Theissue about lesbians, gay, and bisexual individuals remains to be amajor social and health concern around the world. People of the LGBTcommunity have faced discrimination and feel isolated in a free andcontemporary world. The essay seeks to elucidate on various waysthrough which the community can help embrace the LGBT members.
Creatingawareness among the general populace about the LGBT individuals isnecessary to promote peaceful coexistence. Numerous research studieshave inferred that LGBT individuals face social hurdles such asshame, humiliation, and discrimination which gradually develop intosevere health problems[ CITATION Vac12 l 1033 ].As stipulated in the case of Jack, transgender pregnancy is possibleas long as there are functioning ovaries and uterus, even aftertransitioning. On the other hand, the pregnancy rate among lesbiansis usually high as compared to heterosexual partners because theyrarely use protection during intercourse. Numerous social problemsface individuals with gender dysphoria, like Julia. As such it isimportant to create a safe environment for such people to feel valuedand not ridiculed.
Someof the reasonable actions that can be undertaken include theformation of a Gay-Straight Alliance in schools or workplace tofacilitate a safe atmosphere and prevent the use homophobic language.People are also encouraged to associate and make friends among theLGBT individuals since it promotes positive attitudes and decreasesbiasedness. Transgendered and Intersex individuals need to berecognized by creating a neutral washroom/restroom as a way ofcreating a safe space. Finally, the state or federal government canensure LGBT individuals are protected from discrimination practices,harassment, and homophobic bullying by enacting laws. Theimplementation of such laws in schools has proved effective atcurbing bullying in various states in the United States.
Vaccaro,A., August, G., & Kennedy, M. S. (2012). SafeSpaces: Making Schools and Communities Welcoming to LGBT Youth.Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO.
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