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UNITED STATES

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: Marriage laws vary in this country depending on area
Is it possible to change your gender on official documents?: Only in some areas
Gay or lesbian able to serve in the armed forces: Yes

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Traveled to UNITED STATES? Did you feel comfortable being out while you were there?

The majority of people visiting this site have said I hid my sexual orientation while I was there

I was very comfortable (22%) It was not an issue (33%) I hid my sexual orientation while I was there (33%) I was discriminated against because of my sexual orientation (11%)

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Rhiannon (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for bisexual readers on 17/12/2013 tagged with human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion, marriage / civil unions, illegality of female to female relationships +10
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Living in the United States and being bisexual is probably easier than most other countries but for me it's still been hard. I figured it out quite recently actually. My parents don't know and I don't plan on telling them. My friends know and I hope they don't think any different of me. I'm happy that the states are starting to allow gay/lesbian marriages and it makes me happy that people are finally starting to think of people like me as normal. 5 years ago if I had told somebody I was bisexual I would be made fun of, I'd be frowned upon. Now in our growing world people are finally accepting us. We are stepping forward one step at a time showing people that we're no different than them. People might hear that someone is gay and call them rude things. It's happened to me. Of course when the person called me lesbian I denied it and just went back to what I was doing but honestly, it hurt. It hurt me a lot because I knew that they were thinking rude thoughts towards me. I could just tell. Yes, our economy is changing, our countries are changing, but they just aren't changing fast enough for us. We need people to stand up for us and help us fight the discrimination. I say we as in everyone on this planet. Not just LGBTI people. Everybody needs somebody to fight for them and to fight for. I want to be the kind of person who does both. The bible says things like "Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable." Do you know how this makes us feel?? We go to our schools, to our homes, possibly to church, thinking about the kind of person we are and maybe even feeling good about ourselves and then we remember something like this and it's like a knife to the back. We are individual human beings with our own minds and feelings. We can't change who we are.
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Rhiannon (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for bisexual readers on 17/12/2013 tagged with human rights, laws and leadership , sexual orientation, religion, marriage / civil unions, illegality of female to female relationships +10
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Living in the United States and being bisexual is probably easier than most other countries but for me it's still been hard. I figured it out quite recently actually. My parents don't know and I don't plan on telling them. My friends know and I hope they don't think any different of me. I'm happy that the states are starting to allow gay/lesbian marriages and it makes me happy that people are finally starting to think of people like me as normal. 5 years ago if I had told somebody I was bisexual I would be made fun of, I'd be frowned upon. Now in our growing world people are finally accepting us. We are stepping forward one step at a time showing people that we're no different than them. People might hear that someone is gay and call them rude things. It's happened to me. Of course when the person called me lesbian I denied it and just went back to what I was doing but honestly, it hurt. It hurt me a lot because I knew that they were thinking rude thoughts towards me. I could just tell. Yes, our economy is changing, our countries are changing, but they just aren't changing fast enough for us. We need people to stand up for us and help us fight the discrimination. I say we as in everyone on this planet. Not just LGBTI people. Everybody needs somebody to fight for them and to fight for. I want to be the kind of person who does both. The bible says things like "Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable." Do you know how this makes us feel?? We go to our schools, to our homes, possibly to church, thinking about the kind of person we are and maybe even feeling good about ourselves and then we remember something like this and it's like a knife to the back. We are individual human beings with our own minds and feelings. We can't change who we are.
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In the U.S context, prominent domestic organizations sought to establish LGBT normalcy and inclusion as a means of assimilating into the heterosexual mainstream in order to change the minds and hearts of heterosexuals, pressuring local LBGT communities and individuals to give up their own sense of self and experience. I think its important to remember that stressing that " LGBTI people" are as normal as heterosexuals and deserve acceptance precisely because we are like every one else (aka straight people) was a political strategy. We need to remember what is normal and natural in society is constructed, our understandings of these categories are made up by mainstream society and politics. We should take pride in our difference and our queerness, we should not feel that we must make ourselves normal for others in order to feel good or enough or deserving of rights. there is no normal
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(user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for readers on 06/01/2014 +0
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Read the book, "Homosexuality, The Bible, The Truth - The Bible Does NOT Condemn Homosexuality. God made you, He loves you just the way He made you, so live your life freely knowing that your greatest happiness will come in living the truth.
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