A Problem That Shouldn’t Exist

Dawson Jarel , Staff

Martin Luther King gave a speech about African American rights in 1963, about the acceptance of the Negro community.

Today there is an issue just as important that many people are attempting to ignore, which is the issue of Sexuality and Gender Acceptance, S.A.G.A.

This issue has been active for many years, yet only until a few years ago did it truly pick up serious attention. According to Gallup.com, 3.8% of Americans actually identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, or LGBT.  

As the United States Census Bureau has stated, the U.S population is appx. 318.9 million, which makes the estimated amount of LGBT members in the U.S. an astounding 12,118 people.

This number is growing every day as more people ‘come out’ to the ones they love. Sadly the support against this cause is growing as well. But why is there an opposition in the first place?

The goal of communities such as S.A.G.A and LGBT is complete acceptance from the communities they live in and for all negative slander to be history and nothing more.

This kind of goal is not only reasonable but absolutely essential to the movement. Just as Martin Luther King’s goal was coexistence and respect , the LGBT community deserves the same opportunity.

Some believe this change is wrong due to their religious beliefs, yet the Bill of Rights itself states every citizen not only has the right of religion but from religion.

One organization to this effect is the Westborough Baptist church.  Every citizen is allowed to practice their religion as long as they do not affect others who do not wish to be affected by their practice.  One person’s religion should not affect another negatively when they are simply living their life in this free society.

If the world is to truly accept the LGBT and S.A.G.A communities, minds must change. The acceptance of these communities is essential to the daily life of thousands of people who live their lives this way.

The movement has started. And denying respect and acceptance of these communities is wrong. Again referring to our most basic of principles, everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of HAPPYNESS.