Which State is the Worst?
In the United States, the LGBT community isn't as welcome as we may think.
Known as one of the freest country, the United States still has trouble to accept LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) people for who they really are.
According to the editor-at-large for the Huffington Post's Gay Voices section, Michaelangelo Signorile, the worst states for a LGBT person are the ones that already had another kind of oppression, for example related to people of colour. The less likely to be open minded about that community would then, without hesitation, be the states located in the Midwest and the Bible Belt South.
The town Southaven (Mississippi), along with Lubbock, Mesquite, McAllen and Irving from Texas, is one of the few cities that scored 0% on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index. This campaign’s purpose was to look through the laws, policies and services of cities all around the country to score them on how well LGBT people could live and work there. With a whole average of 9.8%, I wouldn’t consider Mississippi as a good place to go for a LGBT person.
In Alabama, the sex education program forbids teachers to talk about gay and transgender issues in class. The state’s program claims that "classes must emphasize, in a factual manner and from a public health perspective, homosexuality is not a life lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state." It is insane to think that some people can think that way when you are supposed to be in one, if not the most, freest country in the world.
With 29 states where you can be fired just for your sexual orientation and 34 states if you’re a transgender, LGBT people can have it tough when it comes to work. Those same states usually don’t have any gay right, which makes it even harder because the LBGT person doesn’t have anything to defend herself/himself with.
There is still a lot things happening in the United States can make us be happy to be in a province like Québec!
MLA Format Sources:
1. Eisenberg, Rebecca. ''29 States Can Fire You for Being Gay. Is Your State One of Them?'' Upworthy.com. Cloud Tiger Media, 2015. Web. 28 April 2015.
2. Lang, Nico. ''The 5 Worst States for LGBT People.'' Rollingstone.com. Rolling Stone, 2015. Web. 28 April 2015.
3. Serwer, Adam. ''Anti-gay activists celebrate Mississippi ‘religious freedom’ law.'' Msnbc.com. NBC Universel, 2015. Web. 28 April 2015.