LGBT Rights

Jacquelyn Jones

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What is LGBT?

LGBT is the acronym for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community. Their mission is to provide a home for the birth, nurture, and celebration of their organizations, institutions, and culture; educate the public and their community; empower their individuals and groups to reach their fullest potential; and care for their individuals and groups in need. LGBT was created in 1983 in order to "provide a place to connect and engage, find camaraderie and support, and celebrate the vibrancy and growth of the LGBT community." The LGBT Community Center is located in New York, NY and has many business sponsors.

Rights NOT Given to Some LGBT Members

The biggest right not given to most members of the LGBT community is the right to marry someone of the same sex. While some states have recently granted this right to it's local LGBT members, most states still refuse to do so. This creates a few complications with having a lifelong partner of the opposite sex. One complication presented is, if a couple is not married and one of the partners dies, then the other partner is not entitled to bereavement leave from work, to file wrongful death claims, to automatically inherit a shared home or personal items in the absence of a will, or to draw the Social Security of the deceased. Another complication is, hospital visits and emergency medical decisions. Unmarried couples do not have hospital visitation rights if their partner is hospitalized. They also cannot legally make any emergency medical decisions for their partner.
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Arguments People Make Against Supporting LGBT Rights

The #1 argument most people present for not supporting LGBT rights is "It isn't TRUE marriage in the eyes of God because God describes marriage as a union of one man and one woman." In my opinion, I think people who oppose same-sex marriage only say this because they have no other argument other than "It's gross!" and they know that they cannot base their arguments on opinions alone, they need facts. The definition of marriage is "Any of the diverse forms of interpersonal union established in various parts of the world to form a familial bond that is recognized legally, religiously, or socially, granting the participating partners mutual conjugal rights and responsibilities." In relation to God, not everyone is religious and whoever chooses to be religious is entitled by law to have their own religion. It's simply a matter of opinion and preference. However, should we deny someone their natural rights just because our own preferences don't agree with it? The answer should be no.

How Is It Affecting LGBT?

Not only do these arguments affect things such as LGBT members' legal rights, but for most members it also has an affect on their emotions. Many people who argue against the LGBT community often aren't very nice about it. Most of their opposers send quite a bit of hate to the LGBT community. It is considered bullying, whether people like to admit it or not. Today you see various posters and videos about how cruel bullying is, but people still do it and it is truly hurtful to the victims of bullying. You can express your negative opinions without hurting someone's feelings by insulting them. It is possible.

LGBT's Animal Members

We bash humans for exhibiting LBGT behaviors. Why don't we bash animals who tend to show homosexual preferences or transgender characteristics? There are over 450 known species documented that have shown homosexual characteristics. For example, male giraffes have been observed engaging in a homosexual manner by rubbing their necks against each other's bodies and ignoring the females of the group. Also, many rodents have been observed trying to mate with a rodent of the same sex. This is due to their susceptibility to stress and how the stress affects their bodies. Stress causes their hormones to fluctuate and change. Could this be the same for humans?

LGBT Marriage

Many LGBT members cannot marry their significant other due to laws that oppose gay marriage. This creates many complications within the relationship. One of the many questions LGBT members ask those who oppose gay marriage is, "How does it affect you?" The answer to this question should be, "It doesn't". In my opinion, if you don't like what you see then you should turn the other cheek. It's that simple.

LGBT and Non-Violence

LGBT takes a non-violent approach to protesting for gaining more gay rights. Many members have made picket signs and gone on marches similar to the ways of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I believe that if the LGBT community continues to fight non-violently, then they will eventually gain more rights. My belief is based upon the past of racial nonviolence and the ways that the minority races gained equality. My hope is that the same will happen for members of the LGBT community.

How Many People Support LGBT Rights?

In a poll conducted by the Washington Post, 59% of all registered voters who voted on the issue, voted in support of allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally. The question stated, "Overall, do you support or oppose allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally?" 39% voted strongly in support and 20% voted a somewhat support for the issue. Only 34% voted strongly against and 10% voted somewhat against the issue. Support for this issue has increased in the recent years. Even more so in the past decade. In my belief, it will not take long for most of the population to begin to realize and support the need for gay rights.

How to Join LGBT

Joining LGBT isn't something you sign up for and there aren't really any requirements. Despite the fact that LGBT stands for Lesbian, Bi, Gay, and Transgender, you can be completely heterosexual and still join! The LGBT community does not discriminate and welcomes anyone who is willing to stand up for or believe in gay rights. The LGBT community is nonjudgmental and are not strict on who wishes to join because they believe in equality for all people.

Why Join LGBT

Even if you are strictly heterosexual, you can join the LGBT community in their fight for equality. LGBT is not only for Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgenders to join, despite the name. The LGBT community will not try to press their sexual opinions or preferences on you if you are heterosexual. They only wish that you assist them in gaining rights so that they can have the freedom to love whoever they love, regardless of gender, without being judged so heavily.