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LGBT SOCIAL MOVEMENT
Introduction
A social movement is an organized activity in which people set out to encourage or
discourage social change. In other words, social movements are systematized reactions to
economic, political and social circumstances where barred groups encounter a sense of
unfairness or strain, but do not certainly have right to use channels of power that would permit
them to find satisfactory purposes to their alleged issues (Fadaee 251). Lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender (LGBT) is a kind of social movement that campaign for the full acceptance of
gay marriages in the society. This social movement have been influential globally in
accomplishing social progress for bisexual, transsexual, gay, lesbian and transgender people.
Even if there is no particular central organization that exemplifies the interests of LGBT people,
many LGBT rights organization exists around the world (Cappucci 174). The major objective of
this social movement is to fight for social equality for LGBT people in the society. It acts as a
reformative movement for the broader society. The current LGBT movements are made up of an
extensive range of cultural activity and political activism, comprising research, demonstrations,
petitioning and social groups.

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LGBT social movement is organizational because it is facilitated by homophile


organizations. Homophile organizations were the first organizations in the United States that
supported the rights of LGBT people (Walther 36). They were clubs of lesbian women and gay
men who sought social equality in the society. During the era of 1970s, most states in the United
States had regulations against sodomy, commonly demarcated as anti-sexual contact other than
heterosexual intercourse. Hence, homosexuality was fundamentally illegal. Homophile
organizations acted as social spaces where gay people could meet other homosexuals with which
they could built a sexual and romantic relationships. In addition, they served as early spots of
political action on behalf of LGBT people. These organizations comprised the Daughters of
Bilitis and Mattachine society, who pushed business proprietors and politicians to form gay
friendly institutions. The determinations of these kinds of clubs resulted to development of social
clubs and gay-friendly bars, making it simpler for gay men and lesbian women to find other
homosexuals to interact (Thorsen 25).
Currently, multiple organizations advocate LGBT people and play a major role in
ensuring that there is no discrimination against LGBT people. From a historic perspective, the
major riots such as Stonewall Riots declared the desire of gays and lesbians desire for equality.
It was not until 2003, when the Supreme Court decided that states could not ban homosexuality.
According to one of the participant in this social movement, it is a huge impact for the
legalization of gay marriages since it plays a major role in ensuring social equality (Cappucci
175). The existence of LGBT is the result of modernitys hubristic confidence that human nature
is considerably plastic and can be designed in any way we wish. Defining the limits of such
redefinitions and modifications will ultimately be defined not by argument, morality or
awareness but by pure power. This is evident because supporters of gay marriage want to use the

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influence of unelected, inexplicable judges to impose this epic revolution on the entire American
population.
The United States of America is a progressively modern nation, and hence progressively
tense, society. A truly modern movement like LGBT, by definition, expect to be questioned.
Being questioned about ones beliefs is a necessary consequence of living in a diverse and
pluralistic society. In light of that awareness of modernity, the if you disagree with us, we will
convince everyone you are backwards tactic used by LGBT movement has been following in its
rise to eminence. For instance, former LGBT activist Michael Glatze recognizes well the bounds
of the movements love affair with modernity. He eventually declared himself heterosexual but
refused to be examined just like what happen in other groups. Examining assumptions, even
popular ones, is a core discipline of true pluralistic modernity, and it is hard to see why that
restraint should not be appropriate to the LGBT movement as it is to all others (Cappucci 175).
Over the previous few years, the LGBT movement has perceived wins that the past generation
would have thought impossible. Consequently, as the struggle for social equality of LGBT
people in the United States endures to progress, the movement faces a wide range of questions
about the future (Fadaee 253). Therefore, in order to improve LGBT movements effectiveness,
the movement organizers should come up with different strategies and approaches, as well as
work at all levels of society. This is because, there is need to build a radical, social justice and
typical movement that concentrates on the diversities on how our sexual orientations and
gendered identities can be handled.
Conclusion
Referring to the history of the United States, it is evident that social movements have played a
major part in shaping this country and its culture. Recently, for instance, the LGBT movement

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has scored political, cultural and legal victories, not just within the United States but also in other
parts of the world. The U.S. Supreme Court declared sodomy laws unconstitutional, thus
legalizing gay marriages. At the same moment, counter-movement against gay marriages have
been formed. This clearly outline that, the United States allow different groups to influence their
institutions and the culture of their states in diverse ways.

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References
Cappucci, John. 'The Gay Liberation Youth Movement In New York: An Army Of Lovers
Cannot Fail'. Journal of LGBT Youth 7.2 (2010): 172-175. Web.
Fadaee, Simin. 'Understanding European Movements: New Social Movements, Global Justice
Struggles, Anti-Austerity Protest'. Social Movement Studies 14.2 (2014): 251-253. Web.
Thorsen, Mathilde. The Development And Achievements Of A LGBT Movement In Latin
America. Saarbrucken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010. Print.
Walther, C. S. 'The Marrying Kind?: Debating Same-Sex Marriage Within The Lesbian And Gay
Movement'. Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 44.1 (2015): 35-37. Web.