LGBT People or Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Transgender are some of the most misunderstood people in society today. Stigma and discrimination are often an LGBT person’s greatest challenges, even when he or she is lucky enough to avoid physical violence at the hands of bigots and homophobes. What’s worse, many well-meaning people may do more harm than good when they try to help their LGBT family members or friends without knowing how to do so properly.
What are LGBT People
LGBT is an abbreviation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender. (Some people may also use Intersex.) This sexual orientation is a term used to describe a person’s emotional, romantic, or sexual attraction towards people of a different gender or gender identity than their own. If you identify as an LGBT person, then you are part of an important group in today’s society. You should know that many things can cause discrimination against you and harm your everyday life. To face these problems better, you need to know what some important problems are because they can cause harm to other minorities who belong in other groups too. The following text will tell you about some main problems associated with being an LGBT person.
Problems of LGBT People
A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender person who does not disclose their sexual orientation to anyone. This could be for fear of discrimination. This person may oftentimes feel alone in life and sometimes even suicidal. If a parent is homophobic, they may kick their child out of their home if they find out about their sexuality. A homophobic employer could fire them from their job because of it too, leaving them without an income to survive on. Even worse, many bigots have taken it a step further by bullying or even physically assaulting someone whom they think has one part of being gay in them. Here are some problems which LGBT people face in society.
1) Social exclusion and ridicule
LGBT people are often stigmatized, marginalized, discriminated against, or excluded by society. An increasing number of countries protect transgender people against discrimination in employment as well as education. At a societal level, most efforts to improve conditions for transgender people focus on changing laws and social attitudes towards them.
2) Homelessness Problems
Homelessness is a big problem for gay people, for LGBT people especially. An estimated 40% of homeless youth are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. There are many reasons why homelessness can be an issue for LGBT people: more discrimination from family members who may kick their children out; higher rates of bullying at school that can force them to drop out; difficulty in finding work due to discrimination—even at entry-level jobs where no qualifications are required.
3) Homophobia Problems
Homophobia is a problem that needs to be addressed. It exists in every city in every state, making it difficult for individuals who are part of or even identify as members of the LGBT community to be open about themselves, their relationships, and their sexual orientation. 40% of homeless youth are members of LGBTQ groups because they have no place else to go when faced with rejection from family members or others close to them. The issues that young people face cannot be ignored just because they don’t affect everyone else; rather we should all come together as a country to try to figure out how we can help these young people find a safe place to call home.
4) Harassment of LGBT People
In many places across the world, it is not safe to be gay. Many governments have enacted laws that make it illegal to live a life as an LGBT person or even just to love someone of a different gender. These laws have made many people afraid to come out publicly, leading them to feel isolated and alone in their day-to-day lives. Coming out is a very difficult experience for many people, but there are several things you can do before making your decision so that coming out is an easier process for you.
5) Psychological Anxiety
Psychological anxiety is a common problem faced by many LGBT people. According to WHO (World Health Organization), lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transsexuals people have higher rates of suicide as compared to straight men. The report also said that many gay people face stigma, rejection, isolation due to their sexual orientation or identity which create an unhealthy environment for them to live in. Hence Psychological Anxiety is a major issue that must be addressed immediately.
6) Discrimination in the workplace
Because gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are not legally protected from discrimination in most places across America. And don’t let your state be deceived into thinking that it has adequate nondiscrimination laws for gays only twenty-one states have statewide laws barring sexual orientation discrimination in private employment. This means that employees in thirty-nine states can be fired just because they are LGBT People.
7) Obstacles to Care
Lack of Access to Care: Many in our community have had negative experiences with health care providers. When people can’t find culturally competent or welcoming providers, they often don’t seek medical care at all. This is especially true for transgender individuals. Improving access to culturally competent care requires education for both providers and consumers.
8) Legal Injustice with LGBT People
You should not have to live in fear of being fired from your job, harassed or evicted from your home, or denied services because you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Unfortunately, in too many places that is a reality. In some states, LGBT people are protected by state law and in other states, there is no protection at all against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Even when there is protection under state law it may not be very effective because many cases go unreported.
What can Be Done to Change the Situation of LGBT People?
The main problems LGBT people face come from a lack of support at home, at work, and socially. When society cannot accept them as they are, it is often difficult for them to create a good life for themselves. This can be hard on families who are trying to understand or accommodate their loved one’s sexuality/gender identity. The easiest way that can help those in need is to be supportive, even if you don’t fully understand everything about gender or sexuality, simply by being an accepting presence. It does not have to take much more than that; whether it be changing your language when talking about these issues so you do not offend others or just sitting down with friends and family members to help guide them through these topics.