Gender identity has always been a serious issue for the human society. There are multiple reasons behind it stirring such a maelstrom of controversy, but ignorance and complacency are definitely in the top five. While some at least try to come up with a good explanation for their persecution, it doesn’t really excuse the fact that you are treating a fellow human being as being inferior.
And if we are to talk about how this affects the targeted individuals, well, it’s pretty much like any other persecuted person. Depression, anxiety, and even suicide attempts are often associated with long-term, targeted persecution. So when people are picking on or persecuting against the LGBTQ community, they’re basically being high-school bullies.
While many states don’t have very LGBTQ-friendly policies, few actually discriminate against the community. But Georgia was about to do just that. And starting a new controversy that would generate social media responses in hundreds of thousands, a Georgia-based supermarket implemented a unisex bathroom.
To the delight of some and to the chagrin of others, the Kroger grocery store left an A4 sheet of paper taped to the door of the new bathroom in order to try and avoid too many arguments. Of course, the attempt didn’t really work despite the nice explanation provided by the staff.
We have a unisex bathroom because sometimes gender specific toilets put others into uncomfortable situations. And since we have a lot of our friends coming to see us, we want to provide a place for our friends who are: Dads with daughters, Moms with sons, Parents with disabled children, Those in the LGBTQ, Adults with aging parents who may be mentally or physically disabled.
Thank you for helping us to provide a safe environment for everyone!
And Georgia has been the target of many controversies as of late, as a truly appalling bill was about to be passed into legislation. The bill would have allowed businesses to refuse to hire members of the LGBTQ community on religious grounds.
As expected, this triggered an avalanche of controversy, with people sending letters to the state officials asking that the law not be passed. Even large parties like Disney and the NFL got involved, stating that they’d never conduct any activities in the state if the bill passed.
Fortunately for the LGBTQ community and for the future of our great nation, the bill was vetoed by Georgia’s Governor, Nathaniel Deal. He rightfully stated that the bill was outrageous and that the state will and should support everybody. Of course, it is yet unknown whether this was a result of the backlash seen after the bill was announced or whether the governor actually feels that way.
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