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Fear Concerning the Rights of the LGBTQ+ Community

THE POLY OPTIMIST

Fear Concerning the Rights of the LGBTQ+ Community

November 5, 2020

By: Jasmin Marely Hernandez

In the 1940s the Government and police conducted harassment, persecution, and investigation of gays. The LGBTQ community decided to march and fight for what they wanted and deserved, however, they got part of what they fought for, such as when gay marriage was legalized in 2015. Now here in 2020, the LGBTQ community is fearing losing their basic human rights. The Supreme Court is set to hear a case concerning the rights of gay and lesbian Americans on Wednesday morning on November 4, 2020. As this new case has been told nationwide, the LGBTQ community face challenges similar to their past and face fear in not being able to be themselves. 

 July 4, 1967 Protesters picket line in front of  Independence Hall in Philadelphia for protection of homosexuals from discrimination

 

Gay Pride march, 1972.

Photo by Jearld Moldenhauer

I met with Elliot Lanz, a 14-year-old in the LGBTQ community.¨It’s really disappointing right now to see, the way that a lot of the members are being treated and how like, even legally, the obstacles that we’re facing, like marriage, a  basic human right, and the fact that they’re gonna be taken away. It’s just, it’s heartbreaking, but it scares me because our countries are in a place where they believe that it’s okay to take basic humans right from people who are humans just the same as everyone else,” he said. 

This change that could happen will affect his life and everyone in the community more than they already go through on a daily basis. “In my personal everyday life. I see more division between me and my family members. Just based on where they stand politically and their views on the LGBTQ community. Which kind of puts me in a tough spot because I have to kind of deal with unaccepting family members and at the same time trying to still be myself at family outings when I see those people. I kind of see the same thing In school, a lot of classmates are being divided politically. So especially on the topic of the LGBTQ community, I just feel like there’s a lot of tension right now,” states Eliott.

The community hopes for greatness and a chance to live a life without discrimination and fear. In which they won’t be able to marry someone they truly love or not be able to get the job they deserve, and the fear to not be allowed to be themselves.

Special Guest

Elliot Lanz after a daily makeup look

(Photo by Jasmin Marely Hernandez/Poly Optimist)

 

Special Guest

Elliot Lanz

Contributors to this Podcast Episode

Featured Podcaster

Jasmin Marely Hernandez

Podcast Editor

Gina Morales

Editor in Chief

Alessandra Quintanilla

Photography

Jasmin Marely Hernandez

 

 

Staff

Edgar Munoz

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