February 22nd, 2018
Discrimination is a powerful negative cultural force affecting millions of people in our country. Members of the LGBT community are often targets of discrimination. Sometimes, discrimination can be experienced in interpersonal settings. This includes things like hate crimes or LGBT youth being bullied at school. But discrimination can also be institutional. Consider the fact that it was only in 2015 that the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that same-sex couples could marry. Prior to that, many same-sex couples were legally barred from participating in the institution of marriage. As a nation, we’ve made progress, but LGBT individuals are still faced with interpersonal and institutional discrimination on a regular basis. And for those LGBT individuals who are members of an additional marginalized group based on race, disability, gender, etc. the experience of discrimination can be more frequent and complex. For example, according to PBS 67% of hate crime homicides in 2013 were committed against transgender women of color. Below are some suggestions for coping with discrimination. While this list has been written with LGBT folks in mind, the ideas can be helpful to anyone experiencing discrimination.
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