Essay about The Issue Of Lgbtq Inequality And Discrimination

1154 Words Dec 7th, 2015 null Page
“When all men give to all others all the rights they claim for themselves, this world will be civilized”, said Robert G. Ingersoll, an orator of United States during the Golden Age of Free Thought. Although the rights of Lesbian, Gay Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Canadians have advanced rapidly over the last decade, both societally and legally, there is still a long journey ahead on the road to equality.

The issue of LGBTQ inequality and discrimination is one that is extremely important to Canadians because LGBTQ discrimination affects a significant portion of Canadian citizens. The Forum Research poll, which is commissioned by the National Post, found that 5% of Canadians identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In addition, a jaw-dropping 74% of citizens say they know someone who is what is now inclusively summed up as LGBTQ. As the statistics clearly show, the majority of the population in Canada, even if they do not identify as Lesbian, Gay Bi-sexual, Transgender, or Questioning themselves, do have ties to individuals or care about individuals who do identify as having a nonconventional gender or sexuality.

The discrimination against LGBTQ individuals can be traced by to many decades ago. Historically, identifying as anything other than “heterosexual” was considered absolutely unacceptable and there were many derogatory terms used to reference these “queer” and “mentally ill” people in society. However, the cause of LGBTQ discrimination…

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