LGBTQ a Persecuted People – Why is Loving Others so Difficult?

Submitted by Steven Kaszab

More than 600 LGBTQ-identifying people have been killed in acts of violence in the USA and Puerto Rico since October 12th 1998. A  gallop poll estimates that 4.1 percent of 10 million Americans are identified as LGBTQ, while America’s Federal Data Lists  sexual orientation as a factor in only one reported hate crime in 2016.  67 violent deaths of LGBTQ People in the same year happened. 28 of these were victims in the Pulse Nightclub shooting alone. These numbers suggest that the real number of LGBTQ victims remains hidden by our government agencies, hoping to deny that LGBTQ Citizens are victims of hate crimes in America, trying to blame other reasons for the violence.

Transgender and gender non conforming people are in danger Globally.

Joe Rose (Gay Canadian beaten and stabbed to death on a bus in Montreal.

Ukea Davis(18) Transgender shot to death

Stephanie Thomas(19)  Transgender  Shot to death

Felicia Moreno(25) Transgender shot to death

Michael Scott Goucher (21) Gay stabbed 45 times

Rosa Avina(27) Lesbian burnt to death

Muhadh /ishmael (17) Kenyan  Beaten to death 

Frank Yazzie (Gay Navajo) cut in half and stuffed into two bags

Zella Ziona (21) trans woman of color shot to death

Amancay Diana Sacayan  Argentians Trans Woman murdered

Amber Munroe (20) Transgender woman murdered

Shira Banki (16) Israeli stabbed to death

Francela Mendez (29) El Salvadoran murdered by group of men

Cameron Langrell (teenager) took her own life  after being bullied at school

Jennifer Laude (26) Philippine Trans Woman murdered by a man she just met at a disco.

Thembelihie Sokhela (28) Soth African lesbian suffocated to death after being raped.

Paulo Henrique Alves (47) Brazilian Gay man burned alive on side of road.

Pedro Araujo(52) Brazilian man murdered because he was gay.

Delon Melville (26) Guyanese Man murdered  because he showed “effeminate behavior”.

Kenya 2013 @ 103 men, women and trans people were murdered in mass killings  by enemies who felt their behavior was disrespectful to their families.

To get to 445 murders the stats excluded killers that killed romantic partners or former romantic partners. Hate crimes are on the rise. Victimhood for LGBTQ Community Members too. Law Enforcement Professionals are out of their league, unable or unwilling to understand, protect and be a part of the greater LGBTQ Community.  While Law enforcement should be dedicated to protecting our most vulnerable communities, and the LGBTQ Community is one of these, the Justice Department does not take hate crimes seriously enough. Law Enforcement Officers and Officials do not empathize with, understand nor sympathize with this community. The huge and uncertain death toll is in part due to a violent backlash against social progressions like same sex marriages and expanded acceptance of the LGBTQ Communities influence and success.

Anti-discrimination laws born from civil rights movement have shined the light of justice upon ugly racial  discrimination. Such laws need to do the same thing for the LGBTQ and other Communities.

Nations in the Caribbean, Africa and elsewhere need to repeal any bans on gay sex, like Trinidad and Tobago did in 2018. There are nations that still have laws where sex between two consenting adults of the same sex can be punishable by 25 years in prison, black balling a person because of his sexuality, and while many of these laws are not enforced they still have a chilling oppressive effect upon our neighbors within the LGBTQ Community.  Sodomy Laws Discrimination still holds many to account because of the influence and fear amplified by HIV/AIDS and prejudice. In Antigua “buggery” is still punishable by 15 years in prison. or up to 5 years if committed by a minor. Barbados has laws that punish same sex relationships with ten years to life, one of the harshest in the Caribbean. These laws are still on the books. In Dominica anal sex is punishable by 10 years in prison. “Gross indecency’ is what it is called.

In Japan many transgender people prefer to be labeled with a disorder like “gender identity disorder” a person who would like to live and be accepted as a member of the opposite sex. “Simply if a boy wants to wear a skirt, let him wear a shirt”. Japanese Culture is often viewed as more accepting of gender explorations and expression. However a strong “deprogramming movement exists with Japanese and Asian society, very similar to what The LGBTQ Community experiences in the west.

Being a member of The LGBTQ Community is something to be proud of, and cannot be hidden in the closet as it once was not so long ago. Societies moral judgmental laws are changing as our society evolves, and what was once oppressive, prejudicial and hateful is hopefully becoming a thing of the past. Members of the LGBTQ Community tell each other they are loved, even though there still is a stigma attached to this love. 

