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Worldwide gay rights as a social movement picks up
In about 80 countries including India, homosexuality is still illegal. Now, with some social groups and political parties in our country indicating that were not averse to gay relationships, a debate once again has been set going for the gay rights in India. In Pakistan too homosexuality is a criminal offence but in the areas dominated by Pathans, keeping boy lovers by elderly people is quite common.

In the western world, many countries have the gay rights and gay marriages are being accepted socially. Still, in these countries people with different sexual preferences have got united in the form of social movements for special rights as a sexual minority.

Let's know the history of the social movement for rights of the people with the same sex preferences from the information on the internet summarized as follows.

Immediately after the Second World War, a number of homosexual rights groups came into being or were revived across the Western world. These groups usually preferred the term homophile to "homosexual", emphasizing love over sex. Later on this turned into a social movement.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) social movements share related goals of social acceptance of homosexuality, bisexuality and transgenderism.  People have a long history of campaigning for what is generally called LGBT rights.

LGBTs have been challenging the dominant constructions of masculinity and femininity, homophobia, and the primacy of the gendered heterosexual nuclear family (heteronormativity).  Their political goals include the struggles for changing laws and policies in order to gain new rights, benefits, and protections from harm.

Of late, annual Pride Parades of the LGBT community are being held in the countries as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage in the countries wherein homosexuality is criminalized are being held including India.

A landmark gay rights event  as Asia's first international genderqueer pride parade and the Alan Turing Rainbow Festival organized by Gopi Shankar of Srishti Madurai in 2012.

In arguing that sexual orientation and gender identity are innate and cannot be consciously changed, attempts to change gay, lesbian and bisexual people into heterosexuals are generally opposed by the LGBT community.

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