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Please discuss the gay rights movement in the aspect of a social scientist using the perspective or viewpoint of the disciplines listed below.

First, you should review the social science disciplines in Chapter 1 of Harrison & Dye and choose two of them. Then, imagine you are a social scientist in each of these disciplines, and using an event of your choice from the 1960s, explain that event from each of your chosen perspectives. Be sure to include the following information in your explanation:

- The implications of this event for life in the 21st century.
- Why these two disciplines are the most useful for the reader to understand the importance and implications of the event you chose.
- Reference to theories and concepts from the disciplines you chose to support your ideas.

Below is a partial list of events from the 1960s to get you thinking. Remember that your timelines from Unit 8 will also be helpful here. NOTE: Please be sure to choose a different event than the one you chose in the Unit 5 project.

The topic is the Gay Rights Movement. Use a timeline from the 60's onward to explain events that took place in your topic incorporating implications of this event for life in the 21 century. Imagine you are a social scientist in each of these disciplines, and using an event of your choice from the 1960s. My choice is: Gay Rights Movement (My Disciplines are SOCIOLOGICAL STANDPOINT AND A PSYCHOLOGICAL STAND POINT). Explain that event from each of your chosen perspectives.

Why these two disciplines are the most useful for the reader to understand the importance and implications of the event you chose.

Reference to theories and concepts from the disciplines you chose to support your ideas.

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As you discuss the gay rights movement in the aspect of a social scientist using the perspective or viewpoint of the disciplines listed below, please allow my ideas and research to help you as you formulate your own paper:

It is also important to define the gays rights movement as a whole. Research shows that "The gay rights movement comprises a collection of loosely aligned civil rights groups, human rights groups, support groups and political activists seeking acceptance, tolerance and equality for (homosexual, bisexual), and transgender people, and related causes. Although it is typically referred to as the gay rights movement, members also promote the rights of groups of individuals who do not necessarily identify as being gay" (http://www.aboutsociology.com/sociology/Gay_rights_movement).

First of all, as you trace the history of this pivotal movement and devise a timeline, you might credit that the modern gay rights movement is considered by many critics to have originated with the "Stonewall riots in New York City in 1969" (http://www.pbs.org/niot/get_involved/Guide2/study_guide_II_final_23.html). Please note how the Stonewall riots marked the most dramatic event in the history of American homosexuality (http://web.archive.org/web/19970414191226/http://spunky.paranoia.com/~wcs/evhomov.htm). The riots made a major statement in terms of law enforcement. Because police raids on gay bars were routine, the riots protested these selective actions, "made it into national headlines and inspired resistance to such police raids in other cities" (http://web.archive.org/web/19970414191226/http://spunky.paranoia.com/~wcs/evhomov.htm). This resistance caused more activism to stir.

As you also look at why Stonewall was so vital for gay rights, please note how it also marked "the first inter-generational gap in the homosexual community and the beginning of the break between gay society and lesbian society. Previous generations of homosexual men were more sexually conservative and preferred to keep their sexuality to themselves, the new generation was promiscuous and vocal. Lesbian society, like older gay male society, preferred to be more sexually conservative and private, so a gap began to emerge between the two groups (http://web.archive.org/web/19970414191226/http://spunky.paranoia.com/~wcs/evhomov.htm). When looking at 21st century connections, this split is still evident today, don't you think?

As you then examine the other implications on life currently in the 21st century, you might claim how changes involve activist groups that are advocates for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans-gendered people, etc. Research shows that agencies and task forces such as ...

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Gay rights movement is traced.

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