's all I remember. We went to Philadelphia for the memorial service. Suede, one of Marty's former lovers, played "From a Distance" on her synthesizer....   [tags: Personal Narrative Writing] 2728 words
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Domestic Violence and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Relationships - Homophobia has marginalized a significant portion of the population. Although strides towards equality for homosexuals have gained momentum, progress needs to continue. Members of our society are being oppressed by the ignorant simply because of their sexual orientation. When analyzing how to address the discrimination of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, it was apparent equal rights was a complex issue requiring a multifactorial response. It is crucial to identify the groups/individuals contributing to the turmoil, such as religious leaders, politicians, bullies, and even social media....   [tags: Social Work, Mental Harrassment]
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Gay and Lesbian Marriage in America - Marriage, as both a legal institution and as a social tradition, has always been at the heart of the building blocks of American society. Throughout U.S. history, it has generally been understood, both legally and socially, as a monogamous union between two persons of opposite sexes. However, as the gay and lesbian liberation movement gains increasing exposure and influence, the topic of same-sex marriage has been brought to discussion. In the following pages, the legitimacy of same-sex marriages/partnership will be discussed, as well as the best means to achieve such an end....   [tags: Same-Sex Marriage ]
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Identifying Lesbian and Mother - Identifying Lesbian and Mother In her 1995 book, "On the Outside Looking In: The Politics of Lesbian Motherhood", Ellen Lewin presents the phenomenon of lesbian women who, through childbirth, gain access to the heterosexual community as an in-group member. At first glance, Lewin's observations seem to subvert traditional inside/outside ideology, portraying the boundaries of the hetero- and homosexual worlds as permeable rather than rigidly, relationally exclusive. A more exhaustive analysis, namely of the accounts of the women Lewin interviews, serves instead to reinforce inside/outside construction in relation to self and perceived identity....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Papers]
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Healthcare Disparities in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Community - Health Care Disparities in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) Community It is important to identify at risk populations who suffer from health care disparities in order to decrease these disparities. Health care disparities can result in negative health outcomes when at risk populations are not afforded proper health treatment. According to Ranji, Beamesderfer, Kates, and Salganicoff (2014) health concerns and risk factors affecting the LGBT community include HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), drug abuse, mental health issues, and sexual and physical violence....   [tags: health and wellness plans]
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Domestic Violence in Lesbian Relationships - This paper is an attempt to examine domestic violence in lesbian relationships, and the modern response to it, in a social and historical context. I chose to examine domestic violence within lesbian relationships in an attempt to look at violence in relationships outside the context of male and female. I did this because the popular beliefs that men are abusers and women are abused made it difficult to discuss or consider what was actually occurring in these troubled relationships, and what each partner contributed to the dynamic....   [tags: Violence Against Women Essays]
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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Society in Jordan - ... In 1951, a revision of the Jordanian Criminal Code legalized private, adult, and consensual sodomy, with the age of consent set at 16. The Jordanian penal code no longer allows family members to beat or kill a member of their own family whose sexuality is interpreted as brining “dishonor” to the family. As of 2013, the newly revised penal code makes Honor killings, as a legal justification for murder, illegal. Honor killing are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by a male family members against female or male members, who are held to have brought dishonor upon the family....   [tags: discrimination, religion, family, judged] 518 words
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The Occurrence of Domestic Violence in the Gay and Lesbian Communities - Domestic violence, also referred to as intimate partner violence, intimate partner abuse or domestic abuse, affects over one million people in the United States alone. It can be carried out in any number of ways including physically, emotionally, sexually, psychologically and/or financially. Its legal definition considers it to be “any assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, or any criminal offense resulting in physically injury or death of one family member or household member by another who is residing in the same single dwelling unit” (Brown, 2008)....   [tags: Violence ]
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Focus on Lesbian Lives in Movie, If These Walls Could Talk - ... This scene shows that women can’t be women. Women were held to a certain standard and that standard did not include seeing a political incorrect movie for its time. Tragedy struck later that night when one of the women, Abby (Marian Seldes) is injured and her longtime partner Edith (Vanessa Redgrave) cannot see her in the hospital. This section is really about the silence women face, and how Edith must remain silent about her relationship to Abigail, and then mourn silently because in this era women were supposed to care and love a man....   [tags: marriage, moral, same-sex] 957 words
