What LGBT Community is and How it affects the world
What is LGBT means?
LGBT is one of a simply word which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. It is definitely more concern about the alternative gender to show about the equality of LGBT community in the society. To explain it clearly, it is a way to love a person with the same sex and agree to have a relationship similar to a normal couple like a man and a woman.
History of LGBT community
LGBT community, as we all know happened from the long period but it created the impact to the society since it has been protected and begun in the US. People are more comfortable to show their identity as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender because the law was established to protect their right and nowadays, there are many LGBT parade in other countries to make other people more concerned about their lives to live as a normal couple.
In the current situation, the world has opened up for the alternative gender or LGBT group to look into their works and several companies do not judge them by his or her appearance. In the film industry, many celebrities who stand up for themselves as a LGBT have been accepted for many people in the society and they can disclose their identities in the public. On the other hand, some companies do not open broadly for accepting LGBT community and it also question the world that “Do every workplace agree to work with alternative gender?”
LGBT Social Movement
The LGBT social movement is one of impact social movement which call for equal right of alternative gender to have their voices in every action around the world. Mostly LGBT community wants others to treat them as normal couple. For example, the same sex marriage is required to happen and this phenomenon can show to the world that people have the same equality in the society by do not judge them by first appearance. Nowadays, there are numerous LGBT rights organizations which helped them to call for their rights and the organizations are active worldwide. Many social movement events of LGBT movements including street marches, lobbying, media have sent an impact to the world to raise people awareness and respect people who are gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender.
Case study of LGBT Violence and cyber bullying in the young generation
In the daily life, we cannot refuse that there are many people who are the victims of violence and cyber bullying, especially the alternative gender. Parents or guardians are significant protectors for youths who are facing cyber bullying online and offline to be supportive them and giving their advices to them to eliminate their fears and be brave to be what they are. They are necessary to listen closely and find out what happen to them and find out the good way to cut this off. The cyber bullying issue has affected the way LGBT community live and definitely destroy their physical body and psychological mind. It is vital to note that the key thing is parents have to show their own values and treat them as a normal person.
As regards the advance of technology, people are more likely to bring cyber bullying to manipulate a group or person who is LGBT community. For many LGBT youth, the internet, social media and messaging apps provides a lifeline for information, companionship and support. Online connections enable them to reach beyond the confines of their local school, family and community to interact with people in similar situations. They can learn from others and seek advice and support, especially when they’re going through hard times. Still, being online has its risks, especially if you are subject to bullying or harassment. That is why it is so important for youth to know how to protect their privacy and identity and to have control over who sees their posts.
Statistics of violence and cyber bullying
All young people deserve to grow up in a world where they are accepted, loved and treated with compassion, but sadly, that’s not the case for everyone. Some young people are vulnerable to bullying, discrimination and abuse. That’s especially true for groups that are marginalized, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
In the first detailed study of its kind to address incidents of cyberbullying on LGBTQ youth, Blumenfeld and Cooper, in 2012, found that:
52% of LGBTQ youth between the ages of 11 and 22 reported having been the targets of cyberbullying several times
54% had been bullied about their sexual identity
37% had been bullied about their gender identity or expression in the past 30 days
Cyberbullying attacks included electronic distribution of humiliating photos, dissemination of false or private information, and targeting people in cruel online polls, among many other means of attack.
More recent studies confirm these unfortunate statistics. The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), in its most recent National School Climate Survey found that 55.5% of LGBTQ students across the United States felt unsafe at school based on their sexual identity, and 37.8% felt unsafe because of their gender expression. About one-third of LGBTQ students missed at least one full day of classes in the past month over safety concerns. GLSEN also found that LGBTQ youth were almost three times (42% vs. 15%) more likely to be bullied or harassed online than heterosexual students.
The report also found that “online victimization contributed to negative self-esteem and higher rates of depression. Youth who experienced bullying and harassment both in person as well as online or via text message reported lower grade-point averages, lower self-esteem, and higher levels of depression than youth who were bullied only in person, only online, or via text message, or not at all.”
According to data from the 2015 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), of surveyed LGBTQ students:
10% were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property
34% were bullied on school property
28% were bullied electronically
23% of LGBTQ students who had dated or gone out with someone during the 12 months prior to the survey had experienced sexual dating violence in the prior year
18% had experienced physical dating violence
18% had been forced to have sexual intercourse at some point in their lives.
Can Businesses Turn LGBT People Away Because of Who They Are? That’s Up to the Supreme Court Now.
The United States Supreme Court just agreed to decide a case about whether a business can refuse to sell commercial goods to a gay couple because of the business owner’s religious beliefs. A win for the business could gut the nation’s civil rights laws, licensing discrimination not just against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, but against anyone protected by our non-discrimination rules.
In July 2012, Debbie Munn accompanied her son, Charlie Craig, and his fiancé, Dave Mullins, to the Masterpiece Cakeshop just outside of Denver to pick out a cake for their wedding reception. When the bakery’s owner heard that the cake was for two men, he said he wouldn’t sell them a cake because of his religious beliefs.
Debbie was stunned and humiliated for Charlie and Dave. As she has said, “It was never about the cake” She couldn’t believe that a business would be allowed to turn people away because of who they are or whom they love. They might as well have posted a sign in the shop saying “No cakes for gays.”
The Colorado courts agreed with Debbie and ruled that the bakery’s refusal was unlawful and rejected the bakery’s request for a religious exemption from the state’s longstanding non-discrimination law.
By granting review in Charlie and Dave’s case, the Supreme Court has placed a spotlight on supposed tensions between equality and religious liberty. But the country has already found the right balance between these two important constitutional interests.
Under the Constitution, we each have the right to our own religious beliefs. We are empowered to act on those beliefs — but not when our actions would harm others. That’s because religious freedom doesn’t give anyone the right to discriminate against or harm other people.
When businesses open their doors to the public, they must open them to everyone on the same terms, regardless of race, color, national origin, disability, or – under many state laws – sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Even when a business owner’s religious beliefs may motivate her to discriminate, that doesn’t justify an exemption from our civil rights laws. Providing commercial services, like selling cakes, doesn’t mean a business owner is endorsing anyone’s marriage. It simply means they are following the rules that apply to us all.
Demands for religious exemptions from civil rights laws are not new. In the past, businesses have repeatedly sought to pay women less than men because of a religious belief that men are “heads of household” and women should not work outside the home. Other businesses have refused service to people living with HIV because of a belief that they are sinful. Still others turned people away from restaurants because of their belief that they should not interact with people of a different race. The courts rightly rejected all of these claims for religious exemptions, despite the fact that they were based on deeply held beliefs.
There’s no reason that religious exemptions should be any more acceptable when it comes to turning people away because of religious beliefs about sexual orientation or gender identity. Courts across the country have agreed, including a decision from the Washington State Supreme Court in February.
The religious exemptions issue has gained prominence recently as civil rights protections for gay and transgender people have become more widespread. States have proposed laws that would license discrimination by businesses, government workers, adoption agencies, and counselors. Congress has considered similar measures. And President Trump has signed an executive order that signaled his intent to use religious exemptions to advance discrimination. But polling shows that both the American Public and business owners themselves reject these overbroad exemptions and recognize them as discrimination.
Charlie’s mom was right: It’s not about the cake. Or the flowers. It’s about not being turned away from a business because of who you are. Religious freedom must be protected in America, but what’s going on here is pure discrimination.