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General Information

There are many stereotypes surrounding individuals that are members of the LGBTQ+ community:

- Stereotype: There has to be a more masculine and a more feminine person in a gay couple, someone to wear the pants --> This stems from the opinion of society that there has to be strict gender roles, especially in a relationship. 

- Stereotype: Sexual orientation is a choice --> It is not. It is part of a person's identity and that person doesn't even need to put a label on it if they don't want to.

- Stereotype: Children are too young to questions their gender or sexuality --> They are not. 

Check out these sources to learn more:

Stop calling it a choice. Biological factors drive homosexuality.

The Conversation Around Queerness and Christianity

Hate Crimes on the Rise

Sexuality and Gender


Statistics of Violence:

- In 2013, 20.8% of all hate crimes were labeled in relation to sexual orientation.

- On June 24, 1973, an arsonist burned the Upstairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans, killing 32 people.

- Venus Xtravaganza, a transgender performer, was found murdered on December 25, 1988 and it was estimated that she had been dead for 4 days.

- James Zappalorti, a gay Vietnam veteranm, was stabbed to death in State Island, New York in 1990.

- On February 21, 1997, the Otherside Lounge, a lesbian nightclub in Atlanta, was bombed by Eric Robert Rudolph, the "Olympic Park Bomber". Five bar patrons were injured. In a statement released after he was sentenced to five consecutive life terms for his several bombings, Rudolph called homosexuality and "aberrant lifestyle".

- On December 16, 2019, an arsonist burned the drop-in office of SisTers PGH, a transgender resource center led by black and transgender people in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

- On June 12, 2016, there was an attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 dead and 53 wounded. The gunman, 29 year old Omar Masteen, was an American citizen who pledged allegiance to the terrorist organization ISIS in a 9-1-1 call he made about the attack. ISIS also claimed responsibility for the attack. The incident was the largest and deadliest act of violence targeting LGBT people. 

Sex & Sexuality: Crash Course Sociology #31

Sex & Sexuality: Crash Course Sociology #31

While sociology is a social science, we can use it to explore some intensely personal, private things. Today we’ll explore what sociology can tell us about sex and sexuality. We’ll also see what the three sociological paradigms have to say about sexuality and sexual orientations. Crash Course is made with Adobe Creative Cloud. Get a free trial here: *** References: Sociology by John J. Macionis, 15th edition (2014) The Williams Institute: How Many People are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender? Fausto-Sterling, Ann. Sexing the Body: Gender Politics and the Construction of Sexuality (2000) *** Crash Course is on Patreon! You can support us directly by signing up at Thanks to the following Patrons for their generous monthly contributions that help keep Crash Course free for everyone forever: Mark Brouwer, Bob Kunz, mark austin, William McGraw, Ruth Perez, Jason A Saslow, D.A. Noe, Shawn Arnold, Eric Prestemon, Malcolm Callis, Advait Shinde, Thomas Frank, Rachel Bright, Khaled El Shalakany, Ian Dundore, Tim Curwick, Ken Penttinen, Indika Siriwardena, Alexander Tamas, Caleb Weeks, Kathrin Janßen, Nathan Taylor, Andrei Krishkevich, Brian Thomas Gossett, Chris Peters, Kathy & Tim Philip, Mayumi Maeda, Eric Kitchen, SR Foxley, Evren Türkmenoğlu, Tom Trval, Cami Wilson, Justin Zingsheim, Moritz Schmidt, Jessica Wode, Daniel Baulig, Jirat -- Want to find Crash Course elsewhere on the internet? Facebook - Twitter - Tumblr - Support Crash Course on Patreon: CC Kids:

How You Can Help

Familiarize yourself with the history of violence against LGBTQ+ people in the United States. As simple as it sounds, it all begins with understanding. 

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