How Important Are Pride Events To The LGBT Community By Eileen Patten

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The article “How Important are Pride Events to the LGBT Community” was written by Eileen Patten a researcher for the Pew Research Center in 2013. This article provides the reader with statistics on individuals that are actively participating in LGBT events that are also known as “Gay Pride” events. The author incorporates the importance of the LGBT events, because she wants the reader to realize that community in particular is one that is growing at rapid rates. This article gives accounts on how events in the LGBT community help people come out of the closet and actively expresses their sexual orientation and pride. The LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender and it has become a movement in itself. In fact it is now classified …show more content…
When it comes to more recent attendance, roughly equal shares of gay men (29%) and lesbians (23%) had attended a pride event in the 12 months prior to the survey, compared with just 9% of bisexuals”(Patten, 2013). The author goes on to explain the importance of culture motivated movements that are associated with the LGBT community shouldn’t be taken lightly, because it’s a controversial issue that doesn’t need to be swept under the rug. The author explains that not all individuals that are classified as LGBT are welcoming to the idea of there being an event that is openly catered to LGBT categorized individuals. According to the article, “about three-quarters of LGBT adults think LGBT pride events help make society at least a little more accepting of the LGBT population, with about three-in-ten LGBT adults (28%) saying LGBT pride events help “a lot” with social acceptance and about five-in-ten (48%) saying these events help “a little “(Patten, …show more content…
This source in particular takes an economic legal stance on the LGBT; in essence this community actually helps the economy and culture of the country. The author implemented legislation that was passed in Indiana in 2015 to solidify his claims. According to the source, “states that have legalized same-sex marriage have benefited economically due to tax revenues earned from increases in weddings and various other types of expenditures within the state” (Box, 2015). Compared to the other sources this source is the only one that emphasized on the economic impact of family and individuals that live in states that have passed legislation for the LGBT community. In 2015 Texas A&M University Research Professor George B. Cunningham implemented the factor of inclusion with the LGBT community in the athletic realm. The name of the article is LGBT Inclusive Athletic Departments as Agents of Social Change. The sources main goal was to provide a systematic breakdown of sexuality in intercollegiate sports and how it has affected those that participate in those sports, but are considered LGBT. According to the article, “LGBT inclusive athletic departments will continue to work with other proactive entities to deeply embed

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