Sex Marriage And Same Sex Parental Adoption

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Intro to LGBT Studies Case Study Part 1: Historical Context Due September 22, 2017 The topics of same-sex marriage and same-sex parental adoption have been controversial and ongoing topics in recent years, which is a drastic change in mainstream society. People of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGT) community have had a difficult time in gaining visibility and equal civil liberties, one of which is marriage equality. Same-sex couples have only recently been recognized under the law as legal candidates for marriage rights, and adoption is now an additional option; however, although the rights have been granted, there is still much more work to be done concerning the full benefits of same-sex marriage and adoption rights.…show more content…
The word “lesbian” first made an appearance in the works of Sappho, a Greek poet whose origins date back to seventh century BCE. “A notable exception [to nearly all Greek literary production being written by men] was the poet Sappho, who lived in the seventh century BCE on the island of Lesbos (thus the word lesbian).”/ “Many young, wealthy Greek women were sent to Lesbos to study the arts with Sappho. Much of Sappho’s surviving poetry is love lyrics to these young women” (Meem, Gibson, & Alexander 2018). The birth of lesbianism being a derivative of Sappho 's Lesbos makes Sappho the rightful creator. In a more modern context, the traditional societal views prohibited lesbian-identifying women to be open, thus forcing them to conceal their true affections. “Before the rise of the lesbian-feminist movement in the early 1970’s, twentieth-century women writers were generally intimidated into silence about the lesbian experiences in their lives. In their literature, male personae took the voice of their most auto-biographical characters, and they were thus permitted to love other women” (Faderman 1979). Faderman continues to explain how Sappho 's island of Lesbos became a type of code in the vernacular in the time of Lady Mary Montagu; her love letters to a woman named Anne Wortley included illusions to the fictitious island and what it would be like to “fancy ourselves in Lesbos”
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