The overall experience of the LGBTQ community in America has been a horrific experience for the past 300 plus years. Individuals who share same sex interest were oppressed, discriminated, brutalized, experimented on, and killed due to their alternative lifestyle(s). Elze (2006) confirms these allegations by mentioning... “Since colonial times… people who love and sexually desire those of the same sex, have been imprisoned, executed, witch hunted, pilloried, confined in asylums, fired, excommunicated, disinherited, evicted, extorted, entrapped, censored, declared mentally ill, drugged, and subjected to castration, hormone injections, clitoridectomy, hysterectomy, ovariectomy, lobotomy, psychanalysis, and aversive therapies” (p.43).
My memory starts out with me and the family sitting on a swing on a KOA cabin’s covered porch trying to figure out what to do. We were stranded in Pennsylvania for a week while the camper wheel rim was being replaced because we lost both the wheel and the spare wheel in an accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. While looking at brochures that were laying on the swing and in my lap, I saw a brochure for something called the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair. We were intrigued by the glorious, glamorous, Elizabethan costumes worn by the performers shown on the glossy, high color, brochure.
Because of their relative invisibility in public life, many people have a poor grasp on what being transgender really is. To be fair, this is a complicated issue, encompassing its own subsection of the LGBT+ community with its own unique groups. To put it simply, a transgender person is somebody who identifies as a gender other than the one written on their birth certificate. This often means identifying as the opposite sex, but some transgender people live in between the gender binary or outside it altogether. Typically, transgender people live express their identity in different ways: dressing as their preferred gender, going through hormone therapy to alter their bodies, undergoing sex reassignment surgery to change their genitals, or a
Drag has a rich history in society, and it was not always pleasant history. Before the 1960s, drag was essentially used for theater purposes back in the Shakespearian age, because women were not allowed to act in productions, so men dressed as women. In the 1960s however, there were around 500 drag queens actively working in the United States. Drag at that point was completely underground and taboo, as most of LGBT community was. The turning point of the LGBT rights movement was the Stonewall Riots in 1966 at the Stonewall Inn in New York.
John Locke asserted that government must come from the consent of the governed. The Declaration of Independence professed the right of all people to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The Constitution cemented the paramount prominence of general welfare for all United States citizens. Since our beginning, we the people have been a characteristically empathetic majority. But we have not always been a beacon of equality: the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, the Stonewall Riots, and even current conflicts between the police force and black Americans exemplify the occasional rift between the government and the governed.
Although the gay community gained the visibility they wanted, they also received adverse reactions from people who opposed gay rights. One example is Anita Bryant, singer and former Miss Oklahoma. She established the Save Our Children organization and crusaded to abrogate local regulations that forbade discrimination based on sexual orientation. Homophobia and discrimination grew following the news of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. People 's mindset about AIDS and the gay community changed after hearing that Rock Hudson was dying from this disease
“Annie, did you pack your extra nude leotard and tights?” “Yes, Mom. And I made sure to pack my new pink lipstick!” Dress rehearsal for the Nutcracker was held at the Kirkland Performing Arts Center in Kirkland, Washington. The theater has the small and cramped dressing room, but it’s the place we call home for the first weekend of shows in December.
The most critical issue facing the nation in the early 1960s was the intensification of the civil rights movement. Counterculture and other radical political movements challenged the liberal consensus during the 1960s. This era was on its peak as liberalism faced major challenges from both the left and the right. As young activists became impatient with the pace they saw of the social process and were increasingly distressed by the escalation of the Vietnam War. By 1969 liberalism was in retreat, and Richard M. Nixon, a political conservative, had in his power the White House.
Just typing in the name of the New York bar and inn gets you countless results of differing opinions; a lot of them to do with the new movie, aptly named Stonewall, and its portrayal of the riots. Opinions are split on whether or not it perpetuates the erasure of the trans women of color that were present at Stonewall. Differing opinions aside, it is clear that Stonewall’s new movie re enactment is impacting our society; just perhaps not in the good way. To remind anyone who doesn’t remember, the Stonewall riots started on June 28th, 1969 in Greenwich Village, New York, at the titular Stonewall inn.
The societal impact that mass media has is extortionate, with studies1 proving that that the average Australian spends half of their waking hours exposed to a screen, and consequentially exposed to whatever those on the other end of the screen want us to see. It is often said that the media is a dramatised reflection of our society, but the action and excitement are not the only things that are blown out of proportion- everywhere you look you are presented with the ‘ideal’ white, cis-gender, able bodied, young straight man, the ultimate embodiment of privilege. Where are the minorities? Where is the representation of well over half of the population? It’s out here in the real world, but what does it say about us when that is not reflected in
Gay rights has been a long protested issue by both sides, for it and against it. One of the most famous groups that go against is the Westboro Baptist Church, who have many protests against the LGBTQ+ community as well as other things, but that is besides the point. They are not the only people that do this as well, some do it presentations in school, some do it on online posts or videos. There are many ways you can show your voice now and protest, though many people, like WBC do still picket with signs and screaming and hate. Each side of this movement has their own protests and riots, a well known riot in the 60’s was the Stonewall Riots.