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  1. 1. The Gay Rights Movement: Past and Present Eve Kenny, Sara Feit, Aaron Winshall, Bridget Charlton
  2. 2. Discussion Questions: <ul><li>Growing up, what information did you receive from your family, friends, peers, faith community, school, and media about these groups? </li></ul><ul><li>LESBIANS - GAY MEN - BISEXUALS - TRANSGENDER </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ What’s Queer” by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick <ul><li>Queer Theory vs. Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement </li></ul><ul><li>Taking back the word Queer </li></ul><ul><li>Heteronormativitiy : Our society assumes the world to be heterosexual— that is the “normal” way to live. </li></ul><ul><li>Binary Thinking- you’re either gay, or your straight </li></ul><ul><li>Christmas is a holiday for everyone… NO! </li></ul>
  4. 4. White Weddings by Chrys Ingraham <ul><li>Heterosexuality as an institution: The social, economic and cultural patterns wedding trends reveal provide fertile ground for determining how and to what end heterosexuality is institutionalized. It is a highly regulated, ritualized and organized practice. Established order made up of rule-bound and standardized behavior patterns. </li></ul><ul><li>Heterosexual Imaginary: the way of thinking that relies on romantic and sacred notions of heterosexuality in order to create and maintain the illusion of well-being and oneness </li></ul>
  5. 5. White Weddings continued… <ul><li>Wedding industrial complex : Weddings are a mass marketed homogenous assembly line production with little resemblance to the utopian vision many participants hold. </li></ul><ul><li>Romancing heterosexuality: Creates an illusory sexual identity category that defines perceived female-to-male socio-sexual relations </li></ul><ul><li>Heternormativity: The view that institutionalized heterosexuality and constitutes the standard for legitimate and expected social and sexual relations </li></ul><ul><li>Heterogendred: The asymmetrical stratification of the sexes in relation to the historically varying institutions of patriarchal heterosexuality </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Gay Rights Movement in the US
  7. 7. Activism
  8. 8. Same-Sex Marriage <ul><li>September 21, 1996- federal Defense of Marriage Act </li></ul><ul><li>May 17, 2004- Gay Marriage is Formally legalized in MA </li></ul><ul><li>2010- Mexico City puts a law in place to allow same-sex unions </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Media’s Involvement in Gay Rights: <ul><li>Ellen DeGeneres’ Involvement: </li></ul><ul><li>Speaking out about Proposition 8 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Constance McMillen </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  10. 13. LGBT Center’s Mission <ul><li>“ To provide Education, Advocacy, and Safe Space LGBT and straight ally students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni of Syracuse University. ” </li></ul>
  11. 14. On Campus: 750 Ostrum Ave.
  12. 15. LGBT Resource Center’s Statement of Inclusion and Respect <ul><li>“ As a member or guest of the LGBTA Community, I acknowledge my responsibility to assure that the LGBT Resource Center is a safe, respectful, and welcoming place for everyone. </li></ul><ul><li>I will personally act in ways the value, respect and include everyone. I understand my actions have an impact on others and how others perceive me and the LGBT Community. There is room for everyone in the LGBT Community. We seek to understand our differences and agree to disagree respectfully. </li></ul><ul><li>Racist, sexist, biphobic, homophobic, transphobic, or any other oppressive behaviors will not be tolerated. Please bring any concerns to the LGBT Resource Center Staff as soon as possible.” </li></ul>
  13. 16. How to Be an Ally: