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Homophobia has marginalized a significant portion of the population. Although strides towards equality for homosexuals have gained momentum, progress needs to continue. Members of our society are being oppressed by the ignorant simply because of their sexual orientation. When analyzing how to address the discrimination of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, it was apparent equal rights was a complex issue requiring a multifactorial response. It is crucial to identify the groups/individuals contributing to the turmoil, such as religious leaders, politicians, bullies, and even social media. Prejudice and discrimination are realities in our world. Many areas of society still do not recognize its role and responsibility in advancing equality in the community, and how failure to do so, is severely impacting the well-being and everyday life of our lesbian and gay communities.
The Story of Gabby
My interview was conducted with Gabby. She is the founder of a LGBT youth center in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The center is funded by state grants. Gabby reported that h…