Type: Research Essays
Sample donated: Henry Norton
Last updated: July 26, 2019
People around the world face violence and inequality and sometimes torture, even execution because of who they love, how they look, or who they are. Sexual orientation and gender identity are integral aspects of our selves and should never lead to discrimination or abuse. Human Rights works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender peoples’ rights, and with activists representing a multiplicity of identities and issues. We witnessed and exposed abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity worldwide, including torture, killing and executions, arrests under unjust laws, unequal treatment, censorship, medical abuses, discrimination in health and jobs and housing, domestic violence, abuses against children, and denial of family rights and recognition. We advocate for laws and policies that will protect everyone’s dignity.
We work for a world where all people can enjoy their rights fully.One of the group of the community struggles most are the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and plus community or the LGBT+. Struggled on often face disadvantages in getting hired for jobs, acquiring rights for civil marriage, and even in starting up personal businesses. Most non-heterosexuals also have a higher rate of suicide and suicide ideation compared to non-homosexuals. According to an international research, 10% of the world’s population are theoretically part of the LGBT community, out or not, including 12 million Filipinos that may experience discrimination based on who they are. This has led to the rise of the cause for LGBT rights, defined as the right to equality and non-discrimination. According to a 2017 poll carried out by ILGA, 63% of Filipinos agreed that gay, lesbian and bisexual people should enjoy the same rights as straight people, while 20% disagreed.
Additionally, 63% agreed that they should be protected from workplace discrimination. 27% of Filipinos, however, said that people who are in same-sex relationships should be charged as criminals, while a plurality of 49% disagreed. As for transgender people, 72% agreed that they should have the same rights, 72% believed they should be protected from employment discrimination and 61% believed they should be allowed to change their legal gender. By this, I am a bit mad of what other people think of what LGBT+ are but in the other I am confident that sooner it would be freely given to the LGBT+ the freedom that they want.Being in a family of a roman catholic is very strict on things you should do and don’t. To act and not act things. I experienced a lot of things discouraging me not to be a gay.
They said being gay is a sin. A sin that God will punish me and throw me to hell. When I was very young, I am scared with statements of them. As I grow up, being gay still arising on me but it didn’t affects my studies. I still one of the achievers both academic and extracurricular.
As of now, one of my biggest achievement was passed the entrance examination here in MSU-GSC. That’s why my research will be focusing here in our school, Mindanao State University-General Santos City. I do believe that every person has it own view on coping their challenges facing on their daily life. We do have our own challenges in life, rich or not has it. Students in our have it’s own race and ethnicity. Had their own parents to support them in their studies. Had own goals in life and what could be their life in the future.
Had their own religious affiliation, whether it is a Catholic or a non-catholic. By this, could their religion affects their selves from doing what they want to be? How far they have been in searching who they are? Is there any chance their religion affects their study? Are all religion now are supporting secretly the LGBT+? What are the ways they are doing in balancing their studies and being away from discrimination? The concept of mine, is to test all the religions the LGBT+ has in our campus. It’s been stated above what are the things I want to know about them. Everyone of us know a little about why an LGBT existed and still existing.
We just know it is because of their environment. The people around them. It is because they are exposed in their opposite sex and that’s why they exist but it is not. As you look deeper on it, I feel there is more than that.
What could be that be? As sociology student, I was inspired on looking deeper, much deeper on the things existing around me. Is religion truly the one who affects on what we are today? Or just a part of it? Is it micro factor or a macro?Honestly speaking, I had a hard time on searching on my related studies. I am not sure if it is relevant or not.
According to Problems Faced by LGBT People in the Mainstream Society by Chatterjee Subhrajit Researcher, Dept. of Sociology (The University of Burdwan) and Teacher (Sociology ), Usatpur S. High School, East Medinipur, W.B., IndiaIt states that clear that LGBT individuals who basically have different sexual orientation, face discrimination, exclusion from the society, thus quite often, meet with obstacles to satisfy their needs. This exclusion and ostracism could vary from the simplest personal relations to the most general social ignorance, exclusion, ostracism, working simultaneously together, and can even violate the rights of life. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have long been involved in efforts for racial and economic justice.
Today, LGBT organizers and groups are increasingly drawing connections between the movement for LGBT rights and the movement for economic and racial justice, noting that people have multiple, layered identities and are members of more than one community at the same time, simultaneously experiencing oppression and privilege.According to article “Just let us be” Discrimination against LGBT students in the Philippines by Ryan Thoreson states that efforts to address discrimination against LGBT people have met with resistance, including by religious leaders. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has condemned violence and discrimination against LGBT people, but in practice, the Roman Catholic Church has resisted laws and policies that would protect LGBT rights. The CBCP has sought to weaken anti-discrimination legislation pending before Congress, for example, and has opposed implementation of comprehensive sexuality education in schools. Representatives of the Church warn that recognizing LGBT rights will open the door to same-sex marriage, and oppose legislation that might promote divorce, euthanasia, abortion, total population control, and homosexual marriage, which they group under the acronym “DEATH.
” In a country that is more than 80 percent Catholic, opposition from the Church influences how LGBT issues are addressed in families and schools, with many parents and teachers telling students that being LGBT is immoral or wrong.Religions in the Philippines have their own view on LGBT, a positive and negative views. Perceived cultural or family obligations are frequently the basis of this stance.
This perception may be so blinding that there is, for some, a lack of awareness of other choices. Alexander and Preston (1996) emphasised that spiritual inertia can result from the stress of continuous marginalisation. A crucial part of therapy is to support these clients to clearly name the damaging consequences of their stance, and to make conscious choices of how to proceed in a more life giving manner (Davidson, 2000). According to “Religious Affiliation, Internalized Homophobia, and Mental Health in Lesbians, Gay Men, and Bisexuals” by David M. Barnes and Ilan H. Meyer states that LGBT+ are less religious than the general population, religious exposure is an important component of the social climate for a significant proportion of LGBT+, particularly Blacks and Latinos.
A large majority of LGBT+ attend religious settings that are not affirming of their sexuality and a core social identity. LGBT+ people most likely attend services in such settings because of ties formed in childhood and adolescence. Their commitment to such settings as adults betrays a bind where they have to weigh the spiritual, social, psychological, and material costs of abandoning versus maintaining these religious affiliations.