Come on people! We’re all Human!

Come on people! Were all Human!

Raja Boudali & Jeime Moreno, Journalist

 

The equality of people is a struggle many people have faced including the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. Lesbian is a term used for when a girl has an interest with the same gender, gay is when a male is attracted to another male. Bisexual is when an individual is attracted to both genders. Transgender is when a person’s gender identity doesn’t match their birth sex. Queer means knowing you aren’t straight and don’t have/ know your specific sexuality. 

 

According to a poll taken in February 2021, 5.6% of adults are part of the LGBTQ+ community. 54.6% are bisexual, 24.6% are gay, 11.7% are lesbian and 11.3% are transgender. In the older generations, 2% or less are part of the LGBTQ+ community. In Gen-Z(the generation of people who lived with electronics most of their lives), one in six people, or 15.9% are LGBTQ+. 2.8 billion people live in a country where identifying as gay can cause corporal punishment or even death. Some countries that criminalize against LGBTQ+ include Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, and many more. 780 million people live in a country where same-sex marriage is legal. 

 

After a case brought before the United Nations Human Rights Committee in 1994, it became recognized as a violation of human rights. LGBTQ+ violations gathered more attention. The Human Rights Council is a governmental body within the United Nations that works all over the world, responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights and for addressing situations of human rights violations.

 

The un-equality of people based on race, religion, gender identity, or anything else is a big deal. It’s not brushed over lightly when someone makes that kind of remark.

Credits:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-43822234

https://www.cfr.org/article/changing-landscape-global-lgbtq-rights

https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/01/23/lgbt-moving-towards-equality