Dear Future President,
My name is Daniel. You may not actually read this, and my voice may be lost amongst the hundreds of other high school students writing to you. But in the slim chance you read this, and you listen to what I have to say, I’d like to talk about some issues that are important to me and many others.
During his time in office, President Obama has made what could be considered leaps and bounds in LGBT+ rights. From legalizing gay marriage nationwide to protecting Transgender individuals right to use the restroom that matches their gender identity. It is quite remarkable he was able to do that with a Congress that had pretty much made it their goal to shoot down anything he had proposed.
I know both you and your opponent have drastically opposing views on this topic. One of you says you’ll continue President Obama’s work in LGBT+ rights and equality, and there are rumours saying the other will repeal the acts he has put forward. This what concerns me.
As a young member of the LGBT+ community, I rely quite heavily on such federal protections. It is not something I am necessarily proud of, but it is of fact of life for someone in my situation. LGBT+ teenagers suffer high rates of depression and anxiety due to abuse and stigmatization, and this often leads to suicide. Improving protections and care for the LGBT+ community can lower these rates drastically and benefit the country immensely. However, doing nothing, or decreasing protections and care can increase LGBT+ suicide and homicide rates drastically.
Most discrimination is caused by ignorance. If more information about LGBT+ is available to the public, they may not be so harsh to those in the community. It may also be extremely beneficial to young people who are beginning to question themselves, and they may not be so afraid to try experimenting with how they identify.
We have come a long way as a nation even in the past 10 years, but there is still much room to be made in terms of total equality. Though with someone who is willing to help take the steps needed, it can be possible.
Thank you for taking the time to read this.