Gay Rights Movement Essay

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One day in May 1988, Rebecca Wight and Claudia Brenner were backpacking on the Appalachian Trail in south central Pennsylvania. Claudia was thirty-one, and Rebecca was twenty-eight. Along the trail, they encountered a stranger who tried to involve them in conversation. Suddenly, the quiet of the afternoon was shattered by gunfire. Claudia was hit in the arm, neck, and face. Rebecca struck in the back and head; the shot in her back exploded her liver and killed her. The stranger, Stephen Roy Carr, shot them because they were lesbians (Oliver 8). There were laws against this of course. However, unfortunately for people who identify as homosexual, not many of these laws were followed for the reason that discrimination against gay people was …show more content…
The perseverance of the gay rights movement is proven in “Hope Speech” by Harvey Milk.
The “Hope Speech” created a certain theme: to motivate many people; moreover, this speech was solely created to generate support and motivation to the gay rights activists. Milk’s speech was also a call to action for all gay men and women to come out of the metaphorical closet of homosexuality and be comfortable with themselves. Additionally this speech also wanted gay men and women to step up and become leaders and role models for the gay community. In creating this speech, Harvey milk wanted gay people across the nation to have the strength to be able to stand up and let others know that the gay community will not be ignored or treated wrongly. “Unless you have dialogue, unless you have opened the walls of dialogue, you can never reach to change people’s opinion” (Milk). Homosexuals have to be able to be comfortable enough to talk, and keep talking for as long as it takes, about what they believe in to change other people’s minds to gain equality. The movement needed and still today needs attention, whether it is good or bad; therefore, either way the movement would have people discussing and noticing the need for gay rights in America. “Like every other group we must be judged by our leaders and by those who are themselves gay, those who are visible. For invisible we remain in limbo—a myth, a person with no parents, no brothers, no sisters, no friends who are straight, no

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