Debra P. Oklahoma

LGBT Discrimination

Even in this day and age there are still a lot of negative feelings towards being LGBT. A bill prohibiting discrimination against citizens who are LGBT will make those who feel isolated, or are in an unwelcoming environment because of their sexual orientation, feel safer and free to go anywhere without worrying about being turned down or harassed because of their sexual and/or gender preference.

Dear Future President,

For almost two years i have been a part a member of an LGBT club at my school and have learned about the harassment people of the LGBT community have to go through almost every day. The discrimination against the LGBT community must come to an end because how can they and the people who care for them live peacefully if people are constantly attacking them because of their sexual and/or gender preference?

As examples of this harassment, states, "42% of people who are LGBT report living in an unwelcoming environment", "6 in 10 LGBT students report feeling unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation", and "80% of gay and lesbian youth report severe social isolation". People of the LGBT community do not feel safe and that is why we must help stop these acts are that makes them feel unsafe. We need to help people see that being LGBT is not wrong as well and that we are all the same by making a bill that prohibits LGBT discrimination in school, church, and anywhere public.

I understand that not everyone is going to agree because they might say its against their religion and "God intended for men and women to be together". Because of this sort of inequality, a bill has been issued to prevent LGBT discrimination at religious schools. Even in some religious institutions this harassment towards LGBT students are neglected. These people who live their life by the bible and are against being LGBT need to realize it is 2016 not 27 AD. An example of people who are against LGBT solely because the bible are the people who protest at the Pride Parade in my hometown, and every other pride parade for that matter. Every year the parade takes place there are always religious protesters both violent and nonviolent. That is why a bill to prevent this discrimination in public areas like these LGBT parades needs to be put in place.

In conclusion the LGBT community makes up a large percent of the population here in the U.S; they are our friends, neighbors, family, and most importantly, humans. They matter and so do their rights. I believe this bill will help reduce the discrimination that happens so easily in the public, and that is why I think this bill should be put up for discussion, because it will help millions.   

East Central High School - Tulsa

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