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LGBTQ Rights

Provides print and electronic resources on the topic of LGBTQ rights.

About LGBTQ Rights

North Carolina's controversial gender specific bathroom law (HB2) Raleigh, NC.The campaign for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people in the United States has seen significant success over the last decades. In 1988, approximately 10 percent of Americans believed that same-sex marriage should be legal. This percentage rose to 35 percent in 2001 and then to 55 percent in 2016. The legal climate has transformed along with popular opinion, and many states legalized gay marriage in the first decade of the twenty-first century. In 2013, the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, a law enacted in 1996 that defined marriage under federal law as existing between one man and one woman. By 2014, same-sex marriage was legal in 37 states. In June 2015, the Supreme Court struck down state restrictions on same-sex marriage, arguing that the Constitution guaranteed the right to same-sex marriage for individuals in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • Discuss the history of homosexuality from ancient times to the present.
  • What are the roots of homophobia?
  • What is the significance of the Stonewall Riots?
  • What are the similarities and differences between domestic partnerships and marriage?
  • Discuss the reasons for and against gay marriage.
  • Discuss the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and its social and legal consequences. 
  • Discuss Obergefell v. Hodges576 (2015) the landmark civil rights case in which the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples.
  • Is there evidence to support that children suffer psychological effects from having a gay parents?
  • Should laws be changed to ease the update and change of records for transgender individuals?
  • Are civil rights the same or different than human rights?
  • Should homophobic politicians and clergy who are gay or bisexual be outed?