I posted my earlier post from another computer and it appears to have cut off some of my post, so I am going to repost (I don't see how to edit my original):
Hi, Cofty and/or LoveUniHateExams!
Thanks for getting back to me.
I understand that things may be different in other countries; the focus of my post was primarily equality in the USA.
Here are some of the things that indicate the fight for equality and acceptance is still a work in progress (at least in the USA):
• A majority of states don’t have explicit laws prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. – ACLU
• The number of hate crimes motivated by anti-LGBTQ bias has remained relatively steady, from a high of 1,256 in 2010 to a low of 1,097 in 2014. Since 2014, the total number has increased every year. – NBC News
• Trump’s administration started rolling back two controversial legal provisions related to the Affordable Care Act: protections against discrimination based on gender identity, and based on the termination of a pregnancy. – The Atlantic
• The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. – The New York Times
• The United States Supreme Court has allowed President Donald Trump to enforce his policy of banning certain transgender people from the military. – BBC.com
• There has been concern that the Trump administration might try to have judges put in place that could potentially overturn marriage equality in the USA. According to Snopes.com: “Donald Trump lamented the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision during a Fox News appearance and suggested that strategic Supreme Court appointments could overturn that ruling”.
There are certainly other issues other than those represented above. And although the issues may have evolved over the years since Stonewall 1969, there is still a need, at least in the USA for true equality under the law. That is why recently:
“lawmakers from both chambers of Congress launched yet another attempt, introducing the Equality Act of 2019, a sweeping measure that would ban discrimination in areas ranging from housing to public accommodations (a realm that includes public bathrooms as well as bakeries, two areas of recent contention). – Time.com
As I’ve already stated, no one is denying that things have changed in significant ways since Stonewall 1969 and I for one am grateful for this. But, there is still a fight for acceptance and equality, at least in the United States.
Both of you have a good week!
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.