Humans are sexual beings. We must be in order to continue our species. But sexuality is as varied as individuals. Throughout modern history, the dominant Western view has been that heterosexuality is normal and all other expressions of sexuality are abnormal. It wasn’t until 1973 that the American Psychological Association stopped listing homosexuality as a mental illness. Yet, many cultures across centuries include multiple sexual identities as normal.
Recently, there has been increasing awareness that people can be other than heterosexual males or heterosexual females. At the same time, social activism around sexual identity has achieved significant milestones. In 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Windsor that same-sex marriage was protected under the Due Process clause of the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Post at least two paragraphs in which you respond to the following:
- Identify a significant event associated with the LGBTQ+ movement as discussed in this week’s resources.
- Identify a significant event associated with the LGBTQ+ movement that happened after 2004. Use the internet to research this, remembering to work with credible sources.
- Discuss what is similar or different between these two events.
- Explain what strategies the two movements have used to advance their causes.
Include a description of and a link to the credible internet source you use at the bottom of your post.