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LGBTQ RIGHTSBy:Melina Santiago, Antonio Munera, Felipe Mejia

Support LGBTQ people

“Another Thing I'm Sick of Hearing:If I started that gay rights group,I must be gay.So if i start an animal rights group,what does that make me?A giraffe?”― James Howe, Addie on the Inside

Inspiring video of real life story

Humans make LGBTQ people suffer by bullying and discriminating without thinking of their feelings, and consequences. Gerson and Lundsten narrate,“Then, all of this totally ridiculous gossip started spreading in school, like how Alyssa and I were "together" and other huge lies about who I was attracted to. I couldn't believe how cruel and hateful people could be…people who used to be my friends.”(...)“Soon, I started to meet so many other kids like me. They, too, had been harassed at school, thought about suicide and even had friends who did take their own lives. Hearing their stories made me realize I wasn't alone. I also began to recognize that I'm more than the label "gay" or "lesbian." That's one part of who I am, but it doesn't define me. I'm also a soccer player, a writer, an activist, a great friend, a caring person and so much more.”(Gerson ' Lundsten 2014 par. 8 ' 14.).This article shows that lot of people are being discriminated, even by their friends and teammates. Some humans treat lgbtq people very badly like if they were superior, making them feel subordinate. However, one way to imrpove this situation is support groups that exist to help stop discrimination and help lgbtq people feel (because they already are) as equal as everyone else. No one should be labeled as “gay”, “lesbian”, “bisexual”, “transexual”, or “questioning”. We are all humans, and we should have the same rights as everyone else.

People are bullying and discriminating LGBTQ people, but there is a solution. Gerson and Lundsten narrate “Desperate for some support, I looked up "gay youth groups" online and a link to The Trevor Project came up. I decided to call. Turned out, the organization is based near where I live in California. The person I talked to recommended I apply to be part of their Youth Advisory Council. As a YAC member, I'd volunteer to do advocacy and workshops about bullying and suicide risks at high schools. I applied and was accepted.Soon, I started to meet so many other kids like me. They, too, had been harassed at school, thought about suicide and even had friends who did take their own lives. Hearing their stories made me realize I wasn't alone. I also began to recognize that I'm more than the label "gay" or "lesbian." That's one part of who I am, but it doesn't define me. I'm also a soccer player, a writer, an activist, a great friend, a caring person and so much more.This new perspective lifted me from my depression. I even started thinking about my plans tor the future. I want to be an advocacy lawyer and fight for kids who are LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual 'Transgender) or have been abused.I especially want to do something about gay teens who see no other option but to take their own lives, like those we keep hearing about in the news. I understand why this is happening. The prejudice, judgment and discrimination are just so hard to take. Even if your parents accept you, your friends might not. Or if your friends accept you, your parents might not. Being gay may seem prevalent on TV and in movies but, in reality, it's not totally accepted.(...)One of my oldest friends, Serena*, who I've known since kindergarten, was really homophobic, but she totally supports me now. You never know who will be on your side and love you for who you are. And eventually, you'll even be able to accept yourself, like I have.” (Gerson ' Lundsten 2014 par. 12-17).There are a lot of LGBT people discriminated against. Those people who are discriminated because of being LGBT can make homophobic people stop. There are really good support groups out there where LGBT people can be accepted, like the Trevor Project. Then people will start seeing that LGBT people and straight people are the same.

Religion is a main cause for lgbtq prohibition in some countries.Many people are educated by religion in the world. Many religions don't agree with the lgbt community, and the cause of these clashes are due to many religions viewing homosexuality as a sin. Most of these teachings are transmitted through ancient stories based on real events but somewhat altered. One of these stories is the one of Sodom And Gomorrah a city in the early bronze age that god destroyed with a rain of fire because its inhabitants turned to homosexuality told in the old testament in genesis 19. Biblegateway.com writes, “all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to you to Lot, Where are the men who came tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” Religion creates these stories from facts to explain events but also to manipulate people into their beliefs. People from different religions have been educated with these stories for thousands of years which led to lgbt members hiding from society for most of human history but nowadays the world is more tolerant for lgbt people, but the struggle for equality continues.The only known facts about the story of sodom is that a cluster of meteors did hit the area of the dead sea where some cities where located and that some cities were utterly obliterated. There is no evidence to suggest that the population of these cities were homosexuals and bisexuals but there’s also no evidence of the story being untrue, which has led to endless discrimination “justified” through religion.

Bibliography:https://docs.google.com/a/colegiobolivar.org/document/d/1DtCJozZI5x5pibKrF_OY5_GXOnz3t3BRwO9jNGES2hY/edit


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