The LGBTQ+ Movement Towards Equity: Historical Perspectives and Social Justice Implications

The LGBTQ+ Movement Towards Equity: Historical Perspectives and Social Justice Implications

Lyndsey A. Benharris (Fitchburg State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9434-5.ch007

Abstract

This chapter will describe the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) movement, and the impacts on terms, laws, health, and social justice. First, this chapter will explore historical movements from the 1960s to the present day, outlining specific historical events that changed the discourse for many in LGBTQ+ communities. Next, the author will describe important terms and the changes in terminology over the years. Third, this chapter will discuss the lack of federal protection laws and identify states that have protection laws. Lastly, the author will connect state protection laws and the issues that face young students who are transgender.
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Introduction

Freire (1970) describes the power to name oneself as the power to change oneself. This chapter will explore the historical perspectives, as well as the evolution of names and terminology related to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer (LGBTQ+) movements and community, focusing specifically at the start of the Gay Liberation Movement. Next, this chapter will illuminate the social changes, medical developments, and current state and federal protection laws. Lastly, this chapter will explore the discrimination faced by those who are considered “other” in the dominant culture, specifically in education.

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