Human Service Course History Paper

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Human Service Course History Paper Nikki Boswell Western Washington University Introduction The year is 2015 and I can’t imagine not having the freedom I do today. Marriage equality is a very recent topic in history. It wasn’t very long ago that laws prohibited the marriage of same-sex couples. I have decided to investigate the history of marriage equality and the organizations that helped make the dream come true. In order to fully understand the changes that occurred, and to comprehend the level of discrimination that was felt in the homosexual culture, one must first understand the history of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community. The harsh history of the LGBTQ community, and discrimination that was imposed on them and the organizations that strived to advocate for the LGBTQ community on a local, regional and national level is what eventually lead to the Supreme Court ruling on June 26th, 2015, stating that states cannot ban same-sex marriage. Inclusion and acceptance is a basic human right. Without that people can suffer a myriad of social problems such as depression, anxiety, lack of healthy relationships and physical illness. Organizations that are LGBTQ friendly or are specifically for fostering healthy LGBTQ relationships are all part of the history of how Human Services have helped give a voice to the LGBTQ community and by doing this gave them the status and respect needed to get them where they are today in regards to equality.

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