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Delgado 1 Alexander Delgado Professor Debra Briggs ENC 1102 11 October 2010 Why Can’t Gay Be OK? Within the past couple weeks, 6 teenage boys committed suicide for being different. It was not a matter of earning low grades or not associating with the rest of the class; it was a matter of sexual orientation. These boys felt the world had no hope for GLBT people. They sent bullets through their heads for hearing that it is not okay to be gay. In today’s society, there are many basic human rights that GLBT citizens do not receive. The idea that these people do not deserve equal treatment is completely unethical. To begin with, many American companies still discriminate on a basis of sexual orientation for employment. The Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) extends “federal employment discrimination protections that are currently provided based on a person's race, religion, gender, national origin, age, and disability to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.” (Sequoiablessed) As necessary as the ENDA sounds, 29 states refuse to grant this basic liberty and protection to the GLBT community. ("Pass ENDA Now") This discrimination has led to company executives firing faithful and hardworking employees solely based on their sexual orientation. Many families have filed for bankruptcy due to a member being fired for a perceived sexual oddity. Many employers refer to themselves as EOE’s, equal opportunity
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