Accepting and Respecting Every Person For Who They Are or Who They Love

And what we can do to make people more comfortable.


Johanna Ortiz, Reporter

Love. Acceptance. Respect. Isn’t that what we all want? That’s why it is incredibly important to make everyone feel heard. LGBTQ+ people are gaining more rights in the 21st century; however, homophobia and transphobia can still be found anywhere from the workplace to our own homes. Gay people, lesbians, bisexuals, non-binary people, transgender people, or any other individuals who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community should be given the same treatment, same respect, same rights as everyone else.

It is saddening to know that I live in a society where LGBTQ+ people are being discriminated against in the workplace.  An article called Stonewall stated that “Almost one in five LGBT staff (18%) have been the target of negative comments or conduct from work colleagues because they are LGBT.”  The good news is that every year, there are more and more workplace protections in place.  And yet as of 2018, still 46% of the LGBTQ+ workers were not fully comfortable being out at work.

Trans people are scared to ask for surgery at the thought of rejection. The website also says that “Seven in ten trans people (70%) report being impacted by transphobia when accessing general health services.”  We’d think that healthcare would be a professional safe place for anyone, but it is one of the most consistent places where discrimination is shown. Isn’t it sickening!

The same way LGBTQ+ people are being discriminated in the work and in general health services they are being discriminated in the walls they grew up in. Teenagers often can’t find that sense of security at home.  Over 40 percent of homeless youth identify LGBTQ+, and that is a significantly higher percentage that the nationwide number of teens in that community. This leads to lifelong issues such as drug addiction, being victims of sex trafficking, having a lack of education and work opportunities.

This shows that the common factor is not feeling safe, comfortable, or loved at home, and it is better to run-away.  People should be able to openly express themselves without hate or fear. Coming out to friends and family has never been easy but there are ways to feel more comfortable when doing so.   “

I remember having a friend growing up who was so scared to tell his parents that he was attracted to the other gender. Scared of being thrown out of his home. Scared of being mistreated and unloved. Scared of being harmed. He had to be uncomfortable to make everyone else comfortable. Why can’t we live in a world where even if we don’t have the same views or same beliefs, we can still give respect, love, and acceptance to others.

Sage an organization who advocates for the LGBTQ+ community states that “1 in 3 LGBTQ+ youths reported that they had been physically threatened or harmed in their lifetime because of their LGBTQ+ identity.” These are kids, Children being harmed. They shouldn’t have to experience any type of hate and the fact that some people must express their abomination towards the community by harming an individual just makes me furious! Don’t you feel disgust in your heart knowing that hate is being thrown left and right at the very people who live in our communities.

It is the human in us to want to feel respected, to want to feel loved, to want to feel accepted. It should be given to everyone without a single thought of doubt. We must do better. We should do better. It can cost someone’s mental health or even a life by showing hate and discrimination. It cost nothing to show respect and give love.  Everyone deserves to be treated equally. Love is love and we should all accept the idea of embracing that.