Cultural Anthropology: Views on Lgbt Across Cultures Essay

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Essay # 4: Homosexuality/Transexuality/Intersexuality Different cultures across the world have developed various views on homosexuality. Most cultural perspectives developed from religious or humanitarian sources. Living in 21st Century America, I have personally witnessed some of the strides and struggles of GLBT (gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender) youth. In the United States there exist laws that both promote sexual diversity and laws that restrict the complete rights of such individuals. On a more cultural than legal level, tolerance for this group of people has grown significantly. America is currently in the midst of cultural change. Nonetheless, this story does not hold true for other cultures. On one hand, the …show more content…
In our society homosexuals are not as marginalized as they are other nations and are for the most part esteemed as equally important as anyone else. The only issues arise with religious conflictions and what each individual deems as appropriate and inappropriate. Homosexuality takes a twist for the better in Native American Culture. Whereas homosexuals are esteemed as equal (or almost equal in some regards) to everyone else in society in American culture, effeminate men are revered as being gifted by the gods for their dual male-female attributes (Blackwood 24). These members took on a sacred role of conducting rituals, peace mediation, healers, and many more important tasks. It came to a surprise to Frenchmen exploring the Americas to see men –dressed as women and behaving effeminate – receive acceptance and elevated status amongst the Native American population (Blackwood 23). It stems from the Native American religious doctrine that everything in nature should be treated with acceptance and respect. It is from this ideology that the Native American tribes learn to hold high regards for such members. Nonetheless, tolerance and acceptance of homosexual orientation and lifestyle is generally accepted in both Native American and American culture. The predominantly Islamic nations of the Middle East hold very
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