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Christian GabrielCHFD220 B011 Spr. 16Prof. LewisMay 22, 2016Sexual Tolerance: The Times They Are A’changingTimes are indeed changing. The sexual tolerance has been making waves across thenation. Women are beginning to take on more roles in the U.S. military, and as recent aslast year alone, same sex marriage was legalized nationwide. The LGBT community hasmade progress regarding equal rights. They continue to fight for their rights as humansand should not be treated any different because of their sexual or gender preference. Arecent legal debate is currently ongoing regarding the law, House Bill 2 (HB 2), in NorthCarolina that bans individuals from utilizing public restrooms that do not correlate withtheir gender at birth. The nation is watching over this debate and as a sensitive topic, itwill no doubt affect not just the state of North Carolina, but affect the nation. I will bediscussing the transgender community among society. I will describe the ongoing debatein North Carolina, the views and reasons from each side, and how the nation is reacting tothe 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 istransgender. With the recent survey by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, only 35percent of United States voters say they know someone or work with someone who istransgender (HRC.org, 2016). Being a transgender doesn’t necessarily mean changingyour 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 fulltransition. The transgender community continues to have challenges that they are faced
with. The federal government is working on including transgender people in the existingnon-discrimination protections but there are currently only 18 states that protect genderidentity against employment and housing discrimination, 17 states against discriminationin public accommodations, and 15 against discrimination in education (HRC.org, 2016).