Discriminating Against LGBT In Last Week Tonight With John Oliver

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Discriminating against LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) and its consequences is something that people maybe never seriously think about, although many people get affected by it. The show, “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” elaborates on the issue of LGBT discrimination. The Equality Act of 2015 is a bill passed by the House of Representatives and Senate, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes. Yet, this does not guarantee the equality of gay people because it is still legal to discriminate against gay people in many states. In 31 states of United states, "people are at a risk of being fired, evicted or refused service just because they are LGBT”(LastWeekTonight). …show more content…
Republican party in America has no openly LGBT office holder, either nationally or even statewide. According to the Human Rights Campaign states that Ted Cruz, a republican considers it “fundamentally illegitimate” to pass such laws that give equal rights to gay people especially in the case of gay marriage. He asserts, “I believe that engaging in homosexual conduct is a choice” (HRC). This is based on the assumption that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is a choice, so the government should legally ban this lifestyle choice which harms nobody. Furthermore, Ted Cruz explains that “marriage is a fundamental building block of our society” and he doesn’t believe in gay marriage or LGBT equality because it “an act of naked and lawless judicial activism” (HRC). This opposing argument explains that if gay people enter a relationship with the opposite sex, it can turn them straight. Moreover, republicans who do not support LGBT rights believe that homosexually is a choice and homosexual attraction is something that can be …show more content…
According to Gael Jocelyn Blackman, who researched on LGBT youth discrimination happening in school reports that “Over 30 percent of all reported teen suicides each year are committed by gay and lesbian youth”. It all starts from school. In school, LGBT youth is called “faggot”, “queer” or “dyke”. Students use gay as to describe something stupid. I can’t even imagine how destructive and hurtful this word can be and certainly it is leading to lower self-confidence in LGBT youth. There are several stories of gay student being harassed and abused just simply because they are a little different from us. For example, one lesbian students reported how she faced harassment for several months and verbal threat which grew to physical abuse. “I got hit in the back of the head with an ice scraper” (Blackman). She explained how she got so used to being harassed. “I didn’t even turn around to see who it was” (Blackman). Another example entails about this one gay student who faced verbal assaults several times and students event thew items at him. Later on, a group of anti gay students “strangle him with drafting line so bad that it cut him” (Blackman). Subsequently, he also reported that he was “dragged down a flight of stairs and cut with knives by his classmates” (Blackman). Certainly, this discrimination, harassment and victimization have left LGBT youth very confused and broken.

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