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Gay Rights

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Can you imagine losing one’s rights just for being one’s self? The Gay Rights movement is slowly gaining the rights back for gay people. This movement started in the 1960’s and it is still going on today. The main leader of the Gay Rights movement is Harvey Milk; the main followers are the people of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community, also known as the LGBT community. Milk’s main purpose to do the speech was to explain how similar gay people are to everyone else and to get the rights back that were taken away from them. There are even a lot of people who are not a part of the LGBT community that are also followers of Harvey Milk and support gay rights. The main purpose for this movement is to give gay people the same rights as straight people. The literary piece, “The Hope Speech”, by Harvey Milk contains the themes: A gay person was elected, everyone needs hope, and that gay people have come a long way. The speech somewhat explains how many gay people are stereotyped. The gay rights movement is manifested in “The Hope Speech” by Harvey Milk.
The theme of Harvey Milk’s speech was for gay people to regain the same rights as straight people, explain how gay people are like straight people, and to help better explain who Harvey Milk is. Harvey Milk was one of the first openly gay people to run for local government and be elected mayor. Gay people are judged with a lot of stereotypes and often get bullied. Harvey Milk would be happy with how far gay people have gotten in their lives and regaining their rights in recent years. “In 1977 we saw a gay person elected in San Francisco” (Milk).
This quote shows how Harvey Milk, a gay man, was elected to be part of local government. It is also important because it w...

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