LGBTQ Issues

Abigail Kouang

Trans people should be able to go into the bathroom of the gender that they identify with and not the gender that they were assigned at birth and there should be a gender-neutral bathroom for people who don’t really align with any gender. Even if they didn’t get gender affirming surgery to be the gender they align with, they should be allowed into the bathroom they align with because a woman is a woman, and a man is a man including our trans brothers and sisters. 

 “’When we look at the transgender brain, we see that the brain. resembles the gender that the person identifies as,’ Dr.Altinay a psychiatrist at Cleveland Clinic, head of LGBT mental health, said According to, a person who is born with a penis but ends up identifying as a female often actually has some of the structural characteristics of a ‘female’ brain.” ( Research on the transgender brain: What you should know by Brain & Spine). If a female to male presenting transgender person walked into the women’s bathroom the female presenting people, I that bathroom are going to feel uncomfortable.   

Schools and workplaces should try harder to stop the bullying and discrimination in LGBTQ people in their spaces. It is more likely that a LGBTQ person will get bullied than a straight person, in an article on about LGBTQ bullying it says “However, being ‘out’ or just being perceived as being LGBTQ, can put some youth at increased risk for bullying.” and “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) youth and those perceived as LGBTQ are at an increased risk of being bullied. Results from the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey show that, nationwide, more U.S. high school students who self-identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) report having been bullied on school property (33 percent) and cyberbullied (27.1 percent) in the past year”. 

 If they don’t tolerate homophobia in the workplace maybe the parents that go to work will learn not to be homophobic and it won’t rub off on their children or hurt their own kids with their homophobia. Positive affirmations would also help so when someone is supportive of the LGBTQ community you would give them a “good job for not being homophobic” or for parents maybe their kids would open up about themselves to them a little more, like training a puppy if a puppy was homophobic.  

 “the latest census estimates of adults 18 and older in the U.S. suggests that more than 11 million adults identify as LGBT in the country today. states 11 million we can all say is a lot is a lot so maybe we would be trying harder to make the world, or at least as much of it as we can, more accepting for everyone and less accepting of hate and discrimination.