LGBT Rights

By Jordyn Bolick

In 1952 homosexuality is listed as a sociopathic personality disorder which did not get removed from that list till 20 years later. Over a course of many, many years before 2015, 37 out of the 50 states legalized gay marriage. 42% of people who are LGBT report living in unwelcoming community's. 6 in 10 students report feeling unsafe in schools due to their sexual orientation Over the years they have gotten more rights and recently the USA legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states. I have put together a soundtrack of songs that either talk about how they should have their rights and how the artist supports them or how everyone should comfortable in their own skin and not care about anyone else's opinions.

"Born This Way" by Lady Gaga February 27 (2011)

I chose this song because she talks about loving yourself and there is no other way to be than to be yourself. She says she on the right track because she was born this way and God loves her no matter what because he makes no mistakes. No matter what race or sexual orientation you are you should love yourself no matter what.

Fact: In 1969, it was still illegal for LGBT people to meet in public places, and bars that catered to the LGBT community were regularly targeted by law enforcement.

Born This Way- Lady Gaga LYRICS

"She keeps me warm" by Mary Lambert. August 23rd (2013)

This song talks about how she doesn't want to change and even if she wanted to change she couldn't because this is who she is and she is proud of it.

Fact: Laws don’t protect gay kids from bullying in 30 states.

Mary Lambert - She Keeps Me Warm (2013 Version)

"Take me to church" By Hozier Septemeber 25th (2013)

People think there is a cure for LGBT people, people laugh when they see LGBT's and they most certainly judge and this is what Hozier is singing about. He talks about how people tell him to go to church and he will be healed and if he does not then he is going to hell and there is no way he is getting into heaven. He sings about when he tells people about his so called sin that they judge him and do not think about how he is just trying to love someone like everyone else on this planet.

Fact: Gay, lesbian and bisexual kids are 4x more likely to attempt suicide than straight kids.

Hozier - Take Me To Church

"Same Love" by Macklemore October 2nd (2012)

Macklemore sings about how people on social media will constantly be making fun and putting gays down and how people blame God or think you can be cured with religion. He talks about how people will always quote bible verses but somehow "God loves all his children" is forgotten. Mary Lambert in the song sings about how she can't change. The same hate that caused every other war is the same hate that people are sending to the LGBT community and that they would rather die then truly be themselves. If you strip away the fear it is all the same love.

Fact: Approximately 6.7 percent of the U.S. adult population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender

MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS - SAME LOVE feat. MARY LAMBERT (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

"I Still Love You" By Jennifer Hudson June 4th (2015)

This song shows how when LGBT tell their parents or friends they may get rejected by them and end up not speaking to them for a long or even ever again and this song shows that even though they were rejected they still love them and wish they were in their lifes.

Fact: When asked about the public’s opinion about marriage equality, 63 percent of those surveyed believe the public is opposed to it.

Jennifer Hudson - I Still Love You

"It Gets Better" By Todrick Hall October 11th (2011)

I chose this song because he talks about how even though you feel like everyone is bullying you or no one is your friend that with some hope it gets better. You have to believe and love yourself for it to get better. Life is a precious thing and just because there is a period of your life that you get into a slump because no one excepts you, you have to have hope.

Fact: A Hong Kong billionaire offered $65 million to the man that was able to woo and marry his lesbian daughter. It didn't work.

It Gets Better Song by Todrick Hall

"Lets have a KiKi" By Scissor Sisters July 27th (2012)

A kiki is common slang in the LGBT community for "We need to gossip" and I chose this song because I thought it wasn't talking about the struggles the LGBT community goes, it is more of a fun song talking about how they party and have fun.

Fact: Young people who are LGBT and who are “out” to their immediate families report feeling happier than those who aren’t.

Scissor Sisters - Let's Have A Kiki - Instructional Video

"And i'm telling you i'm not going" By Jennifer Hudson December (2006)

I feel this song describes the LGBT community that is brave enough to be who they are even when no one around them accepts them and they know one day they will be accepted but until then they are not going to go anywhere.

Fact: The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which restricted lesbians, gays, and bisexuals in the military from openly serving, was lifted in 2011. People who are transgender are not permitted to serve openly yet.

Jennifer Hudson - And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going

"Listen" By Beyonce (Queen) December (2006)

The LGBT community is always trying to prove themselves to the people that don't accept them or understand them and those people are always trying to make them into things they aren't and I feel this song portrays how they feel, they just want people to listen to them and let be whom they want to be.

Fact: Roughly 73% of LGBT youth say they are more honest about themselves online than in the real world.

Beyoncé - Listen (Movie Version)