Though many states have passed laws allowing gay marriage and the United States is trending towards being more open to and supportive of gay rights, there are still some things that gay people can't do (but should be able to). What are gay people not allowed to do? This list has 8 things gay and LGBT people still can't do.
What rights do gay couples not have? From donating blood to even living in certain communities, there are certain gay rights that are still considered separate from basic human rights. Hopefully this list is an eye-opener for people (of any sexual orientation) who aren't paying attention.It's also important to focus on the things we all can do, like watching films featuring gay people and focusing on fictional gay role models. One thing gay actors CAN do? Play straight characters.
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The Fair Housing Act lends no protection to LBGTs when purchasing, renting, or leasing a home on the basis of sexual orientation. This article gives proof that gays are being discriminated against when it comes to housing. The following states including the District of Columbia prohibit this from happening: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey , New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Wisconsin. But in the remaining states, it's still legal.
Some couples were not allowed to put both partner’s names on the home owner’s insurance policy, which is really important when both partners share ownership of the home. Also, some insurance companies have attempted to refuse a claim or cancel the policy altogether on the basis that the couple is unrelated.
Many LGBTs have reported to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force that they have been discriminated against when trying to purchase, rent, or lease a home and transgenders are even more often discriminated than lesbians and gays. According to a survey conducted by the Task Force, they have found that out of 6,456 transgenders 11 percent have been evicted because of their gender identity and 19 percent had become homeless.The good news is, very year for the last 10 years, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) conducts a major study of discrimination nationwide. Recently, they have studied housing discrimination against homosexuals and trans-genders. Their goal is to provide information that will focus on facts. The experiment includes a ‘listening’ tour in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. In return, HUD will generate ideas on how to write a script for this research.
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Unfortunately, there are only a few states that offer same-sex marriage. Not only are the rights of homosexuals being trampled on, but not having the status of being legally married will not grant them all thes other rights that married couples have.
The areas that are affected are: Social Security benefits, veterans' benefits, health insurance, Medicaid, hospital visitation, estate taxes, retirement savings, pensions, family leave, and immigration law. It has been estimated that the average loss of social security benefits is $5,588 for same-sex couples compared to opposite-sex couples.Some of the negative affects on same-sex couples include:
Higher costs of supporting two households, higher cost of purchasing private insurance for their partner and children if the company is not one of 18% that offer domestic partner benefits, higher taxes (domestic partner benefits are taxed as additional compensation), unmarried partners will have to pay for estate tax on inheritance from his/her partner, whereas married couples can inherit an unlimited amount without paying an estate tax.
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Since 1991, openly gay individuals have been officially prohibited from leadership positions in the Boy Scouts of America. Homosexual conduct is inconsistent with the obligations in the Scout Oath and Scout Law to be 'morally straight and clean in thought, word, and deed.' As they continue in the program, all Scouts are expected to take leadership positions.
In the unlikely event that an older boy were to come out as homosexual, he would not be able to continue in a youth leadership position. Excluding gays from being scout leaders is discrimination, but the message that they are sending to young Americans is probably the most damaging. The Boy Scouts are teaching America’s youth that lesbians and gays are different and ‘not morally’ straight. In addition, gay parents of scouts are not allowed to volunteer or participate in their son’s activities.This is contradictory to their Scout Law which states that," A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent." There’s nothing friendly, courteous, or kind about excluding their parents in their Cub Scout activities.
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This is a term that is commonly used to describe the current military policy being used against gay and lesbian service. This policy restricts the U.S. military from efforts to discover if their fellow soldiers are lesbian, gay, or bisexual, and bar those who are openly LGBTs. The antiquated notion even received push back from former REPUBLICAN Vice President Dick Cheney.
However, even though "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was repealed on September 20, 2011, the ban on transgender service people remains.