Haynes 1 Proposal: The Burdens of Homosexuality 1. I already have some knowledge regarding my subject.

My mother is gay, so I have seen how difficult it can be to not be accepted because you are different. The state does not recognize her relationship with her partner; therefore, she is unable to receive the legal benefits of marriage. I also know, through my personal experiences and hearing speeches given in my debate class last year regarding homosexuality, how ignorant some people are. Many gays are ostracized because of their sexuality, which can lead to a very difficult or repressed life. They must overcome many challenges just to be who they really are, which can lead to some people repressing their sexuality, consciously or unconsciously. This repression can lead to other struggles, such as an identity crisis, all of which are unhealthy. 2. Because of my relationship to the subject, I probably feel more passionately about it than others. I fully support my mother and her lifestyle, as well as the equal rights that should be administered to the homosexual community. Not many other subjects interested me, and the few that did already appeared to have one or two other people in the class writing about similar topics. 3. Ten questions: I. II. III. IV. V. Approximately how many adults in America are gay? What are the laws surrounding gay marriage? Why are the gay community’s rights so frequently ignored? When might gay marriage be legalized nationwide? What causes someone to be homosexual?

Haynes 2 VI. Is homosexuality a personal choice or does it have biological roots?

VII. What are some of the challenges gays must overcome? VIII. Where is gay adoption legal, illegal, or undistinguished? IX. X. Do homosexuals have any voice in politics? Does having a gay parent, biological or otherwise, impact one’s sexuality or their views on it? 4. Two questions that particularly interest me are “What are the laws surrounding gay marriage?” and “What are some of the challenges gays must overcome?” II was my initial inquiry that brought me to this proposal, and VII is the main idea of my subject. 5. Where I will find answers: I. I can most likely find this statistic with the use of search engines, articles, or possibly government documents from a census or some other form of research. II. This answer can be found through the use of government documents surrounding the issue. III. To answer this question, a government document would not be very effective. To find effective answers, I should use magazines, articles, or perhaps dissertations about the homosexual community. I will also utilize books from the library. IV. An answer for this will be somewhat difficult, as different sources might have different projections. A combination of various articles may yield an approximation.

Haynes 3 V. Dissertations, theses, government documents, or online articles could all lead me to an answer. VI. Similar to V, this question’s answer will be along the same lines as V. VII. I can read articles to find what struggles some gays have had to overcome. I can also focus my primary research on this question by use of an interview or questionnaire. VIII. I can just use Wikipedia or other online databases to find the statistics. IX. For this question, I could research some politicians to determine if they have any support for the gay community. I would probably use Google to research this one. X. This is another broad question that could hold significance in my literacy investigation. There may be some dissertations out there that have looked into this question. 6. The primary research portion will likely be my biggest challenge while completing this assignment, as I am sure it is for many students. Primary research can include conducted interviews, questionnaires, on-site observations, and surveys. For my topic, I feel a survey or questionnaire could be very effective. On a similar project, I gave a survey to about 25 people around my age, which was helpful for my finished product. An interview may also be useful, but it would be difficult to come up with a large number of open-ended questions to ask, or to find the right person to interview. 7. If my initial topic is too broad, I will have to narrow it done somehow. A couple possible topics with more specificity are simply gay marriage or even the effects

Haynes 4 a gay parent has on a child. However, I do not feel this topic is easy to trim down effectively without losing structure or importance. 8. Just like my topic can be too broad, it can be too narrow. I am unsure how to broaden this subject much further. Perhaps I could research discrimination and prejudice as a whole in America as a less specific topic. Many other groups of people in the United States must overcome excessive hardships in life. However, as I stated previously, it will be difficult to effectively change the size of my subject if it is too broad or narrow.