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Gay and Lesbian Parenting - The idea that lesbians and gay men may be parents is often perceived as impossible or immoral. Gay men and lesbians are often excluded from having children because sexual reproduction is related to men and women only. My approach to this controversial topic of gay parenting will be that of attempting to analyze the Pro side first. Gays and lesbians deserve equal rights in our society. Society has to realize that the modern family has transformed into many different forms in recent years in that the "nuclear family" is not necessarily the best....   [tags: Same Sex Parenting Essays] 2042 words
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Gay And Lesbian Rights - Gay And Lesbian Rights When I read the statement that said "we shouldn't devote our efforts to promoting the rights of lesbians and gay men, since there are more important and urgent human rights issues that deserve our attention…." I was taken aback. As it stands now, nothing seems more important than bringing both equality, and general acceptance, to gay and lesbian people. Although their have been many mistakes made in the past regarding such human rights issues as slavery, race and gender rights, gay and lesbian rights should be pushed to the top of our list of priorities in that gays and lesbians are the people who appear to be facing the most discrimin...   [tags: Papers] 1339 words
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Lesbian and Gay Teens - Of the many emotions a gay man or woman feel, perhaps the most powerfully pervasive is fear. The fear of being found out is real enough, but the worry does not end there. There also lurks the fear of being called names, being assaulted, perhaps even killed. For adults these fears are horrible enough. For a lesbian and gay teenager, who lacks experience and life skills to cope with them, such fears can be overwhelming. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth face many problems as they realize they are homosexual....   [tags: Teenagers Adolescents Homosexual Youth] 1047 words
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Gay and Lesbian Rights - Gay and Lesbian Rights She is a lover. She is a butch, *censored* loving Lesbo. She loves breasts, and enjoys cunnilingus ; one of the many forbidden ways Lesbian women *censored* each other. She is your next door neighbor, and the running joke at your work place; she is a dateline special you forbid your children to watch. When you see her and her girlfriend in public, you stare long and hard, exemplifying a demoralizing snare that could ward away the devil. You are a wimp, a futile, close-minded discriminating person....   [tags: Papers] 375 words
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My Star- Lesbian Relationship - My Star I sat on the edge of her bed, with my head in my hands, crying. My heart was pounding and adrenaline rushed through my veins, making me feel sick to my stomach. I couldn't make myself calm down. I couldn't even take a breath. My hands trembled as I wiped the hair out of my eyes. I glanced through my tears at Star, huddled in the corner of her bright yellow room. She was curled up in a ball with her head on her knees, shaking. I stared, wondering what she was thinking, and what I should do....   [tags: Personal Narrative Relationships Papers] 2243 words
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Lesbian Photographers - Lesbian Photographers Joan Scott makes many assertions in her historical essay on gender. The key point that plays into my own research is that “gender is a primary way of signifying relationships of power.” Power, in the case of women and photography, is controlling the political economy of photography--- as in the ability to control or inform both the denotations, and connotations of a photograph. My research project on lesbian and queer photography from the 1930s to today in America illustrates that there is unequal distribution of power, with a strong correlation to race, class, and gender....   [tags: Photography Homosexuality Sexuality Essays]
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The Metaphorical Lesbian in Chopin’s The Awakening - The Metaphorical Lesbian in Chopin’s The Awakening In “The Metaphorical Lesbian: Edna Pontellier in The Awakening” Elizabeth LeBlanc asserts that the character Edna Pontellier is an example of what Bonnie Zimmerman calls the “metaphorical lesbian.” It’s important to distinguish between Zimmerman’s concept of the “metaphorical lesbian” and lesbianism. The “metaphorical lesbian” does not have to act on lesbian feelings or even become conscious of herself as a lesbian. Instead, the “metaphorical lesbian” creates a space for woman-identified relationships and experiences in a heterosexually hegemonic environment....   [tags: Chopin Awakening] 617 words
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The Gay/Lesbian Market - The Gay/Lesbian Market With the waving of the rainbow flag, the emergence of a vibrant gay and lesbian niche market is being heralded across the United States. A wide range of commodities and services aimed at gay and lesbian consumers are now advertised in an equally wide range of media and venues. Reproductions of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs in the New Yorker, Miller Beer ads in the Advocate, catalogues distributed nationally by gay-owned businesses, and websites "display" just a fraction of the new opportunities for consumption based in lesbian and gay identity....   [tags: Media Papers]
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A Lesbian's Perspective of Fried Green Tomatoes - A Lesbian's Perspective of Fried Green Tomatoes Last week my mother and I decided to rent a "woman's film," Fried Green Tomatoes. We sat mesmerized for 1 hour and 45 minutes by the narrative played out upon our small screen. However, as I realized by our discussion after the film, we had two very different experiences. While she enjoyed the film as a story about two "best friends," I read this friendship as an obvious lesbian relationship hidden within the repressed text of a popular, commercial film....   [tags: Film Movies]
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The Church and Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Issues - Free Essays - The Church and Gays, Lesbians The Catholic Church loves LGBT people with a profound love, just like it loves all of its other children. Various organizations within the church have as their main purpose the delivery of the Gospel to LGBT's. All of us are sacred creations of God, and therefore deserve respect on the basis of our human nature. This essay treats an outreach effort of the church in this area. In the rite of baptism, the liturgy joyfully proclaims, "you are God's work of art, created in Christ Jesus." Today, lesbian and gay Catholics are reminding the Church that they, too, have been baptized....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essay Examples] 621 words
