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Homosexuality Today

Uploaded by FireMeadow on Feb 14, 2002

When you hear the word 'gay,' what do you think of?

Happy? Doubtfully.

Something stupid or dumb? Most likely. In today's culture, gay is a common adjective for something undesirable or stupid. I hear this word used in such a way countless times daily. Am I the only one bothered by this?

Homosexuals have never seemed to be a widely accepted group in America. Many people are still disgusted by the fact that there are such people in the world. But this is getting better. There are many pro-gay/lesbian/bisexual organizations and such these days, and it's becoming acceptable in more and more clubs, workplaces, and schools.

Other minority groups have overcome society. At one time, women weren't allowed to do much of anything. Now, if someone tried to stop a woman from doing something such as being a carpenter, they could easily be sued. It's no longer acceptable to judge people by their sex, race, or skin color. In fact, it is a federal law that you can not discriminate in employment on the basis of age, religion, race, national origin, sex, color, or handicap.

See anything missing from that list? As far as I have been able to tell, it is legal to refuse employment due to sexual orientation. But, I have not heard of many cases where homosexuals have been refused jobs for that reason.

There are a few common questions people ask homosexuals: Why did you chose to be gay? Why are you so obsessed with 'coming out'? What's it like? Do other gay people ask you out all the time?

First of all, it is my firm belief that homosexuality is not a choice. Why do heterosexuals choose to like the opposite sex? It's more of something you're born with. People will simply be attracted to who their body will like to. It just seems there are more people attracted to the opposite sex, so it is believed to be more 'natural'.

Why are gays and lesbians obsessed with 'coming out'? I wouldn't call it an obsession, but it is a very hard process in today's society. Telling parents, siblings, relatives, friends, and coworkers is very risky. You could become subject to rejection, harassment, and the loss of people you care about.

Being openly gay or lesbian in America is risky at times, but many people don't like to live their lives as if in shame of who they are. Many...

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Uploaded by:   FireMeadow

Date:   02/14/2002

Category:   Social Issues

Length:   3 pages (615 words)

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