For Journal 3 I researched if gay Americans have more rights now than in Sylvia's day, and how things have improved or not improved. What I found was that today Sylvia would be considered a member of a larger community. The LGBT, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community in which they have gained more rights today and continue to seek improvement. Today, gay and lesbian couples can get a marriage license in CT, IA, MA, NH, VT, and Washington, D.C. Also, transgender Americans can get corrective surgeries, and legally change their name to reflect their new identity. Overall, I think that is a big step forward since the Stonewall Riots where they couldn't even gather in an establishment geared toward their community.
The profile that stood out the most to me was Jim Searles. I thought it was interesting how this brotherhood of checker players came to be. They became a second family, had their own rules of conduct, and viewed checkers as more of a sport than a "childhood" game or past time. I thought it was cool of him to mention how none of the checkers players are senile as a result of playing the game and how for some nothing comes between them and the game, "A man don't quit what he love. love is a great thing!"