Only honesty, a love for personal freedom and global empathy can change our ways, diminishing the power that hate, fear and ignorance have upon us all.

9 comments

  • Same principle as the Roe V Wade decision which sounds to be on the point of repeal.

    Individual States are now permitted to make their laws according to how their voters direct their legislatures.

    All we need here is to make this a platform issue and for the elected government to secure a mandate to change the laws.

    Otherwise, respect the views of the electorate and leave the laws alone in a country.

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  • The idiots falling for this distraction from empire are missing the wider postmodernist agenda.

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  • Which is what Pacha?

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  • Hint to PM MIA

    ” Before the City of Toronto implements its Gender Equity Strategy next year, it will be seeking feedback on it later this year from 2SLGBTQ+ residents.”

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    “The idiots falling for this distraction from empire are missing the wider postmodernist agenda.”

    they will come faster and more furious…who gets left behind that’s on them…

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    Pacha…i believe we got as many as we will get and a lot will jump on along the way, i saw some very promising movements in other jurisdictions….

    ….all the rest are on their own…even mothers have limits…lol

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    Pacha…don’t know how many of Angela Cole’s books you read, but in case you have not touched based with her yet, just got a note that 4 of them are available, seems like 2 of them are new publications..

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  • Object to CSE before it’s too late
    BARBADOS IS AT a critical juncture. In terms of some new laws and social policies, the country is on a path to internationally-assisted social suicide.
    It has to do with “the modern world” and the abuse of language.
    Early in our descent, the Remote Employment Act, 2020, and the Employment (Prevention of Discrimination) Act, 2020 turned on the red light. In these pieces of legislation, the word “spouse” was replaced by “partner” and the term, “domestic partnership” was introduced, tacitly normalising same sex relationships.
    Same sex civil unions
    Months later, via the 2020 Throne Speech, the Government announced its intent to recognise same sex civil unions.
    Then, in November 2021, the Charter of Barbados was rushed through Parliament retaining the non-scientific, purely ideological term “sexual orientation”.
    Having bought into the non-negotiable “sexual rights” package, the new republic was up for ransom.
    Now, in response to multiple forces pressuring Government, “Comprehensive Sexuality Education” (CSE) threatens to be part of the Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) curriculum in schools and pre-schools.
    And what exactly is CSE? Basically, it is sex education that teaches that humans are sexual from birth and should therefore freely engage in sexual pleasure from birth and throughout their lifetime.
    Since such sexual indulgence carries risks of disease and pregnancy, the answer which CSE provides is to teach children and youth how to minimise the consequences of liberal sexual expression by accessing various contraceptive methods and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.
    In CSE, girls are taught that they have a right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy because “it’s your body”.
    In sexual rights jargon, all of this is subsumed under the term, “sexual and reproductive health”.
    CSE revolves around the notion of “sexual orientation and gender identity” (SOGI). SOGI is a concocted delusion that there are sexes other than male and female, and that gender is a matter of how a person feels about their sexuality, who they are attracted to, and what sex they believe they are, or would like to be.
    According to CSE teachings, this matter of gender identity is “fluid”; a person can be male today, female tomorrow, both the next day, and neither the day after.
    Such would be laughable if it did not have the weight of the law behind it.
    Unfair dismissals, males entering and dominating female sports, contentions about who uses which bathroom, litigation due to “misgendering”, heavy fines for being true to one’s conscience – all of these are loaded on to the SOGI bandwagon.
    Serious matter
    This is a serious matter. It is time that all concerned Barbadians, particularly parents and teachers, familiarise themselves with the content of CSE curricula and raise strenuous objection to CSE being part of any syllabus that is mandatory for their children. It is also time for Government to choose to honour God by not sanctioning CSE in any of its many disguised forms. If that is too much to ask, then at least our elected leaders can apply the COVID-19 approach in deciding whether to introduce CSE in Barbadian schools and pre-schools: Simply, “Follow the science and act out of an abundance of caution.”

    – DR VERONICA C. EVELYN

    Source: Nation

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  • LGBTQ A PERSECUTED PEOPLE – WHY IS LOVING OTHERS SO DIFFICULT?

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    God loves everyone that is why he provided a Bible.

    He also commands that we should love one another.

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