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Introduction

We choose the topic Homosexuality. Our topic was "Survival in the Real World" and then we picked a

topic from there. I, of course, did mine on homosexuality.One of the greatest poets of the twentieth century, Dr Seuss, once said, "Be who you are and say

what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind"

("Quotations"That is, essentially, the greatest advice a person can receive and is at the heart of gay

rights. As a young homosexual grows into adulthood and enters the "real world" he or she will, without

a doubt, encounter someone who "minds." Whether it be socially, legally, religiously, or even internally

challenges will emerge. ...view middle of the document...

The description of homosexuality as an orientation also suggests, as some contemporary

have argued, that the boundaries between "homosexual" and "heterosexual" are not necessarily rigid.

Some studies have indicated that most individuals have some erotic interest in both sexes, whether

overt or not. The open expression of interest in both sexes is known as bisexuality.Transsexuals are

distinguished from homosexuals by the feeling that they are really members of the opposite sex. Male

and female homosexuals are now commonly known as gays and lesbians, respectively.

Statement of the Problems

Assumptions and homophobia are one of the biggest problems for homosexuals if they are to get the

majority of people to

accept their lifestyle. Homophobia, as defined by the American Psychological Association, is, "the fear, anxiety, anger,

discomfort and aversion that some... heterosexual people hold for gay individuals" ("New Study" 1). One of the biggest

challenges for homosexuals is overcoming homophobia. Oftentimes, homophobia is based on incorrect assumptions. It is

easy to see that assumptions are everywhere and most have no truth to them. They range from believing homosexuality is

an mental illness to homosexuals "recruiting" children to even believing that most homosexual males are child molesters.

Most of these assumptions are unfounded and nearly all have been proven false through psychological and scientific studies

and surveys. The reason that homosexuals do not have equal rights in a free country such as America could be attributed to

individual prejudices by various policy makers, judges, or anyone with a hand in making legal decisions.Recently the issue of samesex marriage has come to the attention of Americans when a Massachusetts court decision

declared it legal for homosexuals to marry. Marriage between homosexuals is not so much a religious matter as it is a legal

one. Denial of legal marriage between samesex couples also denies samesex couples rights and benefits such as

"Accidental death benefit for the surviving spouse of a government employee, exemption of conveyance tax, division of

property after dissolution of marriage, appointment as guardian of minor" ("Marriage" 12). In a monogamous relationship

between two people it would seem these rights and benefits should be undeniable no matter what sex the two people are.Another legal issue for homosexual couples is raising children. It is a common belief that children of homosexuals will be

homosexuals themselves and by that token homosexuals should not be allowed to raise children. This belief, however, "is

nonsense, and completely unsupported by fact... Numerous psychological and sociological studies have shown that children

raised by lesbian and gay men are no more likely to become gay than those raised by nongay parents" ("The Gay Parent"

It is also a common belief that gay men abuse children. Many studies have also been conducted...

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