Hi, Im doing an 8th grade research paper on gay rights but I need 3 more paragraphs and I have no idea what they should be my first paragraph is the intro of course  my second: gay rights...

Hi, Im doing an 8th grade research paper on gay rights but I need 3 more paragraphs and I have no idea what they should be

my first paragraph is the intro of course

 my second: gay rights movement

 my third: Stonewall riots

 my fourth: rise of the gay community

but I have no idea of what my others should be please help

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The answer to your question really depends on what, exactly, you have put in your paragraphs about, for example, “the gay rights movement” and “the rise of the gay community.”  Some of the things that I would recommend you write about could easily go in those categories so you might have already used them.  Here is my best guess as to what you should add.

First, I would do a paragraph about AIDS.  The coming of AIDS had a huge impact on the gay community and on straight attitudes toward gay people.  It led to the creation of ACTUP , which was the best-known gay rights organization for quite a while and which was very confrontational and controversial.

After that, I would do a paragraph on Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which would also have to include a discussion of Bowers v. Hardwick (1987), which it overturned.  These are Supreme Court cases about whether it is constitutional to make homosexual activity illegal.  I suppose if you’re in 8th grade, your teacher and/or your parents might now want you writing about this, but that’s what I would do as a second paragraph.  I’ll give you an extra paragraph idea in case this one gets you in trouble.

Finally, I would do a paragraph on the gay marriage issue.  This issue has exploded, seemingly out of nowhere, to be a huge triumph for gay rights activists.  You really need to devote a paragraph to it.  You should end with a mention of the fact that the Supreme Court has already heard arguments in a case that will decide whether gay marriage should be a national right (rather than one that is given or refused on a state-by-state basis).

If you don’t want to do the one about the homosexual activity court cases, you might do a paragraph about opposition to gay rights.  It seems to me that this is a major part of the story because there wouldn’t need to be gay rights movement if there were not so much opposition to the idea of homosexuality.  I think I might put this early in my paper, but you could also have it be the last paragraph, I imagine.

Other things that you might think about talking about, if you haven’t already, are gays in the military and the push (not always successful) for laws that would ban discrimination against gays.

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