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We Don't Always Mean What We Say

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The first line of the second paragraph, The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The interpretation of “all men” in this passage has evolved throughout the years, from all white men, to men of all races, to how we interpret it today, as men and women of all races. While all people may be created equal, they are not treated equally as evidenced in the discrimination in today’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Although American society may claim to have overcome the ...view middle of the document...

4 more times likely to try to commit suicide if rejected by their family rather than if they are accepted by them.
However, having a pleasant relationship in a family does not mean that an LGBT child is safe from discrimination. In schools, children can be rude, and can abuse other children both verbally and physically just because they think they are “different.” In another survey done by American Progress in 2007, eighty-six percent of gay and lesbian students were verbally harassed due to their sexual orientation, and forty-four percent reported being physically harassed. Furthermore, a study of high school students in Massachusetts found that gay, lesbian, and bisexual students were three times more likely to report having been threatened or injured with a weapon at school. (qtd. in Woronoff, Estrada 348) Leaving the LGBT youth with one less place where they feel safe and secure.
LGBT discrimination can even lead to problems following the children’s’ educational careers and into their employment. The Employee Non-Discrimination Act is a huge help for the LGBT community, but unfortunately is does not solve everything. The act has a religious exemption, so religious schools and other sorts of religious workplaces are allowed to not hire a person because of their sexual identity, or fire them if they find out their identity. This means that if the organization is religious, they are legally allowed to fire an LGBT, even if the employee’s job has nothing to do with carrying out a religious mission. But religious functions have not always been the only workplace where there has been discrimination. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for the military was created by President Bill Clinton, which stated that “closeted” members of the LGBT community were allowed to be in the military, but members who were open about their sexuality were not allowed to serve. While this seems cruel, it had been a huge step up from before, when there had been a complete ban on gays in the military. Fortunately in 2011, President Barak...

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