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With the shocking events that took place over the weekend I have been wondering are we really doing enough to tackle homophobic discrimination? Many people from the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) community face discrimination on a daily basis and I feel this is because it is easier to discriminate against minorities.
The events that took place in Orlando at the weekend have shaken the whole LGBT community and I personally know a few people who have said that they are having trouble trying to comprehend why this took place. It is my hope that the people who tragically lost their lives, it has not been in vain and we as a society can turn around and say ‘No, we will not discriminate against minorities anymore’ Everyone regardless of race, religion sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or whatever disability they may have; each and every one of us has the same right to live and work.
While I understand that in America the second amendment states that it is every Americans right to bear arms, I do sit and wonder if that is something that should be allowed especially in this day and age. It seems that gun crime is on a rise and younger people seem to be able to get their hands on a gun and play with it. For me, I think guns should only be allowed in the hands of the armed forces or in gun ranges not something that every one has in their house.
I don’t understand why some people are still in the dark ages with issues like disability gender identity, sexual orientation and race. Things have changed a lot so why is it that there are people and companies so reluctant to change.
I really do hope that this tragic event marks the turning point and we start to treat people as equals and not as second class citizens. Please don’t let this be for nothing and we can pave the way for those who come after us.