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Unity of LGBT History

DEREK WU
Staff Writer

The LGBT community has been present in many ancient civilizations like Egypt and Greece, however the term LGBT was not in use until the 1990s. The term LGBT had replaced the former term “gay community” because it did not accurately depict the people it represented; a community that consists of, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

However, some states still do not allow same sex marriages or do not have laws against hate-crimes against members of the LGBT community. In fact, LGBT military personnel were not allowed to be enrolled until president Bill Clinton signed a law in 1993 establishing the, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, policy which allowed members of the LGBT to serve as long as their sexuality was to not be revealed; the policy has since been repealed; however, people of transexual gender identity are still banned from the military.

In today’s society, some of America is very accepting towards the LGBT community, excluding some states. However, hopefully in the future, the LGBT community will have the rights and freedom that they deserve.

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