Lesbian , gay , bisexual and transgender LGBT stereotypes are conventional, formulaic generalizations , opinions, or images based on the sexual orientations or gender identities of LGBT people. Stereotypical perceptions may be acquired through interactions with parents, teachers, peers and mass media ,  or, more generally, through a lack of firsthand familiarity, resulting in an increased reliance on generalizations. Negative stereotypes are often associated with homophobia , lesbophobia , biphobia , or transphobia. While LGBT people are associated with irreligiousness, the Human Rights Campaign promotes the idea that an individual can be gay and religious. Many Protestants have opened their doors and the United Church of Christ has ordained gay ministers since For years, the media has been moving forward in equally representing members of the LGBT community.
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Gay History Is Black History: These 10 Icons Prove It
Though I've been fortunate enough to go through grades K, college and grad school, I was never taught LGBT history in all those years California is the only state that requires LGBT history in its curriculum , so this has been an incredible opportunity to recognize and educate myself on these extraordinary human beings. When I was in the closet, I relied solely on gay media as my source of information on LGBT people, issues and stories. Where I am in my life now, having grown up a bit there's still some growing up to do! Each icon I've discovered has instilled in me a sense of pride and even greater hope in the upswing of our civil rights movement.
The LGBT community must address this. R acism is a serious problem within the LGBT community and needs to be addressed. Despite the determination of many minority ethnic LGBT people to do just that, it is not happening. But another far more pernicious reason is that the LGBT world revolves around white gay men to the exclusion of others.