Currently, the United States has become one of the most accepting countries of the LGBT community. In other countries, someone could be severely punished or their sexuality or identity, whereas in the U.S there is a lot of advocacy for LGBT rights. It is becoming more and more acceptable to be ‘out’ in the U.S. as the rights for the community increase.
For instance, the U.S. achieved a huge milestone for LGBT rights in June 2015, when the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in all 50 states. According to the ACLU, “in 31 states, there are no explicit employment protections for transgender people.” The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed in 2010, so now openly gay or lesbian individuals can serve in the military.
The repeals of anti-LGBT bills and the passing of pro-LGBT bills have had a major effect on the country and society. More and more gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people are represented in U.S. media, in films such as Love, Simon and music videos such as Girls like Girls by Hayley Kiyoko. Many states hold a pride parade where LGBT individuals can come together and celebrate their sexualities and identities.
Many U.S colleges have Pride clubs where students who are part of the LGBT community can connect with one another. These events and clubs are more common now more than ever due to the progress the U.S. has made for LGBT rights. While there is still more to be done, specifically for housing and the transgender community, people must applaud the achievements and the notion that Americans can freely express their sexuality and identity without condemnation or penalization.