Homosexual people have faced many trials and tribulations in pursuit of living a normal and happy life. There are many controversial events and topics that are barriers blocking complete happiness. Although those barriers are in place, the people in the LGBT subculture seem to making the best of every situation. Fighting for their rights and changing laws to protect them are paving the way for a brighter future. In hopes of being normal, many same-sex couples want to have a family and for some the only option is adoption.
They are considered fully functioning members of society. The American Psychological Association states that “homosexuality is a normal expression of human sexual orientation that poses no inherent obstacle to leading a happy, healthy, and productive life.” Which is evident when we look at the fact that they go to work, school, pay taxes and so on, they are essentially the same as heterosexuals in every way, except for their sexual preferences. Homosexuals have the same amount of intelligence, morality, and emotions as a heterosexual. Because of this there is no logical reason for them not to have the same rights that heterosexuals have. It is said that in order to be a good parent you must posses several qualities: Understanding, Encouraging, Trust, Loving, Supportive, etc.
Around 55 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage; it is now legal in 17 states, seven of those having acted in the past year alone (Cook). About 87 percent of Americans know someone who is a lesbian or gay (“About 72”). This percentage has increased tremendously over the decades. Homophobia is the “fear” of gay men or women. Statistics show that 57.6 million people are either indirectly or directly affected by homophobia.
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