We now celebrate marriage between two people of the same sex. Being transgender is no longer deemed a 'disorder'. Check out her work at www. Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was a civil servant in Germany until he was forced to resign in on account of his homosexuality. Ulrichs is thought to have been the first gay person to publicly speak out for homosexual rights. In , he urged the German government to repeal anti-homosexuality laws, which firmly established himself as the pioneer of the gay rights movement.
Most history textbooks lack inclusion of the significant contributions LGBT African-Americans made to the civil rights movement. This series introduces students to four LGBT people of African descent with whom they may not be familiar, yet who were indispensable to the ideas, strategies and activities that made the civil rights movement a successful political and social revolution. Some scholars consider Lorraine Hansberry to be a literary genius because she masked radical black politics through the construction of seemingly unthreatening African-American characters. Her play, A Raisin in the Sun , blazed a trail for African Americans into mainstream theater and entertainment. While Hansberry has long been recognized as a significant figure in black history, less is known about her advocacy for lesbian and gay rights. Hansberry never publically shared her sexual orientation, but she is often described as a closeted lesbian by those who have studied her life and politics.
The supreme court will decide whether the main federal civil rights law that prohibits employment discrimination applies to LGBT people. The justices said on Monday they will hear cases involving people who claim they were fired because of their sexual orientation. Another case involves a funeral home employee who was fired after disclosing that she was transitioning from male to female and dressed as a woman. The cases will be argued in the fall, with decisions likely by June — the middle of the presidential election campaign. Title VII does not specifically mention sexual orientation or transgender status, but federal appeals courts in Chicago and New York have ruled recently that gay and lesbian employees are entitled to protection from discrimination.
People around the world face violence and inequality—and sometimes torture, even execution—because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of our selves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse. Human Rights Watch works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender peoples' rights, and with activists representing a multiplicity of identities and issues. We work for a world where all people can enjoy their rights fully. India needs to step back in Kashmir; amid increasing tensions, a call to respect rights in Hong Kong; civilian deaths in Yemen; Russian crackdown only making protests stronger; Turkmenistan in the spotlight; and a dark anniversary that gives some hope to those living under oppression.