Every year, approximately 1,500 American youths commit suicide as a result of emotional and psychological struggles with their sexual orientation, and this number keeps escalating. In order to stop bullying all members of a community must speak up, be able to conduct dialogue and understanding, model compassionate behavior and create safe and supportive environments for our troubled youths.
The Arguments Against Gay Rights
A decade ago, 59 percent of the interviewed population thought that gay and lesbian couples should not be able to marry. Ten years later, the percentage of people against marriage lowered from 59 to 36 percent. Arguments against include: Most religions consider it a sin. It would further weaken the traditional family values. And finally, societies have long recognized that allowing civil rights to certain groups may offend some, and at times, even the majority.
The Arguments For Gay Rights
A decade ago, 6 of 10 adults and children said gay marriages should be illegal; however now, 6 of 10 say it should be legal. There are hundreds of thought-provoking reasons in support of gay marriage. Arguments for gay marriage include: The only thing that should matter in marriage is love. Denying equal marriage is a serious form of minority discrimination. It doesn’t hurt society in particular. And lastly, same sex marriage is a civil right, as defined in Loving vs. Virginia (ProCon).
How to Help the LGBT (Call to Action)
To help the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth, simple actions go a long way. Society must build strong connections and keep the lines of communication open. It is important for them to know that their families, friends, schools, and communities support them. Create gay-straight alliances (GSAs). GSAs help create safer schools by fighting discrimination and strengthening the LGBT. Schools must allow these groups if they have other “non-curricular” clubs or groups.
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