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One definition of the word gay is a synonym for happy An adjective meaning one has positive meaning towards something Another definition of gay would be one attracted to the same sex-one that has emotional feelings for another of the same gender Many people in the world today fit both of these definitions but fitting one may be a little more dangerous than the other One who is gay or homosexual is a main target for hate crime Back in the early 1900s in American Colonies anyone convicted of committing any homosexual act could be sentenced to death Homosexuals were thought of as disgusting and morally wrong In todays society homosexuals are not sentenced to death but are four times likely to be victims of violence But what drives people to take their hate or ignorance out on others What gives others the right to hurt others esteem or inner self because of the preference of love they may have One example of how gays are main targets of hate crimes is the story about a man named Charlie Howard Ever since Charlie was a young child he got pushed around laughed at and called a sissy by other children As he grew older the hate became much worse towards him Charlie started getting hurt by others and called faggot Why did the other children treat him this way One reason was the fact that he fit the stereotypical gay appearance Charlie was fair-haired and small boned He had certain girly features and the way he walked and talked set him apart from the other kids Charlie also had asthma which kept him from participating in sports This made the children think poorly of him because he did not do the things other normal children were doing As Charlie grew older into a young adult he faced more and more problems in life He had trouble finding a job and a place to live
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