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Hi, I’m Jaclyn, an 18-year-old senior from Orlando, FL. This past summer, the Pulse shooting affected everyone in Orlando, but as an LGBT person it affected me even more. I realized how dangerous being a part of the LGBT community can be and that many straight, cisgender people don’t realize that. There’s a misconception that after same-sex marriage became legal, being LGBT suddenly became easier. While same-sex marriage equality is important in the history of LGBT rights, there needs to be awareness on other LGBT issues, like workplace discrimination and forced conversion therapy for minors. I’m looking to raise awareness in order to promote equal rights and protections for LGBT people, starting with this project.
History of LGBTQ+ Rights in the U.S.
The history of LGBT rights goes back decades and has many components. However, there are a few main events that are important milestones for the LGBT rights movement in the U.S.:
So… do LGBTQ+ People Have Equal Rights?
It’s clear that LGBT people know that we don’t have equal rights in the U.S., but what about the facts?
Right now, most states have absolutely no non-discrimination laws that protect LGBT students. Some that do only protect my sexual orientation and not gender identity, which excludes protection for transgender students.
Several states also have laws that expressly forbid public school teachers from discussing gay and transgender issues. This even includes things like sexual health and HIV/AIDS awareness. These laws are called “No Promo Homo,” and are in place in multiple states.
In addition, most states don’t have laws that prohibit bullying LBGTQ+ students.
Many states don’t have laws that protect LGBTQ+ people from workplace discrimination, either.
Recently, President Donald Trump rolled back federal protections for transgender students.
I’ve known that LGBTQ+ people don’t have all the rights and protections we need, but this project has allowed me to see the issues from a broader perspective. Since 1924 the LGBT rights movement has achieved so much, but there things still can be improved. The first step to improving LGBT rights and protections is raising awareness and I hope my project has done just that.
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