LGBT Rights

By: Thomas Fightmaster

The Effects of Bullying and Mistreatment

  • Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.
  • LGBT youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.
  • 64% of LGBT youth feel unsafe at school or at home.
  • 82% of the LGBT community faced extreme bullying within the past year.

Not Just The U.S.A

Currently, LGBT rights have made a massive impact on not only the United States, but other countries as well ranging from Brazil, Canada, and even to Spain!

20 countries have released the ban, others are expected to come as the issue spreads to other parts of the world.

At this time in the United States, 36 states have allowed for gays to marry. 14 states have declared the matter "unconstitutional" (Ohio being one of them). The supreme court will take up the issue in the spring of 2015.

Groups for Change

Some of the world's biggest groups in support of the equality of the LGBT community include: ACLU, HRW, GHR, GRIN, and the ILGA.

All of which fight to gain equality for marriage rights, job opportunities, housing and much more.

With The Ban in Place...

  • Thousands of couples are denied the chance to marry their true love
  • Property/belongings cannot be claimed by spouse
  • Adoption is not an option for LGBT couples
  • Hospital visits can be rejected - Not "true" family

Fun Facts

  • Homosexuality is found in over 450 species - Ranging from Cats, Chickens, Mice, and Spiders!
  • The first gay couple was reported in 2400 B.C in Eygpt.
  • In Samoa, it is acceptable for a family with many sons to treat one like a daughter instead.