Openly LGBT people remain a demographic minority in most places. In areas that historically are not known for having or being friendly to LGBT people who do not remain closeted , a "first" can make it easier for other openly LGBT persons to enter the field or for those who are closeted to come out. Openly LGBT people being visible in society affects societal attitudes toward homosexuality , bisexuality, and the transgender community on a wider level. One commonly cited example is Harvey Milk , the first openly gay person to be elected to political office in California , becoming the most visible LGBT politician in the world in the s, after decades of resistance to LGBT people by mainstream culture. Milk encouraged LGBT people to "come out of the closet" during his speeches; as a result of his work and his assassination—along with San Francisco mayor George Moscone —thousands of ordinary people did so.
The Epidemic of Gay Loneliness - The Huffington Post
Show less There are very harmful ideas spreading in our society about LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. You may have been told in the past that gay love is a sin, that gay people are weak or any other type of cruel stereotype. Thinking deeply about your moral compass is an important part of leading an ethical life. Fortunately, understanding LGBT people is fairly simple. It can be difficult to re-examine long-standing beliefs about sexuality.
Rev. Graham: 'You Cannot Stay Gay' And 'Call Yourself a Christian' -- Gays Must 'Leave Their Sins'