A Study On The Queer Community

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A study in 2011 by Gary J. Gates estimated that there are roughly 8 million people (3.5% of the adult population) in the United States that identify within the LGBTQA+ spectrum and these people have been fighting for their rights for too long. The Gay Rights Movement dates back to the 19th century. Some supporters of the movement would say that the society as a whole has made great strides towards acceptance of homosexuality, for example, legalization of same-sex marriage across the entire country on June 26, 2015. However, those in the community are still fighting for equality today. The U.S. has made progress within the last decade regarding this issue, but definitely not enough, which can be seen through the massive number of amounts of homicides in the recent years and the lack of police follow-up. We need to take steps to protect and balance LGBTQA+ rights through education, creation and enforcement of protection laws/policies, and allowing the community to speak and have representation. The queer community has been facing oppression from the world for hundreds of years, in the United States however the community has faced only a fraction of this hatred. Prior to European colonization in the United States a 16th century explorer, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, wrote of same-sex relations in communities along the Gulf Coast. However, after the European colonization the heavy influence of Christianity and legal restrictions over sexual orientation and gender roles/identity
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