Homosexuality and the Fight for Freedom

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The twentieth century brings new and exciting rights, technology, and a way of living. If this is the case, then why is the American society still skeptical of homosexuality? The way a person wants to express their love and freedom should not be judged or criticized because if it was, then everyone would be looked at as a complaint. In America we declare our country as the land of the free, but since the country began, questions about homosexuality and their freedom have been taken away and shunned. The bigger question is why the American society discriminates against homosexuality and how does that impact the GLBT (Gays, Lesbians, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender) community and families? This issue has been seen throughout congress, the media, the army, and schools. Until the day our society decides to look past sexuality, the discrimination and the lack of understanding will always be present. "I'm a supporter of gay rights.

And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being... by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant" (Paul Newman).

Dennis Altman's "Why Are Gay Men Feared" explored the hate and reasoning of the GLBT community. This article showed gender issues at its finest. The un-masculine view points, the threatening of gender roles, and the society of America that keeps homophobia alive, these are only the surface to the article. Altman sends messages about the social aspect of homophobia and how it developed within different governments. This article was about the gay men and...