The LGBTQ Community In Today’s Society
In 2011, the FBI reported that 20% of hate crimes that year were committed based on a sexual orientation basis. The LGBTQ community has been discriminated against under the law and in many other places areas for as long as they have been around. But why do people try so hard to hold this group under? And what is being done to help restore these peoples’ rights? This community consists of anyone who is not heterosexual and/or cis-gender (Cis-gender means that you align your gender with the genitals you were born with). This topic is important to anyone who has family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, or just affiliates who belong to this group. Since around 4% of the United States population identifies as queer, this is relevant to a lot of people. (National Health Statistics Report) This is also relevant to me, a straight cis-male, as my significant other is queer. Throughout history, queer people have been given fewer rights than straight cis-gender people, and have had laws made against them partaking in certain acts simply because of their differences. People are looking at this now as more and more people realize that this group is given a rotten deal compared to everyone else.
Queerness has been around as long as humans have. As far back as there is documentation of human life and civilization, there is documentation of queer activities having taken place. Religion is the main reason that people believe that these people shouldn’t have the same rights as everyone else. All those thoughts were provoked mainly from the text “if a man lay with another man, as with a woman, he should be stoned.” (Leviticus 20:13) Homosexuality is also condemned in the Qur’an. (Al-Araf 80–81) As many politicians in the United States and other nations’ governments are religious, they carry these policies with them throughout their career. Due to that passages condemnation of homosexuality, many people have taken it upon themselves to make sure that homosexual people, or any queer people, lose the right to marry and lose the privilege of having protection under the law.
Only recently has same-sex marriage been legalized in all fifty states of the United States of America. Still in many states there is no protection from discrimination for queer people under the law. For example, in Texas someone may be fired legally because of their sexual orientation. Current front runner for the Grand Old Party, Donald Trump, has said that “(he is) not in favor gay marriage,” and that “they should not be able to marry.” Many other people within the same political party share these views on the subject. On the other hand, the top two democratic candidates for the 2016 election are both all for same-sex marriage and equality for the members of the LGBTQ community. The passing of the law that made same-sex marriage in all fifty states came about during the presidency of another democrat, and the first black president, Barack Obama.
With both sides’ opinions and their reasoning addressed I can say that I stand strongly and fully with the LGBTQ community in their uphill battle to gain liberation in the United States of America. Though I’m addressing this issue mainly on a national scale, this problem is faced by queer people across the world. I hope to spread knowledge of the injustices performed against this community so that we may enable them to rise up.