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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According to a Federal law, lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBTs) are not protected against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in the private sector. The proposed bill of Employment Non-Discrimination Act or ENDA, would put an end to this and provide everyone in the country with equal employment rights, regardless of sexual orientation.
This law has been pushed in every single session in Congress since 1994. After 19 long years of fighting, it has been repeatedly denied due to certain hate-groups and religious groups that think making employment equal will lead to a slew of gay marriage in their neighborhood, leading (inevitably) to certain apocalypse.
ENDA would be a start, but it does not apply to small businesses, religious organizations or the military (more on this later), and does not require that domestic partner benefits be provided to the same-sex partners of employees. However, there’s still hope in the following states which currently prohibit sexual orientation discrimination in BOTH public and private sectors, but federally it will be an uphill struggle.
They are: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Colombia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, and Wisconsin.
The LGBT fight for justice is seeing a dim light at the end of the of the tunnel, as more than half of the U.S. currently battles to see LGBTs as human beings who also have rights.
LGBTs continue to put extra effort into bringing this issue to justice. They’ve found that if LGBTs currently reside in states that do not protect them from workplace discrimination, they can still be protected by city and county ordinances, but the biggest step forward would still be ENDA.
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In response to the AIDS crisis during the 1980s, the FDA banned any man who has had sex with another man since 1977 from donating blood. The ability for a gay man to give blood was taken away in 1985.The idea behind this ban was based on men who are sexually active with other men are more likely to have or contract HIV, discounting the fact that heterosexuals who practice unsafe sex may also have a higher chance of having or contracting HIV. There is no scientific evidence to support the ban, which has us wondering why it’s taking so long to lift it.
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The debate concerning gays and lesbians adopting children is a complicated one. Those who are against gays and lesbians adopting say that there is an alleged greater prevalence of depression, drug use, promiscuity, and suicide among homosexuals might affect children, or that the absence of male and female role models could cause maladjustment.This study states that children of lesbian couples are generally more well-adjusted than kids growing up in a "traditional" parental household. So, suggesting that homosexuals shouldn’t be allowed to adopt because they might grow up dysfunctional is a poor and ignorant excuse. As for the cause of maladjustment, where exactly does bad judgment exist in homosexuality? Apparently, parents who are loving, caring, and trust worthy are not "safe" enough to be considered good parents.
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Some Catholic churches will not admit children into their school if their parents are gay. According to Catholic teachings, homosexuality is considered a sin. Father Bill Breslin of Sacred Heart of Jesus argues that homosexuality is against their religious beliefs, 'Why would good parents want their children to learn something they don't believe in? It doesn't make sense. There are so many schools in Boulder that see the meaning of sexuality in an entirely different way than the Catholic Church does. Why not send their child there?'
Here’s another one from The Archdiocese of Denver: "No person shall be admitted as a student in any Catholic school unless that person and his/her parent(s) subscribe to the school's philosophy and agree to abide by the educational policies and regulations of the school and Archdiocese."
Parents living in open discord with Catholic teaching in areas of faith and morals unfortunately choose by their actions to disqualify their children from enrollment. To allow children in these circumstances to continue in our school would be a cause of confusion for the student in that what they are being taught in school conflicts with what they experience in the home.Unfortunately there’s little that lesbian and gay parents can do since, as a private religious institution, Catholic Churches have the right to decide who they want or don’t want to admit. Unfortunately, a lot of these institutions are actually great schools and well-known institutions of education.