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Hate Crimes: The LGBT Community

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Each and every day, thousands of members among the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) community are affected by hate crimes, bullying and even homicide. In fact, in just 2015 alone, the number of crimes and homicides reported against these members are staggering. According to The National Coalition of Anti-violence Programs, there were fifteen reported homicides. (Jindasurat & Waters, 2015) That is only the reported number of victims who were confirmed as part of this community. Can you imagine how many are actually affected each year? These people are being targeted because of who they are and how they choose to live their life. They are being targeted because they have stood up for who they are. I couldn’t imagine being targeted…show more content…
The individuals charged were found guilty of not only gang rape but carjacking and kidnapping as well. This attack is notable because it was “highlighted by gay rights advocates and bloggers as an example of violence against gays and lesbians.” (n.d., 2009) October 7 1998, Matthew Sheppard a 21-year-old homosexual male was robbed, beaten, tied to a fence and left to die. Eighteen hours went by without any help. Five days later he died from his wounds. The two men who caused Mr. Sheppard’s death weren’t charged with a maximum sentence which sparked a major uproar in the LGBT community. Ultimately, allowing The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd’s Hate Crime Prevention Act to be passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on October 28, 2009. (Fobes,…show more content…
According to the Center for American Progress, “studies show that anywhere from 15% to 43% of gay people have experienced some form of discrimination and harassment at the workplace. Moreover, a staggering 90 percent of transgender workers report some form of harassment or mistreatment on the job.” (Burns & Krehely, 2011) This doesn’t just affect the individual, it affects the worker’s productivity and confidence on the job, in some cases it may affect the pay which ultimately throws off the individual’s income for stability within their responsibilities, this can affect the business in a negative way. The list can go on and on of the consequences brought on by employment discrimination. According to USA Today’s Jennifer Calfas, “it is legal to fire someone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity. While there is some federal recourse through civil rights and equal employment claims, there's no national anti-discrimination law to protect LGBT workers from state whims. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits job discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion and nation of origin, but does not extend those protections to LGBT people.” (Calfas, 2015) Luckily, USA Today’s Jennifer Calfas also states that “Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia have laws prohibiting employers from firing employees due to just their sexual orientation or gender
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