Discrimination In The LGBT Community

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culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?" This introduces a major issue in the LGBT community. Most of the heterosexual population does not fully understand what the LGBT community is. This is due to the misunderstanding of the definition and types of sexual orientation. To most, sexual orientation refers only to sexual preference. However, sexual orientation not only refers to attraction— but also identities. The LGBT community not only includes homosexuals and bisexuals, but also others such as asexual and transgenders. Because these sexual orientations were vastly unpopular in the past, a prejudice against non- heterosexuals began to build over the years. This prejudice has caused the LGBT community…show more content…
It was believed that being gay, lesbian, transgenders, and others went against nature. While the new generation is more accepting, many still discriminate against the LGBT community. Discrimination based on sexual orientation can"affect executives with six- figure incomes and those who clean offices at night for the minimum wage" (Paulson). The LGBT community are vulnerable to the discrimination coming from private institutions. For example, the LGBT community can "be denied service that hotels restaurants and other businesses. They can even be denied credit in excluded from juries" (How Businesses). Fortunately for the LGB community the government prohibits federal institutions from discriminating based on sexual orientation. However this brings issues about a universal thing as the web please between federal and private institution. Is it fair for federal employees to be punished for discriminating based on sexual orientation,while other employees at private businesses are free from facing legal consequences. Unfortunately, most private institutions are not obligated to refrain from discriminating. These obligations for private businesses can only be enforced by state laws. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, only 44 percent of US citizens have laws dedicated to prohibit sexual orientation discrimination however only 14 percent of the 44 percent has laws to also prevent the discrimination of gender identity. Even though some states created these laws, they are not fully and truly being enforced this is most likely due to business owners ' own personal feelings regarding the LGBT

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