Kaly, I found your post very intriguing and such n interesting topic. I think that there could be multiple points of view taken from this topic all with their reasons. I think your stance on the topic was very articulate and you had a great argument to back it up. These kinds of questions are good to ask because they can spark conversation and thinking with values. This is something you could go either way on and I think it’s great you discussed it. Sophie
Dear Beatrice I appreciate the information you have shared with me i’m thrilled to see other people who really think about the LGBT community and empathize with the members of the community. Thank you for the research you have giving me and allowing me to get a better view about the percentages in harassment including those in the LGBT community.…[Read more]
Dear Natalie, I really enjoyed reading your post about immigration. Most of what you have written really stood out to me because as an immigrant myself it has been really hard to go through life knowing the type of oppression and negativity that has been thrown to immigrants. Something that stood out to me the most though was when you stated,…[Read more]
Your post has surprised me for the amount of diversity you include in terms of cultures and celebrations. A part of your post that stood out to me was when you discussed “The Day Of The Dead” I feel like that is one of the days that brings a lot of people together as you stated in your post and it was a good and important top…[Read more]
Thanks for sharing this Kaly. We live a world where everything we do is judged by the outside and the inside is always not seen. Discrimination against the LGBT community has decreased through the past years, but it’s still an issue as we speak.
I love your post “Discrimination Against the LGBTQ Community” because it talks about one of the very important topic that we should address. Showing that the different perspective on what people think about Oakland was really cool because some people think that Oakland was safe but at the same time other think that Oakland isn’t the safest place to come out of the closet. Even though it is 2018, there is still many problems that exist to this day that can’t be solve such as bullying. One sentence you wrote that stood out was, “Gay people have really had it the hardest of all. From verbal abuse to being killed, they’ve been put under so much fire for expressing their sexuality. They’ve suffered a lot, they’ve paved the way”(Jay). This just show how harsh the LGBTQ community is treated. Just being yourself could get you killed and that is scary and just plain sad. The judgement that comes from Oakland is terrible. Another sentence that I liked was, “This is important because if members are being supported it can help them get rid of their negative mindset and it can help them get over that pessimism some people might carry” (Guerrero). It shows the care that you have for the LGBTQ community and how much you want to help them. I do agree that Oakland can be very supportive even if there is discrimination. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to what you write next, because I think you have a great voice that should be heard. Your post was great and I think the next one will be even better.
Dear Kaly, One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “if not supported coming out can be traumatic for LGBTQ youth and can lead to depression” . I think this is true because not a lot of kids that are part of LGBTQ want to come out because they are scared for what the people from the outside would say about them. I agree with you that the LGBTQ community don’t feel safe in Oakland because of what other might say or because they would get sexually abused or killed. One reason I say this is because a lot of people discriminate the way they are and how they express. I really liked your post it was interesting and you are telling other how people are against the LGBTQ and what are the things they do to them. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you catch the reader’s attention.
I am thrilled by your post, “Discrimination Against The LGBTQ Community” because it gives a lot of detail and opinions on important things that still happen in the world regarding the LGBTQ community. I like the quotes you used because they were very strong and showed the real problems real people have been facing. I am also interested in LGBTQ rights and the struggles they endorse and this piece was a great inspiration.
After reading your post, I completely agree that the people in the LGBT+ community is treated unfairly and inhumanely. Even people that support the community are getting attacked and judged just because they are not what society wanted them to be. As a person that is very close to the LGBT+ community’s people, I have seen a lot of abuse and aggression against them. In fact, I have personally been mocked and oppressed because of this. I also found in a survey initiated by the “Human Rights Campaign” that “26% of gay men and 37% of bisexual men experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 29% of heterosexual men… 46% of bisexual women have been raped, compared to 17% of heterosexual women and 13% of lesbian… 40% of gay men and 47% of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence other than rape, compared to 21% of heterosexual men… 47% of transgender people are sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime… Among people of color, American Indian (65%), multiracial (59%), Middle Eastern (58%), and Black (53%) respondents of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey were most likely to have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime… Nearly half (48 percent) of bisexual women who are rape survivors experienced their first rape between ages 11 and 17” (1). A large amount of LGBT+ people have experienced sexual assault/ abuse and it usually STARTS at a very young age ranging from 11-17 years old. I also believe that the people in the LGBT+ are being oppressed in schools. I have learned that after attempting to educate my classmate and tell him what the word “queer” meant but I was immediately stopped by a blocked screen. It seems that my school has blocked a majority of words that are related to the LGBT+ community. I also found in the “Human Rights Watch” website that in the states: Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and Utah, that there is a law that prevents teachers and staff from talking about LGBT+ issues at schools(2). Everyday, the people that are part of the community would be uneducated and feel oppressed. Another reason that you forgot is that they are treated very unfairly and looked down upon. I found in the Rolling Stones news website that, “A 2013 Pew Research Center survey found that 21% of the LGBT adults surveyed said their employer treated them unfairly because of their sexuality or gender identity”(3). This shows that even their employers are against them just for them trying to be themselves. I also found in the same website that, “Nearly 50% of black LGBT people have experienced employment discrimination. Rates are significantly higher for transgender workers- some 90% of trans people have reported experiencing on-the-job harassment or mistreatment, while 47% said that they were fired, not hired or denied a promotion because of their gender identity, according to a national survey”(4). A large amount of LGBT+ people are being mistreated and attacked on-the-job and from what I have seen, they are most likely harassed at home or just out of work.
Dear Beatrice I appreciate the information you have shared with me i’m thrilled to see other people who really think about the LGBT community and empathize with the members of the community. Thank you for the research you have giving me and allowing me to get a better view about the percentages in harassment including those in the LGBT community. As a member of the LGBT community I am moved by the amount of thought other people put into this topic and I appreciate it. Sincerely Kaly.
I am intrigued by your post because you offered eye opening statistics that really exposed the problems in society. One thing you said that stands out for me is: “80% of gay and lesbian youth report severe social isolation.” I think this is sad because of the fact that people are isolated just because of their sexuality. Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I really understood more about the LGBTQ community and the problems we still need to fix.
Love is a topic people misunderstand really easily, yet is something people are blinded by. For years, love and affection always want to be shown to those people care for and those who care for them no matter
Dear Kaly, I am fascinated with your shadow box because it shows who you are in a doll-like version. I like the statue of the virgin mary because it shows that you strongly believe in her. A part that sticks out to me is the scenery because it it very detailed. Your art reminds me of a snowglobe or a doll house because it is a visual representation of your life. I look forward to see what art you make next because it is creative and unique.
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