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1: Social Problems of the LGBT Community Jessica Crise

2: Over many centuries minorities have dealt with struggles in which they have fought and overcome. individual. | Against Hate Date: Unknown http://rashmanly.com/2010/06/10/gay-israelis-banned-from-gay-pride-march-in-spain/

3: In today's world, there is a minority facing numerous issues and discriminations: the social stigmatism of self-identifying or not identifying as lesbian, gay, | Gay is the New Black Date: Unknown http://www.commenthaven.com/graphic/gay-pride/gay-new-black.gif.html

4: Gay in the USA Date: Unknown http://personalliberty.com/2011/07/18/california-law-requires-school-to-teach-lgbt-history-28530/

5: According the Williams Institute, there are approximately 8.7 million self-identified LGBT in the United States (Gate, 2011). Understanding what LGBT individuals encounter and learning how to help can help offer the necessary support they need.

6: Society has debated causality of sexual orientation. Society and religious views of homosexuality has produced fear, stress, and pain for the LGBT community. | Gay Hate Date: Unknown http://www.sdgln.com/news/2012/03/08/report-documents-explosive-growth-of-hate-groups-america

7: The views and opinions often take the form of homophobia, which is the dislike, fear, or disapproval of the LGBT community (Cheng, 2003). | Homophobia Date: Unknown http://madmikesamerica.com/2012/01/tennessee-homophobia-on-parade/

8: The reactions of how people in their lives might react to the knowledge of their sexual orientation can be an internal battle with one's self. | Neil Patrick Harris & Lance Bass advocate "It Gets Better to prevent suicides in the LGBT community | Date: Unknown http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/392352/

9: Both the reactions from society and those close to a LGBT individual can trigger internalized homophobia; which is refers to the internal opposition of acceptance and the negative feelings about themselves (Cheng, 2003 and SAMHSA, 2009). | It Gets Better Project Date: Unknown http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2011/06/minnesota_twins_it_gets_better.php

10: Homophobia and internalized homophobia thusly also affect the coming out process that LGBT individuals may experience. | The coming out process entails exploring ones sexual identity and disclosing friends and family that they are gay (Cheng, 2003). | Cynthia Nixon has disclosed to the world about being gay. Date: Unknown http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/392352/

11: As mention before, when an individual is determining to disclose their sexual orientation, it can lead to detrimental fears and emotions of rejection. | The coming out process is a life-long process for all LGBT clients (Kort, 2009). | Coming Out Date: Unknown http://gaymarriagesupport.com/coming-out-in-the-open/

12: Role models can be instrumental in helping LGBT individuals. They help in what to say when disclosing sexual orientation to friends and family (Cheng, 2003). At times, role models are the first step into the gay culture for many LGBT, (SAMHSA, 2009). | Since Glee, Chris Colfer had become a role model for the younger generation of LGBT community. Date: Unknown http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3182094/

13: Date: Unknown http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/392352/ | The nightlife is a large a part of the LGBT culture. Gay bars or parties are places that LGBT can go to in order to socialized and feel comfortable to just be able to be their selves. | Both Ellen and Rosie have been seen as positive role models in the LGBT community.

14: Gay Rights Date: Unknown http://toppun.com/Gay-T-SHIRTS-Gay-Lesbian-GLBT-LGBT-Civil-Rights-T-shirts.html

15: Another issue that LGBT individuals encounter deals with the legal technicalities with sexual orientation. As far as individual rights, there are states that still allow discrimination against sexual orientation in the workplace, housing, and social services (SAMHSA, 2009).

16: Since there are currently only certain states or federal law allowing LGBT to legally marry or recognizing same-sex civil unions, it establishes issues for LGBT individuals and their families in respect to personal rights and liberties. | Gay Marriage Rights Date: Unknown http://www.sdgln.com/news/2011/11/23/lgbt-seniors-face-harder-future-national-study-finds

17: LGBT individuals have to get power of attorneys in order to allow their partners or families of choice to make life decisions on their behalf, visit them in the hospital, health benefits from spouses’ place of employment, or any additional right afford to those who are legally married (ACLU, 2011). | Gay Rights Date: Unknown http://blog.constitutioncenter.org/equality-forum-website-provides-31-new-icons-for-lgbt-history-month/

18: With the divided society views today, there are two perspectives that would apply to the issues LGBT face today. First, the current debates on marriage equality would be in the interest of Functionalists. With the argument that the sanctity of marriage is only between women and men, this applies the the functionalist perspective that society labels those LGBT troublesome since they do not fit into the traditional thought of a family.

19: The interactionalist perspective is the second theory that best fits the struggle that LGBT experience. Definitions and terminology in society continue to change. When it comes to labeling LGBT, the same can be said. Words are often the harshest of all the hate that is directed to LGBT. Also, the increase of straight allies is helping add more support to the LGBT society. It allows them to lean on someone else besides each other.

20: Can you tell who is LGBT with just a glance? Date": Unknown http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/392352/

21: Can you tell who is LGBT with just a glance? | By Jessica Crise Date 11/12 March 2012

22: In conclusion, we all can experience issues and problems in life that affect us all in different ways. Society and religious views can often play a part in affecting our well-being. The coming out process, legal issues, families, role models, and discrimination are only a few issues that LGBT have and will continue to face in today's society.

23: Keeping the LGBT individuals’ best interests in mind, we will be able to add an ally and support to their live that they might need. Compassion and understanding can go a long way to aiding the LGBT community. Above everything else, we should not treat someone different beneath it all we are all the same. | Ally Support for LGBT Date: Unknown http://www.zazzle.com/lgbt_ally_baubles_round_sticker-217361435104699702

24: American Civil Liberty Union. “LGBT Rights.” 2011. ACLU. 10 March 2012. . Cheng, Zhankun. “Issues and Standards in Counseling Lesbians and Gay Men with Substance Abuse Concerns.” 2003. Jounral of Mental Health Counseling, 23, 323-336. Gates, Gary J. “How many people are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender?” 2011. The Williams Institute. 9 March 2012. . | Works Cited

25: Kort, Joe. “Cass Model of Gay & Lesbian Identity Formation.” 2009. Joe Kort and Associates. 11 March 2012. . Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Adminstration. ”A Provider’s Introduction to Substance Abuse Treatment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Individuals.” 2009. DHHS publication SMA 01-3498. The Williams Institute. “United States Census Snapshot: 2010.” 2011. The Williams Institute. 9 March 2012. . | Works Cited

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