Looking into the Mirrior: Homosexuals' Human Rights in the USA

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Key Words
• Homosexuality-The romantic or sexual attraction or behavior of members of the same sex.
• No Child Left Behind- An act that went into effect January 2001 it is a standard based reform program aimed at making all students proficient by the year 2014.
• Equity- Fairness in regards to all people.
• Homophobia- The fear of a person who is attracted to someone of the same sex.
• GLBT- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
Religious Affiliation- To be connected to an organization that proclaims morality and equality for all.
Introduction
With the rise of the gay liberation movement in the post-Stonewall era, overtly gay and lesbian perspectives began to be put forward in politics, philosophy and literary theory. Initially
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But the problem is not same-sex relationships; the social problem is the ism that exists when it comes to the homosexual community, in other words the problem is homophobia. Homophobia is the irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals, or individuals perceived to be homosexual (Boswell, 1993). As a result of homophobia and with a new legal consensus offering safe passage, school leaders have an unprecedented chance to be proactive rather than reactive.
As school policies evolve and the public school population becomes even more diversified ,school leaders must respond to increasing pressure from issues on mental health,diversity,disabilities,immigration status,socio –economic factors, chemical abuse and issues of gender identity. It is reasonable to imply that if a student is having issues with their gender identity they will also have issues fitting in at school and most likely with their self esteem as well.
Building Bridges
In order to bridge gaps, educators’ minds must be enriched with different practices and beliefs (Hafner, 2006). In other words, awareness that embraces and draws from social justice issues and their implications must be sought. We must understand what the issues our students are facing are and be able to come up with a way of helping them overcome these obstacles in their lives. It is reasonably to assume that support organizations and counseling