Issues Facing LGBTQ Community

Issues Facing LGBTQ Community

Bekah Moenning, Reporter

Earlier this year, North Carolina passed a law where transgender people are forced to use the public bathroom that correlates to their given sex. This is an ongoing issue throughout school districts across America for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender or Queer (LGBTQ) students where schools struggle with letting kids use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
On October 4, 2016, a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) meeting was held at Durango High School and the members of the club had many opinions related to LGBTQ issues. When asked whether that they believed transgender students should have a separate restroom, the members laughed at the idea because of how ridiculous it seemed.
In order to respect the sexual identity of members of the club, most of their responses are credited as coming from one voice.
“It’s scary for [transgender individuals] when they look and act the way they do in a place with the opposite gender. They get beat up,” a GSA member said in the meeting.
When transgender individuals are in a place that they don’t feel they belong, it becomes unsafe for them. Many people are unaccepting and can cause emotional and sometimes physical harm.
Women take a liberal stance on the issue, 55% versus the 45% of men who do not, and more younger adults stand with LGBTQ compared to older citizens.  Democratic citizens are firm to say that transgender people should be able to use the restroom they are most comfortable with, 68%, while the 47% of Republican leaners disagree, as stated by the Advocates for Youth association.
The presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, share similar views on LGBTQ issues.
Clinton fought for greater recognition of gay rights around the world. In her Human Rights Day speech Clinton said, “Gay rights are human rights and human rights are gay rights.”
Presidential candidate Clinton supports federal legislation to ban all discrimination on gender and sexual identity  and she aims to make it easier for people to change their gender on official documents.
Trump is also a supporter of LGBTQ rights, “I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens,” Trump said after the tragic shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando where 49 people died and 53 were injured.
GSA club leader Sabine Furtauer is a firm believer in the LGBTQ people of the world and even agrees that Trump is not as backwards on LGBTQ.
Sabine Furtauer was somebody else who found the idea of transgender individuals having separate bathrooms absurd. “It reminds me of when there were separate bathrooms for black and white,” said Furtauer.
Furtauer and LGBTQ supporters believe that if this segregation were to become the norm, it would cause similar problems to those in the past like race and gender inequality. These supporters believe that such blatant discrimination only furth divides the diverse communities of the world.