November 29, 2022


How have certain policies impacted the LGBTQA communities?

Up until about the 1920’s the LGBTQ community barely got any recodnition seeing that being lesbian or gay was highly frowned upon to the general public. Then when they did start to get recognition it wasn’t for the good, many times they were denied jobs and harrassed all the time. For example, 34th president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, banned homosexuals working for the federal government because he saw it as a “security risk” in 1953. Sexuality really was a big deal back then which made everything that has happened recently in support of the LGBTQ community even more rewarding. For example on June 24, 2016 Obama announces the designation of the first national monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Which all in all gave the LGBTQ community recogniton, but not necessarily equality. Or at least until June 30, 2016 when the pentagon lifted the ban on transgender people serving openly in the US military.

All in all the LGBTQ community has gone through many hardships but has had moments of success. What we have planned for the future is to one, expand the list of states with non-discriminatory protections of the LGBTQ    community. For example LGBTQ community memebers are at risk of being fired from their job, denied housing, profiled by law, or kicked out of a restaurant or office just because of their sexuality. To have protection over these things would give the LGBTQ community and it’s memebers a fair chance as a straight male or female.

Together I believe that we should all try to construct more policies to protect the LGBTQ community because this is the land of the free and home of the brave, we are free to be who we want to be, so why shouldn’t we protect those who are just essentially trying to who they are/want to be and who are brave enough to show their true colors, which in this case is a rainbow.

By: Ivyanna Sullivan, Wyonae Porte, and Michael Wells

Digital Activism Topic

I want to fight for better LGBTQ healthcare. Prejudice and discrimination is  everywhere but when it endangers someone’s  life, it is unacceptable. I have friends in the LGBTQ community and they should never be exempt or delayed from medical help just because of their orientation. There are multiple instances where LGBTQ people are stopped or purposely delayed from medical attention and it is life threatening. Everyone should  be the able to get help when they need it and your race, appearance, social status, orientation, gender, etc. should never matter. The LGBTQ community deserve all the rights that non-LGBT people have.

This video slideshow presentation not only exposes the horrible truth about the LGBT inequality but also the bullying. This presentation is not only important to me because I was able to learn, it should also be important to others because they can easily see the bullying firsthand and see the effects on the bullied. This will raise more awareness and allow people to think beforehand their actions and words.

Becoming an Upstander

“Everything Rainbow” was a movement my teammate and I created in order to fight for LGBTQ+ rights and health in our school and community. There is huge normalization of homophobic language at our school and lack of empathy which became the focus and target when organizing and planning. My teammate and I created and organized a lesson plan that would both inform middle schoolers on the inclusivity of the LGBTQ community but also challenge them to question their power and role regarding the safety of our school. The lesson plan involved a presentation and a “step forward” activity. Doing these presentations was a process that sparked the passion inside of us to become and continue being upstanders. Being an upstander to me means being an ally. It means recognizing my power and realizing I have to do something with it in order to help and advocate for those in need. Because of this realization and new meaning, something new I have learned about myself is that their is too much passion, anger, and opinions I have to keep them inside. Keeping it inside would be selfish because they are the fuel to my activism and fight that target all the different communities I am apart of and that are around me. Because of this, I have many ideas for my next steps as an upstander. For example, I will help create a GSA in the middle school at my school and just keep promoting the importance of GSA and having one. I will create more lesson plans for different groups of people like teachers, parents, and different grade levels. I will hold people accountable for their lack of empathy weather it is through language or violence because the normalization of homophobia has no right to continue. Lastly, I will continue to educate myself through programs and organizations because there is always room to grow and learn and I am so excited to do so. For those who are looking for ways to become upstanders too, educate yourself! You cannot fight for an issue you don’t understand or aren’t willing to learn about. Because education is a priority, listening should be too. How will we learn if we are not listening to those around us? Additionally, recognize your privilege! Everyone has some sort of privilege but what matters is what we do with it. Lastly, make room for others. Your experience matters and is valid but so is the one of the person next to you. Your story is not the only one and each person deserves to tell their own. Because of this, remember that fights, aren’t always meant to be fought alone. Do not be afraid to ask for help! The more voices there is, the louder we are. Make your voice heard, someone will listen!