Past and present civil rights battles.
Lesbian, gay, & bisexual (LGB) issues now.
All viewpoints covered.
In this website and just about everywhere else, LGBT refers to the
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender/Transsexual community.
Until mid-2015, the most controversial topic related to the LGBT community was marriage equality -- allowing qualified same-sex couples to marry, limited only by the same age and genetic restrictions that are in place for opposite-sex couples. This is discussed in a separate section of this web site.
On 2015-JUN-26, the U.S. Supreme Court made a major ruling in the case Obergefell v. Hodges. Same-sex couples have been able to obtain marriage licenses across almost the entire United States -- all 50 states, 4 of 5 territories and the District of Columbia. As of mid-2016 the exceptions were:
- The territory of American Samoa where most of the population are regarded as American residents, not American citizens. Thus rulings by the High Court do not necessarily apply there.
- Some Native American jurisdictions where Native tribes are given jurisdiction over certain cultural matters.
A few county clerks may still be refusing to issue licenses, but no accounts have been published recently. Even if a couple is refused a marriage license by one clerk, they can usually travel to an adjacent county in the same state to obtain one.
Almost immediately after the High Court's ruling, those conservative religious and political groups that had worked to prevent marriage equality for the LGBT community switched from fighting gay marriage to concentrate their efforts at:
Although marriage equality was a major social change, some same-sex couples have been married one day only to find themselves legally fired from their jobs on the next.
Pro-equality groups have shifted their efforts to expanding equality to these other areas by passing state laws prohibiting discrimination.
Many years ago, we titled this section "homosexuality and bisexuality." However, "homosexuality" has since become a snarl word used to express hatred or rejection by some groups. Thus, we are gradually converting the essays in this section over to "lesbian, gay and bisexual" topics. These are more neutral terms, at least for now.
Topics covered in this really big section:
Introduction: Key topics:
(We recommend reading some of these introductory essays first.)
||Positive changes in the acceptance of the LGBT community:|
|Basic info about homosexuality and bisexuality:
||Six common belief systems by religious folks about
same-sex behavior and homosexual orientation|
||Meaning of terms
|Meanings attributed to the term "sexual orientation"|
|Beliefs about causes; is it changeable? abnormal? immoral?|
|Same-sex parenting, foster parenting, and adoption|
||What percentage of the adult population are lesbian, gay, or bisexual?|
||Public opinion polls; << A large section|
|Emails we have received;|
||Suicide rates among gay and lesbian youth|
||Is there a connection between sexual orientation and gender identity?|
|Other topics: dialog; statements of professional groups; terminology|
|The impact of religion:
||Six common belief systems by religious folks about same-sex behavior
|The Bible and homosexuality -- the famous "clobber"
||Books covering a full range of beliefs by different faith groups|
||Beliefs and policies of various religious groups, theologians, clergy, and laity concerning GLBT
||Other essays on dialogue, change, conflicts, policies,
compromise, schism, teaching in schools, etc. -- even Ipad apps|
|| Same-sex marriage (SSM), civil unions, etc
||SSM by U.S. state, in Canada, and other countries|
||Public opinion polls|
|Benefits of marriage|
|Assessing the will of God|
|1999 ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada|
||Presidential races and SSM|
||Political party platforms|
|Challenges faced by gays and bisexuals:
|Employment insecurity ENDA laws|
|Public school harassment|
|Family of origin problems|
|Attacks on gay-positive churches|
|Accusations of child molestation|
|Who are the LGBT's?|
||Homophobia directed against
homosexuals and bisexuals:
|Multiple meanings of the term "homophobia"|
|Causes, incidence, cost|
|Boy Scouts of America|
|"Dr. Laura" |
||Senator Santorum (R, PA)|
||Carl Palidino (R) running for governor in 2010|
|About ex-gays: reparative
& other therapies: |
|Statements by professional groups|
|Beliefs by the public|
|Results of studies|
|Laws & regulations affecting gays
||News in the media and from the Internet
||General news concerning LGBT developments from 1996 to the present time|
|Events indicating an increasing acceptance of homosexuality, etc.
by the public|
||Errors and lack of clarity among some media reports|
|The "Dr. Phil" TV program & sexual orientation|
|Homosexual milestones in the media |
|The National Day of Silence|
||Support from the National Association of the Deaf|
||Updating daily news feed. etc.|
gay/lesbian child; essays; sermons; personal stories; etc.
|What to do after your child says "I'm gay"|
|Dealing with a son's homosexuality|
|A gay person's letter to his church|
||A father disowns his son for being gay|
|Analysis of an anti-gay essay|
|Can a homosexual remain a Christian?|
||An open letter from Christians to LGBT people by John Shore|
||Challenging Emails we have received about homosexuality|
||A mother's open letter to President Obama, 2009-JUN|
||Books, and videos of interest to the LGB community|
|Gay and Bisexual-positive resources|
||Conservative Christian resources|
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Barack Obama, "A Proclamation..." White House, 2009-JUN-01, at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/
- Peter Heck, "Homosexual family law," One News Now, 2010-FEB-08, at: http://www.onenewsnow.com/
- "Religism" is a proposed new English word to cover bigotry based on another person's religious belief.
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Last updated 2016-SEP-09
Author: B.A. Robinson