Members of the LGBTQ+ community have unjustly had to put up with and fight through hate and discrimination for years, and it's apparent that there are still bigotted individuals out there who can't view the world with an open and accepting mind.
But today, LGBTQ+ Americans have just won a huge civil rights victory at the Supreme Court. Keep scrolling to find out why this is one of the biggest victories yet...
The LGBTQ community is stronger than ever.Since the annual observance of LGBT History Month began in the U.S. in 1994, the growth and acceptance of this community has been absolutely staggering.
LGBTQ identifying people are prouder than ever before...
via: ShutterstockAnd, because of the growing numbers of barriers being broken down, more and more people are coming out openly and proudly as LGBTQ.
But discrimination still lurks.
via: ShutterstockDespite amazing development, an array of sick and narrow-minded individuals who spread constant hatred and fear amongst this community are still in existence.
Discrimination comes in many different forms.
via: ShutterstockWhether it's in the form of cyber-bullying or in the form of a violent physical act, discrimination against the LGBTQ community is rife. No type of discrimination is okay.
These hate crimes are happening all over the world and it's not okay.
via: ShutterstockIt's a heartbreaking reality that hate crimes against the community still happen.
Education is key.
via: ShutterstockIt is common knowledge that those who discriminate against and abuse members of the LGBTQ community are often uneducated on the topic, and are lashing out against something unfamiliar to them.
And this is why education on the topic is so important.
via: ShutterstockThe more people that are educated about the community, the fewer hate crimes and attacks there will be against LGBTQ+ identifying people.
Stonewall is renowned for its campaign work and lobbying.
via: ShutterstockAnd they have assisted in achieving the equalization of the age of consent, lifting the ban on LGBT people serving in the military, securing legislation which allowed same-sex couples to adopt and have even helped to secure same-sex marriages.
They have achieved so much for the community...
via: ShutterstockAnd they're nowhere near ready to stop anytime soon.
According to Stonewall, a whopping forty-five percent of LGBTQ+ identifying pupils are bullied...
via: ShutterstockAnd the group believes that this statistic could be lowered significantly if children were educated about the community from an earlier age.
But of course, discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community doesn't just happen in schools...
via: Getty ImagesIt's rife in the workplace too.
Despite same-sex marriage being made legal in 2015...
via: Getty ImagesFiring workers for being LGBTQ has remained legal across much of the US.
Unlike race or national origin...
via: Getty ImagesFederal law does not specifically name sexual orientation or gender identity as protected classes.
It's awful that in 2020 this is still allowed to happen.
via: Getty ImagesAns it shows how far we've still got to go.
But this week, LGBTQ+ Americans have just won a huge civil rights victory at the supreme court...
via: Getty ImagesThis is history-making.
The Supreme Court issued one of its biggest decisions ever today in protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination.
Historic. This is a monumental victory not just for LGBTQ+ rights, but for our entire nation. No one should be fir… https://t.co/nQAl2vUEaF— Women's March (@Women's March)1592232929.0
But this is an even bigger victory for one main reason:
via: Getty ImagesBesides the obvious, it also bans workplace discrimination in dozens of Republican-controlled states, which previously never enacted state laws banning anti-LGBTQ discrimination, as per Buzzfeed News.
Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote about the breakthrough decision:
Today is a historic day for #LGBTQ Americans, equality, and democracy. Everyone deserves a chance to pursue a life… https://t.co/KzsSyW3Na7— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@Rep. Eric Swalwell)1592232905.0
Grateful for today’s decision by the Supreme Court. LGBTQ people deserve equal treatment in the workplace and throu… https://t.co/xsdjphGIu1— Tim Cook (@Tim Cook)1592233298.0
What an incredible step in the right direction.
This is an historic day. Congratulations to the LGBTQ+ community on this monumental victory for equality. We must n… https://t.co/0Ymcv5dJZT— Bernie Sanders (@Bernie Sanders)1592232737.0