Hate Crimes Against Gays Essay

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In October of 1998, America finally became aware of how deadly discrimination can be. In Laramie, Wyoming, 21-year old college student Matthew Shepard was brutally beaten by two men and tied to a fence, left for dead. Matthew's murderers set out only to rob him, but ended up beating him so severely that he never regained consciousness before he died. Why did this happen in the first place? Simply because Matthew was gay. Matthew's death became a national symbol of violence against homosexuals, prompting prayer vigils and calls for state and federally supported hate crime laws.

Today, America prides itself on being a tolerant country. Through laws and legislation, including affirmative action, anti hate-crime laws, and
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It is true that some of the first cases of HIV and AIDS in America were found in gay males. However, once the disease was more widely researched, it was discovered that people other than gays could become infected with the virus, including children, women, and recipients of blood transfusions. Promiscuity among homosexuals is no more common than among straight people ("Sexual Behaviors Text 2"). While having multiple partners and sharing needles through drug use are common causes of AIDS, these things are not exclusive to the gay community.

Many people also believe in a so-called "Gay Agenda." Among other things, gays are supposedly trying to convert heterosexuals, especially young children, to the "other side." Homosexuals are allegedly attempting to spread their "disease" throughout America. The idea that homosexuals recruit children is based falsely on the idea that a person's sexual orientation is a choice, not a natural state. Children cannot be "turned gay" merely by contact with a member of the gay community ("About the Religious Right"). According to the American Psychological Association, "research suggests that the homosexual orientation is in place very early in the life cycle, possibly even before birth. It is found in about ten percent of the population, a figure which is surprisingly constant across cultures, irrespective of the different moral values

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