English 3 Honors Period 5
28 September 2012
LGBT: Standing for Their Rights and What’s Right
If you were to see a student in need what would you do? You would most likely step in and help that person. Am I right? Now what if that student was an LGBT student? You would most likely require more time to process the benefits and consequences of stepping in and making a difference right? Well when it comes to that statement I have to say that you are incorrect. It is the responsibility of every person, including you, to help a student in need no matter who that student is and regardless of the consequences. Nevertheless, LGBT individuals, including students, are the minority that is the most targeted against. We can no longer afford to let this injustice continue as long as there are people that exist who can make a difference. My friends the time for change is HERE and NOW. With those words I say this. Every individual who supports the rights of a fellow student, the LGBT student, should donate their time and money to the Southern Poverty Law Center as they strive to ensure the rights of LGBT students through the use of legal action, educational campaigns and combating the so called conversion therapy.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) campaigns for rights for LGBT students through their educational campaign known as the Teaching Tolerance Program. The Teaching Tolerance Program is a project of the SPLC whose purpose is to help educators improve their teaching methods through methods such as professional development and various activities within the classroom in order to compose a more complete and cultivating environment. The program has recently released Bullied in 2010. “Bullied” is a documentary for anti-bullying release throughout the United States. The document is made for use in the classroom and improvement for educators and highlights the tale of a student who struggled to stand up for what’s right against his...
24 February 2013
Is marrying the one you love not worth fighting for? “Do we want to work together to solve our issues and contribute to the positive growth of our nation or do we want to live in a society of hate where the left and the right are always at odds. - Matthew S. Urdan” The gay right movement kicked off during the Stonewall Riots of 1969 this was a movement that started; because “the police raided a gay bar” – Craig Rodwell a gay activist and remove the heterosexuals out the bar as they proceeded to trash the place. Homosexuals never were a problem in the political eye like they are now. Most people look at homosexuals as a sin in God eyes so they try not to acknowledge them in the public eye. Even though now they are legal to marry in nine states in the United States. Many people do believe that now since so many respect gays they can see that in the near future they will be an equal like any other person.
Fags, abomination, the devil just a few word that homosexuals are called almost everyday and they still raise they head some can’t take the criticism so they take their own life, because they think that would help them but it doesn’t it just make everything the same. Heather Ann Gannon believes that they should have the same rights as anyone else. Gannon says that how come we can “marry your second cousin” but not the person we love even though they are the same-sex as us. Gannon...
April 23, 2013
Same-Sex Marriage in America
How would you feel if you had to ask 260 million people for the right to marry? This is the case for homosexual couples living in the United States. They have to rely on their heterosexual peers to see their love as valid. However, everyone should have the right to marry, regardless of sexual orientation.
Marriage comes with 1,138 benefits, rights, and protections, all of which are denied to same-sex couples. Homosexuals do not need a sheet of paper to prove their love although, what they do deserve is to have the same rights as everybody else. Even if a state approves same-sex marriage, the legally married homosexual couples are not considered a married couple in the eyes of federal law; therefore couples are declined marital rights. Everyone knows the typical wedding vows, “... for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, until death do us part,” and despite the fact most married homosexual couples have taken this oath, they are unable to fulfill their promises to their partners. If a lover became deathly ill, their partner does not have the right to visit them in the hospital, nor make any emergency medical decisions for their incoherent better half, because they are not legally married. Therefore, the do not get a legal say in health situations. They also cannot share a health plan or ask their...
...1. LGBT+ in United States this group they missing their simple right of living, most of the people undergoing the absent of their rights. They allowed defending the country and facing death overseas, but isn’t acceptable to pursue their way of life.
“Land of the Free and Home of the Brave.” That’s what Americans teach their children in schools each day, repeating the same words with pride and honor in every football and baseball stadium in the United States. The freedom and equality in the U.S. is not like the majority of people think; it’s different. I can explain this concept in one word: “daydream,” or like the definition in oxford dictionary explains, “a series of pleasant thoughts that distract one’s attention from the present” Many people still think they possess the right to speak and act freely and live with their own decisions; therefore, the government’s laws facilitate their lives. Unfortunately, that does not show through government acts around the United States.
The hardest aspect of life for new LGBT+ couples in the United States is showing themselves in the community and trying to let other people accept their life choices. It’s not something easy that will happen in a day, or even for one year. It’s a long journey that new couples endure in general, much less LGBT+ couples. Facing people with superficial ideologies simply adds to the stresses of new couples and...
...been under the spotlight is same-sex marriage. Although same-sex couples are not a new addition to our society, the laws in which they must abide by are constantly fluctuating. However, one’s perception of same-sex couples may be altered if one were to view same-sex couples through a sociological lens including subculture, ethnocentrism, cultural universals, and nature vs. nurture.
