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The Stigma of Sexual Orientation in Progressive AmericaThrough the Sociological Conflict PerspectiveRaphael ChanisSociology 203 Section 004Professor JacksonDecember 2 2013The Stigma of Sexual OrientationThrough the Sociological Conflict PerspectiveSexual orientation is a relatively new concept that classifies individuals according to their preference for emotional-sexual relationships and lifestyle with person of the same homosexuality or persons of the opposite sex heterosexuality The four orientations that deviate from the norm according to American society are the homosexual gays and lesbians bisexuals and transgendered which are known as the GLBT community Bisexuals are those who have emotional and sexual attraction for those of either sex The last orientation is composed of those whose gender identity is different from the one they were assigned at birth called transgendered Sexual orientations novelty is shown in the following APA 2012 passage although same sex behavior has always existed the idea of a homosexual identity or a homosexual person is only about 100 years old p 1 Homosexuality has been stigmatized by the powers at be in American society However homosexuality is slowly gaining support from Americans and from a sociological perspective is progressing at a good pace Homosexuals are one of the most stigmatized minorities in the United States but with media and legal support they will gain equal rights of unions and child care as heterosexuals Furthermore equal rights for homosexuals will lead to a more male and female equal America From current sociological perspectives heterosexuality and martial unions between a man and a woman is the ideal normative behavior in society The conflict perspective is the one sociological perspective that purposely institutionally stigmatizes homosexuality Leon-Guerrero 2014 It encourages discrimination in favor of heterosexuals and against homosexuals Three types of heterosexual bias have been identified in welfare policy Policies that explicitly target LGBT individuals as deviant legal definitions that assumes that all families are heterosexual and policies that overlook LGBT poverty and social needs because of stereotypes about affluence among
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