LGBTQ Rights By: Henry White

In the world today, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people are not getting the same rights as everyone else. “Unlike race, gender, age, ethnicity, or religion, sexual orientation is not protected characteristic under current current federal civil rights law.” ( These people are being discriminating against and not getting the same basic rights as everyone else. LGBTQ people, “face hostility, discrimination - and sometimes deadly violence - solely because of their sexual orientation.” ( However, there is a movement in the world today, that is trying to gain more rights for LGBTQ people. The LGBTQ Rights Movement and the Civl Rights Movement are very similar, yet they have their differences. The Civil Rights Movement was a national movement in the United States in which African Americans fought for their rights in the 1960s.



LGBTQ people are people too.

The LGBTQ Rights Movement is very similar to the Civil Rights Movement because both groups are being discriminated against and facing hate crimes. In the United States is where most of the hate crimes are being committed against LGBTQ people. In fact, the United States is where most of the overall hate crimes are being committed. Hate crimes against, “gays, lesbians, bisexuals and or transgenders individuals are they third highest category of hate crime reported to the FBI.” ( Clearly, LGBTQ people are facing many hate crimes in the United States and abroad. Also, African Americans in the Civil Rights Movement faced hate crimes as well. The FBI investigated and reported, “what are now called hate crimes as far back as World War I. Our role increased following the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1864.” ( Clearly, if the FBI’s role in hate crimes increased during the Civil Rights Movement, there had to be many hate crimes committed against members of this movement. Therefore, the current LGBTQ Rights Movement and the Civil Rights Movement are very similar because members of both movements faced hate crimes and discrimination.

However, the LGBTQ Rights Movement is very different from the Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement was much more organized than the LGBTQ Rights Movement today. In the LGBTQ Rights Movement there are several smaller organizations in certain states but no overall national movement. The biggest organizations for the LGBTQ Rights Movement are, “Equal Rights Washington, Basic Rights Oregon, and Equality Ohio.” ( These are very small organizations that are fighting for the rights of LGBTQ people but they are very small and not having that big of an impact. Clearly, this movement is not very organized and is lacking power. On the contrary, the Civil Rights Movement was very organized and because of that, got what they wanted easier. The Civil Rights Movement, “encompasses social movements in the US whose goals were to end segregation and discrimination.” ( This movement was more organized because it had a certain goal and united together to get the job done as a civilized and organized movement. Clearly, the Civil Rights Movement was much more organized than the LGBTQ Rights Movement. Therefore, the LGBTQ Rights Movement was different from the Civil Rights Movement because the Civil Rights Movement was much more organized.

But everyone can make a difference and help out. The people are the ones who have the power but they can’t do it alone. The people have to unite and fight for what is rights. You can help out by donating and supporting organizations such as, Equal Rights Washington, Basic Rights Oregon, and Equality Ohio or any others like these. ( Anyone can help by supporting LGBTQ people and their actions. It is true that, “Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of ourselves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse.” ( Please help because LGBTQ people are people too and should not get less rights. Gay rights are human rights!

Works Cited

"African-American Civil Rights Movement (1954–1968)." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Mar. 2017. Web. 21 Mar. 2017. <>.

"Equal Rights Washington." Equal Rights Washington. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2017. <>.

"Gays and Lesbians." The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2017. <>.

"Hate Crimes." FBI. FBI, 17 Feb. 2017. Web. 22 Mar. 2017. <>.

"LGBT Rights." Human Rights Watch. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.


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