Alicia New York

LGBT+ Rights

From shootings, to the legalization of same sex marriage, to the barricading of this community's happiness and more, the LGBT+ Community does not get the same rights as the Heterosexual Community.

Dear Ms/Mr President,

The LGBT+ Community is simply not getting the same rights as those who are heterosexual. It’s disgraceful how people are being murdered for just being themselves. No person, no matter their sexual preferences, should have to be scared to walk out of their home believing their life might end that day all because of who they are. What will you do to save these lives?

On June 12th 2016, 102 people got shot in the Pulse Nightclub. 49 dead, 53 wounded -  they had families too you know. This was known as the deadliest mass shooting by a single shooter, the deadliest incident of violence against the LGBT+ people in United States history, and the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States since the September 11 attacks in 2001. What will you do Mr/Ms President?  Will you create something that will have this specific community feel safe? How will you make them feel safe enough to “come out the closet”? As there shouldn't be a “coming out the closet” because there shouldn't be a “closet” to hide inside. Any heterosexual person doesn't have a closet to hide inside, so why should any other LGBT+ human being? All LGBT+ people should have the right to express who they are with no problem.

The Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage on June 26, 2015. Heterosexual people have been able to get married for years and years, yet this has only been the first year of the legalized same sex marriage. As some people fully support LGBT rights, some people don’t agree with the LGBT+ community having the same rights as people who are heterosexual because they believe that isn’t right to nature. Yes some people have certain religions to follow, but you don't need to barricade their happiness with your beliefs. 

Brad Sears, is an executive director of UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, the country’s first national think tank dedicated to the issues of sexual orientation law and policy and the only research center at a law school dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Sears and many other people willing to put their support in this community, prove that violence isn't the answer. As the LGBT+ community just want to live their lives and have rights like everyone else.  There is progress being made, but I wish to see more.

Promote human rights towards the LGBT+ people and not only in a few states, but around the world, like President Obama did. On December 6, 2011, President Obama released the Presidential Memorandum on International Initiatives to Advance the Human Rights of LGBT + People , which "directs the departments and agencies to protect vulnerable LGBT+ refugees or enhance assistance to protect human rights and advance non discrimination for LGBT+ people , and help ensure swift and meaningful responses to human rights abuses of LGBT people abroad."



Work Cited:

Newport, Frank. “Americans Greatly Overestimate Percent Gay, Lesbian in U.S.”, Gallup, 21, May 2015,

Obergefell v. Hodges, majority decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy,, June 26, 2015,

Wikimedia Foundation Inc, “2016 Orlando nightclub shooting”, 25 October 2016,

TFP Student Action, “10 Reasons Why Homosexual “Marriage” is Harmful and Must be Opposed”, 15, Feb. 2015,

Clinton, Hillary. “LGBT Rights and Equality”, 3, Oct. 2016,

Office of the Press Secretary, “FACT SHEET: Promoting and Protecting the Human Rights of LGBT Persons: A United States Government Priority”, 16, May 2015,

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