Gay and lesbian population
1. Cultural `norms` concerning communication styles
Communication styles concerning gay and lesbians are no different from common straight people but there are differences in approach to communication styles. The gay and lesbians tends to be more sober while communicating with each other particularly while writing. It can be mentioned that it is almost a cultural norm among gay and lesbians.
2. Cultural `norms` concerning nonverbal communication (body language)
The body language among gay and lesbians are significantly different from straight population. It can be mentioned that they physically touch each other more than general population as a norm of showing affection.
3. Cultural `norms` for parenting styles
Like heterosexual couples, gay and lesbian couples highly value child-rearing, teaching responsibilities to the young people, and caring for one another.
4. Cultural `norms` for gender roles
The cultural norm of gender roles among gay and lesbian couples comes into play mainly during sexual acts where one takes the dominant role and is identified as the male and female if otherwise. However, some couples divide their responsibilities in home or away. The same is true about earning. (Lamb, 2004)
5. Problems typically identified for the Gay and Lesbian population
The main problem that is attached with the aspect of gay and lesbian couples is that of social stigma. Though it is tried to maintain in the society that there should be no discrimination there tend to be several unfairness from the context of education, health and job.
6. Strengths of the Gay and Lesbian population
Homosexual feelings are normal; many people find themselves on a homosexual-heterosexual continuum. Sociologists have found that homosexual relationships tend to be more egalitarian than heterosexual ones, with both members equally sharing the housework. Furthermore, homosexual relationships resemble ordinary relationships in many ways.
7. Discuss the concept of `social identity` in reference to the special population identified (aka Gay and Lesbian)
In the United States, some studies have suggested that the gay and lesbian population hovers about 10 percent. From the point of views of the Gay and Lesbian community there are no problem regarding social identity. But the rest of the society views this sexual preference as abnormal so the problem of identity actually lies with the society and not the Gay and Lesbians. However, there is evidence that they tend to view themselves as a minority group of the society.
8. Compare someone who is straight. Their social identify in comparison to someone from the gay and lesbian population
A straight person considers himself or herself as a common member of the community but for a Gay and Lesbian it is quite different. The Gay and Lesbian of the society tend to be composed within themselves and more often than not is withdrawing from the mainstream of the society. However, this should be considered as a common symptom because it is often seen that an outsider acts in the same way in a new society.
9. Examine the impact of oppression on the Gay and Lesbian population
The basic impact of oppression on the Gay and Lesbian population actually unified them and gave them enough courage to come out and achieve their rights during the Civil Rights Movement in the form of sexual orientation related movements like the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender (GLBT) Movement.
10. Discuss the concept of `moral exclusion` in thbe reference to that population
Same sex marriages have been on the rise in the last four decades or so. Pro-same sex marriage lobbies have articulated that these need to be treated on par with conventional marriages, since most of the parameters that apply to heterosexual marriages, such as love, caring, commitment, fidelity, promiscuity and so on apply to these marriages as well. They see it as the exercise of natural choice, and refute the procreation aspect by claiming that they can have offspring, too. Testimony to this claim is the fact that no less than a quarter of the estimated 600,000 same sex couples in the US have adopted children. They claim, with credibility, and backed up by facts, that when it comes to habitation, they go by the same set of conditions –they have the same commitment to their children as heterosexual people, live a life in which they cooperate with each other in all major aspects of life, pay taxes and contribute to society. Thus there should not be nay moral exclusion by these people should be viewed as the main stream of the society. (King, 2001)
11. Outline intervention strategies to facilitate social and economic justice for the Gay and Lesbian population
In view of the developments taking place over the decades, and in view of the openness being generally witnessed in the West to same sex marriages, there is likelihood that the day is not very far off when these marriages would be legalized. Another strong reason to believe that its legalization would happen sooner or later is that the West has a tradition of liberalism; the tradition that was the product of the Revolutions has touched virtually every aspect of life, and there is no reason to believe that only same sex marriages would be exempt from this sweep. In fact, it is a possibility all the more plausible considering that rights have been obtained, some easily and some after a struggle. It is rather anomalous that the US, which champions itself as the protector of rights and freedoms of all clans and cultures should still find it necessary to keep in place laws that are anachronistic to its liberalism-steeped attitude and philosophy. There should be complete citizen’s rights to these people and should be legally allowed to live as couples. Another important consideration is that gay couples, too, need to be given the right to make important decisions about the partner, such as possible euthanasia in the event of incapacitation of one of the partners. (Fletcher, 2003)
Fletcher, R; (2003); Marriage: Beliefs and Knowledge; Believing and Knowing; Howard & Price. 276
King, H; (2001); US Today; HBT & Brooks Ltd.
Lamb, Davis; (2004); Cult to Culture: The Development of Civilization on the Strategic Strata; National Book Trust.