The Benefits Of The GLBT Community

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Throughout history, women have been thought of as the lesser or weaker sex. They were, at one time, not allowed to own property, have a career, or even vote. It was only in 1920 that women were even allowed to vote. In 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott called the Seneca Falls Convention in New York to “discuss the social, civil and religious condition and rights of women”. They created a “Declaration of Sentiments” modeled after the Declaration of Independence and included twelve resolutions concerning rights, privileges and obligations of women, eleven which passed, with the resolution on woman suffrage, or the right to vote, being the point of contention. By 1896 only four states had given women the right to vote. However, on In May 1919, the House…show more content…
They have fought for the right to marry, to carry one another on their insurance, and to file as married on their income tax forms . They have also had to fight for the right to serve in the military without fear of being discharged if anyone found out. Currently, sixteen states have granted the right to marry, and five others offer a civil union. 3 There was a “Don’t ask, don’t tell” law which did allow gays to serve in the military, as long as they did not do so openly. Their superiors were not allowed to ask them if they were gay, and they were not allowed to admit it. In 2010 this was repealed. 4 Among the GLBT community, there is some controversy as to whether it should be called GLBT or LGBT. Some say that the “L” should come first because it reinforces the advances in women’s rights. Some say it doesn’t matter. Still others say that LGBT flows off the tongue easier than GLBT. At any rate, there has been legislation passed against hate crimes against people for reasons of sexual orientation as well as race, gender, religion and a number of other
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