Good (—) to one and all present here. My name is (—) and I am here today to speak about how LGBTQ youth are protected. LGBTQ includes people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, pansexual, etc. This term is in use since the 1990s. Several laws and policies exist at various levels to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The constitution of the United States of America ensures everyone, including the LGBTQ community “equal protection of the laws”.
A federal law called Title IX, which bans discrimination supported sex, protects students at schools that receive federal funds. Courts have come to an agreement that the sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX includes discrimination for being a lady or a boy and also includes harassment and discrimination for failing to evolve to gender stereotypes. Sex discrimination and harassment of the LGBTQ community have successfully relied on Title IX’s protections in several proceedings involving schools.
A growing number of states are taking additional steps to shield LGBTQ youth by explicitly including sexual orientation, individuality, and gender expression in laws that protect against discrimination and harassment in schools. A growing number of courts are interpreting laws addressing sex discrimination to ban discrimination supported gender identity/expression. whether or not your state legislature hasn’t specifically banned anti-LGBTQ discrimination and harassment in class, city ordinances, and native school districts within your state may have done so.
More and more communities from small rural towns to large urban have enacted rules protecting students from discrimination and harassment supported by sexual orientation and/or personal identity.
In addition to all these laws, LGBTQ students have various rights. They have the right to raise their voices against discrimination and injustices in their schools or surroundings and to promote equality at school. They have the right to wear t-shirts and have other accessories to support and protect the LGBTQ community.
They can also distribute leaflets expressing LGBTQ positive statements without being censored based on their opinion or viewpoint. They can make posters and display them, and can also give announcements and hold meetings and discuss their programs and bring awareness just like any other student group organization. They can write articles or columns either in personal or student-led publications to address the issues and concerns of the LGBTQ community to provide them with more inclusiveness, recognition, and equality. The LGBTQ people will be able to post anything that concerns them without any discrimination.
It is our responsibility to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community. They are just like us and should never be discriminated against in any manner. Today their rights are being protected by the law, but still, many places deny opportunities to such people saying they are uncomfortable. Such institutions must be reported immediately. We have no right to deny anything that these people are entitled to get as a citizen of the country, and also as a human being just like us. Thank you and have a good day.
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Mark K. Stafford is an American English writer. He was born in Los Angeles and earned a BA from the University of California. He is a passionate author who wrote on Essays, Poetry, and Journalism. Now he writes full-time books and articles for TheWordyBoy.