Transgender Murders In El Salvador

Many transgender people in El Salvador are living in fear of murder. According to the article below, three transgender people were killed this past February. There is speculation that these killings have come as a result of the country’s Roman Catholic Church that does not believe in the legitimacy of the LGBTQ community.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/el-salvador-transgender-murders_us_58dac266e4b01ca7b4278e8a

We think that it is absolutely awful that Salvadorans are living in fear. In order for Salvadorans to make progress towards LGBTQ equality, we believe that they need to separate the idea of gender identity and sexual orientation from the Church. Regardless of religious beliefs, we are all humans at the end of the day.

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The Bible and Gender Identity

 

The following is a video of Michael Coogan, editor of the New Oxford Annotated Bible, explaining the view on LGBT based on the Bible.

He explains how gender identity started off as somewhat fluid, since the first human had no gender, and then was split into Adam and Eve.

In the New Testament, Paul explained the concept of equality. He said that there is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male nor female. This could be interpreted as Christians recognizing equality. Paul could be referring to the unity that we once had at the beginning of time, when Adam and Eve were created.

This is one of many interpretations of the Bible.

Christian Views on Gender Identity

The following article and video is about Pope Francis’ views on gender identity.  He believes that teaching about gender identity in schools is wrong since it gives children the impression that they can choose whatever gender they want to be.  He further explains that he voluntarily spends time with transgender people in order to try to “lead them closer to God.”

Many people within the Christian community believe that it is unnatural for anyone to identify as a different gender than the one assigned at birth.  The following link needs to be made well aware so that people understand the difficulties that many individuals face due to their religion and gender identity.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/02/world/pope-transgender-comments/

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Transgender man has private audience with Pope Francis

 

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The article attached talks about a transgender man named Diego Neria Lejárraga who had been denied access to his local church in Spain after his transition. After leaving a letter for Pope Francis describing the situation, Pope Francis welcomed him by meeting with him and his fiancée. Although Pope Francis has had mixed views regarding gender identity in the past, we believe that the Pope has come to recognize the importance of this issue and is taking the steps to bring equality for all identities in the Catholic church. We are hopeful that churches will see the Pope’s actions as an example, and that they will be more accepting in the future.

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/01/25/transgender-man-private-audience-pope-francis/

 

LGBTQ Discrimination in Arkansas

Arkansas is just one of the many states that does not have any laws that protect against gender identity discrimination. In fact, the state government continues to try to pass bills that are anti-LGBTQ.

The link below contains a video clip from an interview with Arkansas state Representative Mickey Gates on March 17, 2017. On the topic of gender identity, he argues that although people can identify however they want to and nobody can stop them, the state does not need to acknowledge them or their feelings.

http://www.thv11.com/news/local/legislator-says-state-isnt-obligated-to-recognize-gender-identity-of-transgender-arkansans/423216338

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States that Prohibit Discrimination against Transgender People

The National Center for Lesbian Rights, recently published a report that lists all of the states that prohibit discrimination against Transgender people.

While there is still no federal law that prohibits discrimination against gender identity, 18 states currently have non-discrimination laws that protect against gender identity. This guide serves a break down of the different laws that each state offers for these people.

 

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LGBTQ Rights Based On State

This image is a state breakdown of LGBTQ rights. It covers marriage rights, hospital visits, adoption, employment, housing, hate crimes and schools.

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By looking at this image, it is clear that all states do not agree on LGBTQ rights. Some states are more accepting than others. The darker the color is in the image represents how accepting a state is on certain rights. We believe that the Federal Government should control LGBTQ rights because the states all think differently. Members of the LGBTQ community will have greater acceptance nationwide because of this control.