How has discrimination pervasively shaped the lives of the LQTBQ+ community?
In the article “Widespread Discrimination Continues to Shape LGBT People’s Lives in Both Subtle and Significant Ways”, by Singh Sejal and Laura E. Durso there is discussion of how discrimination has changed the LGTBQ people’s lives in a negatively way. Singh and Durso discuss that, to reduce the chance of prejudice, LGBT people make small yet drastic changes to their daily lives, often concealing their true identity. Furthermore, the article draws and expresses a picture of how discrimination towards LGBT persons is prevalent in daily life – in the workplace, on the playground, and in sports arenas. This is inexcusable, humiliating, and surprising.
It is so surprising that, even after the government has progressed in the past towards LGBTQ equality without precedent, most legislative arms have not implemented the non-discrimination provision that protects persons with different sexual orientation or gender identity. According to the report from national representative for LGBTQ+ community shows that most LGBT individuals continue to face discrimination, that between 11% and 28% of them lose jobs, get rejected, not easily promoted at their workplaces because of the sexual orientation.
I agree with Singh and Durso that in jobs, many LGBT people are also exposed to taint, ludicrous treatment and other bigotry in the workplace and, after extreme stigmatization, alienation and physical and emotional damage in their country of origin, the pressures on LGBT asylum seekers are further placed on the ways to ‘prove’ their sexual identity. In on of the interview by the gay guy David, he mentions unseen harm. He says that those individuals who are not discriminated, find the threat of it as an impact on their life in small but significant ways. “I couldn’t be fired for being gay,” he said. But David went on to explain, “When partners at the firm invite straight men to squash or drinks, they don’t invite the women or gay men. I’m being passed over for opportunities that could lead to being promoted.”
“I lower my voice in meetings to make it sound less feminine and avoid wearing anything but a black suit. … When you’re perceived as feminine—whether you’re a woman or a gay man—you get excluded from relationships that improve your career.”
Moreover, discrimination against LGBTQ persons, including transgender people has increased in public places. A report tabled by United States Transgender Survey in 2015 shows that, almost one-third of LGBTQ people who attend public office and are suspected to be transgender, face discrimination or abuse which lead to refused equal care. Yes, I have observed such a situation in one of the health centers where a trans patient was asked to register as a male or female, despite the fact that such people do not fit into either category. The individual came out boldly and announced the identity and faced ridicule and discrimination, which impedes access to services that all people have a right to.
How discrimination in this text has been highlighted reflect scenes in my primary text where some of the members never wanted to reveal their identities as they felt uncomfortable with the idea. The gossiping of others in the film shows how far they could have discriminated against Romania had he not been exposed. The main text from this article is discrimination and it is implications to LGTBQ individuals.