Gay Rights Movement Essay

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The start of the Gay Rights Movement
During the 1960s and 1970s lesbians began to speak up and fight for equal rights. The New York City’s Stonewall riot in June of 1969 is understood as the dawn of the gay rights movement. The 1960’s is when lesbian mothers argued in court for the right to raise children and when they joined other political movements like the civil rights movement; a movement that includes people of color, women and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. The civil rights movement is a battle to receive political and social freedom and equality.
In 1973, the Roe vs. Wade case affirmed the legality of a women’s right to have an abortion under the 14th amendment. This case continued for over a decade
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I’m sure Professor Robert Jensen had this reflection before the year 2009, but maybe he hadn’t think of feminism in this way at the dawn of the gay rights movement in 1969. Andrea Dworkin wrote this between 1976-1989, at a time that men didn’t listen to women, and maybe researchers would argue that women aren’t listened to, especially if you’re female and black.
The Shift to Marriage Equality Andrea Dworkin’s essay’s was more than a writer doing his or her job. It was the impact of re-developing marriage. Women had their own opinions and feelings and felt comfortable sharing them. As the fight for same-sex marriage evolved the way that gay rights activist continued to argue for and against same-sex marriage. The struggle by homosexuals for dignity and respect at work and in life became known as “gay liberation”. Gay liberation is the ability to hold jobs without having to play straight. The struggle for same-sex marriage became marriage equality and refers to a political status where homosexual married couples and heterosexual couples are considered legally equal. For over 15 years, the two groups did not receive equal rights by law, which made liberation through social institutions difficult. Marriage equality is important because it guarantees benefits through social security and taxes, spousal privileges and even in death. Socially, if your partner dies, funeral directions do not have to respect your union
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