“Everyone deserves equal rights to love and live.”
In 1948, the United Nations adopted the UDHR (United Nations Declaration of Human Rights). It states that every human is free and equal, irrespective of age, ethnicity, creed, religion, or gender. However, the homophobia and transphobia present in today’s society have affected the LGBT community greatly.
Unfortunately, even today, just a total of 29 countries in the world allow same-sex couples to get married legally. Since gay marriage hasn’t been made legal yet in many countries, LGBT people can’t exercise one of the most fundamental human rights.
In the UNDR, it states that a man and woman have the right to marry any race, religion or nationality. However, a massive chunk of the society, who are LGBT, aren’t included in this statement. The gay community has had to fight against this for a very long time.
People who reflect homosexual tendencies have dealt with abuse, disapproval, violence and inequality. Some countries even consider LGBT people to be criminalised legally under their law. Saying yes to gay rights is an integral part of creating a healthy and accepting society for many individuals.
Homophobia and inequality towards LGBT individuals have resulted in many individuals remaining closeted. However, this applies to openly gay people as well. Slurs, violence, isolation, low self-esteem, and depression are just a few of the effects of the absence of gay rights.
Various studies have reported that at least 55% of LGBT youth feel like outcasts and fear disapproval for their sexual orientations. When a particular person feels that they are different, it may cause them to repress their real feelings and experiences. This repression is a result of how the LGBT community is suffering. Gay rights could be the turning point of reducing depression, suicide, self-harm and other mental illnesses in many LGBT individuals.
The common struggle
Children and adults alike are on a continuous journey of growing and improving their lives. The queer community deserves to have an equal chance of being acknowledged and understood. Most LGBT youths are exploring their sexuality and themselves as well. It is imperative that we, as a society, realise that gay individuals only want to be understood and to be able to love whoever they want.
A gay person is going through the same struggle as anybody else with the added stress of figuring out their sexual orientation and identity. However, the intolerance and inequality towards their community make it harder for them to continue growing in society as a healthy individual. As we grow, you learn more about yourself through different experiences and by creating bonds with people that you may find attractive or likeable. But with the heteronormative norms prevalent today, gay individuals are deprived of these experiences again and again. It is a constant struggle for the individual with himself, family, friends and society.
Diversification and Acceptance
Gay rights can help the LGBT community to feel accepted, understood and loved finally. These rights will allow same-sex marriages and legal support for those individuals who have had to face harassment and abuse.
We must understand that if a man maintains a romantic relationship with another man, it does not harm us in any way. If they have children and live their life how they want, they are not affecting us in any way. Gay rights are all about living and letting people live. It is a basic right that we all expect to have from society.
Can you imagine a world where a woman gets bullied simply for loving a man? If that sounds weird to you, then you may be able to relate how homophobia and inequality may affect the lives of the LGBT community.