Gay Rights

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"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" (Jefferson). These words have become immortalized not only by the original framers of the United States of America but also those who were leaders during the time of the Civil Rights Movement. This movement also established the rights movement for homosexuals and transgendered people of the time, and they have been expanding ever since. The rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons have broadened since the 1980s, allowing for progress towards equality. While the word "gay" can be used to identify anyone who is not straight, it is generally used to denominate male homosexuals only. Women who are attracted to other women use the term lesbian, and those who are attracted to both genders typically use the term bisexual. Transsexuals are people who believe they were born in the wrong body and belong to the opposite gender, and will sometimes have a surgery performed to change their physical appearance to match their mental one. This is collectively referred to as the LGBT community. ("Homosexuality"). During the 1980s and 1990s, an incredible amount of progress began to be made towards equality of people belonging to the LGBT community. People of the time began to be exhausted by the way they were being treated unfairly. One such person was

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