Are you passionate about the rights of LGBTQ students? Sadly, many students are facing discrimination and unsafe school environments. This can negatively affect their health and academic success. However, many students are motivated to do something about the situation. It is Agenda PAC responsibility to stand up for LGBTQ students’ rights.
The Equality Act would guarantee that all LGBTQ+ people in the United States are treated equally. Currently, there is no federal law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or misgendering non-binary students in the classroom. If the Equality Act passes, we can finally make our country safe for LGBTQ+ people.
Despite the progress made in many countries, discrimination against LGBT individuals continues to persist. Although samesex sexual activity is still illegal in many states, government officials often ignore the abuse of LGBTQ+ people by street gangs, militant groups, and law enforcement. Transgender people, for example, are particularly vulnerable to violence. Furthermore, in many places, same-sex marriages are still illegal.
Despite the progress made in the last century, there are still many challenges ahead. In the last two decades, the LGBTQ+ rights movement has achieved great progress. For example, Minnesota was the first state to ban discrimination against trans people, while the Supreme Court ruled in Lawrence v. Texas that laws criminalizing same-sex relationships are unconstitutional. In addition, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize marriage equality and the Supreme Court’s ruling legalized it nationwide.
While the road to equality is long, activists from different backgrounds are paving the way for greater visibility and equal rights. Organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force are working to end discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. They also work to ensure that everyone is treated equally in the workplace.
The United Nations recently appointed a second independent expert on sexual orientation and published a report calling for a global ban on conversion therapies. These practices involve the use of hypnotic drugs to change a person’s gender and sexual orientation. Other recent developments include the election of firstever openly lesbian, gay, or female prime minister, and scores of openly LGBTQ+ candidates in Japan and Colombia.
When Henry Gerber established the Society for Human Rights in Chicago at the turn of the 20th century, this marked the beginning of the gay rights movement in the United States. The ScientificHumanitarian Committee in Germany, which had assisted gays in attaining their freedom, served as an inspiration for the group. In 1984, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) isolated the virus that is responsible for AIDS. The following year, in 1985, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval for the first commercial HIV test as well as anti-retroviral drugs.
Biden has made a commitment to collaborate with friends and governments that share similar values to ensure that LGBTQ persons do not face barriers to accessing essential services. In addition to this, he vowed to restore anti-discrimination policies in the administration of public contracts. The election of Biden to the presidency is a heartening sign of hope for constructive change.