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PRIDE MONTH - How Far We've Come


And Where Other Countries Stand

In honor of PRIDE month, let’s take a deeper look at how far we came in regards to changing our attitudes about gay marriage and transsexuality. In the United States and around the world. Currently, 26 countries legalized same-sex marriage.

Other countries such as India, recognized transgender as a “third gender,” allowing transgenders, also known as Hijras to choose either to be “male” or “female” on their identification papers. India among Nepal is the first country that recognized transgender rights as human rights. The United States is not quite there yet.

According to Wikipedia,

"The introduction of same-sex marriage has varied by jurisdiction, being variously accomplished through a legislative change to marriage law, a court ruling based on constitutional guarantees of equality, or by direct popular vote (via ballot initiative or referendum). The recognition of same-sex marriage is considered to be a human rights, civil rights, political, social, and religious issue. Various faith communities around the world support allowing same-sex couples to marry, while many religious groups oppose same-sex marriage. Polls consistently show continually rising support for the recognition of same-sex marriage in all developed democracies and in some developing democracies.

Scientific studies show that the financial, psychological, and physical well-being of gay people are enhanced by marriage and that the children of same-sex parents benefit from being raised by married same-sex couples within a legally recognized union supported by society's institutions."

This is a big deal. Let's celebrate how far we came.


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