The Lgbt Community Of The United States Essay

1112 Words May 24th, 2016 5 Pages
The LGBT community consists of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of the world. This community has been subject to oppression for most of their existence. However, there have also been times when they have been empowered and encouraged to be themselves despite the consequences they can potentially face. The LGBT community has been greatly influenced in both positive and negative ways by several different events following World War II in the United States. One example of an event that changed the LGBT community for the better was the legalization of marriage on June 26th, 2015. A negative event in LGBT history was the assassination of Henry Milk in 1978. In the 1950s the fear and paranoia around the idea of communism fed into the unjust treatment of gay people. Gay people were seen as equally threatening as communists, because the American people believed that homosexuals compromised the values and spirit of the United States. Men were needed to combat communism and being gay was seen as “the feminine enemy within men” as being gay deemed them incapable of possessing the strength and masculinity to effectively fight against the communist ideology. The American Psychiatric Association listed homosexuality as a sociopathic personality disturbance during post World War II America because homosexuals were seen as mentally ill people who required treatment and diagnosis. The treatment being conversion therapy. Converting to heterosexuality was seen as the…

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