To break the silence and counter invisibility, concerned individuals have found it useful to form organizations which dispel myths about homosexuality, address the discriminatory attitudes that these myths sustain, and end the isolation that lesbians, gays and bisexuals sometimes feel. At Bucknell, gay students did not have a public forum until the mid-1980s when the Bucknell Student Government formally recognized FLAG&B (Friends of Lesbians, Gays & Bisexuals). Prior to this many students probably assumed that no lesbians, gay men or bisexuals attended Bucknell. Since the early 1990's, with the creation of the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Concerns Office and the advent of Bucknell GALABI (Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Alumni/ae), that myth is being dispelled.
A wealth of gay-oriented cultural, social, and political experiences and contributions are increasingly being recognized throughout society. Gay, lesbian and bisexual people work in every occupation, live in every geographic region of the county, appear in every economic class, ethnic group, race, religion, age and style of life.
Working together with others, many lesbian, gays and bisexual have made significant progress in challenging racism, sexism and class prejudice that interrupts democratic access to housing, education, health care and other basic needs. Since the early 1980s, gay communities and their allies have pioneered a compassionate management of the AIDS epidemic and have launched and educational campaign to dispel the myth that only homosexuals and drug abusers contract HIV.
Other issues addressed included domestic partner benefits, custody rights, school censorship, and the discrimination in the military.
There is much to learn about and many ways to participate in gay community building - gay pride emerges from these involvements.
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