The Importance Of Discrimination Against The LGBTQIA Community

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“I’m straight… April Fools!” That was how I came out to my father. Looking back, it wasn’t the best day, but there is never a perfect moment in life and I just couldn’t hold it back any longer. There is a spectrum of sexualities and people within the LGBTQIA community, yet people do not recognize this. Discrimination against the LGBT+ is real and it happens all over the world. While many people believe identifying as part of the LGBT+ community is wrong, it is not. It’s been about a year since I came out as bisexual to my father. Before I came out, I had been struggling. See, there had been some boys, but there had also been some girls. I remember being up in the middle of the night researching information about identities. I had this internal …show more content…
How many people actually know what being asexual means? How about pansexual? In this world, we need to learn tolerance, we need to learn how to be accepting and supportive, and we need to learn to leave hate behind. Most importantly, we need to educate the masses. Be respectful and ask questions if you are confused. Education leads to tolerance. The LGBT+ community deserves acknowledgement in history. For example, the 1980’s AIDS crisis during Reagan’s presidency that was ignored for years because it was mostly gay men who were infected. According to HIV public records, there were about 16,301 deaths before Reagan even mentioned AIDS, showing the homophobic behaviors of our government. Homophobia is an irrational fear of the LGBT+ community and an umbrella term for biphobia, transphobia, acephobia. Together, we can drive this irrational hate out of the world and unite to eliminate this hostility, leaving a better tomorrow. If you are scared that a gay person will turn you gay, you are homophobic. If you hate based on a person someone chooses to love, you are homophobic. If you use gay as an insults, you are homophobic. If you throw slurs like faggot at the LGBT+ community, you are homophobic. Do not be prejudiced against things you do not know. Learn about it because need to have tolerance for each other. Being like a tidal wave of love, we will crash down and destroy the foundations of …show more content…
About 49 years ago, Marsha Johnson, an African American transgender female, responsible for a rights movement in the U.S. for the LGBT+ community. The Stonewall Riots, which was when police were targeting a gay inn and the cross dressers and LGBT+ members within. The spark of change was fanned until it grew into a flame which continues to burn today. In America, thought there is more tolerance than back then, the LGBT+ faces injustice everyday. According to Congress, the Marriage Equality Act was not passed until 2015 even though there had been a push for years that was left denied because it was riding off the decisions of straight white men in power, who this would never concern. Although this is a monumental step, there are others who do not have the right to be with those they love in marriage or at all. There is still discrimination even with this stride. According to the public records of the city of Orlando, two years ago, in June of 2016, there was one of the largest mass shootings in U.S. history. 49 lives were lost and more than 50 were injured in the Pulse nightclub due to a hate crime on the LGBTQIA community. Tolerance is the key to a peaceful and equal future. We will not reach this until our voices are heard and there is education and representation. The LGBT+ community does not get very much representation and it is so scarce that statistics are close to impossible to find. When there

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