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A minority among minorities a group of people misunderstood by their families and even often by themselves homosexuals are the most openly discriminated against group in recent history After the civil rights movements of women and racial minorities have come to an end homosexuals are just beginning their battle for equality Homosexuals deserve the same rights and protections under US law as all other US citizens so why does the government condone this continued discrimination and violation of civil liberties Homosexuals see discrimination in all points of their lives They are stereotyped by the people around them they experience violence at the hands of those who hate them They are denied housing and jobs They are not allowed to marry many places dont allow them to adopt and in some cases they can even have their children taken from them because of their sexuality They are forced to hide who they are if they wish to serve in the US military Homosexual youths face discrimination not only from peers but also from the authorities around them Only in the most recent years have homosexuals found the ability to have pride in themselves and make the public truly aware of their existence The gay rights movement in the US has not had a long-lived history even though it is based on a discrimination that has existed since America was formed The gay rights can be seen in its earliest form with the formation of two groups a group for women called the Daughters of Bilitis started in San Francisco in 1955 and a group for men called the Mattachine Society started in Los Angeles in 1951 Newton 3 The earliest organizations that were created had do deal with the high levels of discrimination and suspicion that were present during the McCarthy era Newton 3 in which everyone was suspect of something After a slow start in the 1950s and 60s the national gay rights movement was
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