Gay Marriage Should Be Legal

1848 WordsMar 14, 20168 Pages
“We’re here, we’re queer, get over it.” In 1990, these words, shouted and displayed proudly on signs waved by the activist group, Queer Nation, were revolutionary. Never, not since the Stonewall Riots, had non-straight, non-cis people been so vocal about their existence and demanded acceptance – something that straight people take for granted on a daily basis. However, in the years since the Riots, LGBT activism has become much more mainstream, no longer whispered about behind closet doors or something to be wholly ashamed of. Gay marriage is legal in all 50 United States, something that has been fought for since the conception of the LGBT movement. In fact, gay couples are routinely being featured on popular television and other forms of media. Some might say that in 2016, the dreams of the rioters in Stonewall have been realized. Marriage rights and the spotlight on nighttime television; equality seems to truly be right on the horizon. If one is a white, cis, gay man, that is. Gay women are features much less frequently, and gay or lesbian people of color even less so. With the exception of Laverne Cox on Orange Is the New Black, Netflix’s runaway prison hit, transgender people of color are rarely allowed to grace the television of the average American. Though some may sing the praises of LGBT activism and claim that gay people are now so mainstream that there is no need for further discussion to be made about queer issues, others disagree. Others that were not blessed

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