Homosexuality in Western Cultures and the Middle East
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This paper compares the western homosexual cultures with that of the Middle East. Providing an overview of homosexuality culture and treatment throughout different eras in history, the author takes a look at homosexual political organizations such as the Mattachine Society as well as the Daughters of Bilitis and discusses how gay and lesbian communities have evolved in the last few decades. The paper then takes a look at how homosexuality is viewed in Middle Eastern cultures where sodomy might be punishable by death, explaining that the most surprising thing about Middle Eastern men who have sex with other men is that they don't consider themselves gay. The paper describes what the Koran states on this topic and notes that some of the East vs. West distinctions among gay communities are beginning to blur as the Western conception of sexual identity has filtered into the Middle East via television and the Internet.
From the Paper:"In the United States, the advent of a homosexual culture is even newer. Economic dislocations in the first half of the 20th century brought hordes of individuals to large cities where they often lived in non-traditional, same sex barracks and boarding houses far from family domination. With the advent of capitalism, families stopped arranging marriages for their children. After the Second World War, thousands of gay and lesbian people were dishonorably discharged from the military, and dumped in the port cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Rather than go home in disgrace, they stayed. As a result, many of America's most established and vibrant homosexual communities are in those coastal cities."
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