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After Marriage Equality, What's Next on LGBT Agenda?

By    |   Wednesday, 29 July 2015 04:28 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 decision in favor of marriage equality has led to a shift in the LGBT agenda to a stronger focus on transgender rights and discrimination.

Debates close to the topic include choosing which bathroom an individual can use in schools, the high rates of bullying of transgender – as well as all LGBT – individuals, and the high rate of suicide in the community, especially among youths, according to the Dayton Daily News.

“Now we need to turn our attention to issues such as equality in the workplace and bullying, particularly for those who are transgender,” Yellow Springs Pride event organizer Chasilee Crawford told the Daily News. “We need to let families know these children need to be accepted.”

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Focusing on the youth further, National Public Radio reported LGBT activists are looking at combating youth homelessness after some parents force their LGBT children out of the house.

Discrimination is another issue for the community.

Prejudice against sexual orientation and gender identity were motives for 21 percent of hate crimes, Rolling Stone reported, citing FBI data. The rate increases even more for non-white LGBT individuals.

Employees are also looking to implement legislation prohibiting discrimination of gays in the workplace. Currently, 22 states have passed laws making discrimination against sexual orientation illegal, Rolling Stone said. The federal government does not provide such protections, despite attempts to introduce employment nondiscrimination legislation in Congress nearly every year since 1994.

“In certain states where there are no discrimination protections for LGBT people, there's the line that says, ‘If you get married on Sunday, you could get fired on Monday,’” Slate editor J. Bryan Lowder told NPR.

The fight against discrimination extends into health care as well. Some are denied health insurance and treatment because of their lifestyle choices, which could result in medical problems and suffering from illness and drug use, according to Rolling Stone.

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