U.S. History – LGBTQ+ Rights

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So this Huffington Post article that I found has really shocking news about the LGBTQ+ community. You may think that the LGBTQ+ community has been making big steps in gaining their civil rights. For example, last year same sex marriage was finally made legal in all 50 states. But that’s kind of a problem, because that was just last year. How many years have the LGBTQ+ community had to struggle to get that one law. Why was it even made illegal to marry someone of the same sex?

In the article, they talk about how there are 100+ pending anti-LGBT bills in some states. That’s really crazy to think about. This article came out today, April 15th, 2016. I know everyone says this, but it is 2016. Why are people still so unwilling to let people be themselves?

According to the Huffington Post article, There is a new law in  Mississippi that apparently lets

“any person or business refuse service to same-sex couples for religious objections. In North Carolina, the governor signed a law banning cities from passing LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances and barring transgender people from using bathrooms that match their gender identity.Tennessee also has a “bathroom bill,” plus a bill that lets mental health professionals refuse to treat LGBT patients.”

To think that there is still discrimination in the states, after all the fighting and struggles. I think that to stop this discrimination people should just accept people as who they are. I just can’t comprehend why people would go to such measures to deny people the right to even use bathrooms. Though just asking people to accept things like that seems out of reach, there’s really no other way. Unless the law takes a stance and makes sure that people will allow service to same-sex couples, trans people, and other people of the LGBTQ+ community.

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There are plenty of LBGTQ+ communities around the world and I think that they should fight back, get a Supreme Court ruling on all this, though that also is kind of out of reach. But this kind of discrimination and segregation is not I can stand for. It’s not something that should be allowed and overlooked. The way the LGBTQ+ community is being treated is like how African American people were treated back in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Just because they are transgender they aren’t allowed to use the bathroom of their gender identity, just like how the African Americans couldn’t use the bathrooms because of their skin color.

There was also a stigma against interracial marriage back in the day and there was and still probably is a stigma against same-sex marriage. Some of the struggles that African American people went through back then, are happening to the LGBTQ+ community today.

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