The LGBTQ community – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, there movement has made incredible strides in the battle for equality in recent years, however their existence can still be considered a threat, even in 2020.
The Supreme Court made gay marrage legal . Many cities and counties across America forbid employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. The LGBT movement is becoming more visible on television and in movies. LGBT people are battling for their civil rights in Congress, in courtrooms and in the streets .It would be easy to think that the fight for equality is over. But in most states, a person can still be denied service for being gay and can still be fired because of their gender identity.
Americans have been shot, stabbed, drowned and beaten to death for the crime of being LGBTQ — by their classmates, by their parents, by their neighbors and often by strangers. Being gay in 2020 is still in many ways a dangerous and radical act.
Lets not forget forty-nine people were slaughtered in 2016 after a gunman opened fire inside an Orlando club, (Pulse) filled with Pride Month reveler. The killer has a history of violence and bigotry, often aimed at the LGBTQ community. Many LGBT prefer to go to nightclubs like Pulse, where they can gather with their chosen friends and to steer clear of uncomfortable glares and judgements. But as we saw in Orlando, deadly homophobia and transphobia follows them arround.
LGBTQ people are more than twice as likely to be the target of a violent hate-crime than Jews or black people. They are more than four times as likely as Muslims, and almost 14 times as likely as Latinos” to be attacked.
LGBTQ men and women and their family and friends can take steps to lessen the effects of homophobia, stigma, and discrimination and protect their physical and mental health. They can not be afraid. That’s what homophobia and transphobia feed off. One way to handle the stress from stigma and discrimination is by having social support. Studies show that LGBT people who have good social support—from family, friends, and the wider gay community—have:
- higher self-esteem
- a more positive group identity
- more positive mental health.
We should keep fighting for all the silence voices of the victim who suffered because they are considered ‘’ different”. And we must fight for those still living in the closet.
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