Essay on Treatment of Homosexuals in Reality and Pop Culture

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The topic of homosexuality elicits many reactions. It is forever played upon in pop culture for it's shock value if nothing else. Some demonize it, holding things like religion as proving, "alternative lifestyles," to be wrong. Some have erotisied homosexuality as in many of Anne Rice's vampire novels. Some laugh at homosexuality or people who are homosexual, calling it, "weird". Some react violently, as in the case of Matthew Shepard. And yet others have gradually turned towards acceptance shown (debatably) in such movies as, " To Wong-Fu Love Julie Newmar" and " In and Out".

Pop culture has largely ignored "different" or "minority" groups, especially gays. However, during the 1980's new support/ religious and action networks
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American Indian and many tribal communities accept their gay members. Even places such as most of Western Europe are more accepting than the United States. However, there are some places in the world, including instances in the United States where violence against homosexuals has reached an all time high.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares that, " All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights" (Amnesty Int'l...). Accordingly, human rights violations committed because of the victim's real or perceived sexual identity must be met with a concerted and sustained international response. Working with the help of 20 other countries from the belief that all people deserve equal protection under law, a growing international movement is taking up the challenge of protecting the dignity and rights of people everywhere who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender. A new program to aid in this is OUTFRONT, Amnesty International USA's program on human rights and sexual identity. This program is a response to the need for activists who confront these violations and protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

There are 12 countries in the world today that call for the execution of people convicted of committing homosexual acts. In Brazil, the leaders of a gay rights organization calling for the investigation of the murders of a transvestite and two gay men have
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