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The Gay and Lesbian Community in the Y Generation - The Gay and Lesbian Community in the Y Generation As the Y Generation continues to expand its horizons, new trends of tolerance are beginning to shine through. The gay and lesbian community is more readily embraced by today’s generation than by generations in America’s past. More and more people are “coming out” than ever before, which proves that the gay and lesbian community is gaining acceptance and their rights to equality are slowing increasing, but discrimination is still there. Even though gays and lesbians are more accepted amongst the Y Generation, hate and misunderstanding still exist....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Dykes Organize: The Founding of the Lesbian Avengers - Dykes Organize: The Founding of the Lesbian Avengers The Stonewall riots opened the doors to the rise and fall of numerous different homosexual actions groups. The differences in the groups were like night and day and the theories behind them changed with the times. In the 1990’s a group made its debut by coming out strong and forceful. Their handbook stated, “We need you. Because we are not waiting for the rapture. We are the apocalypse.” This became part of a dyke manifesto. A manifesto that changed lesbian views, a manifesto that brought with it a ‘fierce lesbian movement’, it brought confrontation to lesbian politics....   [tags: Essays Paper]
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Gay and Lesbian Visibility in Movies and Television - The 1990s saw surge of gay characters in both television and movies. From Ellen Degeneres and her character Ellen Morgan coming out under much scrutiny on the TV show ‘Ellen,’ to Julia Roberts and Rupert Everett comedically playing off each other in the motion picture ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding.’ Sure, gays and lesbians have been around forever, especially in Hollywood. But never has there been a time to be more out. With the popularity of shows like Will and Grace, which feature leading gay characters, as well as Dawson’s Creek and it’s supporting character of teenager Jack McPhee, we are slowly seeing gay and lesbian characters creeping into the mainstream media....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Gay and Lesbian Issues - Homosexuality Is Wrong - Homosexuality Is Wrong         Within the past several years gay and lesbian rights has become a huge issue. Gays and lesbians have started to come out of the 'closet," and proudly admitting their sexuality. In the past few years gays and lesbians have been fighting for the right to marry, and adopt children. So far there is only one state that allows gays to become married. People have become more and more open minded with homosexuality. Twenty years ago homosexuality was looked down upon (in general), but now our society thinks that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Effects of Gay/Lesbian Parenting Styles Correlating to Children's Social Acceptance - Scoot M. Myers conducted a research beginning in 1980 about the procedures of religiosity inheritance in families. He interviewed 471 parents in 1980 and their adult offspring in 1992 addressed the effects of childhood, parental, and family influences on the religiosity of adult offspring, factors that conditioned the ability of parents to transmit their religiosity, and how recent experiences of adult offspring modify earlier family influences on religiosity. According to the results, there were three variables that influence the impact of religion on adult offspring....   [tags: sociological analysis]
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Interpersonal Communication and How It Leads To Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning, Homelessness - In the past three decades, gays and lesbians have become more assertive in expressing their rights within American society. Being gay comes as a source of pride for some, while being a social stigma for others. Though people who identify as LGBTQ are gaining legal rights and protection, they are still subject to discriminatory laws and social intolerance. Those who hold negative attitudes towards gays and lesbians are likely to have less likely to have interpersonal communication with them. This is because of the existence of negative attitudes, in addition to the anti-gay violence and harassment that some LGBTQ people continue to suppress their sexual orientation....   [tags: LGBTQ rights] 2238 words
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Gay and Lesbian Adoption: Homosexual Parents are Just as Qualified as Heterosexual Couples - 134,000 children are waiting to be adopted, to have what the average child has, a family. In March 2007, there were 65,000 children adopted and being raised by homosexual parents in the United States (Gandossy, 2007). Equally important, more than 14,100 foster children are in loving homes with gay or lesbian couples (The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, 2007). There is an alarming rate of how many children are in need of parents in the United States, to where parenting should not be defined by sexuality, but instead determined by if he/she is fit to be a parent and if they should be allowed to adopt....   [tags: Gay rights, Argumentative, Persuasive] 1341 words
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Social and Legal Obstacles of Gay and Lesbian Parenting - Social and Legal Obstacles of Gay and Lesbian Parenting In the last decade there has been a rise in the number of lesbians and gay men forming their own families. Many do this through adoption, foster care, artificial insemination, and other means. Today, researchers have estimated that the number of children living with one gay or lesbian parent is six to fourteen million. Some have described this current period as a lesbian and gay “baby boom”. However, lesbian and gay parents face many social and legal obstacles (Lambda Legal Defense and Educational Fund, 1997)....   [tags: Homosexuality Families Parents Essays] 1675 words
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