LGBTQ+

Nine million eighty three thousand five hundred fifty eight adults in the United States identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender as of 2012.(google) Even though the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in 2015 people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer still face huge discrimination and deprivation of their rights because of their sexualality. Eighteen states out of fifty will not protect LGBT people against employment discrimination. (wiki) Currently federal law protects from discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, age, and religion, but not sexual orientation or gender identity. (newsela) Being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender is a part of who someone is, discriminating based on sexuality is the same as not treating someone equally because they have brown hair. Being LGBT is just a part of who someone is, their sexuality is something they were born as and it is not something that can just be changed. LGBTQ people are some of the victims of many hate crimes. In 2013 a shooter entered a gay nightclub in Orlando targeting the LGBTQ community. 49 people were killed and 53 were wounded in the shooting. Discrimination is not a small issue, discrimination stops people from getting a job to support themselves, discrimination is taken to such an extreme where people are killed.

people came to Pluse in Orlando after the shooting to honor those who lost their lives.

LGBTQ are not the first people to face discrimination in America, African American faced a very similar discrimination in the 1950’s during the civil rights movement. Today LGBTQ children face discrimination in the school building as did African American children in an event known as little rock nine. During Obama’s Presidency, protected transgender students allowing them to use the bathroom that they identify with and stopping discrimination at schools. However, newly elect President Trump’s administration ended this protection and disagreed with Obama.(new york times) This means America’s own president agrees with discrimination at school for transgender children forcing them to use the bathroom of the gender they were born with. However, federal law states that children must be “able to attend school free of discrimination.” LGBTQ children are currently being deprived of this right and are not protected from discrimination at their schools. Similarly, African American children were subject of discrimination at school. Before the Civil Rights movement, African American children were not allowed to attend the same school as other children. During an event called Little Rock Nine, nine african enrolled at an all white high school in 1957. (littlerock 9.com) These children were harassed from day to day at school, facing discrimination from the minute they stepped into the school building.

The difference between the prejudice LGBTQ people face and African Americans faced is that people try to change LGBTQ people and deny the fact that they are LGBTQ. The way most people try to change LGBTQ people is with conversation therapy. The definition of conversation therapy is counseling or treatment designed to change a homosexual or bisexual into a heterosexual.(google) Up until 1973, being LGBTQ was on the list of mental illnesses. (theguardian.com) This means that society is trying to deny that fact that LGBTQ people exist and are infact LGBTQ. Society tried to pass being homosexual or bisexual as a mental illness so that our government could deny the existence of LGBTQ people. However African Americans do not share the same experience. An African American person will not be denied that they are of that race. It is clear by just looking at the color of their skin that they are African American.

The key to ending discrimination is acceptance. LGBTQ people just want to feel like everyone else, so let them. They are equal, they are Americans, they are just like every other person walking down the street. Being LGBTQ is just a tiny detail about them, it's the same as being jewish or having blue eyes. Society needs to stop viewing LGBTQ people as different if America wants to stop the discrimination. Merely supporting and accepting an LGBTQ person makes a big difference, it show others that discrimination is not ok. Don't tolerate harmful jokes or negative language about someone's sexuality. LGBTQ should no longer be seen as a negative thing but more as positive. Acceptance is the most important thing someone can do to stop the discrimination. If people would stop thinking of LGBTQ as different or bad then we wouldn't have discrimination towards them. If discrimination is to stop there must first be a social change.

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