Is President Barack Obama a 2
class citizen? This may sound silly today, but just a fewdecades ago African American people were not considered an entire citizen in some states.Can you imagine living life where you are not even considered a citizen, a whole person, orthat you are not worthy of being allowed the right to vote in some parts of the UnitedStates. There is still a group of people that are feeling this way in 2012, gays and lesbians.
What was it like to be a gay person in the United States back in the 60’s or 70’s? Has
thingsreally changed for gays now, possibly gay people are still fighting the battles of socialstigma, religion and political mistreatment from decades ago?
“President George H. W.
Bush asserted that homosexuality wa
s not ‘normal.’
Vice President Dan Quayle questioned
the suitability of gay and lesbian parents”
(Miller 528). These are statements from highranking officials running the U.S. Through this text, I will explore some gay protest andevents that sparked some gay rights movements in the past decades. From the riots in New
York back in 1969, to the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
it’s been a long
journey for gaypeople to try and be recognized as a full-fledged U.S. citizen.Gay, what does it mean? Dictionary.com defines gay as:1. homosexual; 2. of, indicating, or supportinghomosexual interest or issues: a gay organization; 3.having or showing a merry, lively mood: gay spirits; gaymusic; 4. bright or showy: gay colors; gay ornaments.Margaret Cruikshank states in her book
The Gay and Lesbian Liberation Movement,
“the causes of
homosexuality, like the causes of heterosexuality, are
Many people in the U.S. speak out and call homosexuality unnatural, when