The Generation of Acceptance This essay describes the generation of individuals born in the 1980's and how social acceptance of homosexuality among youth has increased.

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Homosexuality is accepted, and to a certain extent defended by individuals of my generation, while past generations believe that " 'Someone must not be afriad to say, 'moral perversion is wrong.' If we do not act now, homosexuals will 'own' America!...If you and I do not speak up now, this homosexual steamroller will leterally crush all decent men, women, and children who get in its way...and our nation will pay a terrible price'"(Hostile Climate 15). Despite the attack on homosexuality by older individuals, the generation of the youth born in the 1980s is the generation of acceptance. This generation may be defined as one in which there has been a major increase in the acceptance of homosexuality. Young men and woman are coming out of the closet about their homosexuality to a much more accepting environment among people my age than in years past. Social acceptance of homosexuality is evident in the "Americans for the Truth" web page, wher PeterLabarbera states, " 'Warning: this site contains examples of extreme prejudice which may be unsuitable for younger visitors.'"

This statement, among many other steps taken by individuals in my generation in an effort to advocate the acceptance of homosexuality, are evidence for the claim that my generation is the generation of acceptance.

Unlike past generations, an increasing number of teens today have no problem with gay people. In an issue of Seventeen, a magazine that widely read by individuals of my generation, Gayle Forman, a senior writer for the teen magazine states, "The culture is just a lot more open about it. It is part of the popular culture on TV and the movies..." (Peterson 10D) My generation has been bombarded with musicians, writers, activists, and performers that present homosexuality in a positive light. Performance artist Kate Bornstein, a transsexual who...