Dear future president of the United States,
Imagine living in a world where everyone was the same. Imagine a world where you are accepted and valued for who you are and what you believe in. The world would be so different. People in the LGBT community continue to fight for their rights. Transgender kids are getting bullied at school. LGBT parents struggle through the process of fostering and adopting kids, while trying to get acceptance of same sex marriages.
Kids in school that are transgender don't know which restroom to go to. Regardless of which restroom they choose, they are still bullied. The kids at school are talking to their parents about what is happening, and the parents are getting concerned. This is an opportunity for parents to teach their kids about acceptance instead of judging. ”The group’s brief said requiring Mr. Grimm to use a private bathroom had been humiliating and had, quoting him, “turned him into ‘a public spectacle’ before the entire community, ‘like a walking freak show.’” (Liptak) This behavior affects everybody involved, adding emotional stress to all people involved.
More and more LGBT couples are adopting and fostering kids. “More than 16,000 adopted children are living with lesbian and gay parents in California, the highest number in the United States.” (User) Some people think that you need a mother and a father to raise a child but you don’t. Lesbian and gay couples are helping the kids in foster care and in orphanages. “Researchers estimate that the total number of children nationwide living with at least one gay parent ranges from six to 14 million.” (@ACLU) These gay and lesbian parents are giving kids a home, taking them away from the abuse and the neglect that they’ve lived with for most of their lives
Same sex marriage is another main issue. This is because many states do not recognize same sex marriage as a legal union. Texas is reviewing it in court, but there are still 12 other states that have either banned it or are still deciding in court. “On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, allowing same-sex couples to marry nationwide.” (Supreme Court) Even though the ruling took place, the struggle to get everyone to accept it, is still a work in progress.
Overall the rights for the LGBT community are improving. Everyone expects to be treated fairly and with respect. Let’s go back to treating others the way you want to be treated. Accept people for who they are, focus on the things that unify us instead of the things that isolate us. You should be allowed to love and marry whoever you want. Help us fight for equality for all regardless of color, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs.
Liptak, Adam. "Supreme Court to Rule in Transgender Access Case." The New York Times. The New York Times, 28 Oct. 2016. Web. 04 Nov. 2016.
"Supreme Court Rules States Must Allow Same-sex Marriage." CNN. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 04 Nov. 2016.
User, Super. "Lgbt Adoption." LGBT Adoption Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2016.
@ACLU. "Overview of Lesbian and Gay Parenting, Adoption and Foster Care." American Civil Liberties Union. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Nov. 2016.