Younger generations of Millennials drive all increase in LGBT identification in the last five years. The legalization of same-sex marriage came about only four years ago, June 26, 2015, when the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, legalizing same-sex marriage in every single U.S. state.
Individuals who openly identify as LGBT are growing, even though they still make up a minority of the population. The Gallup Daily indicates that Americans exceed four times the estimated amount of LGBT. While there is an increase in self-identification and legalization of same-sex marriage, LGBT individuals are still subjected to widespread discrimination. The discrimination often stems from cultural views such as in Hispanic culture and religion as reported by Pew Research Center.
“Every time — on my dad’s side, they bully my brother and me because they are super religious and close-minded,” said Jorge Jimenez.
Hispanic LGBT youth have often grown up bullied due to openly expressing themselves or their identity. The Gallup data shows that there is an increase in LGBT identification, especially within Asian and Hispanic communities. Data indicates that there are other factors such as age, gender, race, ethnicity, and the environment that may affect the experience and gender identities of youth.
The continued expansion of the conversation on sexual identity and legal changes still creates a hindrance to the lives of those who identify as LGBT.
\”They\’ve gotten more open about it, I know that the mayor in Chicago is Lesbian,\” said Betsabe Garcia.
Information and knowledge of celebrities, political figures, and other community leaders who are openly gay moves the conversation forward; however, according to the National School Climate Survey, 66% students experienced some form of discrimination. LGBT students at Carter may be victims of such unwarranted behaviors and discrimination. Bias is not limited to school experiences but often happens in the home of LGBT youths.
\”You know how when you sit like a man, it\’s considered by your parents to be wrong; you\’re acting like a man,\” said Itza Rodriguez.
The data of students being bullied in comprehensive high schools, and at home in the Valley is widely known. As the awareness of sexual harassment, homophobic comments, and should be something that should be put to a stop. Though there is context, when it hurts students and kids, it passes the line of humor.