Democratic countries have a unique system of government in which people are given the power to vote through elections and choose their leaders. Citizens can participate in the decision-making process in democratic nations. People vote to raise their voices against the various indiscrimination in the current society, rising fuel prices, rising essential commodities prices, environmental issues, and many more.
LGBTQ Texans Voted For Equality
In the olden days, elections and voting were restricted only to the privileged few, including the whites and the richer section of society. Black people and the poor, and even women were not allowed to vote. In the recently developed world, there are still many countries that have not rendered the privilege of voting to LGBTQ communities.
They are among those of the very few communities who are still deprived of basic citizens’ rights, including the right to vote, the right to marry, the right to participate in sports of their choice, and the right to study in educational institutions they wish to. They are even denied promotions in their workplace.
They are constantly bullied and abused by their peers in schools, colleges, and workplaces, leading to suicidal tendencies and even using illegal drugs. Transgender people are openly denied service in defense forces, also.
With the US Midterm Elections verging upon and the 2023 legislative session not very far, the LGBTQ community is looking forward to casting their votes against the many issues they are facing, one of them being same-sex marriage. Though same-sex marriage has been made legal in California and Colorado, places like Texas are yet to legalize them.
Though there are several laws in the US protecting the LGBTQ community from discrimination, they are subjected to inhuman treatment in their workplaces, including not letting them use public bathrooms and denial of access to various healthcare plans and coverage, including sexual and reproductive healthcare.
With more and more persons identifying as lesbians, gays, and homosexuals, the Generation Z adult population is increasing. An increased population of the LGBTQ community indicates an increased number of voters from the LGBTQ community compared to previous years, hoping to get solutions for all their present social issues.
Though the struggle for gay rights is long and slow, it is undoubtedly progressive. With increasing public acceptance, they are sure to win the battle involving issues such as Trans rights, same-sex marriage, and so on. President Joe Biden has rightly said that no one should ever face discrimination or live in fear because of who they are.
The inhuman treatment and discrimination faced by the LGBTQ community affects not only their physical and psychological well-being but also affects them financially. These disparities are forcing many members of the LGBTQ community to leave their cities and settle elsewhere.
Though 24 x 7 toll-free helplines and dedicated trained counselors have been implemented in different countries for such communities, it is high time that the so-called straight people stop discriminating against them and start supporting the LGBTQ community and start accepting them among us.
The right to vote and participate in public affairs is the foundation of any democracy. Denying essential public access services is part of local democracy. Providing voting rights for the LGBTQ community and ensuring that more and more members of the LGBTQ community turn up to vote may be the first step to showing our support to them.
Educational institutions, workplaces, hospitals, and healthcare professionals should intervene to reduce discrimination against the LGBTQ community. First and foremost, the families of gays, lesbians, and homosexuals should start accepting them and start having open conversations with kids about their personal lives, school, and college lives.