I’ve been thinking a lot about LGBTQ rights lately. I never dreamed I’d see the day when my son would be able to marry his long-time partner. I couldn’t envision a time when it would be okay in this country. And yet, marriage equality is a reality and they are married.
But we still have such a long way to go. It is still legal to discriminate against LGBTQ people in most states. I still read stories about people being fired for being gay. It’s acceptable to decline accommodations to gay couples. It’s legal to deny services. I read about doctors who refuse to treat someone because they are gay and I recently read about a doctor who refused to treat a child because they had two moms. I personally know a young man whose pediatrician refused to continue to be his doctor after he came out as gay.
We are awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court on a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. If they rule in favor of the baker, I shudder to think what will happen. In the current climate, it is becoming more and more acceptable to discriminate.
It seems so similar to civil rights movement of the 60’s. African Americans fought for their rights and while they were granted by the voting rights act and Supreme Court decisions, we all know that African Americans are discriminated against every day and in so many ways. Even if the Supreme Court finds in favor of the gay couple and even if federal anti-LGBTQ laws are passed, I know discrimination will still happen. I feel lucky that my gay son works for a company that is 150% supportive of the LGBTQ community. They actively recruit in the community, they provide full benefits for their transgender employees and they stand up to local laws allowing discrimination. Others are not so lucky.
I may not live long enough to see discrimination eradicated but I pray one day it will be.