Gay and lesbian rights: a reference handbook by David E. Newton

By David E. Newton

· encompasses a assessment of appropriate laws and excerpts from speeches and articles on either side of the problem· presents stable, invaluable info that could function a beginning for additional examine and stronger knowing of this severe factor

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For Roger, the ''special rights" he had lost were the rights to hold a job and to live wherever he wanted to. (O'Connor 1993, 1) "Roger" is a fictitious name, but the story told here is taken from a real-life event that occurred in Colorado in early 1993. The story has an additional moral. It shows that even in Boulderone of the most progressive cities in Coloradothere are those who oppose the concept of gay rights and will make decisions about employment and housing solely on the basis of sexual orientation.

Today, when many employees are open about their sexual orientation, the argument's validity is less true. Both agencies continue to deny employment to and to fire employees who announce that they are gay and, hence, are no longer at risk for blackmail. The issue of gays in the military captured the national spotlight during the 1992 presidential campaign when candidate Bill Clinton announced his intention, if elected, to overturn the military's existing ban on gays. S. government's policy regarding blacks in the military.

2. Desensitize the public to homosexuality. 3. Present homosexuality as normal. 4. Establish homosexuality as legal and legitimate. 5. Establish homosexuals as a minority. Page 24 6. Gain public sympathy for homosexuals.

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