LGBT Rights


    Transgender, gays, bisexual, and lesbian persons in the society are discriminated in almost all aspects of their lives because they do not feel happy with their own condition or the person they are seen with either as a partner or as a friend. Discrimination of LGBT individuals began increasing in the mid-1950s. LGBT women and men were dismissed or fired from their jobs including the military because of their sexual orientation. The society became so intolerant, especially, on homosexuality in the early 1950s. The lifestyle of homosexuals was viewed as a threat to the police and security. The police began by raiding nightclubs and bars and in the process, they harassed the lesbian and gays individuals. In 1969, the stonewall riots polarized the LGBT community and marked a major turn point in the movement of the civil rights. In the current world, the LGBT still face discrimination from the society. Most religions in the society do not support the rights of LGBT (Herek 13). This is because some of the rights that the LGBT champion for are against the religious faith. Some of the rights that the LGBT champion for include same sex marriage and the need to be recognized as equal members of the society. This kind of rights is against the Christian, Islam, and Hindu faith which champions for moral behavior in the society (Herek 5). The LGBT have been discriminated by both genders within the society. Many members of the society are unable to understand why the individuals must engage in sexual behavior that is contrary to the common behavior in the society. LGBT Americans have been waging political battles in various areas in trying to address equal employment practices, civil unions, and same sex marriage.

     LGBT people experience emotional and physical harm. Rejection of the LGBT persons begins from home. 50 percent of LGBT teens experience negative reaction from their parents when they express their sexual orientation (Grossman 1). 26 percent of the teens are often chased from their homes while 30 percent experience physical abuse. It has also been found that young LGBT persons who have remained homeless as a result of family rejection constitute approximately 40% of the total LGBT persons (Grossman 3). The research has also suggested that LGBT adults who experience family rejection are approximately six times more likely to experience depression and three times more likely to engage in illegal drugs (Grossman 6). These individuals are also eight times more likely to commit suicide compared to youths who have not been rejected. The act of bullying for LGBT children is also very common in learning institutions. A research recently showed that 85 percent are more likely to be bullied verbally (Grossman 4). This kind of bullying in most cases is likely to turn into physical harassment. 40% of the schoolchildren have reported physical bullying while 19 percent of the LGBT schoolchildren have reported assault as a result of their sexual orientation (Grossman 1). The bullying can be so severe that the children can drop out of school. Bullying as a result of sexual orientation can result into high levels of depression. The high levels of depression can result into attempts of suicide. Harassment and depression is also likely to pervade the workplace. LGBT individuals may feel offended as a result of discrimination in the workplace. This can result into high levels of depressions and result into poor work input.

    Justice for the LGBT is not just violated in America, but also in other countries (Cherlin 4). The debate of whether LGBT persons should have the same liberty rights like other citizens in U.S. has brought division among different generations. A recent research showed that 72 percent of individuals aged between 18 to 29 years old feel that the homosexuals’ relations should be made legal. Persons aged 65 years and above have expressed their concerns that the homosexual relations should not be made legal. They constitute approximately 39 percent (Paulson 1).

    There has been increased injustice for persons who are LGBT due to their sexual orientation. Most of these people fear to report any sexual assault committed against them as a result of intimidation from the general society. The society is also unwilling to support the LGBT persons by representing them in court either as witnesses or lawyers. Additionally, most people are afraid to associate with them due to the fear of being seen by other members of the society. The absence of discriminatory laws may also result into mistreatment of the LGBT groups. Such mistreatment may be propagated by the justice system that does not outline ways or create structure on how to deal with the perpetrators of discrimination or assault. LGBT persons also face prejudice from the justice system because the system has no clear laws and rules that allow for the identification and accommodation of the LGBT persons. The law is also not clear on marital rights and this may be the main cause for the LGBT discrimination and harassment. In addition, the adoption rights also create the same effect.

    The issue of LGBT discrimination can be addressed appropriately through creating awareness among the family members, workplace, and social relationships. There is the need to inform individuals that LGBT persons too have the right to be treated equally and are also significant in the society. The awareness campaign should be aimed at ensuring that all individuals in the society are equal and deserve better treatment. Family members should be advised on the need to respect and accommodate every member of the society irrespective of their sexual orientation.

    There is the need to have a supportive school environment that has precise anti LGBT bullying laws that are very supportive and in the process help the educators to reduce bullying. There is also the need to revise the curriculum so that teachers can educate the learners on the nature of sexual orientation and the need to respect individuals regardless of their sexual orientation.

     Religion plays a major role in individual development, social interaction, and communal living through educating members on the need to live a moral life. Different religions should teach its congregation on the need to live harmoniously and accommodate all people within the society. This does not mean that LGBT groups should practice homosexuality in the open, but rather should strive to remain moral and focus on leading a good life. Religion has a major role to play in creating respect and harmonious living.

     Finally, there is the need to create laws that champion for equal rights for LGBT persons. There is also the need to recognize same sex marriage both in the state and federal governments. There is also the need to seek for remedies on how to correct the injustice for LGBT.