The argument that the LGBT community is fighting for civil rights battle is flawed. According to this small population, they are seeking the same acceptance based on the same foundational building blocks as people of color, early women of the suffrage movement, the Hispanic movement, and other minority movements. The civil rights movement had as its foundation the 13th amendment, establishing the emancipation proclamation under President Lincoln. Before this amendment was in place, African Americans had no rights because they were considered property or slaves. The 14th amendment was created to provide every born or naturalized citizen due process and equal protection under the law. This equal protection is in place today for all Americans. Yet, the LGBT want to make a claim that they are not being protected and therefore, want to have the same status that African Americans, Hispanics, or women have under the law. This is where a real problem arises for LGBT. Why is it a problem?
When the African American, Women, and Hispanic movement surfaced, it was primarily because they could not change who they were. No amount of surgery could erase the DNA of these individuals. Further, discrimination for these individuals had its bases in their DNA. An African American’s skin color is darkened, as is the Hispanic American. A woman’s DNA is different from that of a male. As a result, a black man or women was treated with disdain. They were regarded as a lesser human being and only a piece of property and struggled due to racial oppression (Carson, 2016). Women too were considered property and not worthy of much more than domestic caretakers and bearers of children. Their opinions were not valued. Other minority groups (Hispanic, Asian) were outcasts of society and they were to know their place in American society.
Segregation laws prohibited people of color from accessing areas designated for white people only. This was the law until Rosa Parks, a black woman, refused to give her bus seat to a white passenger, as required by the city’s segregation laws. This resulted in her immediate arrest. Her defiance inspired other community leaders to join including men like the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. to begin peaceful demonstration and boycotts. In time, civil rights for people of color were established and segregation laws were repealed (Bullard, 1995). Over time, the civil rights movement took shape and people of color and women were granted equal protection and opportunities. However, it must be understood that these minority groups could do nothing to change who they were, unlike the LGBT community.
The American Psychological Association defines sexual orientation as, “An enduring pattern of emotional, romantic, and/or sexual attractions to men, women, or both sexes” (APA, 2008, p.1). The APA has found no scientific evidence that one is born with a specific sexual orientation (APA, 2008, p 5). That is due to the fact that you cannot ask a new born what sex they are attracted to. According to LeVay (1996) has admitted: “It’s important to stress what I didn’t find. I did not prove that homosexuality is genetic, or find a genetic cause for being gay. I didn’t show that gay men are born that way, the most common mistake people make in interpreting my work. Nor did I locate a gay center in the brain (as quoted in Byrd, et al., 2001, emp. added).” Levay (2006) contended that the most widely held opinion [on causation of homosexuality] is that multiple factors play a role but not DNA.
As the argument implies, if you are born that way, why fuss about it. A person with black skin is born that way. Therefore, a LGBT must be born that way too, right? Wrong!
To Be Continued…