Equal Rights

Your 3-Minute Guide to LGBT Human Rights

LGBT Human Rights

Are you unfamiliar with LGBT human rights – and afraid that you may accidentally appear insensitive or ignorant about such a burning issue? If yes, then you have come to the right place. We are here to help you. In this post, we will give you a quick primer on the major LGBT rights issues and ensure that you have a good grasp of this vital topic.

What does it mean to be LGBT?

What does LGBT stand for?  The term LGBT refers to members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. In general, anyone who does not identify himself or herself as heterosexual can be considered an LGBT. If this fits someone you know, then counseling may be helpful in being happy. Similarly, a person of mixed gender (someone who has both male and female characteristics) would be an LGBT. A person whose gender identity differs from his or her biological gender would also be considered an LGBT ( for example, a person who is biologically male but identifies as a female).

What are the important LGBT Human Rights?  A person who is an LGBT should be treated exactly the same way as a non-LGBT would be treated – this is the simplest way to understand (and appreciate) LGBT rights. Throughout history, we humans have often discriminated against anyone whom we see as somehow different from ourselves. Members of the LGBT community too have been persecuted and treated shabbily in many countries.  Accordingly, LGBTs demand that they be treated on par with other citizens.  Here is a video of the rights the LGBT community has around the world.

Thus, some of the important human rights that LGBTs seek are:

  1. Freedom from persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender identity
    In many countries, even today, there are laws against people who identify as LGBTs. Thus, in many countries, a homosexual person (to take one example) can be arrested for his or her sexual orientation, tried and convicted by a court, and sentenced to prison. In some nations, homosexuals may even be sentenced to death.
  2. Equal opportunity in the workplace and in society in general
    A lot of countries have rules that ban LGBTs from certain jobs. For example, such people are often barred from military service. Similarly, they may be denied proper healthcare, financial assistance and other facilities.
  3. Equal marital rights
    Denying marital rights to LGBTs is a common practice across the world. Till date, only a handful of countries permit LGBTs to marry a person of their choice.
  4. Freedom from bullying, physical assault, verbal abuse
    Many LGBTs are regularly abused by other people almost on a daily basis. Such abuse makes life difficult for them and can lead to severe psychological suffering.

What should you do? First and foremost, do not be insensitive or aggressive towards LGBTs. Do not judge people due to things like sexual orientation or gender identity. Secondly, do support them as much as you can. Be a good human being and a good friend – it’s not too hard, is it?

Family Rights

Same-sex Marriage And Parenthood

Same-sex Marriage And Parenthood

Various studies have shown that a child’s behavior is influenced mostly by the nature of parenting they had. Since the legalization of same gender-marriages in the US few years, there has been a drastic increase of same in such unions, and with several options open for these couples to become parents. One of the main concerns with now is whether or not the offspring of these same sex marriages will grow int adulthood in same manner as those with heterosexual parents. Available reports state that estimates of 1 million to 9 million kids have either a gay or lesbian as parent. The welfare of these kids becomes an issue of concern. Thus the question on everyone’s lip is whether homosexual and bisexual parents are capable of catering for their offspring as compared to heterosexual counterparts.

Are same-sex parents capable of properly raising kids?

It would be very difficult to know the exact number of lesbian and gay relationships around, or the exact number of same-gender marriages, due to the fact that most involved are still being secretive about it, because of the apparent discrimination that may come with such a revelation or other reasons. However what we intend finding out is how well gay and lesbian unions fare in parenting.

Several researchers conducted on heterosexual families in contrast to the homosexual and bisexual, agreed that children of same-sex parents are physiologically and physically sound just like kids raised by a heterosexual parents.

The following are some summaries from of the researches

  • The research showed that children are mostly affected by their parents’ sense of competence and security, and the presence of social and economic support for the family than by the gender or the sexual tendency their parents.
  • Also that offspring of lesbian mothers rates significantly higher in academic and social proficiency and lower in social concerns as against those from heterosexual parents.
  • Children of these same sex-marriages are most likely to have the idea of superiority of their own sex, and will most likely involve in same sex relationships.

In conclusion it is safe to say that children raised in same sex families are not affected negatively and as such grow equally into adulthood in sound minds as children from heterosexual families.

the outcome of children of heterosexual families will be slightly advantageous as compared to those from same-sex families. But the gender of the parents is most likely not to have any negative effect on the children.