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LGBT History

The history of the LGBT community as a whole is a topic that is not widely discussed in modern society, however the range of this discussion has progressed exponentially over time. LGBT individuals struggle with many issues with which they are faced through society and society’s heteronormative constructs. The modern LGBT rights movement seeks to erase these adversities and in turn normalize the lives of all LGBT individuals not just through tolerance, but through respect and acceptance. This includes marriage equality, positive public opinion towards the LGBT community, a decrease in the amount of homeless LGBT youth, respect for public displays of affection in LGBT couples, reconciliation between the LGBT community and Christianity, and the visibility of women within the movement. Without these changes, the mental and physical health and overall well-being of LGBT individuals will continue to be at risk. Not only that, but it will be difficult for society to further progress in a way that is beneficial to everyone and in a way that promotes civil rights and equality for all people.

Related Books

  • Boswell, John. Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth Century. Chicago: U of Chicago, 2015. Print.
  • De la Croix, St. Sukie. Chicago Whispers: A History of LGBT Chicago Before Stonewall. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2012. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 15 Nov. 2015.
  • Foster, Thomas A. Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America. New York: NYU Press, 2007. eBook Collection (EBSCOhost). Web. 15 Nov. 2015.
  • Kennedy, Anthony M. The U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Marriage Equality. Brooklyn: Melville House, 2015. Print.
  • Yarber, Angela M. The Gendered Pulpit: Sex, Body, and Desire in Preaching and Worship. Cleveland: Parsons Porch Books, 2013. Print. 

Related Articles

  • Bailey, Norma J. “Safety for Gay and Lesbian Students in Our Schools.” The Education Digest 68.6 (2003): 46-8. ProQuest. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.
  • Bahns, Angela J., and Nyla R. Branscombe. “Effects of Legitimizing Discrimination Against Homosexuals on Gay Bashing.” European Journal of Social Psychology 41 (2011): 388-96. Wiley Online Library. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.
  • Barnes, David M., and Ilan H. Meyer. “Religious Affiliation, Internalized Homophobia, and Mental Health in Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals.” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 82.4 (2012): 505-515. PsycARTICLES. Web. 10 Apr. 2016.
  • Canaday, Margot. “LGBT history.” Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies 35.1 (2014): 11+. Gender Studies Collection. Web. 8 Nov. 2015.
  • Faderman, Lillian. “The Mainstreaming of Marriage Equality.” The Gay and Lesbian Review. March-April (2015): 34-35. Gender Studies Collection. Web. 8 Nov 2015.
  • Hillman, Betty Luther. “’The Most Profoundly Revolutionary Act a Homosexual Can Engage In’: Drag and the Politics of Gender Presentation in the San Francisco Gay Liberation Movement, 1964-1972.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 20.1 (2011): 153+. Gender Studies Collection. Web. 8 Nov. 2015.
  • Macapagal, Kathryn, et al. “’The Best Is Always Yet To Come’: Relationship Stages And Processes Among Young LGBT Couples.” Journal of Family Psychology 29.3 (2015): 309-320. PsycINFO. Web. 8 Nov. 2015.
  • Macdonald, Nancy. “Finally: The New Normal.” Maclean's Dec 2010: 97. ProQuest. Web. 10 Apr. 2016 .
  • Marotta, Toby. “What Made Stonewall Different?.” Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide 13.2 (2006): 33-35. OmniFile Full Text Mega (H.W. Wilson). Web. 10 Apr. 2016.
  • Mereish, Ethan H., et al. “Interrelationships Between LGBT-Based Victimization, Suicide, and Substance Use Problems in a Diverse Sample of Sexual and Gender Minorities.” Psychology, Health & Medicine 19.1 (2014): 1-13. Gender Studies Collection. Web. 8 Nov. 2015
  • Permenter, Lauren. (2012). “Preventing Discrimination in Services for LGBT Homeless Youth.” UCLA Center for the Study of Women. (2012): 1+ Escholarship. Web. 10 April 2016.
  • Wardenski, Joseph J. “A Minor Exception?: The Impact of ‘Lawrence V. Texas’ On LGBT Youth.” Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 95.4 (2005): 1363-1410. Family & Society Studies Worldwide. Web. 8 Nov. 2015. 

Related Websites

  • American Psychiatric Association. LGBT Fact Sheets. May 2000. <>.