Ruling highlights need for action to end all forms of discrimination against LGBT people. How many states have laws that fully protect LGBT people from discrimination? Leading companies and businesses of all sizes join forces against discrimination and say their doors are open to everyone on equal terms. Equality makes us stronger as a nation. When communities and governments treat all people fairly—including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender—it benefits everyone. The United States has made important progress in extending equal rights to LGBT people, but we still have a long way to go.
Gay rights groups’ new goal: Nationwide victory in five years
Gay rights groups' new goal: Nationwide victory in five years - Los Angeles Times
The society is the first gay rights organization as well as the oldest documented in America. After receiving a charter from the state of Illinois, the society publishes the first American publication for homosexuals, Friendship and Freedom. Soon after its founding, the society disbands due to political pressure. While psychologists and psychiatrists in the s consider homosexuality a form of illness, the findings surprise many conservative notions about sexuality. In an attempt to change public perception of homosexuality, the Mattachine Society aims to "eliminate discrimination, derision, prejudice and bigotry," to assimilate homosexuals into mainstream society, and to cultivate the notion of an "ethical homosexual culture. December 15, A Senate report titled "Employment of Homosexuals and Other Sex Perverts in Government" is distributed to members of Congress after the federal government had covertly investigated employees' sexual orientation at the beginning of the Cold War. The report states since homosexuality is a mental illness, homosexuals "constitute security risks" to the nation because "those who engage in overt acts of perversion lack the emotional stability of normal persons.
The Real Goal of the Same-Sex Marriage Movement
A fter decades of fighting national institutions to be heard, gay rights are now a major political issue in the US. As the country's attitudes towards gay rights has evolved, so have the aspirations of the community. We asked five long-time activists to share their reflections about how the movement has transformed over the years. After you read their stories, we want to hear from you. Share your thoughts about how the gay rights movement has changed over the years.
Republican Sen. Congress is poised for a showdown over a slate of measures focused on LGBT rights attached to the defense funding measure that, among other things, could allow religious organizations with federal contracts to be exempted from federal guidelines barring sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination. McCain has adjusted to these changes and as the leader of the Armed Services Committee has a powerful position to act as a firewall. The discussion on LGBT-related amendments to the defense policy bill comes less than a week after a gunman opened fire in a gay nightclub in Orlando in a shooting spree that left 49 dead and 53 others injured. The fact that the LGBT community was so directly targeted in the deadliest mass shooting in American history has brought into focus heated Congressional debate over protections against discrimination.