Dramatized Version of The Laramie Project
Can Someone Write a Short Response to The Following?
Many modern westerns, say from the 70s to the present, have focused on a number of very different topics from their older ancestors. These include changing the image and role of minority groups such as African Americans, women, Chinese, and Native Americans in the west. Discuss these different western narratives and the very different cultural values that we have traditionally been taught about the history of the west. Consider both Silverado and Tombstone where the issues of racism, African American cowboys and settlers, anti-Chinese leagues, and women moving west on their own if necessary.
You’re Feeling on The Matter 150 WORDS
Not only 100 years, but more drastically in the last 20 years. This latest generation of kids (Millennials) have grown up in the most accepting and diverse American culture to date with respect to LGBT individuals, their families, and the issues they stand for.
This week we watched the dramatized version of The Laramie Project. A play that was written to expose and relay the stories and horrific events of that day that happened to Mathew Shepard. As mentioned before, this is a play that is performed all over the United States. This play, like so many other plays that deal with LGBT themes and issues have been coming more and more to the fray of our national and public conversation. We have seen the rise of gay and lesbian characters in all of our entertainment including TV, film, and of course the Theatre.
We see how the last 20 years of LGBT pointed entertainment has shaped the political discourse of our nations power brokers. We are changing laws and shaping society to a far greater degree in even the last 5 years so as to tackle the discrimination against this particular group. Gay marriages are now legal all over the states and those that would decry the LGBT lifestyle as something to be covered or shunned for cultural or religious reasons are now beginning to be seen as radical and out of touch where just 10-15 years ago those same voices held the majority of political power in our nation. How far we have come from even prop 8 in California that would have legalized same sex marriage in the state but was soundly struck down in 2008. If that prop was up for vote today it would win resoundingly.
The waves of change are boundless and can be seen almost daily as we hear more reports of judges, states, and the federal government ending discrimination all over the nation. Remember that a historic ruling from the US Supreme court, you can be gay and allowed to marry who you love and with who makes you happy in all 50 states.
Here is the question(s) I have……
In light of the play you have now watched, the articles you have read, your research and your own general awareness and knowledge of the state of our national discourse with respect to LGBT issues:
Do you feel that it has been a positive 15 to 20 years for Gay and Lesbian issues, their families and the way we feel about them?
Do you feel that we have moved in a positive way as a nation since the Mathew Shepard event in 1998? Why or why not?
How and why do you believe we have changed so quickly in our society toward the LGBT community?
Have you seen any change in your own life with how you feel or behave toward Gay and Lesbian individuals?
Would you watch a play or view a film or television that highlights LGBT themes and values? Why or why not?
START A THREAD WITH AT LEAST 150 WORDS.