Are LGBT rights civil rights?

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Are LGBT rights civil rights?

Olivia Castagneto
student | North Philadelphia
“Maybe just call them human rights, as long as the LGBT community gets the rights they deserve. Civil rights have more to do with race. Sexual orientation is more of a personal choice. But I would never say that the rights of one group are more important than the rights of another group.”

Olivia Castagneto
student | North Philadelphia
“Maybe just call them human rights, as long as the LGBT community gets the rights they deserve. Civil rights have more to do with race. Sexual orientation is more of a personal choice. But I would never say that the rights of one group are more important than the rights of another group.”

Alan Ens
music instructor | South Philadelphia
“Yes, whenever you’re getting rights for oppressed people, they’re civil rights. Fighting for the rights of students, poor people of any color and women — that’s all a civil-rights struggle. People in those movements deserve the dignity of being recognized as civil-rights activists.”

Amanda Martinez
student | North Philadelphia
“Yes. Sexual orientation and race are very similar. They’re unchangeable character-istics. It’s the way we are. Civil rights aren’t just limited to African-Americans. They’re important for all of us as civilians.”

Danielle Puccini
graduate student | Callowhill
“Yes. I realize that some people might disagree. But I think women and all minority groups need to band together. Solidarity is helpful. We should embrace the terminology of civil rights. You get more things accomplished that way.”