LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer/Questioning) represents a community seeking equality and acceptance. The LGBTQ community has become far more relevant in recent years, with society gradually growing accepting.
LGB & Q are based around the non-traditional sexuality, homosexual, bi-sexual and questioning.
Though homosexuality has existed since humans have its acceptance in society has changed throughout history. In Ancient Greece is was completely normal to be gay, similarly in 1700s having a gay lover was not scandalous. In recent times however, from late 1800s onwards, homosexuality became a “sin” and demonised by many religions.
Homosexual relationships became criminalised in many states resulting in long prison sentences and sometimes hormonal treatments for those found “guilty” of engaging in homosexual relations. Thankfully, homosexuality has become decriminalised in most states and is now celebrated by many countries during Pride marches.
Same-sex marriage has recently been introduced in Ireland following the 2015 referendum. Couples can now marry without distinction to sex. Ireland was the first country to allow same-sex marriage by popular vote. Currently 24 countries have legalised same-sex marriage, with Germany and Malta legalising it in 2017. The US has also legalised same-sex marriage nation wide.
Though advancements have been made in this area there is still a lot of difficulties and hate surrounding it. A lot of people disagree with same-sex relationships and campaign against allowing same-sex couples to adopt children. Gay bars are often targets of violence and members of the LGBTQ community are often victims of hate crime. Of course we all remember the tragedy of the Orlando shooting in 2016, in which 49 innocent victims were killed. Many countries around the world joined together to grieve the loss in Orlando, showing at least some solidarity with the LGBTQ community.
In 2017, there is the grievous crimes being committed in Chechnya where Ramazan Kadyrov has begun persecuting homosexuals, and sending them to concentration like camps. Many of the LGBTQ community have been arrested, tortured and killed as a result. The world needs to take action to end this persecution and massacre of the LGBTQ community in Chechnya.
Transgender are those who wish to identify with the opposite gender to which they were born. With the ability of sex-change operations transgender people can now live their lives as the opposite gender to which they identify greater than their own. Not all transgenders which to have sex-change operations and prefer to either dress in a fashion of the opposite gender or embrace a similar lifestyle. A famous transgender is of course, Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, a former Olympian and reality TV star, who transformed into a woman.
Following the case of Lydia Foy, a transgender person can now change their gender on their birth certificate in Ireland, to represent their current gender, a welcomed step forward.
Again this area is far from problem free. A new problem is the use of gender specific bathrooms. Can a transgender use the bathroom of their identified gender or must they use the bathroom of their gender of birth? Many are in support of allowing transgender people to use whichever bathroom they so choose but there are of course those campaigning against it. Donald Trump, in particular, is against allowing transgender bathroom policy when he revoked Obama’s guidelines in February.
Hopefully we will see greater development in the whole LGBTQ community as society develops. Never be afraid to be who you are, it is your life and no one can tell you how to live it.
Love is love and love wins ALWAYS ! Happy Pride !