Essay on The Visibility And Acceptance Of The Lgbt Community

2135 Words Dec 1st, 2016 9 Pages
The visibility and acceptance of those in the LGBT community has greatly increased over the last few years. Progressive media producers such as Netflix has created content, such as Orange is the New Black, that has shown those in the community in a positive light. This show has been extremely popular, and has been influential in changing the way that the nation views lesbian, bisexual, and trans characters and people. However, there wasn’t always stage for on non-straight and non-cis people. In the past the LGBT community has faced discrimination on the individual level, and has been underrepresented in media, especially on TV.
Based on a study conducted in 2011, approximately 3.5% of American adults identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, and roughly 0.3% of American adults consider themselves as transgender. (Gates, 2011) These percentages imply that there are about 9 million Americans who are a part of the LGBT community. However, there are a substantially number of Americans, 19 million people, who have had participated in same-sex sexual behavior, and nearly 25.6 million people, have at least felt attraction towards the same-sex. These statistics show that those who are can fall under the umbrella of LGBT are a substantial part of the population. However, like most minorities in this nation, the LGBT community has a long history of oppression and struggle that continues today.
The history of discrimination of those in the LGBT community is long in America, and the 1ast…

Related Documents