LARRY KRAMER
    1. Hate In America
      1. Anti-Gay Flag
        Anti-Gay Flag
        Throughout the 1940's to the 1960's, many television programs and radio stations aired stories and ideas that covered and focused on homosexuality, while some movies featured characters as those of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transexual) society to play specific homosexual roles and such, as well as producing LGBT themes throughout the movies. In 1953, being a student in college and realizing that people of my kind were strongly discriminated by most social groups, I felt like I didn't belong here and tried to kill myself by popping many pills, hoping to kill myself on an overdosage of aspirin. I felt like I was the only gay student on campus at college and did not want to be there. Back in the early 1980's, when the hate on the gay society grew out of control, students that were gay, like myself, were five times more likely to miss school due to the scare of feeling unsafe around the other students. Over 25% of the gay population in the way of children, felt like they were being forced to drop out of school because of the scare that they had of other students and didn't want to have to deal with conflicting problems.
        Self Explanatory Discrimination
        Self Explanatory Discrimination
        Over 40% of the children back then who did not have roofs to sleep under and lived on the streets were pointed out and identified as being either gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
      2. Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy
        Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy
        Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transexual people have bigger legal problems and challenges that they have to deal with compared to those that are not lesbian, gay, bisexual, or of transexual sexuality. It was more difficult for gays to get jobs and careers due to their sexual orientation and a lot of them felt that it was wrong that they were discriminated due to their orientation. People partaking in the military of lesbian or gay sexuality are sworn to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
      Gays Holding Each Other
      Gays Holding Each Other







    2. Progress In America
      A reason as to why people believe gays should not work in the military.
      A reason as to why people believe gays should not work in the military.
      1. In 1924, the earliest gay rights movement organization was formed, called The Society for Human Rights in Chicago. In 1948, most people believed that being gay was not as widespread as it actually was and Alfred Kinsley wrote a book on it entitled Sexual Behavior in the Human Male.
        Mattachine Society
        Mattachine Society
        Throughout 1951, Harry Hay formed the Mattachine Society, which was the first national gay rights organization as he was considered to be the founder of the gay rights movement. In 1956 was the first national lesbian organization founded and know as the Daughter of Bilitis organization. In the year of 1962, Illinoisbecame the first state to decriminalize acts of homosexuality between adults. In 1969, the Stonewall riots broke out for three days, transforming the movement of gay rights.
        Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy by Military
        Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy by Military
        As of 1973, the American Psychiatric Association terminated the act or thought of homosexuality from being a mental disorder.
        Wisconsin allows gays
        Wisconsin allows gays
        Wisconsin outlawed discrimination towards homosexuals in 1982, being the first state to do so. In 1993, the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was established for the United States military, which allowed gays to serve in the military but banning activities taking place between homosexuals.
        Bill Clinton doesn't accept the fact of gays
        Bill Clinton doesn't accept the fact of gays
        President Clinton tried to ban gays from serving in the military, but it put up a strong enough fight to overrule to allow gays to serve in the military. If this would not have been passed, tens of thousands of citizens would be removed from the military. A court case was decided in 1996 of prosecution towards Colorado's second amendment which allowed gays to be protected from discrimination towards those of homosexual orientation, where one of the justices' thoughts was that discrimination is an ordinary part and way of life.
    3. Future In America
      1. As of 2000, Vermont was the first state to legally recognize togetherness between those of homosexuality orientations, allowing gay citizens to be provided with the same benefits, responsibilities, and privileges as of those who are straight. In May of 2004, gay marriage was allowed in Massachusetts although it was against the state constitution. In October of 2005, Connecticut allowed civil unions to become legal, and then in December of 2006, New Jersey did the same. By the end of 2007, all gays, lesbians, and bisexuals had the same freedom and rights to work in the workplace as of those that are not. In February of 2008, Oregon allowed gays, bisexuals, and lesbians to be registered as domestic partners allowing the same privileges of married couples. November 4, 2008, slated the day that California, Arizona, and Florida had banned same-sex marriage completely and Arkansas gays and lesbians were disapproved to adopt children. Then on November 12, same-sex marriages began in Connecticut. Now, same sex marriages are legal in Iowa, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia.