Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people face legal and social difficulties which are basically not experienced by non-LGBT person.LGBT Life is the premier resource to the world’s literature regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.
Sexual orientation and gender are important aspects of a young person’s identity. Understanding and expressing sexual orientation and gender and developing related identities are typical development tasks that vary across children and youth but in the case of LGBT the individual goes through a tough time to identify their sexuality or gender than the non-LGBT. “LGBT Life includes comprehensive indexing and abstract coverage of journals, newspapers, books, and magazines in LGBT studies as well as full text for some of the most important and historically significant works.”
In urban India, where social media have created increasing awareness of LGBT rights this exposes only a small part of the diverse challenges faced by them in the community where as the other side of their suffering has been ignored, In rural India people or the families have their own ways of dealing with LGBT individuals. In some parts, secret honor killings are planned this leads the only way for a LGBTto run away in the cover of the night to some city, with no idea of their future nor any help Financially, Physically andMentally or without any sort of social support to survive,In other parts, lesbian women are subjected to family-sanctioned corrective rapes, which are often perpetrated by their own family member.
In India, one group of transgender people are called hijiras. These transgender are made to beg or pushed into prostitution so that their daily needs are met and some part of the share from their earnings should be given to the hijira house on daily basis. On 15 April 2014, the Supreme Court of India declared transgender people as a socially and economically backward class entitled to reservations in education and jobs, and also directed union and state governments to frame welfare schemes for them.] The Court ruled that transgender people have a fundamental constitutional right to change their gender without any sort of surgery, and called on the Government to ensure equal treatment for transgender people. The Court also right that the Indian Constitution mandates the recognition of a third gender. Even though with these facilities the transgender or in general the LGBT youth experience various challenges because of how others respond to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The IOM report based on LGBT have found that “the disparities in both mental and physical health that are seen between LGBT and heterosexual and non-gender-variant youth are influenced largely by their experiences of stigma and discrimination during the development of their sexual orientation and gender identity.” There are many other research and reports which tries to do a deep study on LGBT, inspite with all this studies and research over years the LGBT has not given proper consideration or equality.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, LGBT youth are at risk for negative health outcomes and are more likely to attempt suicide, experience homelessness, and use illegal drugs, these LGBT goes through a huge form of emotional trauma like anxiety, depressive symptoms, and feelings of isolation. They are at risk for high levels of childhood physical, psychological, and sexual abuseand also risk for school victimization which has a greater impact on their future. Bullying is a blight upon any educational system, The lives of LGBT people are in the hands of bullies as they are been taunted and mocked with names that hurts.
Discrimination of LGBT can be stopped, both through legislation and education. We can create a safe and welcoming workspace which is also a key factor in ensuring LGBT inclusiveness.
LGBT rights has continue to improve in the recent time. Better education, changing cultural norms and the growing evidence of the economic benefits of diversity have all contributed to a more inclusive environment for LGBT people.
BY: Merlyn Eden Paul