Prejudice and Discrimination among the Gay Community Society tells us who we should love, how we should love and why we should love. People have the choice to love a person who makes them happy, no matter same sex or opposite sex without ridicule from others. Prejudice is nothing more than an unjustified way of thinking towards an individual or group who has a different way of life or set of beliefs from one’s own. Now, everyone has the right to feel and believe what they wish, however, when it negatively affects the lives of others, and then it is crossing the line. A young couple in love has to hide their happiness from everyone, why, because they are two men in love. Perfect for each other in every way, loving, caring and happy, however, afraid to hold hands in public, give a certain look, act a certain way. Why, all because they do not confirm to the norms of society. In a perfect world, all people would be able to date, marry and have a life with the person of their choosing, without the fear of being ostracized by their peers. “If it would be unthinkable to treat people of color or religious minorities this way, why isn't the same true for gays and lesbians?”( (Erwin and Seagall) Freud stated “psychodynamic conceptions suggest it may be a byproduct of a defense mechanism spurred by an unconscious or denied attraction to gay sex”. Latent sexuality can be one reason people who have an “alternative” lifestyle are treated differently by every area of society. A fear of what someone may truly be feeling, not wanting to be the outcast or different. For years, gay and lesbians have had to lead a life which was not of their choosing to just fit in. Conformity was the only way. “Since 1975, the American Psychological Association has been trying to take the lead in removing of mental illness that has long been associated with gay, lesbian and bi-sexual.” (apa.org)Gay, Lesbian and Bi-sexual individuals in our county experience extreme discrimination, prejudice and violence for who they are. For years, being homosexual was thought to be a mental illness, curable, if only they would accept treatment. Several theories come into play with prejudice and discrimination. Erikson’s Theory of Personality Development, particularly Stage One. If a child does not learn to trust early on, it can make a tremendous difference how they live their lives as they grow. Perhaps the trust issues run deep, it would then be hard for a person…
Can We Really Accept People Who Are Different Than Us?
February 15, 2015
Gay Rights: What does that mean? Gay rights according to Google by definition is “equal civil and social rights for homosexuals compared with heterosexuals.” What does it mean to be gay? It simply means that a man loves a man and a woman loves a woman. Does that really seem all that bad? You can’t help who you love sometimes. In reality it is no different than a woman loving a man…
By: Torian Portier
Gay rights is even is an even more controversial topic than women’s rights and African American rights.
Questioning Sexual Orientation.
In modern United States, though it is not widely accepted, homosexuality is one of the most widely known and talked about topics. Although many concepts from psychology can help explain the tendency why one may question their sexual orientation, the behavior and biological perspective are the two most used. Some psychologists argue that homosexual behavior is learned through the environment while others believe it is a genetic component (Ciccarelli, 2010).
July 25, 2013
1. What is discrimination? How is discrimination different from prejudice and stereotyping?
Discrimination is the denial of opportunities and equal rights to individuals and groups because of prejudice or for other arbitrary reasons (Schaefer, p. 61, 2012). For example, say both a Caucasian and an African American know of a job opening and want to apply. The Caucasian goes in and asks about the opening and is given the application…
Stereotyping in Today’s Society
PHI 103 Informal Logic
Prof. Philip Bence
December 2, 2013
Stereotyping is a commonly held assumption made by someone about an individual or a group that possess a particular characteristic. There can be positive and negative stereotypes but most stereotyping comes from a bias against others. Race, nationality, gender and sexual orientation are all factors for stereotyping. Stereotypes are basically fallacies would fall under the category…
in their own ways. There are so many differences in humans, based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and the list could go on forever. In the readings on TRACS it explains how a simpler sort of ranking of classes was used in the past. These types of differences were based on traits such as dominant/subordinate, good/bad, superior/inferior and so on. In this type of society good was based on one's profits and power that they held. There are also the lower classes that…
Issues in Human Resources Management
Faculty Use Only
Non-Profit Organization Sexual Orientation Case Study
Daniel C. Keel
This document will provide an example of an organizational decision made regarding a member’s sexual orientation. The intent of the author of this document is to provide a basic understanding of the selected case study and the rights of a non-profit organization…
in comparison when dealing with certain aspects of the three categories I view most influential in my life. Race, religion and sexual orientation form my top three categorical influences on my life. It is clear to me that they all have ties in terms of my experiences of them in the discussions and the examples given.
Unfortunately in Africa, rights of the LGBT community are still a distant, sensitive even life threatening topic in many instances. Its funny how with all the information that is out…
April 02, 2015
LGBT Hate Crimes
Many gay and lesbian youths are fortunate to have families that are supportive. Some are even more fortunate to attend a high school where there are many gay, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender groups. Some of the high schools make an outstanding effort to make it a safe place for students both physically and emotionally. Sadly, there are not many schools that make an effort to protect or make it a safe place for homosexual students. In this essay…