LGBT Why does it bother you, exactly?

"Are we going to support? Or are we going to hate?"

People around the world face difficulty within their lives whether it be personal or professional. Thousands of people from the LGBT community freely embrace who they are to show the world that they are proud of who they are, and additionally there are other members who aren’t comfortable expressing themselves because of the generation we live in. They are afraid to show who they are because of the backlash or bullying they could experience from others publically. People are entitled to their own opinion of course, but when did it become okay to bring someone down because of who they want to be or who they want to love. If straight males and females are allowed to love whoever they want without anyones negative commentary, then why does it trouble anyone that a member of the LGBT community wants to love a person of the same sex? We are in 2016, where obviously the generation has changed and things are more bearable now and days. So why is LGBT love such a big deal? If it's absolutely okay for a man to love a woman and vise versa? Then what’s the issue with a man loving a man? Or a woman loving a woman? Countless individuals think it's okay to bully people who love the same sex but don't realize that they are regular people. Others also may have not come to the realization that many people are deeply hurt and commit suicide because of this. Human beings die because of the inequality the LGBT community not being addressed. They get the feeling of hopelessness because they feel that there is no escape to this verbal, physical and cyber abuse. They are just as equal as anyone else in this universe.

Bullying comes in many different types such a verbal, physical, emotional and cyber abuse. Cyberbullying is when someone, is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, or embarrassed by another individual through the internet. Emotional bullying is a conscious attempt to hurt someone else. Verbal bullying is the use of words to put someone down or hurt them. Physical bullying is any bullying that hurts someone's body or damages their possessions such as hitting, shoving, and destroying property. Bullying can happen in all types of places whether it be school, work or just outside in the street. A lot of schools have been opening up to the LGBT community and beginning to represent and acknowledge that there are students in the LGBT community. This is a win and lose situation. A win situation because it convinces people to come out of the closet and represent who they are. A lose situation because others who don’t support the LGBT might use this as an opportunity to single out those who are most vulnerable and begin to bully them because of their sexual orientation. Statistics updated from November of 2016 say that 82 percent of the LGBT community had problems because of their sexual orientation. Statistics also say 64 percent of the LGBT community felt unsafe at school due to their sexual orientation, and 42 percent of the LGBT community were cyber bullied. 16 percent were physically assaulted, either punched, kicked, or injured with a weapon, because of their sexual orientation, and 11 percent of them experienced this type of assault because of their gender expression. 74 percent of LGBT youth were verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation, and 55 percent were verbally harassed because of their gender expression.

A lot of the bullying that goes on ends up becoming more serious than just a hit or a comment. Members of this community have physically abused themselves and even committed suicide because of the inequality toward them. Suicide attempts by LGBT youth are four to six times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor, compared to straight people. LGBT youth who come from rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGBT peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection. Not only do they have to deal with the negative commentary and social awkwardness but they are expected to put up with it. Many people are expected to walk past these situations and others don't really realize the damage that these things do to people. People believe you are supposed to void all the negative comments and keep moving with your life but how can you live a normal like when you have all these bad comments in the back of your head? So a question that is continuously asked is “When did it become okay, for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender to be treated differently from others?”. Why do people feel the need to treat members of the LGBT community different? Does it matter who you love? Who does it concern? When was it okay to bully anyone? Especially because of who they want to be?

“When did it become okay, for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender to be treated differently from others?”

As far as we know bullying has been going on for decades now, so what can we do to make everyone in the community feel united? Will bullying towards straight people always be more severe than bullying towards gays? When does it become serious? When we lose a life? The sad thing about the society now and days is that people will see bullying toward LGBT to be irrelevant and it isn’t addressed until we lose a life. There are many articles about teens taking their life and being afraid to go to school because of who they are. 64 percent of students feel unsafe at school due to sexual orientation. 32 percent of students have missed at least one day school because of feeling unsafe. 31 percent said the school made no effort to respond to the individuals that were bullied and reported it. The moral of all of these statistics are to show that these things go on every single day and nobody does anything about them until a life is lost. Suicide rates are rising by 15 percent every two years. Examples of this may be Some of the issues take place with the inequality of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Some may believe that now that we are in 2016, people would be more open to the freedom that the LGBT community has. Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community are often bullied and manipulated because of who they chose to love. They are manipulated physically and verbally by people who don’t accept who they are. A lof of this bullying and manipulating also takes place on social media. As others may feel that laws recently passed have changed many things, others may feel differently. Many of those people have died because of this foolish reason. This issue has taken many lives and one way to support others who feel depressed or are even thinking about suicide is to guide them in the right direction and help them feel better about themselves. The LGBT community deserves support and guidance on their issues. People don’t understand that everyone deserves the right to feel as comfortable as any straight male or female.

"What are we going to do about this?"

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