LGBTQ+ Equality

by Allyson Werking

Everyone has civil rights, we are all equal, everyone is happy, there is no discrimination; this is the description of a world that, sadly, does not exist. Men and women have equal rights, along with African Americans, but there still is one group does not have these rights that we take for granted, and that is the Gay/Lesbian community. But why? They are men and women just like us, they have the same skin tones as us, yet many say they do not deserve the same rights as everyone else. One may ask why, on paper, it seems to make sense, gay people should have the same rights as everyone; but in reality, it's a highly controversial topic, and its all just because of their sexual preference.
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Many people say that just because someone is of a different sexuality other than straight, that makes them a bad person, when that fact is completely false. Not everyone in the gay community is a good person, but majority are, and they're being hated just because of their sexual preference. It shouldn't matter if you're gay, lesbian, straight, bisexual, transgender, asexual, or anything; the only thing that should matter is that we are all human and should treat each other equally as such.
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The gay community often uses a rainbow to represent their community. Why? One may ask. Because the rainbow stands for equality in all, there can be different colors side by side and bonded to one another to make new colors, and it doesn't matter, because they all share the same amount of space in that rainbow. All are in equal harmony together, one is no better than the other and they're happy that way.
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Anyone can recognize this form, it's the American flag, but something is different, it's in rainbow instead of the usual red, white and blue. It's a symbol, trying to show that gay fits naturally into America just as the colors of our flag. Speaking a message out saying that we want to be alongside France, Canada, Iceland, Argentina, Sweden, Portugal, and other countries who have legalized gay marriage. They have realized that marriage is between two people who love each other, and not just a man and a woman, and they want America to realize that as well.
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This is a photo of two people holding hands, kind of sweet isn't it? But what if I said that this is a picture of two GIRLS holding hands, that might have set some back a bit. When a straight couple publicly shows their love, they get compliments such as "oh how adorable" or "they look so happy together." But when a gay or lesbian couple shows their love, they get comments such as "ew what are they doing?" "Don't they know there are kids around here?" "What freaks," "they're disgusting," and many other hurtful comments. All those comments are made for one reason and one reason only, because they are the same gender. When they're opposite genders, society thinks that it's okay, but when they're the same gender, it's not right. When really, there shouldn't be any difference, they're a couple in love and should have the liberty to express such in public as straight couples can.
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Because of that discrimination, people who are part of the LGBT community have much higher rates of depression, suicide, and social disorders. Everyone says "walk away and just ignore it." Those people most likely have never been called names, said they're "not wanted", or that "they should just die" all because of their sexuality. The Christian Church is a common group that is harsh on the gay community. There's only six verses in the bible that have anything to do with homosexuality. But so many more on loving thy neighbor and thy brother. So really, when they bash against them, they're going against the bible more than they say the gay people are.
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Marriage and the idea of having children within that marriage should be equal for everyone as well. Gay homes can be as warm and loving or as violent and scary as any straight home. The only difference between the two is that with the gay couples, the parents would just be the same gender. If anything, there's a small bit of a higher possibility that you might get a child who is more socially accepting if they come from a multiracial gay couple then you would just a regular standard white, man and woman marriage. I'm not saying that's how it always works, but it does raise the possibility of it.
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Should it matter if a child is raised in a straight home compared to a gay home? Many argue that it shouldn't, but there are many others on the other end of that argument as well. They say that a child will not be taught the same moralities in a gay home compared to a straight home, that they're more likely to be a troubled child or act out. All of that is completely false; moralities and behavior are taught by the parents, gender plays no role here, it's all on proper raising of the child. And frankly, there are some children who came from straight homes that are worse off than gay homes. Why? Because of the parenting, not the sexual orientation of the couple raising the child.
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To tell the truth, people who are part of the LGBT community are some of the nicest people; because they understand better and are there more. The picture below shows me with a dear friend of mine, I've known him for years and we're both part of the LGBT community. This picture basically shows that LGBT people do not have a stereotype, it can be anyone and everyone who simply has a sexuality other than straight, and even straight people as well if they support the rights of the community.
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All in the end, it shouldn't matter what sexuality a person is, just like they're gender or skin color shouldn't either. So what if a guy likes guys, or a girl likes girls, or a girl feels like they should be a guy, it doesn't matter! We're all people, we're all human, we all have feelings, and rights that should be recognized and not ignored just because someone is a little different. Plus, when you look at it, everyone is different in their own way, so why discriminate against gay people for just being themselves? We don't do that to everyone else.
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