Texas Reverses Decision To Allow Social Workers To Deny LGBTQ+ and Disabled Clients | 22 Words

The LGBTQ+ community here in America has had to deal with an inhumane amount of discrimination over the years, and we're all well aware Texas is one of the worst places for it.

Since Texas made the decision to allow discrimination against LGBTQ and disabled people, there has been an outcry, and now, it looks like the people in power are finally listening...

 

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...

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And, 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.

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Despite 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.

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Whether 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.

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It's a heartbreaking reality that hate crimes against the community still happen.

Education is key.

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It 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.

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The 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.

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And 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...

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And they're nowhere near ready to stop anytime soon.

According to Stonewall, a whopping forty-five percent of LGBTQ+ identifying pupils are bullied...

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And 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...

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It's rife in the workplace too.

Despite same-sex marriage being made legal in 2015...

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Firing workers for being LGBTQ has remained legal across much of the US.

Unlike race or national origin...

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Federal 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.

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Ans it shows how far we've still got to go.

But this week, LGBTQ+ Americans have just won a huge civil rights victory...

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The decision to allow discrimination against LGBTQ and disabled people in Texas has been overturned.

Only a week ago, the Texan State Board of Social Work Examiners agree to reverse its non-discrimination clause...

After a 24,000-strong petition and outcry for them to treat everyone equally and with respect.

Since then, the subsequent ruling has been reversed...

This means the LGBTQ community and anyone that identifies as disabled will be treated the same as anyone else. Like it always should have been.

The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC) revoked the ruling last Tuesday, October 27, after the controversial decision was made on October 12.

"This was a big win today for advocacy, the board and for non-discrimination," said Will Francis, the association’s executive director.

Although this was a positive outcome, he warned that there's nothing stopping things from changing in the future...

"This is still Texas, and there are not underlying protections for LGBTQ persons. So had these non-discrimination protections been stripped away, that really would have left people vulnerable, so we need legislation that ensures that there is protection," he further explained.

CEO of Equality Texas, Ricardo Martinez, said...

He wants to prevent that slip from happening by putting laws in place with Rep. Jessica González, a Democrat from Dallas, to prevent discrimination of LGBTQ+ and disabled individuals. It's a baby step, but we're going in the right direction. Keep scrolling for more...