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Gays: A Struggle For Acceptance - Essay

Gays: A Struggle For Acceptance



"When the dust settles and the pages of history are written, it will not be the
angry defenders of intolerance who have made the difference, that reward will
go to those who dared to step outside the safety of their privacy in order to
expose and rout the prevailing prejudice."

- John Shelby Spong

Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Newark, NJ

November 21, 1996

During World War II and especially the twenty years after brought great
political and social changes to the U.S.. Undoubtedly, one of the major changes
was the new awareness of homosexuality. If this new awareness was to the
advantage or if it was really wanted by the gay and lesbian population is a
question that arises; if they ...

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for all became
synonymous with the American way of life. Stand up and fight against those who
have done you wrong! This is what gave homosexuals such a conviction to start
fighting for their own cause. This paper will follow the progress of gay and
lesbians in the twentieth century before, during and after World War II. What
was their position in the armed forces during the war and what was government
and military policy during and after the war on gays in the army and in
government positions? How did gay and lesbians respond to the new policies after
the war and why were organizations like the Mattachine Society and the Daughters
of Bilitis founded? On December 7, 1941 at 7:55 a.m. local time, Japan attacked
Pearl Harbor. The Unites States declared war on Japan and was suddenly a
participant in the largest war in the history of mankind. A massive military
force of 12 million men was assembled. American soldiers were sent to Europe and
Japan to participate and win the Big One. The ...

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armed forces, from paper pushing to front line
combat. Before enlisting, interrogators had forced them to describe their
lifestyle, which in turn made it impossible for homosexuals to continue hiding
in the closet but instead had to take the first step in living a new open
lifestyle. They were classified as Asexual psychopaths@ on their military
records, however, they were not being discriminated by the military at this
point in time. An apparatus was even set up to accommodate gay personnel.
Through this apparatus, the military ended up with quite an extensive record of
homosexual behavior and was considered an expert on the subject. Military
scientists much later said that through ...

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