Assignment 7 - Sexual Tolerance - Christian Gabriel CHFD220...

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Christian Gabriel CHFD220 B011 Spr. 16 Prof. Lewis May 22, 2016 Sexual Tolerance: The Times They Are A’changing Times are indeed changing. The sexual tolerance has been making waves across the nation. Women are beginning to take on more roles in the U.S. military, and as recent as last year alone, same sex marriage was legalized nationwide. The LGBT community has made progress regarding equal rights. They continue to fight for their rights as humans and should not be treated any different because of their sexual or gender preference. A recent legal debate is currently ongoing regarding the law, House Bill 2 (HB 2), in North Carolina that bans individuals from utilizing public restrooms that do not correlate with their gender at birth. The nation is watching over this debate and as a sensitive topic, it will no doubt affect not just the state of North Carolina, but affect the nation. I will be discussing the transgender community among society. I will describe the ongoing debate in North Carolina, the views and reasons from each side, and how the nation is reacting to the recent change. I will conclude with the status of the law and where each side stands. There are not many Americans that can personally they know someone who is transgender. With the recent survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, only 35 percent of United States voters say they know someone or work with someone who is transgender (HRC.org, 2016). Being a transgender doesn’t necessarily mean changing your image because not everyone who is, go through the procedure of getting a surgery. Whether it is by choice or for financial reasons, some choose not to go through a full transition. The transgender community continues to have challenges that they are faced
with. The federal government is working on including transgender people in the existing non-discrimination protections but there are currently only 18 states that protect gender identity against employment and housing discrimination, 17 states against discrimination in public accommodations, and 15 against discrimination in education (HRC.org, 2016).

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