Repression and Fear of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender Americans

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Repression and Fear of Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender Americans Every June thousands of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender people gather in different locations around the world to celebrate Gay Pride Month with dances, festivals, and marches. The categories of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender are fairly recent; the term "homosexual" used to refer to all individuals of a sexual orientation other than heterosexual. The tradition reached its thirty-fifth anniversary this year, and while the number of participants has skyrocketed since the first march, the rights for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgender people have not altered significantly since 1970. For example, not only are same sex marriages not legally…show more content…
17) A key component to the repressive hypothesis is that the solution to escaping this repression is to talk openly about sex and therefore be liberated from the political restraint of sex. Foucault reasons that the censorship of sex did not "extinguish" any words concerning sex; on the contrary, the act of repression actually created new words. Even before the age of repression, the government identified perverse sexual acts which deviated from the traditional intended purpose of sex—procreation within marriage. Instances of sex not adhering to this purpose were in violation of the law. Married heterosexual sex "with its regular sexuality, had a right to more discretion," under repression, so the bourgeoisie found alternate sex acts to target and discuss. (Foucault, The History of Sexuality, p. 38) Previously same sex sodomy had just been against the law, but then people began examining the reason behind engaging in homosexual sex and identifying characteristics associated with the act. "The nineteenth-century homosexual became a personage, a past, a case history, and a childhood . . . . nothing that went into his total composition was unaffected by his sexuality . .

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