LGBT (or sometimes LGBTQ) groups have always been fighting for their rights. At the outset of the 20th century, even though homosexual acts were considered taboo and punishable by law in many countries, they persevered. The equal rights movement was nowhere near its current mainstream status.
In recent years, anti-gay trends have been visible in developing countries, but also developed ones. Persisting in the face of these [now] countercultural trends is an indispensable part of the fight for a more inclusive society. There is no single model of fighting for gay rights, and tolerance must come from within local communities. The beginning of change must start at the root—in local perceptions—so that understanding and appreciation of LGBTQ communities can be effective.
Written by Colina Tran