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NCJ Number: 141371 Find in a Library
Title: Civil Rights, Human Rights, Gay Rights: Minorities and the Humanity of the Different
Journal: Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy  Volume:14  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1991)  Pages:21-39
Author(s): E Wolfson
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 19
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Civil rights issues are examined in terms of basic human rights, gay rights, minority groups, and dehumanization.
Abstract: Throughout history, minority groups have been dehumanized by others who portray those who are different as subhuman, and such dehumanization has corrupted society. Gays and persons infected with AIDS are particularly susceptible to this phenomenon. Gays constitute a minority group who suffer discrimination because they are different from the predominantly heterosexual culture. For gays and other minority groups, civil rights laws do not create rights, nor do they aware special benefits. Rather, they attempt to preclude the most frequent bases of discrimination that accompany dehumanization: race, religion, sex, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. 70 footnotes
Main Term(s): Discrimination against homosexuals
Index Term(s): Civil rights; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Equal Protection; Homosexuality; Human rights; Minorities; Racial discrimination; Sex discrimination
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