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Lee 1″We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference,
and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of
humanity” (Goodreads 2018). This is a quote from George Takei who joined the
LGBT equality movement. LGBT is the abbreviated form that collectively
indicates lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or simply sexual minorities.
LGBT is an unremitting contentious issue in several countries around the world.
Sexual minorities have been suffering both mentally
and physically due to discrimination. LGBT people have limited choice in daily
lives including marriage and military service. The freedom that is inherently granted is not allowed for
them and their basic human rights are being threatened. Sexual minorities are the same with the others. They
are our neighbors and the citizens residing in the same society. Thus, there is
no doubt that they must be given the same rights as any other individuals. A Pew Research survey of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual,
and transgender) is based on the Americans’ perceptions on discrimination. A
new nationally representative survey of 1,197 LGBT adults answered that they
felt they have been traumatized by the society. According to statistic, “About
four-in-ten” (39%) say that at some point in their lives, they were rejected by
a family member or close friend because of their sexual orientation or gender
identity; 30% say that they have been physically attacked or threatened; 29%
say that they are mostly unwelcomed in a place of worship; and 21% say that
they have been treated unfairly by an employer. About six-in- ten” (58%) say
that they’ve been the target of slurs or jokes. (A Pew
Research Center 2013)   These
statistics represent how many homosexuals are discriminated in various ways. Lee 2Nowadays, some countries have adopted federal laws regarding
gay marriage and are becoming increasingly supportive with LGBT rights. Despite
the developments regarding homosexuality, life is actually getting more severe
for LGBT people, especially for those who are living in Russia, Yemen, Iran,
and Eastern Europe. Although “Marriage” is a basic right that is given to
everyone in the world, it is not allowed for homosexuals. For example, Russia is
one of the worst countries for LGBT people to inhabit. According to figure 1, “about
three-quarters of Russians don’t think same sex marriage should be accepted by society”
(Pew Research Center, 2013). In addition to the Russian public’s reluctance
toward homosexual marriage, Russian government has passed a law which bans gay
“propaganda” on June 29. In Russia, gay teenagers are being tortured and forcibly
outed on the internet against a backdrop of laws that look completely out of
step with the rest of Europe. In what is being described as rolling the
“status of LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people back to
the Stalin era”, President Putin has passed a number of anti-gay laws,
including legislation that punishes people and groups that distribute
information considered “propaganda of non-traditional sexual
relations”. The country also now has powers to arrest and detain foreign
citizens believe to be gay, or “pro-gay” (Saner 2013).              Even now, Russian public’s perception toward LGBT
people is apparently negative. Discrimination and violent action against sexual
minorities are extremely pervasive in Russia. It is hard for LGBT people to
expect marriage or impartial treatment in Russia, and it is predicted to take
longer time to enhance the situation.             Lee 3Homosexual
discrimination can be found in military services as well. American LGBT people
can serve in military services today, but sexual discrimination and unfair
discharge from the military was a common issue in the past. In 1993, Bill
Clinton signed a law called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), which was the
military service law for adopted for LGBT people. DADT policy was practiced for
17 years until the presidency of Barack Obama in 2011. It started with good
purpose, but the conditions for LGBT soldiers didn’t improve. Approximately
13,650 LGBT soldiers were forcefully discharged from the military. This law
states that the homosexuals who are serving in the military are not permitted to
reveal their sexual orientation and commanding officers are not authorized to
ask any soldiers’ sexual orientation. LGBT soldiers were allowed to serve in
the military if they kept silence, but they still suffered emotional distress
from hiding their identity. They claimed that their freedom of equality has
been threatened. Representatively, Katherine Miller was an elite in US Military
Academy (West Point), but she renounced her academic life because she was tired
of hiding homosexuality. She is just one of the victims of “Don’t Ask, Don’t
Tell” policy.  Today, LGBT soldier
discrimination in military has not been completely solved. “Everyone knows that gays have
served honorably in the military since at least the time of Julius Caesar. You
don’t need to be ‘straight’
to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight” (Goldwater).
Throughout history, it has been proven that the potential of LGBT soldiers are
limitless. Homosexuality cannot be a reason to discriminate and drag them down.
             In modern society, LGBT people are
being discriminated for different reasons including religion, legal, social,
and cultural history of the nation. There are a number of people Lia
4who detest
homosexuals, commonly known as
“Homophobes”. They discriminate and do not accept homosexuals and
homosexuality. One famous example of homophobes is Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. Homosexuals
were one of the targeted groups by the Nazis, and were persecuted and tortured
for no reason. The only reason that homosexuals were eliminated during that
period was because Hitler hated them for being different from the others. However,
there is no logical reason for them to be disrespected and disdained.Currently,
homosexuality is still illegal in 76 countries around the world. Is it rational
to discriminate and contempt them just for being different? In the phrase “life,
liberty, and pursuit of happiness”, it is clear that everyone has the freedom
to pursue happiness. There must be more policies like DADT and Universal
Declaration of Human Rights, which support the sexual minorities. LGBT
conflicts are no longer individual problems, but a global concern. “The rights
of homosexual people are human rights, and human rights are for everyone,” said
Ricky Martin. Discrimination, regardless of the reason, should no longer be a
threat and obstacle in LGBT people’s lives.