LGBTQ Equality: LGBTQ Community Deserves all the Rights and Protections Guaranteed to all People
LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) rights have been historically oppressed since the Founding Fathers established The United States. Homophobia has found its way into legislation for hundreds of years. It was only within the recent terms of President Barack Obama that we saw restrictive laws like ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, regarding the allowance of openly gay members in the US Military, repealed. On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right. However, since that ruling, many states have established and enacted restrictive laws over the equal treatment for the LGBTQ community. The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, or ‘HB2’ law (passed in March 2016 in North Carolina), forces transgendered people to use public restrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate, not their gender identity. Vice President Elect Mike Pence formerly signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into legislation in Indiana, which allowed business to refuse service to anyone based on their sexuality because of religious beliefs. Mississippi has since signed similar laws into action, even after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. The LGBTQ community must be recognized as equal in all states, and Attrition Coalition has dedicated this activism platform towards fighting for those equalities.