Discussion.

Organizations like the HRC (human rights campaign) and out celebrities are constantly rooting for the sake LGBT and just basic human rights. There are other groups though, like most religious businesses and groups. Or politicians. There are many opposing view that I am going to research in depth.Here we have an organization, obviously formed by necessity, still thriving and fighting for just basic human rights. Then you have Westboro Baptist church. Their site is literally a derogatory word against gays. They have a picket schedule. There is still deep ignorance and hate running through society. The wide acceptance of this hate is an example of that. There must be a way to stop and bring the stereotype of “bad homosexuals” down. In “Stigma and Sexual Orientation: Understanding Prejudice Against Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals” there is a term mentioned, “contact hypothesis”. This means that if the majority (heterosexuals) and minority (homosexuals) have contact, the bias will become decreased towards the minority (74). This goes to show that there needs to be an effort put towards the union of society.  LGBT and the rest of the world need to find a way to connect in order for huge biases to no longer exist. “Lesbian and transvestite characters in films are often feared, or ridiculed, almost always negatively portrayed, and so at the instant we see a person that so much as looks like that character, we label her without hesitation.” (2) This is an accurate way of describing what is happening in the media right now. People watch movies with LGBT extremes and they assume the entire community is like that in real life. Does it really exist ? Yes, according to numerous studies, students have increasingly harsher experiences with negative interactions with LGBT’s. In my WordPress , I have some statistics from the Huffington Post.  Often, in the age of media, we as a society go at a very rapid pace, but with shallow results. So, we read tons of information on our iPhones and tablets, but we process very little. I think this is a cause for lack of empathy when it comes to understanding the LGBT community. There are victories though, and we are moving forward as society, piece by piece. In recent news, the boy scouts have lifted the ban on gay leaders. “Today’s vote by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay, lesbian and bisexual adults to work and volunteer is a welcome step toward erasing a stain on this important organization” said the Human Rights Campaign president to CNN.com. This also is a step toward erasing the stain on the image of the LGBT community. With compassion and understanding, society can become more and more educated about the complexity of the soul. Sources: Herek, G. (1998). Stigma and sexual orientation understanding prejudice against lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. Tagudina, I. (2012). “The Coast is Queer”:Media Representations of the LGBT Community andStereotypes’ Homophobic Reinforcement. Boy Scouts change policy on gay leaders – CNN.com. (n.d.). Retrieved July 28, 2015.

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