LGBT And The Sociological Imagination In The LGBT Community

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LGBT and the Sociological Imagination In sociology, the LGBT community is viewed as a subculture to the dominant world culture. The community is generally accepted by the dominant culture and although the group has some of its own beliefs and rituals/traditions, it still adheres to the fundamental beliefs and cultural expectations of the dominant culture. Before being considered a subculture, homosexual relationships and variations of sexual orientation were classified as devian behaviort. Even before that, someone who experienced homosexual thoughts or tendencies was labeled as mentally ill. The idea of homosexuality being a mental illness appeared in the DSM until 1987. There are still remnants of homophobia today but the consensus (at …show more content…

On television, I watched characters such as Marco del Rossi and Paige Michalchuk on the Canadian teen-drama Degrassi. These were the first positive experiences I had of what gay culture was like. Of what I saw, I did not feel like I fit into that lifestyle/group. On the other hand, the movie The Matthew Shepard Story shared the violent side of homosexuality’s history in the retelling of Matthew Shepard’s murder.
In the rural, Catholic village that I grew up in, there were a total of 3-5 gay people ranging in age from teenagers to adults. When we would go out of town and see a presumed member of the LGBT community, I often heard homophobic comments. Most of the residents in my hometown were born and raised there, for at least two generations. Be it that homosexuality used to be considered a mental illness or the fact that everyone is Catholic, the community was moderately homophobic. This played a large role in the formation of my identity over the next several …show more content…

Some of these people became friends, but one became someone more than a friend. We began hanging out and eventually began dating towards the end of the fall semester. She had been publicy out to her friends and family for quite a few years. At this point, only one person from home knew about our relationship. I felt increasingly guilty for hiding my relationship from my friends and family. The same feeling of shame was expressed by my girlfriend, and I knew I had to speak up to my parents. While my parents never openly said anything one way or another about an individual’s sexual orientation, I assumed their views were like those of people in our town. To my surprise, however, both were accepting of my new

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