Research Assignment
Research paper related to the discrimination faced by the gay and lesbian population.
The Paper needs to:
- Address the prejudice that exists against homosexuals in U.S. society as well as the discriminatory acts that they endure.
- Address the scope of the issue in the U.S as well as some of the current controversies surrounding the gay and lesbian population. The issues may include, but are not limited to hate crimes, Fair Housing laws, same-sex unions, same-sex adoptions, employment discrimination based on sexual orientation, the emergence of gays and lesbians
in the media, homosexuality and religion, etc.
- Address how culture’s social structure and values may oppress or marginalize the gay and lesbian population. Why is it important that social workers attempt to eliminate personal biases when working with diverse groups?
- Generate ideas to decrease prejudice and combat discrimination for the gay and lesbian population.

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Discrimination Against The LGBTQ Community in the United States

In this paper, I shall discuss damaging discriminatory actions against the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) community, including hate crimes, violation of fair housing rights, and issues concerning same-sex adoptions. The paper will address unjust and discriminatory acts against those in the LGBTQ community in the United States and how social structure and values can oppress and marginalize. Finally, I will conclude the paper with three ideas social workers and therapists can use to decrease prejudice and combat discrimination.
Discrimination and Prejudice
In the United States, groups are targeted for discrimination when the values of the group are not in line with the mainstream values of the majority. For example, thirty-three percent of people in the United States, in a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, reported that homosexuality is not an acceptable behavior (2013). As a means of comparison, eleven percent of Spaniards believe homosexuality is unacceptable, while ninety-five percent of Egyptians believe it is unacceptable (Ibid.). Judging from these statistics, the United States is not a leader in global acceptance of homosexuality, when we consider that out of one hundred randomly selected people, thirty-three of them will have an unfavorable attitude about homosexuality (Ibid.).
A correlations exists between normative attitudes about a behavior, what people tend to think of as the way a person should act, and experiences of discrimination and prejudice. And as Ashford cites, normative systems tend to impose constraints on social behavior (2013, p. 177)....

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