People of the LGBTQ+ Community Deserve Rights

Nevaehona Williams

        Biden to call for protecting LGBTQ rights globally in memo          Recently in the state of Arkansas, there were two bills passed. The first one was a bill that allows doctors and other healthcare workers to deny the care of a transgender person. This bill can also refuse care based on religious, moral, or ethical objections, even when medically necessary, except in emergency situations. 50% of people in the LGBTQ+ community already experience health care discrimination. The Human Rights Campaign said that this can let a pharmacist/doctors refuse to maintain hormone treatments or give medicine to transgender patients under their care. This bill has already been passed to the House. It is up to them to veto or vote on this bill. Yesterday we found out that the bill has been vetoed. 

          The second bill that is being passed is banning transgender women and girls from competing in school sports teams consistent with their gender identity, making the state the second to approve such a restriction so far this year. This bill has actually been approved already. This restricts trans girls from competing because the competition was made for biological girls. Republicans in at least 20 states are trying to pass for similar bans this year. The head of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ rights groups, called Hutchinson’s decision “an affront not just to the transgender kids, it is bound to hurt, but to all Arkansans who will be impacted by its consequences.”

          A final vote is also expected next week on legislation that would ban gender confirmation surgery or treatment for minors. Hutchinson also signed the bill four years after opposing legislation that would have prohibited people from using restrooms in government buildings that do not match their gender at birth. This brought hate crimes against people of the LGBTQ+ community. Arkansas is one of the three states without a hate crime law. Hutchinson has also promoted bills like banning transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their current gender identity. He promoted one LGBTQ+ law which was recognizing same-sex marriages. Marc Benioff said, “People need to take a stand. I am for LGBTQ equality. We have to have greater racial equality too. We have to move our standards up”. 

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           No human is born hating another human. It is who you are raised around and who you make yourself to be. It’s your values. What you think is right or wrong. Also, it’s whether you want to educate yourself on certain topics to make yourself an ally instead of an enemy. Be kind to people. You never know what someone is going through behind a closed door.