The dictionary defines discrimination as the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or identified sex and sexual orientation. The term LGBT stands for, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. These terms refer to sexual orientation and also gender identity. Every day people of the LGBT community suffer wrongful terminations and oppression in their schools for their sexual orientation or identified gender.
For example, one issue that has yet to be dealt with is the matter of discrimination in the workplace environment. Currently, it is legal in 34 states for an employer to terminate an employee on the basis of their sexual orientation. Only 21 states and Washington D.C. have laws that disallow discrimination against sexual orientation, and 17 states and the District of Columbia have some type of laws in place concerning discrimination against gender identity. The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, “would provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity” (Human Rights Campaign). The act follows basic given civil rights laws granted to every American. The bill has passed the Senate, and now journeys to the House of Representatives for consideration, but currently there is only a 14 percent chance of the bill even being ratified. The percent chance is extremely discouraging, not only to people who have experienced discrimination but to civil rights advocates across the country.
One case of workplace discrimination is Schroer v. Library of Congress. Diane Schroer, who began her career as Dan Schroer, “was an Airborne Ranger qualified Special Forces officer who completed over 450 parachute jumps, received numerous decorations including the Defense Superior Service Medal, and was hand-picked to head up a classified national security operation” (American Civil Liberties Union). Diane retired after 25 years of service to the country as a Colonel, and interviewed for a position as a terrorism research analyst for the Library of Congress. Unfortunately, after informing her employer that she was going to begin her job as Diane rather than Dan Schroer, and that she had undergone sex transition surgery, the job offer was taken away. In 2008, a judge ruled that the issue over the sex change was sex discrimination, and in 2009 she was rewarded half a million dollars as recompense for her troubles. Cases like this one should be the outcome of things happening all over the country. And even better, they should not be occurring to begin with. However, seeing that this kind of discrimination is being dealt with and recognized as wrong is, extremely relieving and satisfying.
Although, despite this astounding milestone of Schroer v. Library of Congress, an immense amount of members of the LGBT community are still being discriminated against in both the work and school oriented environments. In a high school in...