Seth Walsh was thirteen years old when he walked into the garden of the home he shared with his family in Tehachapi, California last month and hanged himself. Before taking the tragic decision to end his life, he had endured years of homophobic taunting and abuse from his peers at school and in the neighbourhood. He is one of six teenage boys in the United States known to have committed suicide in September alone after suffering at the hands of homophobic bullies. In the past few weeks we have seen a spate of attacks directed against people perceived as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. In Belgrade on 10 October, a group of protesters shouting abuse hurled Molotov cocktails and stun grenades into a peaceful gay pride parade, injuring people.
Homophobia: The Violence of Intolerance
Discrimination Against Gays - Homosexuals in Politics
New research from the Center for American Progress shows that LGBT people across the country continue to experience pervasive discrimination that negatively impacts all aspects of their lives. In response, LGBT people make subtle but profound changes to their everyday lives to minimize the risk of experiencing discrimination, often hiding their authentic selves. Over the past decade, the nation has made unprecedented progress toward LGBT equality. But to date, neither the federal government nor most states have explicit statutory nondiscrimination laws protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBT people still face widespread discrimination : Between 11 percent and 28 percent of LGB workers report losing a promotion simply because of their sexual orientation, and 27 percent of transgender workers report being fired, not hired, or denied a promotion in the past year.
Violence against LGBT people
The U. Supreme Court heard oral arguments earlier this week in two cases that will consider whether a part of the Civil Rights Act of prohibits employment discrimination for L. At issue is whether the part of the law known as Title 7 , which bans disrcimination based on sex, also applies to sexual orientation and gender identity. Some lower courts have ruled in recent years that it does.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT people can face violence motivated by hateful attitudes towards their sexuality or gender identity. Violence targeted at people because of their perceived sexuality can be psychological or physical and can extend to murder. These actions may be motivated by homophobia , lesbophobia , biphobia , transphobia , and may be influenced by cultural , religious ,    or political mores and biases. Currently, homosexual acts are legal in almost all Western countries , and in many of these countries violence against LGBT people is classified as a hate crime ,  with such violence often being connected with conservative or religious leaning ideologies which condemn homosexuality,   or being perpetrated by individuals who associate homosexuality with being weak, ill, feminine, or immoral.