Background• The Gay Rights and Same sex marriagemovement has become increasingly popular inthe last 50 years.• Extremely controversial issue in politics andreligion.• Same sex couples want the same benefits as a“normal” married couple would get.– Health insurance– Insurance– Parental rights
Famous People George Takei Star Trek star Jason Collins First gay pro athlete• Elton John with boyfriend DavidFurnish• Together they have 2children Ellen Degeneres
Struggles• Coming out to their friends and family• Being bullied• Not being accepted• Unable to legally marry• Adopting children• Constantly judged• Unemployment• Religious interpretations• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRUj2xiwrVk• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NQIT0IszP0
Stereotypes/Racial Slurs• All have aids• All gays are attracted to every guy; all lesbians areattracted to every girl• They are going to “convert” others– Disease like• Gays are extremely feminine• Names:– Fag– Queer– Flamer– Homo
Laws and Policies• Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT)– Signed by Pres. Clinton– Enacted during 1993-2011– Allowed homosexuals to serve, but military personnel were notallowed to ask, tell, or harass others sexuality.– Lifted a ban on homosexual service that had been instituted duringWWI. Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)o defines marriage between a man and a womano Prohibits the federal gov. from recognizing same sex marriage fromany state
Equality Michigan• Equality Michigan works to enact policy and legislativechanges in Michigan to promote equality for LGBT people insuch areas as housing and employment, prevent hatecrimes, and to stop anti-LGBT legislation and similar measuresfrom being introduced.• Equality Michigans community events are intended to bringtogether and build the Michigan LGBT community.• Equality Michigan provides diversity trainings on social andpolitical LGBT issues. This program also educatespoliticians, doctors, lawyers, teachers, and law enforcementprofessionals about issues related to the LGBT community.
LGBT• Comprise an interwoven history of lesbian,gay, bisexual and transgender social andpolitical movements in the United States ofAmerica, beginning in the early 20th century.They have been influential worldwide inachieving social progress for lesbian, gay,bisexual, transgender and transsexual people.
Events• In 1950, gay activist Harry Hay and several other men founded theMattachine Society, the first enduring LGBT rights organization in theUnited States.• When the police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Villagein New York City in June 1969, an unprecedented riot broke out among thepatrons. Throughout the weekend, gay men and lesbians came to theStonewall to protest the police and their abusive tactics.This event servedas a catalyst for the emergence of a new breed of gay militant activistsquite unlike the more conventional organizations of the past twodecades, and became known as gay liberation. Within weeks of theStonewall event, gay and lesbian activists organized the Gay LiberationFront, using much of what had been built upon by the earlier groups. TheGLF saw itself as revolutionary, and wished to effect a completetransformation• One event is the Michigan Womynss Music Festival in Walhalla Michiganthat stresses the importance of women. It encourages feminist groupand/or lesbian groups to come and perform. The main population islesbians and/or ladies with strong feminist beliefs.
More Events• GLF transformed the coming out process, making it easier• 1931 - Mädchen in Uniform, one of the first explicitlylesbian films and the first pro-lesbian film, is released.• 1958 – The United States Supreme Court rules in favor ofthe First Amendment rights of a gay and lesbian magazine,marking the first time the United States Supreme Court hadruled on a case involving homosexuality.• 1977 – Harvey Milk is elected city-county supervisor in SanFrancisco, becoming the fifth out American elected topublic office. (assassinated)• Barack Obama became the first U.S. president to publiclyannounce support for same-sex marriage on May 9
What would you do?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGvm6yy5JnI
“Consequences” of Gays Marrying Pretty much nothing Harmless
Current News• France legalized gay marriage on April 27th, 2013• Jason Collins came out recently as the first openlygay pro athlete• Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy is no longer in effect• The U.S. federal government has NOT legalized samesex marriage• Homosexuals continue to protest and fight for thesame rights as every other human being