The culture of a society is based upon the values, norms, and materialistic goods of a given group. Within a culture, there are also several subcultures, which are smaller groups that share the same interests or beliefs. Examples of subcultures are religion and race. Same-sex couples have their own subculture known as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT). However, certain societies are more accepting of this subculture than others. For example, according to statistics posted on ProCon.org, in the United States same-sex marriage is legal in 17 states and the country itself encompasses a large population of homosexual individuals (Gay Marriage Background 2014). Unlike the United States, however, countries such as Russia and Afghanistan have little tolerance for such groups. According to an article posted on BuzzFeed.com, in countries such as Afghanistan individuals may be sentenced to the death penalty if convicted of same-sex activity under the Taliban rule (Jones 2013). This cultural conflict is due to globalization and is known as ethnocentrism.
Ethnocentrism is the...
...enterprise. Examples are men attendants in a men's lavatory, and women attendants in a women's lavatory.
Another type of discrimination that can occur in the workplace is harassment, sometimes called a hostile work environment. This exists when the employee feels threatened or belittled because of her minority classification. The employer may not take any tangible actions, but the employee still feels discriminated against because of her minority classification. The hostile work environment for harassment must be based on minority classification in order to be considered discrimination. An abusive work environment is not a hostile work environment unless the abuse results directly from the minority classification. From Title VII of The Civil Rights Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of his/her race or color in regard to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment. Title VII also prohibits employment decisions based on stereotypes and assumptions about abilities, traits, or the performance of individuals of certain racial groups. Title VII prohibits both intentional discrimination and neutral job policies that disproportionately exclude minorities and that are not job related. Equal employment opportunity cannot be denied because of marriage to or associations with an individual of a different race; membership in or association...
...Basic Notions of Copyright and Related Rights
By the International Bureau of WIPO
1. BASIC NOTIONS OF COPYRIGHT
Copyright legislation is part of the law “intellectual property”. This law protects the interests of creators by giving them property rights over their creations. It is there to stimulate creativity, make them available to the public and to ensure international trades protected by intellectual property right are harmonized (the law is recognized in most countries). The WIPO is the secretariat that protects the intellectual property law.
Intellectual property refers to all creations of the human mind.
The owner of the property may use it as he wishes. Nobody else can lawfully use his property without his authorization. There are three types of property:
Movable property. Consists of movable things (e.g. car, furniture in home). No one except the owner can use these items. This is referred to as “exclusive” (rights).
Immovable property/real property. Permanently fixed things, which cannot be lifted or moved (e.g. land, house).
Intellectual property. The creations of the human mind (e.g. drawing, theatre play).
2. “Intellectual" property
Intellectual property is divided into two branches:
Industrial property. This includes inventions (patents), trademarks, industrial designs and geographic indications.
Patent. An exclusive right granted for an...
...Equal Rights for LGBT
For many years, homosexuals have been discriminated because of their sexual orientation. There are parents who teach their children to look down on homosexuality and that it is seen unnatural. But that was before, now the new generation is still growing so they make their own decisions. This generation is more open-minded and more accepting to new ideas. Homosexuals should be able to live with the same equal rights as everyone in America since this is the country considered the “Land of the Free” or the “Mixing Pot.” African-Americans fought for equal rights and Hispanics fought for equal rights; then why can’t homosexuals also fight? If America wants to live up to their reputation then homosexuals should have equality.
The ENDA (Employment Non-Discrimination Act) is trying to spread its influence to the whole country. The ENDA is an act that promotes equal opportunity and eliminating discrimination. Shari Hutchinson, a support officer at a child support office, was denied a promotion because of her sexual orientation. Sexuality has nothing to do with their skills, intelligence and education. Hutchinson had 20 years of work experience and a masters degree and was still denied a promotion. She tried to sue her employer but it took four years of effort for a judge to allow her to sue. In the end, she and her colleagues were demoted from their jobs. “Discrimination is expensive,”...
...Standing Up For What Is right
If you were to make one mistake in you life that changed almost everything in your life because you knew that you could have done something to stop it, would you try to find a way to make up for your mistakes? In the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini; it is about a man named Amir and his different challenges he has to face on his way to try and redeem himself from one big mistake he made in his childhood that hunted him for years because he knew he could have done something to help out a friend. In the book it also focuses on the poverty of the Afghan children, but it helps teach us that during was a lot more people are willing to sacrifice things they care about because they are so fearful of the head officials. So not many people are willing to stand up for what they know is right because they are scared and they are also under a lot of pressure to do certain things.
Child abuse is never okay, no matter what tradition or religion the people are following it doesn’t excuse their behavior. It can take a childhood away from a child because they can never have fun anymore with out having to worry about if it will happen again or if they are going to be safe and not hurt again. “You’re not dirty, and you’re not full of sin.” I touched his arm and he drew away. I reached again, gently, and I pulled him to me. “I won’t hurt you,” I whispered. “I promise,” he still resisted a little.” (Pg. 320)...