To Kill A Mockingbird Gay Rights

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, the author Harper Lee introduces a discussion of racial prejudice and justice, a controversial issue that was extremely important during the time the book was published (1960s). On one hand, the character Atticus Finch argued that people should not be discriminated because of skin color, while on the other hand, background characters contended that black people were genetically inferior to white people, and therefore should be set to a different standard. Today, racial tensions are still present, but a new wave of people are being discriminated against for their different sexualities and gender identities. When it comes to the topic of LGBT+ rights, most of us will readily agree that they should not be discriminated…show more content…
This can be reflected in the LGBT+Rights Movements, with activists wanting equality between straight cisgender people and LGBT+ people, and show how a person’s sexuality or gender identity does not reflect their personality. In a New York Times article on the 2015 Supreme Court decision granting marriage equality, Adam Liptak quoted Justice Kennedy, saying “without the recognition, stability and predictability marriage offers, their children suffer the stigma of knowing their families are somehow lesser. They also suffer the significant material costs of being raised by unmarried parents, relegated through no fault of their own to a more difficult and uncertain family life”. The marriage laws at issue here thus harm and humiliate the children of same-sex couples.” Although this quote is on the issue of marriage equality, it outlines the theme of the LGBT+ movements: they want equality, they want recognition, and they want safety. Like in the book, where Lee mostly uses the setting of a courtroom to make her point, one of the many LGBT+ Rights Movement’s tactics also uses the legal system to make their movement move forward, and uses its environment as a way to peacefully debate different discriminatory laws and policies. For example, in the fight for transgender bathroom rights in the United States, transgender advocates try to get rid of bills such as the discriminatory HB2 bill by going to courts to argue the law and the limits of their rights, even reaching the Supreme Court in the highly anticipated case of Gavin Grimm vs. Gloucester County School Board. The essence of the LGBT+ Rights Movement’s argument is that they deserve the same rights as any other person would, and they use the court system as a tool to level the playing
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