LGBT SOCIAL MOVEMENT 6
Socialmovement is ideally a large grouping made up of individuals ororganizations whose focus is placed on a certain social or politicalissue. In understanding a certain social movement, it is important tounderstand its main focus. It is also necessary to understand themain social issue it tackles, the major shareholders, as well as thesignificant activities of the movement. This paper presents adiscussion of the LGBT social movement through an analysis of thesocial issues it focuses on, the major shareholders, activities ofthe movement, and the theoretical framework.
Beforethe nineteenth century, there existed little or no formal studies onhomosexuality. However, some scholars empathized with the homosexualsand began studying the topic to help understand that it was a naturaloccurrence and people should not be victimized basing on their sexualorientation. These activists ideally advocated for full acceptance ofhomosexuals. With time, this resulted in the formation of socialmovements to help fight for the rights of this people. This gavebirth to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Movement whose mainaim was to fight for the acceptance of homosexuals (Bonnie, 2015).The key stakeholders are activists interested in fighting for therights of homosexuals and their acceptance in the society.
Sincetimes in the history, homosexuals did not have a place in thesociety. They were subjected to prejudice and discrimination on thebasis of their sexual orientations. As a result, people andorganizations joined hands to fight this discrimination resulting inthe formation of various social movements. The LGBT movement is anexample of such movements. The main social issue that the LGBTmovement focuses on is the acceptance of the Gay, Lesbians,Transgender, and Bisexual people (Pamela, 1995). The movement fightsfor equal rights for these people in the society as with the case ofheterosexuals. The movement also focuses on promoting good health onpeople from all walks of live especially those struggling with HIV/AIDS.
Thekey stakeholders are activists advocating for fair and equitablerights for all citizens regardless of an individual’s sexualorientation. These incorporates various organizations whose agendasis to help bring equity in the society. The individuals practicinghomosexuality also form a part of the key stakeholders because theystand to benefit most once the agenda of the movement is fulfilled.The LGBT Movement engages in various activities to ensure itssuccessful in meeting their agendas. Such activities includeformation of social groups, street marching, and use of the media topush for the acceptance of LGBT people in the society (Boundless,2015).
Applicationof theory and concepts
Asocial movement should be a platform where individuals and groupscome together to initiate a campaign fighting social issues affectingcertain members of the society (Pamela, 1995). The LGBT Movement is asocial movement because it was formed by various individuals andorganizations to fight for the rights of the homosexuals so that theymay enjoy equal rights with the heterosexuals. Scholars and activistsadvocating for recognition of homosexual propose that homosexualityis not only natural but also inborn. The people practicing homosexualshould not be discriminated against since they did not choose theirsexual orientation.
TheLGBT Movement can be said to be successful because of the progressmade so far in advocating for the rights of homosexuals. In thehistory, it was a taboo to even talk about homosexuality but theforces by LGBT Movement have helped securing a place in the societyfor the homosexuals. Some states can now allow people to engage insame sex marriage and promote equity in the distribution of resourcesdespite the sexual orientation of a person. So far, the LGBT Movementcan be said to be successful. The movement should devise ways toensure that these rights remain at per so that there is no turningback to inequality (Vaid Et al, 2013).
Inthe history, homosexuals were discriminated against and did not enjoysimilar rights as the counterpart homosexuals. This prompted theformation of various social movements to fight for the rights ofhomosexuals. LGBT movement is one of such movement whose main aim wasto fight for the rights of homosexuals. The movement is a successbecause presently, homosexuals are not discriminated against as ithappened in the past. The research would have been more complete ifit incorporated the implication of the society giving in to suchdemands. Discussing the topic in future should incorporateunderstanding whether the motive behind the formation of thesemovements is political or cultural motivated.
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