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The Rise Of Violent Crimes Against The LGBTQ Community CJ2799 David South Serikawa June 02, 2015 Barry Doughty
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Around the country every day crimes are being committed against individuals that identify themselves as part of the LGBT community. In the recent news we have seen a surge not only on social media but with traditional media reporting violent hate crimes against LGBT persons. With current media coverage all over the country about same sex marriage being legalized it seems, as there is a wave of violent hate crimes happening against the same community, crimes that in years past would have been swept under the rug. In the past few year has the number of violent crimes against the LGBT community really gone up or is the media finally shining a light onto a continuing issue from decades past due to the new recent equality laws? I believe this violence against the LGBT community is nothing new but a problem that was swept under the carpet in the past decades due to unfair laws, and a homophobic society. Social media and traditional media has started highlighting these crimes against the LGBT community more and more over the past two years with the new laws that have gone into effect for equality and marriage equality. Before this topic can be further explored a couple of terms need to be defined. So who exactly is the LGBT community.. This definition is not as clear-cut definition and can mean something different depending on who you are asking. LGBT, LGBTQ, LGBTQA, TBLG: These acronyms refer to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Asexual or Ally. Although all of the different identities within “LGBT” are often lumped together and there are specific needs and concerns related to each individual identity. Within this text we are going to focus on persons who identify as LGBT to simplify things and to keep from getting super confusing. Let me start going backwards with the T. Transgender: This term has many definitions depending on whom
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you ask. It is frequently used as an umbrella term to refer to all people who do not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. To some this includes cross-dressers, drag kings, and drag queens. Some transgender people feel they exist not within one of the two standard gender categories, but rather somewhere between, beyond, or outside of those two genders. Bisexual individuals or the B in the LGBT equation are individuals that attracted to both people of their own gender and the opposite gender they are often referred to as simply bi. The LG in LGBT can be lumped together. These individual are those persons who are attracted primarily to members of the same sex. Gay can be used for any sex for example gay man, gay woman, or gay person. Sometimes lesbian is the preferred term for women who are attracted to other women.
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