LGBTQ Right and Discrimination
LGBTQ+ people have faced many hardships in the past. Rupert Everett, famous actor and writer, stated “There is still a tremendous amount of homophobia in our culture. Its regrettable, its stupid, its heartless and its immoral” For centuries, it has been debated whether or not members of the LGBTQ+ community deserve to have the right to marry, adopt, and be a part of the military.
Up until June 26, 2015, members of the LGBTQ+ community were denied the right to marry. Members of the community have faced prejudice and bigotry simply because of who they are. Even though they have the right to marry, members of the LGBTQ+ community still do not have full equality. In many places discrimination is still found. Same sex couples should be able to get married because everyone should have the right to marry who they love. Imagine not being able to marry someone because of the law. Many bakers will refuse to bake cakes for their weddings, along with churches not wanting to have weddings in their building. Many religious people believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman. An example of the harassment LGBTQ+ people face was on June 28, 1969, when chaos broke out on a street in New York. At the StoneWall Inn, police often raided the bar. They decided to make an unannounced visit by breaking down the doors to the inn. They harassed many LGBTQ+ people at one of the very few places they felt safe. The police started to arrest people for simply just being themselves. If a man wore women’s clothing or a woman wore men’s clothing they would be beat and arrested. Many people rioted in the streets and marched for equality. This sparked a revolution and got us where we are today. The StoneWall Inn is now a national monument marking a major spot in LGBTQ+ history. The StoneWall Riots should not have happened back then because people should have had equal rights from the beginning. Everyone should have be treated fairly back then as well. The government claimed that the United States was a free place and that everyone was treated equally but were they really if the StoneWall riots occurred? Ever since the riots there has been less prejudice but we still face it to this day. As recently as 2017, there has been a major attack in Orlando Florida. Omar Manteen, opened fire killing 49 and inuring 53. They were simply minding their own business and not harming anyone. No one should have to risk their lives every day just for being themselves. Allowing same sex marriage would help stop many instances like Orlando and the StoneWall Riots from happening. Many people also believe that because a woman with a woman, or a man with a man cannot produce offspring, that adoption within the community would be wrong. But, it would benefit the economy in various ways.
Allowing LGBTQ+ people to adopt would also help out the economy in many ways. One of the ways allowing them would help is that it would give children the ability to be in a real family who loves them rather than having foster parents. There are about 100,000 children in the country that need adopted. There would be a substantial decrease in orphans. Children who have parents are given more health care options and insurance. Therefore, legalizing same sex adoption would increase the worlds health. Your sexuality does not determine your ability to be a good parent. Research says that children of same sex parents grow up to be just as conditioned as heterosexual couples. They tend to be happier and feel more comfortable in themselves. They even feel less pressured to conform to gender stereotypes. This would decrease the mental illness rate found among many orphaned children. For LGBTQ+ people it costs more to adopt than it does for a heterosexual couple. This is not fair to them to not offer the same benefits due to their sexuality. Members of the LGBTQ+ community have fought for their rights to adopt for centuries and are continuing to fight to this day. Another debated issue is if members of the LGBTQ+ community should be able to be a part of the military.
Members of the LGBTQ+ community have faced lots discrimination within the military. For a long period of time there was no rule against the LGBTQ+ community being a part of the military. It was classified as being a mental disorder since 1968. In 1993, President Bill Clinton created a policy called “Don’t ask, dont tell” which meant that if you wanted to be in the military, you could but you cannot be open about your sexuality. When troops were needed in WWII, they gained the ability to serve but only for a short period of time. About 17,000 LGBTQ+ people were extruded from the military after they were no longer needed. After Bill Clinton’s policy “Don’t ask, Don’t tell” LGBTQ+ people came out in the military. This was a very important turn point in LGBTQ+ military rights. The 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama then abompshed the law, making it so LGBTQ+ people could serve in the military and be open about their sexuality. But, shortly after, Donald Trump announced that he was planning on reinforcing the law so that LGBTQ+ people could not be a part of the military. This is because the government felt as though the LGBTQ+ community caused distractions and are more likely to act upon desires. Another reason was because they felt that it costs too much money to keep transgender men and women on hormones. This is false and was only underway because of prejudice. This should not have occured because everyone should be able to serve their country.
However, Many people believe that members of the LGBTQ+ community should not be able to marry, adopt, or be a part of the military service. One reason people believe that LGBTQ+ people should not have rights is because of religion. Religion plays a huge factor in whether or not people are for LGBTQ+ rights. According to the bible, it is stated that ” If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13). Today, there are many sins that people look past due to them growing out of importance over time, such as; not wearing linen or wool, not wearing ripped clothing, not getting tattoos, and not getting piercings. These sins are irrelevant now, so why cant we change the way we view homosexuality overtime. Also, there are many sins that are worse than homosexuality committed every day. Same sex marriage should be legal for many reasons. People who are against the community also feel like they will convert children to being a homosexual. They also believe that they are disgusting and “perverted”. This is untrue because there is an even amount of heterosexuals as there are homosexuals that way. It is throughout the entire society not just within homosexuality. Many people dislike the LGBTQ+ community because they are different from them. Society tends to think against minorities.
Overall, Members of the LGBTQ+ community face prejudice and discrimination all due to them being themselves. Why does discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community exist? Everyone should be treated fairly no matter their differences. No matter if people are a different race, gender, sexuality, or status, they should be treated as equal. LGBTQ+ people have fought for their rights for centuries. It has been debated whether or not members of the LGBTQ+ community deserve to have the right to marry, adopt, and be a part of the military.