Alex O’Toole – Final Project
By Alexandra O'Toole
May 1, 2017
The LGBTQ+ community is a community that has long faced persecution and discrimination and hearing that doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone– because it is not new information.
It isn’t as if more people are suddenly becoming gay or deciding to be gay, but they are becoming increasingly comfortable with themselves and the climate so that they can admit it now.
The LGBT Civil Rights Movement has been going on for a long time now and it is a fight that it still happening every day. This timeline offers just a sampling of what the LGBT community has done and has gone through over the past several decades.
Yes, as you can see, we as a nation have come a long way. However, that is not to say that we are in a completely safe and accepting society. We know that regardless of any strides or progress, that is absolutely not the case.
The following chart illustrates the breakdown of hate crimes based on sexual identity and gender identity, respectively. These are according to FBI findings for the year 2015.
In 2015, law enforcement agencies reported 1,219 hate crime offenses based on sexual orientation bias, which is the total number represented in the above chart. Most of the groups identified in the first chart are pretty self-explanatory. “Mixed group” bias, however, refers to bias that was was prompted by an anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender bias; it encompasses a larger group. Clearly though, still, gay men are facing the majority of bias. In 2015 alone they alone faced over 758 hateful assaults.
In the same year, of the single-bias incidents, 118 offenses were a result of gender-identity bias. Of those, 75 of them were anti-transgender and 43 were anti-gender non-conforming.
Something that people always say is that children are the future. If that is the case here, then things are looking up. Children today are being born into a society where it is more acceptable to be who you are. Statistics about LGBT youth show the discrimination that is still being faced by all age groups within the community, but also hope for the future.